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Terryallan

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Posted: 10/06/20 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Durb wrote:

How do you inspect the top of your slide when it is 10 feet off the ground? Climb up on a wet roof or drag out a ladder? No big deal? Sounds like a big deal to me. Sweeping wet Douglas Fir needles off a wet TPO covered slide is no picnic especially in the rain. Just the idea of carrying and storing brooms, ladders and extension handles seems like a pain. Slide toppers for me all the way.


Many RV have ladders on the back. I carry a 6' ladder just to check the slide. Just part of having slides. And when it is raining. I wash it off with a hose. Then put it out when I get home to dry.


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It really depends on where/when you camp.
I have personally watched others struggle with them in high winds, and in situations where leaves etc. found their way under them.
Though I have never seen this, I bet snow would be problematic as well.

If you are a fair weather camper, who sets up for short weekend stays in wooded areas when high winds are unlikely,,,, then toppers make sense.

The more of the factors I listed impact your style of camping, the less they make sense.

Choose wisely.

Now if they made toppers that one could choose to deploy or not based on prevailing conditions.... That would be a no brainer.

I have never seen or heard of such a topper though.



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Durb wrote:

How do you inspect the top of your slide when it is 10 feet off the ground? Climb up on a wet roof or drag out a ladder? No big deal? Sounds like a big deal to me. Sweeping wet Douglas Fir needles off a wet TPO covered slide is no picnic especially in the rain. Just the idea of carrying and storing brooms, ladders and extension handles seems like a pain. Slide toppers for me all the way.

I installed a ladder on the back of the camper.
If I couldn’t do that, I would have gone for one of those collapsible ladders.
Whatever your situation, cleaning the slide roof should be part of the departure routine.


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Being in the PNW, I camp under the trees all the time.
I finally got tired of climbing up on the roof to clear off the forest debris when breaking camp, so I installed a slide topper myself.
Here's how it's done. It was time consuming but not terribly difficult.


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I had a slide on my small hybrid years ago. Went fishing in Montana one late fall and we had a little snow the first night. It warmed during the day and then we got another inch or two. It warmed again and didn't snow any more. When I got ready to leave I had an ice block on top of the slide. Warming and freezing over a few days was the trouble. No ladder, but we did still have a few rounds for firewood and that worked. Sold the trailer shortly after that but if I hadn't, I would have installed a slide topper.


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