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mountainsam

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Posted: 02/28/14 10:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just a thought from a 5er newbie. We bought our first 5er in August of last year and only had one occasion to brush off the top of the slide outs. After getting the ladder and finding that very unstable, I took a large bath towel and tied it in the middle of a 30' rope. I toss the rope over the top of the slide out and with wife on one end and me on the other we run the towel back and forth a few times and the top is clean.


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mountainsam wrote:

Just a thought from a 5er newbie. We bought our first 5er in August of last year and only had one occasion to brush off the top of the slide outs. After getting the ladder and finding that very unstable, I took a large bath towel and tied it in the middle of a 30' rope. I toss the rope over the top of the slide out and with wife on one end and me on the other we run the towel back and forth a few times and the top is clean.


You're kidding, right? Why not just get on the roof and sweep the top of the slide that way?


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Can one put them on by themselves?
How hard a job is it, and how do you know where to drill to get a good purchase in the side?

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Our fiver has 4 slides. I did not order it with toppers. After two trips last year having to climb on the roof and sweep off the 4 slides I purchased slide toppers. Best thing I ever added to a rv.


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We've had them on several rigs and would not live without them. We camp on the Oregon coast and mountains so have trees above in a lot of sites. We've been in high winds and haven't had issues. I believe having them installed with the right tension is key. If the wind rips one off someday it will get replaced. Good Luck!


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Posted: 03/01/14 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We usually stay in places with a lot of trees so the toppers were a must for us. The flapping has never been issue for me.


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ependydad wrote:

Strongly recommend:
http://www.learntorv.com/2014/01/slide-toppers-aka-awnings-definitely.html

There are some cases where you shouldn't get them like LynnandCarol mention, but for most situations- they're a benefit.


That is quite an assumption in your article given you never ventured out of the East. Bring them wind slappin, snow and water holding pieces of junk out west and see if you have the same attitude before you publish. I would say the need for them is the exception rather than the rule.

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We wouldn't be without them.

(And, Atom, we have traveled out West extensively in all kinds of weather including deep snow and high winds.)


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Posted: 03/01/14 10:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Allworth wrote:

We wouldn't be without them.

(And, Atom, we have traveled out West extensively in all kinds of weather including deep snow and high winds.)


Isn't that weird, you wouldn't be without them and I would never use them. Now from that one side or the other needs to decide which of us represents "most" people so we can put it in our article, or maybe we should just leave it at "to each his own" and not try to draw conclusions.

PS, traveling and staying are two different things - You could not "honestly" say you made the right choice if you were staying at some of the places we do in the same weather, you would just be justifying your purchase.

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We've all had a bad experience with one thing or another. At least I'm assuming that Atom Ant has had a bad experience with them, and not just decrying their usage because of an opinion rather than actual first hand application.

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