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Old 07-25-2015, 05:12 PM   #1
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Water on slide toppers

I was wondering if anyone has come up with a solution to getting rain off slide toppers. It can't be good to let it just sit there until it dries?

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Old 07-25-2015, 08:13 PM   #2
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1 Bring in the slide a little so the water runs off. Swim noodles between the top of the slide and the slide topper. Some will use a beach ball. My person selection is bring in the slide
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:55 PM   #3
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I have seen folks make a support using PVC pipe that they put between the top of the slide and the topper. The key is to remember to remove it before bringing the slide in.

I usually bring the slides in after a rain to allow them to drain and then retract the slides so the toppers can dry.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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They are made of synthetic material, I don't think there is a problem with them drying naturally. The only issue I see is perhaps mold growth when rolled up wet.

When we use our coach, the day before we move to a new location, we check the weather reports. If the forecast is rain, we retract the slide out that evening while it is dry.

Fortunately, we can use our rig with the slide out in or out - this is not possible with some RVs.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:03 PM   #5
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We are mainly stationary, as we travel for work. We don't plan on moving again until January. Maybe the just need to be adjusted? They seem to sink down with water. If a wind blows, even days later, water sloshes off.
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:42 PM   #6
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You may want to check out this link. They explain what they did to solve a similar issue.

MultiBrief: Finding the solution to slide-out water pooling is a learning experience

Also, if you google "Slide out topper supports" you will see numerous images of how others solved the same issue.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:01 PM   #7
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I find that water doesn't accumulate for very long on my slide topper and I have a FWS. Maybe a combination of ensuring the topper is taut, and positioning the coach at some angle to facilitate draining? I have been concerned about this, and monitor it after a rain event, but have been pleasantly surprised that it drains and dries pretty quickly.

Of course after writing this, I will have problems going forward!!!!
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:04 PM   #8
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Close and reopen the slides but don't partially close and open them...Its close all the way and open all the way on slides if not you can possibly get them out of sinc and they may not fully open or fully close the next time operated...
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:52 PM   #9
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Thank you for the suggestions. The air wedge looks easiest, but I couldn't see where to order it.
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:29 PM   #10
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If it is an AE slide topper, you can adjust the tension. However, if your slide out is fairly deep, it may be not be possible to adequately tension the take up roll.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:06 PM   #11
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Something to keep in mind is that a little water pooling on the topper provides some weight to keep the fabric from flapping in a high wind situation.

Just food for thought.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:00 AM   #12
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Had them did not like them. Don't have them don't miss them!
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:11 AM   #13
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I did not get them as ip heard there were more problems with them.
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:09 PM   #14
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You either love them or hate them. I prefer the protection from the southern sun for my slide gaskets. I don't notice the wind noise. I really think I just need mine adjusted a bit tighter, and they they'd drain easier. I appreciate all the suggestions!
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:47 PM   #15
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Eight years with them never a problem, would not be with out them. We live in the south lots of pine needles and acorns, and leaves fall on the slides with the toppers do not have to get on a ladder and sweep them off before retracting, never had a wind noise bother us just my two cents.
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Old 07-28-2015, 03:29 PM   #16
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I have them and wouldn't be without them

I camp in a lot of heavily forested mountain areas where debris falls on top of slides...My previous 5er did not have the toppers and I had to get on the roof and brush the debris off...Needless to say that was such a pain in the a$$...My slide toppers have totally eliminated that problem for me...
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:36 PM   #17
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Best Slide Topper

Looking for Opinion: What brand is the best Slide Topper.
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:51 PM   #18
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I have carefree, recommended by dealer.
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:52 PM   #19
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My slide toppers have a distinct downward angle to them, and water has nowhere to go but off to the ground.

Is the OP about standing water that collects on the topper? Or just drying them out when it rains?

Mine just air dry when the rain stops.
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:55 PM   #20
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Mine don't really slope down. I wish they did. After a rain, the water pools in the middle and then if there is any wind, it blows off sporadically until it drys out.
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