Mod #33: Slide Topper
Submitted on: 07/10/08
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A slide topper is a type of awning that automatically extends and retracts as the slide-out moves in and out. The awning helps protect the slide roof and provides some shade for the slide room. Any debris that collects on top of the slide falls off as the awning retracts with the slide-out room. This helps protect the slide seals as well since debris on the slide roof, like a small pine cone or or branch, can damage the seals when retracting the slide.
This mod will require a buddy or two to help out. A slide topper is not difficult to install, just a bit unwieldy due to it’s physical size. The basic steps are to affix the brackets to the slide, slide the awning’s edge in to the awning channel, install the tension tube (be careful here as the tube could retract and possibly pinch your fingers) to the brackets, and finally attach the awning to the tube by sliding the fabric in to the channel on the tube. Follow the steps in the included instructions for how to adjust and test out your topper.
Of course, there are also a few accessories that you must have for your topper. Well, you don’t have to have them but they are sure nice. One of them is a rafter that that runs the entire length of the topper, providing support down the middle of the material to prevent water pooling. Another also provides fabric support but does so using an inflatable wedge. And yet a third that is just a simple piece of thick foam you can make yourself that will provide some support as well.
If you use any of the above supports, be sure to remove them before retracting the slide or you stand the chance of damaging either the slide, the topper, and/or the seals. This is a no-brainer but it’s very easy to forget. Add this to your departure checklist. You have one, right?
ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod: