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Lantley

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Posted: 04/21/20 07:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kellem wrote:

I've honestly never had the issues with toppers others may have experienced, no flapping, no water intrusion, very minimal and I mean minimal pooling.
Didn't care for the build up of mildew on the underside, extremely hard to clean.

Now....the 2 trailers I've owned without toppers had double seals, no issues there either.
Kept the seals and top treated with 303 which significantly increased the water repellency and ease of cleaning.

Idk, coin flip.

At the end of the day this is where I ended up on the subject.
Toppers became take it or leave it. They resolved a few issues, they caused a few issues.
Which led me to ask why spend the money? So I took the savings and decided to go topper free.


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maybe in Florida. Otherwise no dice.

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Carry an 8' step ladder and an leaf blower........ total cost is less than one topper and the ladder has several uses. No ladder needed either if you are under 65 and can use the ladder on your rig.


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tomman58 wrote:

Carry an 8' step ladder and an leaf blower........ total cost is less than one topper and the ladder has several uses. No ladder needed either if you are under 65 and can use the ladder on your rig.


Best solution so far. I have had toppers, ya they flap a bit in the wind ,yes they pool water . The flapping was the most annoying. Do I care if I have them, no. The present fifth wheel does not have them. I have not lost any sleep not having them, but they did wake me up a few times when I did have them [emoticon]

We will see in the long run if I will miss those toppers, but I doubt it .

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We did not have them on our Laredo 5th wheel and after a couple of times getting on the roof to sweep the slides I said this is crazy and there must be a better way. Added a slide topper and never had an issue again. Ordered them from the factory on our Montana and have never had a problem with wind or anything else. I do know that if you have water pooling your topper was either not installed right or there was not enough room over the slide to mount the track high enough for the proper angle. If you have enough slope they will not hold water period. Its like a regular awning that does not angle down enough, it pools water. Lower or tilt it and problem solved. My vote is I would never be without them.


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