Installed view of RV Solera Slide Topper
Installed view of RV Solera Slide Topper
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The Importance of RV Slide Awnings and How to Install

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$400 - $600
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When you set up your RV at your latest camping destination, do you roll out your slide-outs and then forget all about them? You should be unrolling your slide awnings as well! If your rig isn’t equipped with RV slide awnings, you could be at higher risk for water damage.

Here we discuss the importance of camper slide awnings and explain how to measure and install your own.

Do You Need RV Slide Awnings?

You may have seen your neighbor’s rig with the mini awnings over their slides. These are RV slide awnings or RV slide toppers. When you ask: “do I need slide toppers?” Well, there’s a reason your neighbors have them!

There are 2 major benefits to equipping your camper with them:

  • Slide awnings keep debris, leaves, and branches, and bird messes from accumulating on your RV slides. If you allow debris to sit on your slides, it can cause discoloration but can also mess with the seals. If you retract your slides with branches or debris on top, you are bringing all that mess inside plus you’re inviting water in.
  • Toppers help prevent rain and snow from amassing on your slides. Water and RVs don’t mix well. So by diverting the water off your slide roof, you are less likely to end up with water penetrating your rig and leaving you with water damage.

In short, slide awnings are instrumental in helping keep your RV nice and dry. A properly installed cover can help protect your seals and prevent water damage that is common in RV slide corners.

Now that you understand why you definitely want RV slide toppers, let’s dive into the how of installing your own.

How to Install RV Slide Toppers

If you haven’t bought your RV yet, you may opt to have the dealer source and install your RV slide toppers. For those who already have an RV without toppers (or want to avoid the dealership prices), this is a project you can do yourself!



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