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Old 04-02-2024, 02:04 AM   #1
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Slide toppers on Astoria 3173RLP

Picking up a 2021 Astoria 3173RLP and wanting to add slide toppers. Anyone mounted them? I had them on a Coachmen Chaparral Lite and loved them.
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Old 04-03-2024, 12:59 PM   #2
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Picking up a 2021 Astoria 3173RLP and wanting to add slide toppers. Anyone mounted them? I had them on a Coachmen Chaparral Lite and loved them.
I unsuccessfully mounted them on my 2018 285 LBS. I will never self install one again unless the fasteners are installed from the factory.

Shoring was the issue with inadequate tech data about where to secure it. Supposed to be an easy install that took me a few hours over six days.

I was unable to “shore” the thin metal that I drilled through and opening and closing the slide out was unsuccessful. Two of six screws I was about to fit shoring in. The topper started to pull the fasteners out of the slideout. I had it shored on the inside wall and next step would be to cut the inner wall to secure it to the inside of the outer wall. I stopped there.

I pulled the topper off, left the fastners on the slideout, and disposed of the topper.
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Old 04-04-2024, 01:03 PM   #3
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I had mine installed at the dealership as part of our purchase "deal". one issue I have is with them FLAPPING in high winds. We recently spent a month in the carolina mountains. it got so bad that I had to close the sides because I thought they were going to be ripped off the RV. BUT, saying that, I really like the thought of not having to get up there to wash or push the snow off so I could close the sides or keep blowing leaves and twigs off the slides before I close them.


Everything in RVing has good and bad I suppose. In this case, I think the good outweighs the bad.
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Old 04-11-2024, 01:13 AM   #4
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I had mine installed at the dealership as part of our purchase "deal". one issue I have is with them FLAPPING in high winds. We recently spent a month in the carolina mountains. it got so bad that I had to close the sides because I thought they were going to be ripped off the RV. BUT, saying that, I really like the thought of not having to get up there to wash or push the snow off so I could close the sides or keep blowing leaves and twigs off the slides before I close them.


Everything in RVing has good and bad I suppose. In this case, I think the good outweighs the bad.
Put a blowup mattress between the topper and the sliding roof, fold it in half lengthwise and slide it in. Stops the blowing and water puddling.
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Old 04-13-2024, 05:27 PM   #5
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I made a "lifter" out of pool noodles. Taped (duck of course) five together and installed a rope to be able to tie them to the door handle (the helper handle). They work ok but can't get to the slides on the driver side of the camper in order to do something to them. It's a long way up there! I wonder if I could get one of those extendable ladders and how good they really are ... anyone know?
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