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Old 12-16-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Slide covers and wind

We are sitting on the Oregon Coast right now looking at 40 to 60 mph. winds.
When do you pull in the slides to keep from tearing them????
Things are rocking and rolling
The wind is comming from the southwest so I pulled the slides in on that side.
Am I overreacting
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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I think I might pull the windward side ones in like you did, although I've never lost one in a wind storm.

Some years ago we were in Newport at that fancy MH only park there, a storm came in and our poor little 29' Type C MH felt like it was about to be blown over in the 75 mph winds. Next morning I went to take the dogs out and found our spot was also the parks low spot. I think it was deeper than my boots were high!

Hope to see you in the spring if we can get Cindy healthy. Still no word on the pill camera test she did a week ago last Friday. Hopefully more tomorrow.


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Old 12-16-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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Let me guess - Florence? Of course much of Oregon coast is windy. We are from Oregon now in Arizona. I love Oregon but not that coastal wind! Good luck - and hang on tight! .
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:58 PM   #4
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I lived in Lincoln city the winds are about 40-60 mph tonight ad only gonna get worse I would pull ur slides in for the evening. Me and my wife now live in Kennewick Washington luckily we won't get the winds til tomorrow.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:02 AM   #5
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Rule of thumb for me: If I am going to worry about it or if the flapping is going to keep me awake then I put them in before I go to bed rather than be awakened to do it later. Also you cannot go wrong putting your slides in; just my humble O.

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:23 AM   #6
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We were in Oklahoma this past week and put in slides when high winds came thru and also raised the jacks to lower the motorhome.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:41 AM   #7
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Several years back while staying near Sacramento a storm moved in and I had one of my front slide toppers balloon out like a parachute. I had a mobile tech come out to fix it in the middle of the storm but now I'll pull slides in in winds >40 mph.

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Anytime it worries us or bothers us, we put the slides in. Especially at night so you can get some sleep. Did that last summer in Kansas because the wind was so bad day and that night. Was in a class C at that time.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:27 PM   #9
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My policy is when in doubt pull the slides in. Much easire and less expensive than having to mess with storm damage.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:59 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Poptop View Post
My policy is when in doubt pull the slides in. Much easire and less expensive than having to mess with storm damage.
Same here. If I even start to think about pullilng them in, that's the time to do it.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:16 PM   #11
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There is a solution for the earlier slide toppers that are not encased such as the newer ones. In Parker, AZ, there is a guy with an Adventurer that developed some wind deflectors under the slide toppers that he says works. The problem with the wind is, when the wind is directed at the slide the wind gets up underneath the topper and billows it and flaps unmercifully.

What he did is buy lengths of plastic rain gutter material at Lowe's and saw it in half on the bottom. This gives your two semi-"L" pieces. He then painted them the same color as his slides and screwed them into the slide with the top just below the slide material when retracted. This action prevents the majority of the wind from getting underneath the leading edge of the slide and billowing it causing the flapping.

I see him every year we are there and last year I decided to do the same. So I bought the same gutter material, cut it, and it still sits in my garage. I, somehow, never got the time this summer to get the paint, paint them and install them. Now, I am heading to AZ in Jan and I still have not finished the project. I know I will get down there, see that guy again, and tell DW "Da___t Sue, this year when we get home I am doing that!". We'll see, at least this year I have them cut and made, just need to paint them and install them.
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We are sitting here in Salem, Oregon and thought our toppers would blow off last night! Lived in Lincoln City for 3 years. It can be a mess out there for sure. Now they say we might get some snow flakes out of the storm.
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A road trip to boiler bay would be interesting, I bet the waves are huge. Be safe, Alan and Linda

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