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Old 07-03-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Slideouts and rain question...

Hi everyone - Hoping you all are having a great summer so far!

We recently used our RV for the 1st time extended over multiple days - we experienced a couple of rain storms and when we went to put in the slide a pretty large amount of water came off what I presumed was the awning over the slide... then as we drove and got to our new destination and opened the slide we found water had leaked down the slide into the coach - not terrible but not wanted...it rained again at that destination - hard rain and lot's of wind - only a one-night stay and again when we put in the slide we see some water seeping...

I understand that the top of the slide under the slide-awning is 'outside' the vehicle and seals when deployed however is this common or do some slides have a feature or something that 'sqeegees' the water off as the slide comes in...? ...as well the sides of the slide...?

We actually sat through 2 pretty significant storms and did not pull the slide in (did close the patio awning) - after researching a bit we see that the 'guidance' for this is to close your slides, pull up your leveling jacks and seek shelter else where which we didn't do but will consider in the future I guess...but for most rain you shouldn't have to close the slide should you?

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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When I pack up to leave after a rain I wipe the outside of the slide before pulling it in, since I don't have a ladder to reach the top to check in between the slide awning and slide I wait until it's pulled in and check it from the inside, if any water is present I wipe it out accordingly.
I have found that I rarely if any have had water in between.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:27 AM   #3
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If in significant wind-blown rain, I may retract the slide that is catching the wind. I would ALWAYS leave the jacks down for added stability. If a tornado is likely, retracting all slides and seeking shelter elsewhere would be very smart.

If the slide Toppers have caught a lot of rain water, I normally partially retract the jacks on the end that is higher from the ground first and let much of the water run off before retracting the slides. If there is water on top of the lounge slide (which is rare) I put a rolled towel on the front edge of the top before driving away ...otherwise I did once get cold water down my back the first time I braked firmly after starting out!!
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I understand that some people run their slides in half way after a rain storm, then tilt the coach to that side to allow drainage before pulling it in all the way. Others put foam pipe insulation under the awning to give it a peak so water won't puddle.
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Thanks for your replies!
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:55 PM   #6
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I would never put the slides half way in and then lower the coach to tilt the water to run off. Our coach states in the owners manual to never lower, or raise the coach with the slides out ir for that matter partially out.
I cannot imagine any manufacturer would recommend that for theirs either.
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I cannot imagine any manufacturer would recommend that for theirs either.
Believe it or not, all mfg'ers are not the same! Some mfg'ers say extend slides and then level, and some say level before extending ...with reverse when prepping for travel.
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I recently had two slides leak water, obviously a concern. An RV dealer tested the slides and said that I needed new seals, estimated at $1,700+. I took the coach home, cleaned and lubricated all of the seals (costing me some time and about $10). After a couple of rain storms, I've had no sign of leaks. Hmmmmmm
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If there is water on top of the lounge slide (which is rare) I put a rolled towel on the front edge of the top before driving away ...otherwise I did once get cold water down my back the first time I braked firmly after starting out!!


Same here! When I hit the brake and a bunch of very cold water poured on to my neck I thought the world was coming to and end! It took my brain a few seconds to figure out why cold water had been dumped down my back when braking.

Getting a lot of water on top of our slide isn't something that happens often but I think it can be unavoidable after a blowing storm. Our slides have rubber "wipers" which would serve to sweep some of this water away but I don't think they're tight enough on the top to do the job.


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I find that water pools on the slide awnings and remains quite a while after a rain. If the rig is tillted toward the other side water can run in down the sides when brought in. So I slowly bring the slides in by hesitating to let the water run off. There can be quite a water fall. No problem! I always bring the slides in if wind or storms are in the forecast. Good luck.
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If I have water on the slide toppers when we are ready to leave...and it's not raining, I climb up on the roof and sweep off the water prior to pulling in the slides.
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I do not like getting on the roof, especially when it's wet. I saw an idea on this forum that I have adopted and seems to be working well.

Take a tether ball with 2 lines attached to it. Inflate or deflate to needed size to create a slight dome in slide cover. Slip ball between cover and roof of slide and have one line out each end of slide. The slight domeing effect will reduce amount of water collected and the ball can be slid from one end to the other to remove most of the rest.
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I do not like getting on the roof, especially when it's wet. I saw an idea on this forum that I have adopted and seems to be working well.

Take a tether ball with 2 lines attached to it. Inflate or deflate to needed size to create a slight dome in slide cover. Slip ball between cover and roof of slide and have one line out each end of slide. The slight domeing effect will reduce amount of water collected and the ball can be slid from one end to the other to remove most of the rest.
I like this idea, we were recently in the Charleston, SC area in June during a lot of rain. My slide out toppers hold the water and if the rain in blown under them it will rest on top of the slides. When I slide in the slide outs there will be a small amount of water on top of them. We have to take towels to dry them off to prevent the water from coming down our backs when we stop.
I will cycle the jacks after a big rain to allow the water to run off the toppers and the slid outs and then level back.
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We have covers over two of the slides and the third is under the main awning. We do get a little moisture on the slides but not even enough to run off. Guess the seals/scrapers are still good. Maybe I should lube them someday too, so far I never have.
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