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Old 11-10-2015, 04:47 AM   #1
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slideouts and weather

I searched the archives but cannot locate any information on using the slideouts during nasty weather..........specifically when it is windy..........wife and I are taking a short trip and the weather is supposed to include some rain and windy conditions.......the owners manual only uses the term "high winds", but it is not specific.........question: when is it safe to use the slideouts during windy weather, specificially wind speed and other weather conditions?................thank you in advance
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:10 AM   #2
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You will not have problems with your slides in normal windy weather. A tornado yes, but in average daily winds no problem. I have had slides out in heavy wind, snow and rain without any issues. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:26 AM   #3
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I wouldn't worry about high winds, unless they're strong enough to tip your motorhome over, then you have even bigger concerns. We were parked one time in very high winds and the only thing I did was to lower our TV antennae back down because the wind was blowing so hard it was rocking and making a lot of noise. You will also notice in cold high winds it is much harder to keep your RV warm. The furnace will run much more often.
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Old 11-10-2015, 06:31 AM   #4
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Strong winds will only be a worry if you have slide toppers. I've witnessed one being torn off when the owners were gone.
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If you have slide toppers installed, they could get damaged in high winds. I would not have the slides deployed when it was snowing or freezing rain. The toppers could get damaged when you retract the slides.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:16 AM   #6
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yes, I have an 07 Monaco knight with the slide toppers........don't want to damage those, so if it gets really bad, we will just stay in the bus with the slides in.........wind gusts forecasted to be around 50 mph.............thanks for the information
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Use common sense, slide toppers can tear in high winds and the slideouts can be wind catchers. If you can feel the wind shaking the rv pull them in for a while if you feel uncomfortable, if you don"t mind shaking around leave them out.
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Depending on which direction the wind is coming from, you might only have to put one sides slide outs in. We've done that as well. Gives you a little more room that way.
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Just spent several days in high wind conditions in southern Utah (50-60mph with gusts) Slides were deployed (livibility of the coach is severely limited with the slides in). We have toppers. We had no issues.
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Spent two day in Southern New Mexico with 50-60 mph winds last year. Finally pulled in the upwind slides to save the toppers.

When I got home found that the stitching on all 4 toppers were unraveled. Had to remove the toppers and have the re-sewn. Guess I didn't pull the slides in quick enough.
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I'll pull my slides in when the temps start to drop and the wind picks up. The extended slides seals are not 100% draft proof plus the overall small air space is a bit easier to heat. Haven't had a problem with summer winds, topper damage or rain water getting inside but anything is possible.
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I do more cold weather than warm weather, when I hear my toppers flapping that they annoy me I pull the slides. I also monitor snow accumulation as I don't want the bottom layer icing on my slide toppers, freezing rain I would definitely bring them in. Dry snow I leave them out.


I saw a posts some time ago and don't recall, but someone had a great idea to put something (I think foam block) under each end of the slide topper to keep the wind from going through the slide topper and making so much noise. I would highly recommend trying it as I haven't yet and report back. LOL all kidding aside, 50-60 mph winds I would definitely bring slides in to protect the toppers.
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