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Old 12-22-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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Question Thawing Slide Cover Awning?

The slide cover awnings are presently covered in snow and we need to head further north tomorrow. I'm concerned about not being able to get all the snow/ice off the slide covers before pulling in the slides tomorrow.

After brushing off all the snow/ice I am considering spraying the cover fabric with RV antifreeze to get rid of whatever ice is left and keep the fabric from freezing together during transit.

What do you folks think of my crazy idea? Got a better one?
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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I can't think of a better strategy. Am interested in hearing how it works out for you. \ken
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:39 PM   #3
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Cant think of anything except maybe if you have a "water thief" hose, maybe you could draw warm water at the outside shower and thaw the awnings. Even if you have to cut the shower hose and jerry rig a hot water hose ( assuming you have no "water thief ) that would be cheaper than destroying your slide awnings.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:55 PM   #4
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The antifreeze sounds like your best option, regular water will refreeze in your travels.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:09 PM   #5
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I will try and post a second time.....Try making a hot water hose that will connect to your outside shower hose. If you have a "water thief" that may work. If no water thief then cut the o/s hose and slide it into your water hose and duck tape or hose clamp them together. Shower hose is cheaper to replace than slide awnings....might work....don't use too hot a water temp or you could crack any windows in the slide.
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Didn't think about the refreeze part....been wrong before. Since op is heading south maybe they would thaw out before they need to be opened again. That pink stuff doesn't stain ? I don't live where it is needed and never have used it. OP please let us know if either works for you without damage. Never know when we might be in that situation.
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What about trying automobile windshield de-icer? It might have a lower freeze-point than RV antifreeze (yes, the pink stuff does freeze), at least than the better auto de-icers. Check what the jug says to be sure. /ken
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Well, RV anti-freeze doesn't melt ice off the slide awnings, and neither does windshield anti-freeze. The only thing I found that melts the ice is heat, (warmth, not the gas line anti-freeze). Fortunately, we've had enough sunshine to melt the ice and dry the awnings as long as I brushed off all the snow first. Oh well, I like climbing up onto a slick roof in the freezing cold.

The "trick" appears to be brushing the snow off the awnings as soon as practical and then letting the sun do it's thing. I've considered duct taping the wife's hair dryer to a pole to melt the ice, but so far haven't had to resort to that...yet.
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How about using a heat gun or hair dryer. A pain in the *** for sure but if nothing else works ???
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How about using a heat gun or hair dryer. A pain in the *** for sure but if nothing else works ???
That sounds risky a electric hair dryer on a snow covered roof melting snow off of a awning. Could be a shocking experience.
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We had a large section of our slide cover freeze while at Yosemite. The water settled on the cover and froze into an ice cube 1" thick by 12" wide by 6' long. It was a cloth slide cover, so the ice stuck to it. I used buckets of hot water and then slowly pried off the sheets of ice as they broke loose. We knew the next destination would be warmer so we didn't worry about the residual water refreezing.
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