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Old 12-15-2010, 09:36 AM   #1
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Winter weather and slides

We've moved into the MH after selling the house. One more month of work and then its retirement! In the meantime I'm stuck in this very cold weather. So far the Hydro Hot furnace has kept things warm and toasty. But my question comes tonight. We're supposed to get snow, sleet, freezing rain and then rain - maybe up to 3 inches. Question - should I retract the slides rather than let snow and ice accumulate on the slide's awning cover and around seals and gaskets?
We can still use all facilities in the coach with the slides in.
What do you folks do when in this situation? I'd like to run to warmer weather but can't.
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:46 AM   #2
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Definitely pull in your slides the wind and driving snow will make you life miserable if left out.
You may not be able to get them in with snow on roof of slide even if you cleaned the slide roof awning.
Ice would even be worse.
Once the storm is over than you can put out slides.
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Absolutely retract the slides before the weather starts. You don't want snow, ice or sleet on the slide covers and seals. Believe me, it is a nightmare to remove. Besides, with the slides retracted, you have less area to heat.
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Same reply as above x3. Definitely easier to keep warm, due to less area to heat, and less exposed slide seals for wind to get through. Also, you absolutely don't want snow or ice on top of your slides, especially if you have slide toppers. We got caught by a surprise snow-turned-to-ice storm with slides out, and had to leave the next morning, before it could melt off. After clearing that, I'll never make the same mistake again.
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sleet, snow and ice will be a not good event
pull them in, it will keep the coach warmer from the wind and cold frozen precipitation, plus no overloading of slide roof panels from the products of winter.
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Pull in the slides, awnings or whatever you have hanging out whenever there is a chance of snow or ice. Trust me I know, I have had the pleasure of getting a huge chunk of ice off of a slide topper. It ain't fun.
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We've moved into the MH after selling the house. One more month of work and then its retirement! In the meantime I'm stuck in this very cold weather. So far the Hydro Hot furnace has kept things warm and toasty. But my question comes tonight. We're supposed to get snow, sleet, freezing rain and then rain - maybe up to 3 inches. Question - should I retract the slides rather than let snow and ice accumulate on the slide's awning cover and around seals and gaskets?
We can still use all facilities in the coach with the slides in.
What do you folks do when in this situation? I'd like to run to warmer weather but can't.
To add to list, store your jacks also.

And you might want to chock it and release the parking brake. Takes a while to thaw a frozen brake, remember Ice Road Truckers?
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Last winter in central Florida I noticed the neighbor up on his roof cleaning ice off his awning at 8 am ( was a cool winter). Didn't think I had to worry about ice on our rig as we were not checking out of the campground for another 3 hours. It was sunny but a cool morning and I thought any possible ice would melt away. It didn't and the slides would not close, had to get up on the roof and clean ice away ( thick chunks). If you are in a North climate and don't close your slides it may be spring time before you get another chance to close them.
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