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Old 06-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Slides in or out

My 09 Excel 35TKE Ltd stays in NM on my property during the November-April months. It has Propane and electrical service during this period. Some in my Park leave them out, some bring them in. The unit is on cinder blocks and has a lg covered porch on the entry/exit side.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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Slides in helps protect roofs or toppers, which ever you have.
I've seen buzzards eat EPDM rubber. Leaves less slide seal exposed to degrade.

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Old 06-23-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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Bring them in.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #4
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I leave mine out. I have my trailer slightly tilted to where water can only go away from the seal at the trailer. We spend approx 25 weekends at our seasonal site and i see no reason to put that many extra in and out on the slide motors and mechanics. Think of all the people who live in them 24/7 they don't pull them in when a storm pops up. If you have slide covers then i would make sure you have a wedge or beach ball to keep the water from pooling when your not there.
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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Why wouldnt you push the buttom and bring them in?
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:51 PM   #6
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I would bring them in too. Protect the toppers and depending on the cold, there is less area to heat if needed for freezing.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #7
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Use em or loose em. Its good to exercise the slide outs. Keep the coach sealed up tight from the elements, keep the slide out windows inside and dry. When unattended there is no reason to leave the slides out unless you feel the rodents need more space to play.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:49 AM   #8
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I asked the same question a while back based on our CG owner gave me this line on why you should just keep them out. His information seemed reliable so we did just that, kept them out. Kept them cleaned once a year but other than that did not mess with them. We just traded ours which was 11 years old. It did not have any issue with the slide or roof at all so I guess it did not hurt any thing.
With that said, our new unit has slide out toppers and I really do not want them wrecked with a high wind storm that might come along. So we will now bring them in if we are going to be gone for extended time. We will leave them out as if we were staying there FT if only away for a few days or perhaps a week or two but over the winter months when not occupied, will bring them in. For what it is worth, 80% of our owners in our CG leave them out year around and I have not heard of anyone having an issue with it.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:20 AM   #9
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I would say either way !:-)

With ours in the heat and cooling have less cubic feet to do, but the four slides cover the floor vents for the heater and I'd think that's not good :-)

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