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Old 09-16-2012, 06:23 AM   #1
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Slides Open or Closed

When you park your fifth wheel when not in use, should the slides be closed or left open? Comments please.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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Definitely closed, every few weeks run them in and out to excercise them as well as the jacks, also if possible take it out for a spin every 2-3 weeks.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:20 AM   #3
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We leave ours in unless we are loading/unloading or doing some DIY work inside. Helps minimize exposure to the elements for the roof. Agree the slides should be exercised on some type of a schedule if possible. We cover for the winter so that isn't possible during the dark days of winter.
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Closed will make a better seal to keep any blown rain on the outside.

Is this exercise the slide in any manuals that come with 5th wheelers?
Nothing about that in my Class A manual. And it goes up to 6 months at a time never being moved in.

Maybe this is a 5er thing?
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The seals on the slide , will "glue" to the surface of the wall they are sealing to; in or out; if left, for too long. Move the slide, clean the surface and lube the seals. Before and after storage, and monthly during periods of extended use, paticularly in high temps.
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