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Old 03-23-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Stowing Slide out when not in use... In or Out?

We keep our 5ver on a perminate site on CG in SD. Most all of the units there are kept on site a few go South for winters.

Our CG manager recommended we keep our slides out over the winter months and when not in use and not put them in and out all the time. He said that is what most every one else does on the CG.

So to keep in line with what others are doing there I started keeping ours extended all the time also and yet keep tops and seals clean.
My gut tells me I should be pulling them in but his information at the time was also based on what mechanics had told him.

Curious to know if what I was told is a good practice or not.
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I store mine with the slides in. That tells me the correct answer is to store it with slides out as I am often wrong.

I think this could be a case of 6.1 of one and 5.9 of the other. One way is probably marginally better than the other.

I have slide toppers on my 5er. I do not want snow sitting on and stretching the toppers. Plus wind and winter storms could damage them.

Even if I did not have slide toppers it just makes sense to me to store with the slides in. Even if units on the dealer lots sit for months with the slides out.
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I never store mine with the slides out.

Nor have I ever heard anyone recommend this procedure.

The less exposure the better.
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My 5er is never stored. It sets on my property with the slides out, connected to electric, water (except in the winter) and available for use at any time. Many times we have family stay in the camper when we run out of space in the house. The only time my slides are in is when it is on the road.
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Well if I were leaving it for a few months,I would pull mine in.I just do not see a reason to leave them out.I would not base my decision on what others do.
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Well if I were leaving it for a few months,I would pull mine in.I just do not see a reason to leave them out.I would not base my decision on what others do.
If my memory is correct, I believe he mentioned it had something to do with the seals. It was harder on the seals and that leaving them out did not hurt the slide out and he mentioned it was what RV mechanics had told him. Like others, I always thought you should put them in. Just wanted to find out from others if they had heard of that practice either.
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If you are not using it all the time, like anything, "put it away". When you get there open it. The inside will stay a lot cooler if the slides are closed, let alone all the dirt and weather getting on it when you are not there. My Coach sits in a garage (heated) all winter, not winterized, and we use it from time to time (just last night) and when we are done I close the slide. Full time is one thing to leave them open, but for me , when not in use, put it away.
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That is s good point about putting the slides in while towing. I will try to remember that.
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The seals are exposed to sunlight when the slide is extended.

Sunlight is your worst enemy.
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I would also think there would be an issue with the slides constantly "out". Logic would say there is more stress due to the extra leverage applied to the mechanism with the weight constantly at the full extent on the slides and frame. Something has to give, wear or bend. With the slides "in" the weight is more directly over the frame and wheels of the trailer.

Then there's always the old saying about how when you use something is gets exercise and maybe even some maintenance.
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