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Old 05-13-2015, 06:25 AM   #1
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Top of Slide Moving in the Wind

We have a 38' DRV Tradition 5th wheel with a long (16') kitchen slide. The slide is hydraulically operated.

A couple of evenings ago, we had a storm go through our area with strong winds (gusts over 40mph) that hit us directly broadside on the kitchen side. Every time there was a big gust, the top of the slide moved inward a couple of inches (the bottom of the slide stayed put). Anyone else experience this?
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Because the slide is held out only at the bottom , by the hydraulic rams, I wouldn't think your situation is unusual given the conditions you describe.
If the conditions get that nasty , I run my slide in.
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Because the slide is held out only at the bottom , by the hydraulic rams, I wouldn't think your situation is unusual given the conditions you describe.
If the conditions get that nasty , I run my slide in.
I did pull the slide in, and fortunately it was before the hard rain hit. Otherwise, the rain would have been blown in at the top of the slide.

We had a motorhome previously, and it had a 12' hydraulic slide. We never saw the slide move in 9 years of full-timing in all kinds of weather. Maybe we just never had the right conditions in the MH for that to occur.
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Because the slide is held out only at the bottom , by the hydraulic rams, I wouldn't think your situation is unusual given the conditions you describe.
If the conditions get that nasty , I run my slide in.
That is really good thing to remember. I probably wouldn't have thought of that.
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That is really good thing to remember. I probably wouldn't have thought of that.
That's the reason I won't consider a floor plan that doesn't work ( access wise ) with the slides in.
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We had a motorhome previously, and it had a 12' hydraulic slide. We never saw the slide move in 9 years of full-timing in all kinds of weather. Maybe we just never had the right conditions in the MH for that to occur.

The slide in your coach probably weighed 3X as much.
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Had the slide move like that two years ago at LVMS 50 mph gusts, lucky cause it did not rain.
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Nothing unusual with what you experienced and the same thing can happen with a MH as well. In addition, when the slide is closed, the top can move out a few inches while the bottom stays tight. Just watch the movie 'RV', when Robin Williams makes a sharp right turn leaving home, the slide out does exactly that.
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Thanks for posting that. Good idea to move slide in on the upwind side since we have the DRV 36' and could face the same issues in a storm.
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Thanks to everyone for the replies. It helps knowing the phenomenon of the top of the slide moving in the wind, while it doesn't happen often, isn't entirely unheard of.

I think the big difference between the MH we used to have and our current fiver is the slide in the fiver is much taller than the one in the MH. That combined with the extra length gives it a much greater sq ft area for the wind to act on.
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