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Old 04-17-2015, 01:30 PM   #1
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Slide In or Out?

I see lots of trailers parked with the slides out when the trailer isn't being used. Even during winter months. I leave my slide in when I'm not using the camper thinking "why expose the slide to unnecessary UV, rain, etc", but maybe it doesn't make any difference? After all, some people live in their trailers year round. .

Just curious what the consensus is on this.

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Old 04-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #2
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I usually leave mine in, unless I'm inside working on it or prepping for a trip. Here in Florida we get lots of rain, I believe there's less chance of water incursion with the slides in.

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Old 04-17-2015, 07:21 PM   #4
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We have a 4 slide 5er and the trailer usually sits in the same CG much of the summer as a seasonal. Three slides on the road side come in when we aren't there while the 4th, a LR slide stays out. That too would come in but I have stabilizing jacks under it, being very long. At home and if not being readied for a trip or being worked on, all are stowed.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:23 PM   #5
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:30 PM   #6
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In except when sorting out or in a campground. Maybe 6 inches out at Walmart, etc.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:13 PM   #7
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I bring my slides in. I have slide toppers I do not want leaves and debris stating on them while I am gone. I clean off all the debris and bring all 4 slides in.

RV dealers leave the slides out for months until the unit sells. So there you go.

It is probably 5.999 of one and 6.111 of the other. One way has to be better than the other but this is a classic...6 of one and half dozen of the other.
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25 or 6 to 9???
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:26 AM   #9
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Out, but it is parked under cover.
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25 or 6 to 9???

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Old 04-19-2015, 05:12 PM   #11
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Slides are designed to be either fully extended or all the way in if they are to be watertight. There are seals that are in use at both full retraction and full extention. There is a rubber strip to help wipe excess water odd when retracting during ornate rain but that doesn't make it watertight...the other seals do. If you're at a slight angle the water might roll off and not in into the cabin. As for leaving it open during the winter I can't think of a good reason. The roof will collect debris and the chance of water intrusion increases (just my opinion).
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:24 PM   #12
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I'm with Franknj.
We pay so much money for our RVs why take unnecessary risks.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:46 PM   #13
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If for not for all reasons stated I would bring the slides in to exercise them.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:39 PM   #14
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It depends. Maine are out now as I have been working on it to get it ready for the season and there are things on the floor. If I open it to do something and then it rains, they stay open until dry. If we close up in the rain, they get opened when we get home. Other than that I guess they are closed.

Another thought, it is harder to steal if the slides are out.

Final thought, if you leave them out for a day or a season, avoid slide supports as they can do more damage than good, the can lead to the slide coming off the track or what not. They are made to be opened and used.

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