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Old 03-02-2016, 11:03 AM   #15
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I have yet to pull in our slides because of bad weather. Gusty winds may make the slide toppers pop and the coach shake a bit ... but I've yet to sustain any damage. I'm of the opinion that as long as we're not talking gale force winds (which are defined as winds between 50 - 102 mph) or higher - we should be OK. If the slide toppers sustain damage in winds less than gale force, chances are good they were in pretty marginal shape to begin with.

Heavy snow and/or ice storms are about the only thing I'd be concerned with ... and even then it would need to be a significant snowfall. A couple of inches of snow ain't a big deal.
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If it feels too windy, too cold, too snowy pull them in. Less shake and noise in the wind, less area to heat in cold, no snow to broom off.

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Old 03-03-2016, 06:51 AM   #17
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I have yet to pull in our slides because of bad weather. Gusty winds may make the slide toppers pop and the coach shake a bit ... but I've yet to sustain any damage. I'm of the opinion that as long as we're not talking gale force winds (which are defined as winds between 50 - 102 mph) or higher - we should be OK. If the slide toppers sustain damage in winds less than gale force, chances are good they were in pretty marginal shape to begin with.

Heavy snow and/or ice storms are about the only thing I'd be concerned with ... and even then it would need to be a significant snowfall. A couple of inches of snow ain't a big deal.
If you are ever in a Texas/OK/NM wind storm...you might change your mind.
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Back in my sailing days...in my namesake boat...my decision as to when to reef the sail (roll it up) came when I first thought about it. Same for the slides, when I first think it might be time to pull them in...it is and I do.
Maybe I've just been fortunate, but so far we haven't encountered weather severe enough to get to the point where I'd be thinking about bringing the slides in. But Cat320 has a good point: Once the thought's crossed your mind, it might be prudent to bring them in. We could do that ... we have access to everything whether the slide is in or out. Thanks, Cat320, for that nice piece of advice.

And yes, you might be right about those Texas/Oklahoma/New Mexico wind storms.
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Back in my sailing days...in my namesake boat...my decision as to when to reef the sail (roll it up) came when I first thought about it. Same for the slides, when I first think it might be time to pull them in...it is and I do.

Good idea! That way you avoid the after thought of "wish I had done ________ when I first thought about it!
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I leave the slides out in storms. If I pull the large slide in, I loose access to the kitchen and living room. It also covers up the TVs we don't have access to the local weather reporting and alerts. Survived the superstorm yesterday in Pensacola. Bailed put of the trailer and holed up in the bath house with the rest. Trailer survived intact without us.
One of our "must haves" when we were shopping for our our current rig was that it had to be fully functional and accessible with the slides in. In our previous travel trailer we could not get from the front to the back with the slide in, and although I've gained weight in the last few years, I haven't gained THAT much!

About the only time we pull the slides in is if it is really cold at night, and we find that the less cubic feet we have to heat, the better! Probably would pull in if the toppers started to flap as well, but that hasn't happened yet. If it does, I'll probably follow Cat320's advice and if I think about pulling the slides in, I'll just go ahead and do it!
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:43 PM   #21
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If you are ever in a Texas/OK/NM wind storm...you might change your mind.
Like I said - as long as the winds aren't gale force (i.e., less than 50 miles per hour) ... I'm good. 50 miles per hour is 50 miles per hour - in all states.
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Like I said - as long as the winds aren't gale force (i.e., less than 50 miles per hour) ... I'm good. 50 miles per hour is 50 miles per hour - in all states.
And some sites are perfectly aligned to best weather the prevailing winds! I've been amazed... and glad the winds didn't change direction.
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