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Old 02-25-2016, 05:48 PM   #1
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Bad Weather And Slideouts

I've never thought about this much until the last couple of days with all the bad weather. How bad does the weather have to get before you pull your slides in? Do you pull them in when you see a storm coming or just wait it out?
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:00 PM   #2
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We've had them out in some pretty bad weather. A couple weeks ago we slept through two snow storms with them out as well as some heavy rain last week. no problems.
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While in the Bad Lands they predicted possible 90 mph gusts (didn't get that bad though). We pulled the slides in as a precaution. We have also pulled them in a couple of time when the slide toppers slap about excessively. Kind of subjective but when it starts sounding like they are going to rip, pull 'em in.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:52 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:55 PM   #5
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I did pull them in while high tornado winds were close to the municipal campground of Littlerock, AR and once in Oklahoma when it was blowing in the 50 MPH, I even retracted my hydraulics jacks just in case I had to move out quickly !
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:11 PM   #6
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My double-woven fabric slide toppers were $1300 to replace, and are very tough, but we have access to everything when slides are in. I don't take unnecessary risks. Not sure, in they go

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Old 02-26-2016, 05:19 AM   #7
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I have a topper over my slide..
when it starts popping Hard I pull in the slide.


but I have full access to everything when IN. well except for 2 kitchen cabinets
Front Kitchen.
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Old 02-26-2016, 05:32 AM   #8
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We had the slides out in a straight line wind that came up in Wyoming. The wind hit us straight into the driver's side. I guess it blew 50 mph with some larger gusts. The top of the galley slide was bouncing in and out moving almost a foot! We were concerned that would damage something. So far we have been lucky, it still works fine 6 months later. I don't think we knew the wind was going to be so bad, and it came up very quickly. We had some water equipment under the slide and we didn't want to go outside in the high wind to move it so we could pull the slide in. Otherwise we would have brought the slide in as soon as we observed it moving. Now we set up to be sure we can run slides in quickly if needed. Also we watch the weather and will pull slides in ahead of predicted high winds, above 35 mph.
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In most cases left out, but I do watch for the high winds and would pull them in if needed. It's a judgement call.
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I've never pulled in my slides during stormy weather, but I don't have slide toppers to worry about. A few days ago we had some strong winds, and I saw two coach's with torn toppers, others with toppers had to pull their slides in. I never wanted toppers just because of the inconvenience of having to get up at say 2am to pull in my slides because of storms. Also don't have to worry about anything getting blown underneath the topper. But, that's just me.
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I generally leave the slides out, however I have been in Mammoth with heavy snow many feet and put the slides in for that.
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I leave mine out all the time except winter when not using. I always put it in the night before a storm just because but only once when we were camping did did we bring it in for the night
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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.
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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.


We have similar 'rules' for our boat, and are translating them to the RV where applicable.
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