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Old 02-23-2016, 05:47 PM   #1
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Cool Slideout in or out when not traveling?

I have my motor home under a covered shed and always hooked up to electric when I am not traveling. I see motor homes when they are not being used with slides out. What is the best method for the motor home.

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Old 02-23-2016, 06:00 PM   #2
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I would put them in.

I have no idea why someone would put a RV in storage and then put the slides out.... Since they were in while in travel, when you park it, I would leave them in. Keeps the tops cleaner, less wear and tear on slides. Since it is not being lived in at the time, why would anyone want to put them out?

And if there are other units on you side in storage would you not want them in?

Perhaps one or so of them in storage and they are for sale. The owners may have them out for show purposes.

But for me, I like keeping them in and clean. Then when I am ready for departure, just one less thing I have to do for preparation. jmo of course.

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Old 02-23-2016, 06:47 PM   #3
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Ours is in storage here in MI in a barn with the slide in. Don't see any reason to put it out.

I see an area where several RV's are parked (outside) for the winter and every vehicle has it's slides out. Just don't understand that especially with them stored outside.

The only time we have the slide out is when we are staying in or working on the rig and need the slide out for that.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:13 PM   #4
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Like others have said 'slides in while being stored'! No reason for them to be out unless you are working in the MH. Besides less chances of 'un welcome critters'!
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:44 PM   #5
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Yup. Same here. Slides in when just parked and not using. Out when I want to work inside. I have seen a bird build a nest under a neighbors slide topper that was left out too long. Just invites problems.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:56 PM   #6
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I store mine with the slides in. I do see a lot of RVs stored with their slides out, and I don't understand the logic of it. Especially the ones not indoors. I wouldn't want 2-3 feet of snow on my slides, nor would I want the toppers subjected to it or to high winds.
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:05 PM   #7
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:00 AM   #8
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As an aside....anyone run them out and in, once a week or so, to keep gears lubricated or just for the heck of it ?
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When parked at home, we keep the slides in until we get ready to start loading for a trip.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:17 AM   #10
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Compare to the size of the house. I do know of a few folks with small houses and families who use the camper as an escape pod. We don't so the slides are in. ;-)
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:04 PM   #11
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Our owner's manual says to put the slides in in severe weather. I wouldn't want to have to remember to run the slide in in a thunderstorm.
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:28 PM   #12
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That's one thing I'm going to miss about my old Hurricane 30q with no slides. It was always ready for travel or for being used for visiting relatives. My new unit will be stored slides in.
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Old 02-24-2016, 01:53 PM   #13
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My slides are usually out when parked at the house, but that's mainly because we are in and out of the rig at random. If the rig is fully unloaded and I've not got any work to do inside then the slides are in.
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:09 PM   #14
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I leave my slide out most of the time I'm always in and out only leave it for the winter or bad storms. Was camping once and had severe t storms wind and rain we watched tv in the bedroom and left the slide in for the night I can get to my fridge and bathroom with slide in

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