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Old 03-20-2013, 07:06 AM   #1
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slides left in or out?

Ok im posting this because the dw has been questioning me about the slide outs. Now we have a class A MH. with two slides. I always bring them in when not in use. Only once did we leave it parked for a month at a Yogi Bear CG returning each wknd to use the RV. Brining the slides in each Sunday.
We have seen plenty of TTs, 5ths with the slides left out even for winter storage and she asked me why that is.
So just wondering if it doesn't matter or the reasons to bring them in or leave them out?
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:14 AM   #2
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I know what you mean about TTs and 5th Wheelers, I've seen them stored in campgrounds with the slides out too. I wouldn't leave my MH for a week unattended with the slides out because high winds could damage slide toppers. Severe thunderstorms could cause water ingress, with no one there to notice water blowing past a slide seal (this is entirely hypothetical, I've never experienced this) water damage could occur.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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Many full timers leave them out all the time.
I have mine out up to 7 months at a time.

The less I put them in/out the less problems I have with the motors/gears/seals on them. I had to replace the $$$ motor once.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:58 AM   #4
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We have several where we are at as monthlies that "store" their RV in a spot hooked up and with slides out. Sometimes we see them for a week and then we don't see them for a couple of months. If they are hooked up they pay the monthly fee which is $520 a month.
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I understand leaving them out if parked on a seasonal site or maybe even extended stay but i'm just surprised at the ones in storage lots or at peoples homes for the winter who leave them out. I guess that's really more what i'm interested in.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:15 AM   #6
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We leave ours out at our seasonal site for about 4 months. I always heard either leave them all the way out or pull them all the way in. Never half way.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:22 AM   #7
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I have a easy rule..If I'm using my motor home then the slides are out, if I'm not, then the slides are in...How hard is it to push 4 little buttons? In less than than a minute slides can be either in or out.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:46 PM   #8
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When I bought my Hurricane, I wrote Thor. They said to keep the slides in when the MH was not in use. When I traded and bought my Vista, I wrote Winnebago. They did not want to say "officially" that leaving the slides out was OK (?liability?), but during my telephone conversation I was told that it "shouldn't" be a problem when I explained that I was aware that they should be brought in for severe weather, and that I was responsibile for my actions (the same rule also applied for the levelers).
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I have a easy rule..If I'm using my motor home then the slides are out, if I'm not, then the slides are in...How hard is it to push 4 little buttons? In less than than a minute slides can be either in or out.
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No matter where it is sitting; if I'm not using it, the slides come in. I see no point in adding dirt, grunge, frass, bird droppings, etc. to the slide's roof or topper needlessly or getting the additional UV exposure to the slide's roof or the slide topper. If I don't need them out, the slides are in.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:00 PM   #10
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Hi greatlakes,
In the situation described in the OP, I do as you do. Bring the slides in when you are not at the coach.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:31 PM   #11
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I have had the same question as well. I would say that I'm with Charles. If I am in it, then the slides are out. If not in it, the slides are in.

I would think that leaving them out during storage will expose seals and awnings to the weather elements, requiring more maintenance and repair.
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3 years ago at a rally held at Berrien Springs, Mi a fellow drove buy me on his way to the dump site with his slides out!!!....Just thought I'd throw that in.
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I know what you mean about TTs and 5th Wheelers, I've seen them stored in campgrounds with the slides out too. I wouldn't leave my MH for a week unattended with the slides out because high winds could damage slide toppers. Severe thunderstorms could cause water ingress, with no one there to notice water blowing past a slide seal (this is entirely hypothetical, I've never experienced this) water damage could occur.
This is exactly what happened to a friend's coach. It was on a consignment dealers sales lot, with the slides out - and along came a storm. Slide topper gave way, and water got into the coach. New ceiling and other replacements were needed.
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For us, slides out when using and in when stored.
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