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Old 03-11-2014, 08:19 AM   #1
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Snow question re slide outs

Am I presuming correctly that with heavy snow fall and wind gusts predicted, that it would be wise to pull in the slideouts/with covers until it passes? This is on our 2009 Montana 3585SA. Only had it since the end of February and so many things we do not know...
Thanks for any advice, the storm is suppose to start Wednesday evening and last thru Thursday night.

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Old 03-11-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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Welcome to irv2. I would. Better safe than sorry.



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Old 03-11-2014, 08:25 AM   #3
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Do you need the slides out?
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:12 AM   #4
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The slide can handle the snow, but if you need to retract then you will have to clear the snow off the top of the slide. Been there done that. Close up until after the storm. I have also had to break the ice off the topper after a rain and then freezing temperatures.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:20 AM   #5
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The snow has to be removed prior to retracting the slide out. You are also likely to have the topper ice up with the snow you can easily damage the topper when removing ice and snow. My suggestion if heavy snow is expected put the slide outs in, don't risk the possible damage.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:24 AM   #6
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Done it both ways, Did not suffer damage but.. Well, I'd rather have 'em in than out in the snow.

Due to medical issues I did not leave Michigan till Thanksgiving, in fact the last thing i did in MI before pointing the RV south was Thanksigiving Dinner at a local Diner (They were giving them out from 2-8 PM Thanksgiving Eve for free).. I had my actual Thanksgiving Dinner in, I think , Georgetown, KY.

But the problem was some rain and snow and thaw caused an ice build up where some water pooled on one of the slide out toppers.

I was able to break it up enough to bring the slide in, but I still had a good size hunk of ice hanging on the side of the MH.. Not sure where it fell off.. But made it to Southern OH and it was still there the first night, Viola TN the second night, it was gone, Seneca SC (Destination) the third afternoon, almost exactly 48 hours after leaving Taylor, MI.

You know,, the doctors who worked on those medical issues... They did good.. It has been years since I could drive like that. Normaly that is at least a 4 day trip.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:59 AM   #7
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I just pull mine in till after the snow stops. Free solution to what could be an expensive problem.
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We own a new Phaeton with quad slides and our past coach was a 2011 RED with quad slides and when a storm is reported with strong winds and heavy rains, it is always prudent to bring the slides in to be safe.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:21 PM   #9
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When in doubt pull in the slide out.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:28 AM   #10
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Just in case I missed thanking everyone who responded individually, thank you one and all! Slides will be going in! Thanks again!!
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We recently were in snow country and 5 inches fell on our MH. In the morning, the DW wanted to get up on the roof and remove the snow from the slide-topper. I thought it might be too slippery and told her "no". We retracted the slideout and the snow rolled off the topper. What am I missing? My thinking was that no snow removal was worth falling off the roof of the MH.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:16 PM   #12
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I hear you...

Did go ahead and put them in. In this instance, glad we did. When it was all said and done...about 24". Then it blew and now calling for possible rain... then cold again. Next year...

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