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Old 09-12-2011, 08:54 AM   #15
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Advantages of leaving them out: To be honest, save for wear and tear on the machinery. I can't really think of any.

Advantages of pulling them in: Lower profile.. If something falls where the slide was when out, ZERO damage happens. Leaks, do not leak Even in high wind conditions (have had water blow past my seals) high winds have less effect on the motor home, ZERO chance of damage to the slide topper, And more.

So,,,,,, Looking at the balance sheet: RETRACT.

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Old 09-12-2011, 11:26 AM   #16
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To be safe, I'd pull them in, but for just a week with favorable weather, no harm in leaving them out.

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Old 09-12-2011, 12:15 PM   #17
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Speaking of toppers and since this thread has just about run it's course, my toppers do not have the aluminum roll-over covers like my porch and window awnings. Can they be added? One of them is already showing sun damage.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:26 PM   #18
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I'd be more concerned about your fridge while you are gone, leave the propane on and leave the fridge in "auto" mode so if the electricity fails for whatever reason your food is still safe as the fridge will automatically switch over to propane.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:33 PM   #19
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I took all of your advice and closed the slides last night before we left. I locked the compartments and I left that note on the door.

Unfortunately, our fridge does not automatically switch over. It has to be manually switched from AC to LP...

But thanks for the helpful tip.

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Faith, help me out here, it makes for a good day when I learn something new. I see by your sig that your coach is a 2005 and therefore I would expect it would have either a dometic or Norcold frdige. I would be very surprised if the fridge didn't automatically switch as I had always believed all of the recent Dometic and Norcold propane/electric RV fridges has the automatically switch over capability. What brand/model fridge do you have?
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what do you guys do if you are snowbirds pull your slides every time you go out?
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It depends on the condition of the outside walls. If the slide topper awning and outside surfaces of the slide are dry, go ahead and suck in. Otherwise there is no harm in leaving it out for just a week or two.

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