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Old 11-28-2022, 07:37 AM   #1
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Removing water from top of slide

I have a 2016 King Aire. The top of the full length slide (driver side slide) is holding water on top after a rain. When I pull the slide in I am getting water down through the top of the slide into the coach and onto the furniture. I would think the water should drain off as the slide pulls in? Anyone have advise. My other smaller slides do not seem to hold water. Thank you!
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Water should not be coming in the coach. Check to see that the seals around the slide are intact. Verify the slide is level and there are no gaps between the seal and the slide. If you can get on top look to see if there are any tears in the the topper. I have a 2014 Dutchstar that holds tons of water on that topper and we have never had water intrusion when retracting the slide.
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Does the slide have a slide topper? Is it sagged / belly'd from holding water? If so, replace it so the water sheds off.

If no topper, the top of the slide typically has a ramp that goes up towards the seals...but it points out the seals might not be sealing. Take a light at night and shine at the seals and look from the other side.
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:14 AM   #4
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Itís actually quite common for water to be sitting on top of the slide after a storm (thereís a fair number of posts on iRV2).

Merely retract the front or rear jacks (whichever is extended more). Once that is done, the water will drain off whichever end is lower. After a few minutes, you can then continue with your closing procedures.
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:22 AM   #5
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Get on top of RV ( when safe ) with a battery operated leaf blower. While up there do a roof inspection. You can also retract slide slowly by stopping allowing the water to shed off the topper.
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^^^^ this is the correct answer.

Also usually the air bags inflate such that it tilts the coach enough to cause runoff.

Airbags should be fully inflated before retracting the full wall slide anyway.
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:27 AM   #7
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We have this problem too. Our procedure is to dip the nose or rear of the coach to allow the water to run off for about 15 minutes. Then we continue with the standard departure procedure.
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I carry a small ladder and a small battery powered leaf blower to blow any debris that falls on my slide as well as excess water before I pull in the slides. Not perfect, but it helps.
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Old 11-28-2022, 11:25 AM   #9
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I cheat a bit on retracting the slide. Bring it in a few inches at a time. Water will run off the topper front or back depending on which way you are pitched. Just donít do it with the entry door open.
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Either tilt the coach front to rear, or sometimes you can bring the slide in 6" and wait 10 seconds, bring it in another and wait 10 seconds. This gives the slide topper a chance to drain.
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Either tilt the coach front to rear, or sometimes you can bring the slide in 6" and wait 10 seconds, bring it in another and wait 10 seconds. This gives the slide topper a chance to drain.
This is the way we did it.

Absolutely no need to haul a leaf blower up there!


However, no water should be entering your coach.
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Old 11-28-2022, 04:07 PM   #12
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You don't need to climb on the roof with leaf blowers. Just dump your air/jacks and manually lift the front of the coach to drain the water off. Now follow manufactuers instructions to bring in the slides.

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You don't need to climb on the roof with leaf blowers. Just dump your air/jacks and manually lift the front of the coach to drain the water off. Now follow manufactuers instructions to bring in the slides.

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I agree with water, but I am always worried about the debris that lands on the top of the slide. I am typically blowing off the leaves and small branches, etc. that are on top of the slide.

The water makes it stick worse, although heavy water may actually "wash" debris off when I blow the slide down.
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Old 11-29-2022, 06:45 AM   #14
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Thank you all for the great advise! I am definitely going to:
1. Tilt the coach forward or back with jacks to drain any excess water
2. Bring slide in slowly, stopping a couple of times along the process to let any additional water drain off.

I do use a ladder and leaf blower to get debris off before bringing slides in currently.

One more question: I have tried bringing the full wall slide in both with jacks extended (leveled) and with jacks retracted (on air bags). Both have resulted in chipped floor tile at the edge of the floor seal. The slide was just serviced and new seals within 3 months). The manufacturer recommends retracting after jacks are retracted. What do you all do? This only happens on the full wall slide (flush floor slide that drops about 2Ē when you extended to be flush with coach interior floor).
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