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Old 03-23-2023, 08:23 PM   #1
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Up to an inch overnight, low 19 degrees outside Flagstaff (ski trip). Not leaving until tomorrow late afternoon. Slides in or out tonight? I donít mind going up on the ladder for a pre-trip sweep.
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Old 03-24-2023, 03:58 AM   #2
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Up to an inch overnight, low 19 degrees outside Flagstaff (ski trip). Not leaving until tomorrow late afternoon. Slides in or out tonight? I donít mind going up on the ladder for a pre-trip sweep.
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If you are only talking an inch or so, I would keep my two main slides out: bedroom and kitchen/living. Of course type of snow matters too. If really heavy, I would put the slides in. Really heavy stuff can be hard to get rid of.

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Old 03-24-2023, 05:32 AM   #3
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Up to an inch overnight, low 19 degrees outside Flagstaff (ski trip). Not leaving until tomorrow late afternoon. Slides in or out tonight? I donít mind going up on the ladder for a pre-trip sweep.
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I wouldn't worry about a inch of snow on toppers or roof, especially seeing that you are not leaving till afternoon. The sun will hopefully melt most of it. 3-4 inches of heavy snow is another story.
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We got snowed on first night out last week on a trip. Ended up having to go up on the roof to broom off the slide toppers. Very slippery on that snow covered fiberglass roof so be careful. I suggest that if you know the snow is coming, just pull the slides in.

We also got stuck pulling out of our campsite! Had to call a wrecker to winch us out!

Was a rough start to the first trip of the season, but the rest of the trip was trouble free.
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We got snowed on first night out last week on a trip. Ended up having to go up on the roof to broom off the slide toppers. Very slippery on that snow covered fiberglass roof so be careful. I suggest that if you know the snow is coming, just pull the slides in.

We also got stuck pulling out of our campsite! Had to call a wrecker to winch us out!

Was a rough start to the first trip of the season, but the rest of the trip was trouble free.
The couple of times that I had snow on my toppers I used my squeegee that connects with my extension pole to get the snow off my toppers. I can gently pull off about 99% of the snow and usually the daytime temps/sun take care of the rest. If there is a chance of a heavy snow with cold temps and no sun I bring the slides in. I was washing my DS roof once and I fell, stayed on the roof, but very close to going over the side. It scared the s$#t out of me. Whenever i get onto my roof now I am on my hands and knees. I cant image getting on a snow covered roof to remove snow, 13 feet is a long fall.
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We got snowed on first night out last week on a trip. Ended up having to go up on the roof to broom off the slide toppers. Very slippery on that snow covered fiberglass roof so be careful. I suggest that if you know the snow is coming, just pull the slides in.

We also got stuck pulling out of our campsite! Had to call a wrecker to winch us out!

Was a rough start to the first trip of the season, but the rest of the trip was trouble free.
Not to hijack the thread but, do you have M/S tires on the drivers or highway tires? Just curious if you thought maybe M/S would have got you going. I put M/S on mine just in case of a situation as yours.
Thank you very much.
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I found that as I pull the slides in, the snow simply falls off. On my coach the fabric rolls onto a roller. I've never pulled in any slide for snow. Every year we camp in the winter to go snow skiing/hiking/snowshoeing and lots of times we have "endured" heavy snow. Only one time in the past 24 years have has the snow/sleet/slush been so heavy I couldn't pull the one large slide in.

In the picture, the satellite dish is sitting on 3 foot tall tripod!
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My wife worked at the Flagstaff hospital and we ended spending 5 years there living full-time in our 2004 Mountain Aire. The Newmar handled winters at 7000' just fine.

I only pulled in a slide once in the winters there. There was a thin (1/4") rind of frozen snow on top of the slide. The top caught going in and the bottom kept going in. My heart stopped. After getting my wits back, I pushed the button to move the slide back out and it was fine, zero damage. Scared the bejeesus out of me! I never pulled the slides in again because of snow. Newmar slide outs are the best!

We went through a number of 1-2' snow storms while there and ever had a problem. If we had a snow storm, I would climb up the ladder and shovel off the snow. Not many people would do that, but I figured that if I could shovel a sidewalk without falling off, I could surely shovel snow off the rig's roof.

Newmars are built great and winters are not a problem if you are prepared and just use common sense. Be skeptical about any advice from anyone who hasn't spent a couple winters in their Newmar up in the mountains... Click image for larger version

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My wife worked at the Flagstaff hospital and we ended spending 5 years there living full-time in our 2004 Mountain Aire. The Newmar handled winters at 7000' just fine.

I only pulled in a slide once in the winters there. There was a thin (1/4") rind of frozen snow on top of the slide. The top caught going in and the bottom kept going in. My heart stopped. After getting my wits back, I pushed the button to move the slide back out and it was fine, zero damage. Scared the bejeesus out of me! I never pulled the slides in again because of snow. Newmar slide outs are the best!

We went through a number of 1-2' snow storms while there and ever had a problem. If we had a snow storm, I would climb up the ladder and shovel off the snow. Not many people would do that, but I figured that if I could shovel a sidewalk without falling off, I could surely shovel snow off the rig's roof.

Newmars are built great and winters are not a problem if you are prepared and just use common sense. Be skeptical about any advice from anyone who hasn't spent a couple winters in their Newmar up in the mountains... Attachment 388769Attachment 388770Attachment 388772
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Just My 2 cents worth..It is a lot easier [and cheaper] to heat/cool any RV with the slides retracted.. and there is less chance of weather related damages...
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The choice really depends on how accessible everything is inside with the slides in.
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The choice really depends on how accessible everything is inside with the slides in.
True, We chose our floor plan specifically for it's accessibility with the slide retracted..[pic, Clines Corners,New Mexico. 6" snow, 30 mph wind, 0 deg , windchill well below too damn cold ..just gotta love a well built RV, and it's Aqua Hot..
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Thanks for all the replies and reassurance. As I gain more experience and keep exploring the capabilities of this rig, the happier and more confident I become! I did brush the snow off the toppers before bringing them in out of caution and everything worked fine. Click image for larger version

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Looks like a beautiful spot! Enjoy...
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