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Old 06-14-2021, 05:53 AM   #1
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Hail Storms

In our recent travels we have twice been in a campground when a storm hit. Each time there was a period of hail during the storms.

Our fifth wheel is set up in such a way that we can function with all three of our slides closed. It was my idea to quickly move a few small things and close the slides. I felt that at least our slide roof would be out of danger if there was any damage from the hail. We do not have slide toppers.

Would you say that it was a good precaution to take? What have any of you have done in a similar situation? We had no damage so all is well.

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Old 06-14-2021, 07:26 AM   #2
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I agree that it is a good ideal to pull the slides in.
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Old 06-14-2021, 09:10 AM   #3
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You need to do what makes you comfortable. On our rig we can NOT access the bath or bedroom with slides in, so we leave our out. We also have slide toppers, and have been thru a couple of bad storms. While in box Elder over Memorial Day week we experienced tornados that hit in Custer State Park and a couple of them north of our location.
We pulled in our slides and headed for the Flying J truck stop next to us to wait it out. Had a Open Face Roast Beef plate with mash potatoes, green beans while sitting there waiting it out.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:55 AM   #4
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There was a joke a few years ago among the people working at CSP in S Dakota. "How can you tell if a car (or truck) belongs to a local?"
It will be the one covered in hail dents from the front to rear bumpers.
Epic hailstorms in that area. We actually saw the ground covered in marble sized hail stones one summer when we were there. The BIG stones, 1.5 - 2 inch, would come on occasion but we were set up in the trees and seldom took a direct hit from any.
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We had a fairly rough but not awful hailstorm last year. I just knew my vintage vent covers, AC covers, and etc on the roof were going to be found pulverized. Not a crack. Instead a LOT of the plastic trim around my cargo doors was in bits on the ground. On both sides of the coach. I didn't get it then nor now. No other issues. I guess you never really know.
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Old 06-14-2021, 04:49 PM   #6
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Pulling in the slides was smart. Depending on the hail slide toppers would be damaged.

Even if you think you can't function with the slides in, hail storms don't last a long time. Quickly use the bathroom, grab a book and snack, pull the slides in and sit and relax. If you want to nap I'm sure you can lay on the bed with the slides in... or use the sofa. Even a rear bath could be accessed by scooting over on the bed.

Are there really RV designs where you can't use a bathroom with the slide in? I'd surely avoid that.
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Pull them in if you can.
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Old 06-14-2021, 08:40 PM   #8
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Unfortunately large hail is all too frequent in my area. A few years ago the units at the Camping World 2 miles away had severe damage to virtually every unit on their lot. No telling what happened at the KOA a mile away from them, but it can't have been much different. Almost every home had to have a roof replaced and thousands of cars lost windshields and back windows.
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Been in both hail storms & tornado warnings. With both, slides were pulled in, awnings rolled up & in the case of the latter, took shelter in the cement block shower house. Take all precautions to preserve your RV & you.
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