petenancy

Snow On Slide Covers

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Should I put some kind of support under the slide covers to prevent excess weight?

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Petenancy,

Welcome to FMCA.

Are you asking because the slide will remain out, with the coach parked for an extended stay or are you looking for a solution if you might be where the slide would be out in a snowstorm over night while on the road?

Rich.

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Rich, Thank you for the info. I think that we will just pull the slides in if snow is likely.

Pete

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In March we went north to help our daughter, taking care of grandchildren while she worked. We got dumped on by a heavy snowstorm (10"). The snow piled up on the slide-out covers and pinned them to the top of the slide-out. It was at least 24 hours later when I could get out to clear them. They came right back up, no problem. About 2 months later I was sitting the coach one afternoon when I heard a sound like something had hit one of the awnings. I couldn't see anything but later went out to see if a tree limb or something had dropped on us. I saw the large slide-out cover laying slack on top of the slide-out. The spring in the roller had broken. I believe this was caused by the snow which had pulled the cover out much further than normal which wound the spring tighter and likely caused it to break a couple of months later.

Moral of the story, if snow is expected, take the slides in or if you are going to be in one place for a while, put something under the cover to support it. Don't let the snow accumulate on the covers to the point that it weighs them down.

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To: T Butler

Thanks for your input because of some family issues we need to stay in Va for the winter. I think that we will watch the forcast and pull the slides in if snow is pending.

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We got dumped on in St George, UT last week with 8" of snow. The slide covers drooped but recovered when I removed the snow. However ice formed from snow melting on the roof . I had to remove the ice before we could bump in. Time will tell if the slide cover springs were affected or not. Good to be back home in Tucson, AZ

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IMHO, our slide toppers are very poorly designed. They are horizontal so even when it rains they do not drain and puddle badly. After it rains (or snows), I climb on the roof and sweep off the water or snow so the toppers return to their normal position.

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