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Slide out and Weather

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I often will stay for months at a time at a particular RV Campsite and if I leave for days at a time I'm wondering if I should CLOSE my Slideout when I'm gone in case of bad weather. 

I DO retract the Awning when I'm gone and also turn OFF the water heater and water.   Any recommendations?

Thanks!

 

 

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nurseruth90,

Welcome to the FMCA Forum.

A matter of risk vs reward. Everyone has different risk (hassle) vs reward (less chance of water intrusion, damage to topper, etc).

We do exactly as you are suggesting-- close the slides if storms are predicted.  Do the same if we are in the coach.

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In a pending storm condition I pull in awnings, chairs, slides and I also get off my Jacks.  If you don't have air level as an option, just start the coach and air up, then shut of engine.

I have parked my coach many times, while I was on a cruise for 1 week to 8 weeks in the same manner as above....It's always been there on my return!  

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I put the slides in when heavy storms or high winds come through.  I have put the jacks up during high winds too.  I put the awning out when the weather is decent and little wind.  If I leave the rig, the awning comes in. 

Happy Camping and RVing!

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nurseruth90, Welcome to the FMCA Forums! 

Our manual calls out retracting the slides with severe weather. Now comes the part up to interpretation, whats severe weather? If the winds are over 25 mph in a storm we close them even if we are inside. 

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I think closing the slides is the better option. We always do.

I don't understand why putting the jacks up is a necessity, could someone explain.?

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1 hour ago, wayne77590 said:

I don't understand why putting the jacks up is a necessity, could someone explain.?

I took that as some coaches require slides to operate with them up, some do not. 

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My coach, the jacks go down, level, then slides out. Revers is slides in, jacks up. However I could do it either way as they are independent of each other.  It's just better to have the coach level as to not catiwampus the slide.

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