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Old 11-24-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Seasonal site - Slides in or out?

I've been getting conflicting advice on this. With our trailer staying at a seasonal site all summer is it best to bring the slides in at the end of every weekend or just leave them out all summer?

If we do leave them out I've also got conflicting advice on whether or not to use slide supports.

I'd love to hear from the seasonal site campers on this. Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-24-2013, 07:14 AM   #2
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I asked before to and am still curious as to what other people do, but I was told to slide them in due to over time the slide could settle due to gravity and it being so heavy. If this happens you could have problems sliding it in and out, same goes with the slide supports, if you use them and the ground shifts then you can also run into slide troubles. So I think I am just going with our slide them in every time I leave.

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Old 11-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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Slides are built to withstand being in or out, without damage. However, it is NOT a good idea to use exterior slide supports, for two reasons.
One, if the trailer settles, upward pressure is exerted on the slide by the supports, and damage is likely. Two, the slides do not need supports - they are designed to move up and down as they deploy or retract, and the trailer structure will support them without any external help. The only reason I would retract them when not in use is to eliminate wear and tear on slide topper awnings, which could get damaged by high winds when you're not there to pull them in. JMHO
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:11 AM   #4
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I am not a seasonal, but we have a few friends that are. They all leave their slides out all summer, and pull them in for the winter. All of them add additional stabilizers under the TT, and add stabilizers under the slide.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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We put ours in before we leave, I had a look on the top of the slide and they did a crappy job sealing the slide so as far as i'm concerned it's not worth it if you have a leak, now my neighbor at the campground never put his slide in once all year, when they went to winterize it the slide wouldn't come in, if they had tried to put the slide in earlier there wouldn't have been a surprise come fall
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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Seasonal site - Slides in or out?

I leave mine out all summer. Every once in awhile when i think about it i will run the slide out in then back out just to keep everything working. Over the winter i pull them in when i leave. Robert
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Been at seasonal site for 7+ years. Based on my experience:

- Slide OUT from May to Sept (during summer camping months).
- Slide IN from Sept to May (during winter storage months).
- When slides out, NO slide supports.
- Being seasonal site, install 4 x 6-ton (or 12 ton if high chassis) axle stands down RV/TT's frame rails. Thus, providing distributed weight support.
- Being season site, I park RV/TT's tires on wide 2x12 boards. This reduces tires from being pushed into the soft mud (especially during wet season).

If seasonal site camping is your passion (like in my family), recommend building / installing a custom "hard cover" for over the slide. This hard cover is on hinges with undersized pivot pin (to allow natural shifting movement) and its outer side is supported via adjustable telescopic steel poles. Thus, NO weight on the slide. And, one can apply minor adjustments as RV/TT shifts around (from natural monthly movements). This hard cover is sloped and provides great weather protection for slide's flat roof top. Especially during those bad thunderstorms.

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Old 11-24-2013, 10:18 AM   #8
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We left the slide out on our old trailer without issues, but tinlizzie23 made a point that I didn't even think of. The new trailer has three slides and slide awnings on all of them.

I would hate to leave the slides out and have a wind storm come through during the week when we aren't at the park and do damage.

It's a dilemma for me because once the trailer is set up and blocked that's where it's staying, even through the winter. Once we have it set up as home-like as we want I'm wondering how much we have to move things around to bring the slides in.

Keep the experiences coming please, I want to hear as much good and bad as possible so I can make an informed decision. Thanks again.
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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Keep in mind that the slide roof structure is far less robust than the main roof structure of the TT, and this should be considered if the TT is unoccupied for lengths of time during the seasonal site use. A branch, hail, etc., hitting the main roof structure during a nasty storm may not be an issue, but could be an issue with the slide roof.

If you do elect to leave the slide(s) open throughout the season, being a mechanical device operating them once in awhile wouldn't hurt......, and since the seals will be exposed to the elements for longer periods of time one may want to treat them (UV protectant) more often.


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Old 11-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #10
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My slides are only in when moving, otherwise they are out. We do not use a seasonal site but our camper is plugged in and operational when at home between camping trips winter and summer. The exception would be snow if we didn't have the large open front barn its backed into.

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