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Old 08-18-2018, 08:11 AM   #1
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Slide-out question

Hypothetically speaking, if you were to park a travel trailer on a lot in a campground and use it on weekends or occasionally for a week at a time without transporting it, does it make more sense to retract the slide or slides each time that you leave the camper or just leave it extended? Another poster's question about slide-out maintenance encouraged this question and I wonder whether maintenance and performance are better if the slide is left extended or retracted.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:15 AM   #2
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I leave my slides out. You my want to preserve the seals but that's just maintenance.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:18 AM   #3
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Thanks Don and Donna. I wasn't losing sleep over this question, just curious what peoples' thoughts were.
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We saw lots of trailers at a campground that are on seasonal lots and only used in the winter. Those with slides out had a lot of crap on the slides.. pine needles , sap and forest leaf debris. That just can't be good for the mechanism.

This is in Maine where it is 98 percent forest. Snowmobilers and hunters mostly using these trailers.

We don't have a slide but in those conditions I would retract before leaving.

As for the owners of the trailers in question, it looks like its been years since those slides were retracted.
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Old 08-18-2018, 09:52 AM   #5
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I think I would leave them retracted. It just seems like there's less risk and better longevity of the equipment if the slides are retracted than if they're out all the time.

It probably doesn't matter, but I think I would feel better with them in.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:26 AM   #6
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Gangrene is it Coudersport PA that is listed for your location?
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:22 PM   #7
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I put my trailer on a farm in south Alabama during the winter months (A high dollar hunting camp). I always pull my slides in just to keep things cleaner and the sun off the seals.
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:43 PM   #8
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We had 2 different campers on a seasonal site for 10 years. Our slides were extended from April until October and never had a problem. The seals were treated with Aerospace 303 three times a year. I did wash/treat the slide roofs several times a season and made sure they were clean and free of leaves, etc before closing them for the winter.
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Gangrene is it Coudersport PA that is listed for your location?
Yes, I live near Coudersport.
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Yes, I live near Coudersport.
I've been there hundreds of times. My wife lived in Coudersport for 10 years or so before we were married.
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