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Old 07-06-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Do you open your door?

My questions is, do you open a door or window when you operating your slideouts?

When we purchased our first trailer with a slideout we were told to always open a door or window when operating the slide. We were told that keeping the trailer closed during slideout operation caused increased air pressure on window seals, trailer seams, etc. and over time it would weaken them enough to allow water intrusion into the trailer. This made sense to me because of the large volume of air that is being moved during slideout operation.

Since then we always have our entry door open when opening and closing slideouts. Have you ever been told to do this?


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Old 07-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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My parents open their entry door when putting their slide out on their MH. Their slide is hydraulic and moves pretty dang quick compared to my electric slide. So no, I don't open windows or doors on my TT.

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Old 07-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #3
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I don't do it. Camping trailers aren't sealed nearly well enough for this to be an issue.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #4
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This make sense but no, I've never heard of needing to do so.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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I never hear that before
But i do open the door as I always check to make sure no interior doors or cabinetry has opened and could interfere with the slide operation. i have seen where major damage was done by the slide forcing things the break that got in the way of it opening.
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:31 PM   #6
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good thought process but I dont see it to be an issue.

I dont hold the door I hold a beer and watch my dw do it .
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #7
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I usually have the door open but only because I'm standing waiting to hear that we indeed are not going to hit anything on the outside. And as stated, the electric slides don't move fast enough to cause that much suction and they aren't sealed that well. If my slide is out just partially (to get to bathroom) you can see bit of daylight at the bottom corners. Once the slide is all the way out it seals pretty tightly even there.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:03 PM   #8
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Oak.....I have never heard that before either. As others have noted.....I can see daylight around the slides so I'm sure that they are not "SEALED" sealed.

Maybe some are built a little tighter than others. I guess do what you are used to, and good luck to the rest of us.
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Just open a roof vent. The slides don't move fast enough to cause a major over- or under-pressure problem Usually, the seals leak enough to take care of it. I have a gap in the lower seal of the bedroom slide that's big enough for a Chihuaua to get in! I'm planning to fix it this year (yeah, sure!)
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:49 AM   #10
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i know that the front door can be very hard to open when the slide is going out. I dunno if it hurts anything, but I always crack a door or vent when running the slide. Just that much less strain on things over the life of the unit.

I might have to borrow a manometer from work and see how much the pressure differential is when running the slide.


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