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Old 09-16-2015, 01:29 PM   #1
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Newbie question on slideouts

Hi all we have a Wildwood 402QBQ with 4 slide outs. I checked the winterization form but could not find an answer to my question.
When winterizing the unit what is best to leave the slide outs out or bring them in?
I've have two different answers from dealers and am quite confused
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:40 PM   #2
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I think you will get good advice on both sides of this issue. I am of the slides in for the winter opinion. You have less surface area (roof) for the weather to work on. Also the sides gaskets are compressed when the slides are in so a much tighter weather tight type of seal when the slides are in.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:29 PM   #3
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I do not use my TT in the winter (minus a few hunting trips) when I winterize it I put the slides in. I never leave them out unless the TT is in use (active use).
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:32 PM   #4
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I have a seasonal site so mine go out in April and don't come in until October. But over the winter they are in. Don't know of any reason to leave them out.
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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Our 5th wheel is in Wellton, Arizona all year. We leave slides out (we have 3) and finds they keep the dust out better then in, when we leave it for the summer. Should find out in a month how it was for dust this year.
We put the slides-in in the winter on our 26 footer here in Alberta, due winter snow load.
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Old 09-18-2015, 07:29 AM   #6
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if you have hydraulic slides you want to keep them in as the rams will draw moisture and rust or pit damaging the seals or at least smear them with a light grease or hydraulic oil to protect them
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Our 5th wheel is in Wellton, Arizona all year. We leave slides out (we have 3) and finds they keep the dust out better then in, when we leave it for the summer. Should find out in a month how it was for dust this year.
We put the slides-in in the winter on our 26 footer here in Alberta, due winter snow load.
A proper built unit will SEAL with slides IN or OUT,if you have issues with Dust your seals are NOT adjusted Properly! Youroo!!
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:19 AM   #8
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Can't see why anyone would want to have their slides out when the rig is stored or not in use.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:43 PM   #9
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Slides In ... they are too prone to moisture/water damage as it is to leave them out unnecessarily during periods on non use.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:34 AM   #10
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Out all season - in all winter.
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