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Old 07-08-2019, 08:30 AM   #1
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Slides in during the rain

I know the slides tilt away from the RV when they are out...but how exactly do they keep from allowing water intrusion when they are all the way in? There a tiny gap at the top when they are in and assuming the gutter is working they are covered I guess. I know there are seals but there is no way they seal well enough to be waterproof when gravity is involved.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:37 AM   #2
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If you look at your slide from inside and out, you will see there are seals on both sides. Using a garden hose to wash in 7 years, never had any water come through the seals If open or closed. No need to over think if all the seals are working as designed.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:41 AM   #3
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If you look at your slide from inside and out, you will see there are seals on both sides. Using a garden hose to wash in 7 years, never had any water come through the seals If open or closed. No need to over think if all the seals are working as designed.



X2.... Never had a problem unless a seal is torn.
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Old 07-11-2019, 09:11 AM   #4
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Water pressure is directly related to the depth of the water. A film of water has no pressure at all and only capillary action will allow seepage thru the seal which in my nearly 20 years of slide out experience is water proof. I'm certain my 3100psi pressure washer could push water thru the seals though, but rain and snow has never intruded.

A canopy over the slide will assist in keeping water out during rain and prevents all the leaves, pine straw, and bird poop from coming in when the slide retracts.

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Old 07-11-2019, 10:45 AM   #5
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Water pressure is directly related to the depth of the water. A film of water has no pressure at all and only capillary action will allow seepage thru the seal which in my nearly 20 years of slide out experience is water proof. I'm certain my 3100psi pressure washer could push water thru the seals though, but rain and snow has never intruded.

A canopy over the slide will assist in keeping water out during rain and prevents all the leaves, pine straw, and bird poop from coming in when the slide retracts.

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Slide toppers are great to cure this problem. Also keep heat down when sun is overhead and slide extended.
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Now that I have a slide topper, I really like them. Not only did it keep the wind, rain, and leaves off of the top the of slider, it kept the rain away from the top seal. It also adds shade to the slider.
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