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Old 12-30-2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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Seasonal camper.. Leave slides in or out during week?

2014 tracer 2670.. This past summer I was seasonal and when i left camp on sunday i would close my slide and then when i returned on friday i would reopen it.. I did this all summer long.. I may add that i have a slide topper on the slide. All the other campers always question me on why i always shut the slide instead of leaving it open all year long. I am just afraid that if it rains it will sag and ruin the slide topper. What do most here recommend? are there positives or negatives with either? would opening and closing the slide every weekend wear out the cable slide or is opening and closing actually good for the slide? thanks

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Old 12-30-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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We're seasonal and leave our 4 slides out from April 15th to October 15th. I don't think I've ever seen any seasonal camper at our place close them for the week. We don't have slide toppers but you could try a partially inflated beach ball under your slide topper to help the rain drain off.

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Old 12-30-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Was told by fr techs in Goshen, at frog rally last year, if leaving unit sitting for long lengths of time, its good to cycle the slides. Open for a few days then close them. Repeat after a week or 2. Keeps seals flexible.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:35 AM   #4
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We don't do a traditional seasonal, but we do a winter camping program. We do run our slides in after each trip. If we did move to a traditional seasonal site we would continue to run the slides in each time. It only takes a few seconds and for me it is peace of mind. No science behind it, just a personal preference.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:49 AM   #5
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If you feel the need then I would close them. Just check the slide "wall runners" for wear or cracking as this does happen. It can allow water intrusion to the slide and damage the flooring.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:51 AM   #6
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We went to the kids for Christmas, there were many fulltimers there and they had gone home for Christmas. I don't think I saw one TT, FW, or MH with the slides pulled in.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:41 AM   #7
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We started doing the seasonal camping thing in July. Only a few times did I run my slides in. This was just to make sure everything was ok.(washing ,seals and so on)
Everyone at the cg left their slides open except in the winter when there all closed.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:54 AM   #8
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Less sun and weather exposure to the slide itself and the outer seal, but they are designed for this so it probably doesn't matter.

If it was me, I would probably pull them in, but other than the above observation it is probably ok either way.
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:54 AM   #9
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We are also seasonal campers April thru October. I use the slide seal conditioner 3 times a year. At first When we open, then midway through, and when we close. I have a topper over the super slide. It is difficult to spary the conditioner on the seal but I found that a floor swifter aids my reach easily. I have used the beach ball only to find it gone after a pretty windy event. I have seen other campers make a topper support out of PVC pipe. I may try that this year. We leave the slide open all season long without any issues.

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Old 12-31-2014, 12:37 PM   #10
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Besides water pooling on the slide covers, it's really makes no difference. 30 seconds to open / close, do what your comfortable with!

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