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Old 05-19-2016, 03:55 PM   #11
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... Slide covers. That is a new term for me. I think I know what he is talking about, but never actually knew what they were called. I will have to check and see. Not to install them, but to educate on what they actually are.
Here you can see the slide toppers on the back side of our 8529IKBS.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:57 PM   #12
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:17 PM   #13
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I have often wondered why people are leaving their slides out while the trailer is not being used. I always thought it was safest to have the trailer all sealed/closed up will not using it.

Is it a matter of wearing out the slide motor??
I'm not positive, but I believe that a slide should be equally sealed when fully extended vs. fully retracted.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:46 PM   #14
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Here you can see the slide toppers on the back side of our 8529IKBS.
OK, I have seen them before. Just didn't know the term for them.

How do they weather in a storm? Noisy from flapping or do they stay pretty quiet? I could see some benefits from them. Debris, rain, bird crap as one put it.
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I'm not positive, but I believe that a slide should be equally sealed when fully extended vs. fully retracted.
I can attest that my slide is sealed when retracted but when extended there is a section in the center underneath where the seals don't cover the gap between slide and frame. Too small for a squirrel, perhaps, but big enough for all kinds of other critters.
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How do they weather in a storm? Noisy from flapping or do they stay pretty quiet? I could see some benefits from them. Debris, rain, bird crap as one put it.

You'll get mixed reviews on that. Most say no issues. Some say they get some noise.

To me, the benefit far outweighs the negatives.
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You'll get mixed reviews on that. Most say no issues. Some say they get some noise.

To me, the benefit far outweighs the negatives.

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Old 05-20-2016, 09:38 AM   #18
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Draining the WH would depend on the quality of the water. If it is decent treated water then it should be OK. If you have lots of iron or sulfur in the water( untreated well water) then I would drain it. If it is an Atwood, just replace the drain plug with a 1/4turn valve and the task is very easy.
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We don't drain the WH but we do make sure the city water source and WH are turned off, just in case a leak develops. We leave the slide out for the weekend, but if we are going to be away from the camper for more than a day or two we retract the slide. We always retract the awning.
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Stowing the awning is mandatory if you want to keep it. You never know what kind of weather you're going to get, but most of it is entirely capable of destroying an awning.
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