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Old 07-16-2016, 02:23 PM   #11
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I would bring in if leaving for a few days. JMHO
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Old 07-16-2016, 03:40 PM   #12
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A friend of mine had a fifth wheel that he left at a camp ground during the season. He retracted his sliders but he always had a rodant problem. He discovered that the mice were crawling up his tires or wheels and getting on the fender rail and had access to the entire undercarriage finding ways into the living quarters. If he left the sliders out he never had a problem. Apparently the rodants couldn't get on the inner fender rail.???
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Old 07-16-2016, 04:59 PM   #13
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I agree with SeaDog!!!
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Myself I would retract the slide if I were leaving for a week or more.
1. Reduces the chance of water getting into the unit.
2. Places the weight back over the axles in an even manner
3. Protects the slide seals and roof from uv rays and the elements
These are just my thoughts there may be good reasons for leaving the slide out I just wouldn't do it.
x2 and I would add:

4. Keeps the interior cooler so that when you come back, you do not enter an oven.
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:10 PM   #15
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X2, no issue with leaving the slides out, they are made and designed to be extended.
To each his own.
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To each his own.
So, since you chimmed in... what do you recommend?
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x2 and I would add:

4. Keeps the interior cooler so that when you come back, you do not enter an oven.
I'm floating in this boat on slides, plus less heat gain.VERY< VERY good point..
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I'm floating in this boat on slides, plus less heat gain.VERY< VERY good point..
Another can of worms, I leave my AC on all week, nice and cool when I come back to my seasonal site.
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Another can of worms, I leave my AC on all week, nice and cool when I come back to my seasonal site.
Why not install a digital programmable thermostat and have the AC come on a few hours before you arrive, instead of running all week wasting energy? (Especially if you're paying for it.)
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I don't like leaving my slides out any more than necessary but only for one reason that has not yet been mentioned. I have slide toppers and don't feel they are very durable. With the slides out the toppers are more prone to wind damage and sagging over time (one already holds water as it is).
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