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Old 07-21-2016, 06:10 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Wiscampsin View Post
We leave our slides out from April 15th to Oct 15th. Never had any problems.

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Old 07-21-2016, 07:12 PM   #42
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Slides out is not a problem. Just stop and think. If camper A stays in his for 4 months as many do, the slide stays out. he can not close it from time to time. He has no Problems. This is my scenario. I will close it in OCT for the winter. No Snow load on the topper. Slides and motors get exercised twice a year.

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Old 07-23-2016, 08:41 AM   #43
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Leave them out.

I have lived for extended periods in my '14 Crusader. I skirted, hard plumbed for winter and had not problems at -18 F. The only concerns I have found is:
Heavy snow buildup on the slide out. I placed jack stands underneath to take the bulk of normal weight, cleared the snow with a snow rake to reduce the weight as necessary. Other than that, no problems with the seals, tracks or motors.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:50 AM   #44
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Red face Leave Slide In or Out

I bring mine in and raise the thermostat a few degrees, mainly for the reasons stated but also to have less of a "foot print" of cooling loss thus reducing the work load on the air conditioning units. The loss factor is pretty high with the slides out continuously, so why not ease that load when possible.

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Old 07-29-2016, 12:53 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by kgkerl View Post
Thanks for the replies, things I had not thought about.
Most RV manufacturers will void any slideout warranty claims, if you use slide supports.
There's usually warnings NOT to use such devices in the manual paperwork.

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