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Old 10-15-2018, 10:55 AM   #1
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Slide retraction in the rain question?

This may be a dumb question, but wasn't sure. So I currently have my slide open and will be packing up soon to leave. It has been non stop raining. My question is, will water run off from the top of the slide get into the unit if I retract it while wet or while raining?
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:15 AM   #2
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'efiguero'....

I think you may have answered your own question.

If you have no slide topper then there is a good chance you are going to be bringing in some rain water that has puddled on the top (roof) and droplets clinging onto the sidewalls.

Some slides tilt upwards at the beginning of the retraction, if yours does this you can start retraction then stop and wait for any puddles to run off.

Personally I have no slide toppers , by choice, because we have two sky-lights that brings in the daylight which makes it nice and bright inside.

I have a long broom stick with a squeegee attached to the end... if there is a lot of puddles on the roof from rain I will remove them with the squeegee....via ladder or from the main roof.
Then after the slide is retracted we will towel it off as best we can.

We don't want to introduce or save any large amounts of moisture inside the unit, especially if it is going to be laid up for a period.

Hope this helps

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Old 10-15-2018, 11:45 AM   #3
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If it's pouring rain, there is little you can do other than to pull the slides in and then wipe up the excess with towels. If you don't get out and clean off the top of the slides, it will bring anything that is on it outside into the inside.

We spent the extra $$$ when we purchased our new fifth wheel to get slide toppers so we wouldn't have that problem....they are well worth the cost.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:44 PM   #4
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Before you bring the slides in simply raise or lower the nose to allow any ponding water to run off. Return to level and button it up. I have not found the remaining droplets to be of any concern. And actually the seals/wipers remove most of those.

We had slide toppers on a previous RV and found they didn't make that much difference. We still had water and leaves blown in during storms. Plus they are noisy when windy (flapping). And in our area, they sun rot the same as the regular awning. Will never have them on another RV. So they are not the cure-all they are advertised as. They come with their own set of problems
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:51 PM   #5
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The seal on the slides will act like a squeegee and wipe most of it away. Very little chance you'll get much on the inside unless you have a bad seal. Or, unless the top of the slide is already under water, in which case, you've got bigger issues.
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:38 PM   #6
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The seal on the slides will act like a squeegee and wipe most of it away. Very little chance you'll get much on the inside unless you have a bad seal.

This has been my experience also.
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:13 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I think I have a bigger issue as the trailer is in an open grass field in a park, several hundred yards from a paved road, and the grass field is now pretty saturated and am worried of getting the tow vehicle stuck in mud if I attempt to pull the trailer out. Sucks as it is supposed to rain all week. Our tow vehicle is a RWD diesel Excursion that weighs a ton, so I just know it would sink in if I tried in the current wet grass. Wishing I had a 4WD one now..
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Get a slide topper and you won't have to worry about pulling the slideout in.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I think I have a bigger issue as the trailer is in an open grass field in a park, several hundred yards from a paved road, and the grass field is now pretty saturated and am worried of getting the tow vehicle stuck in mud if I attempt to pull the trailer out. Sucks as it is supposed to rain all week. Our tow vehicle is a RWD diesel Excursion that weighs a ton, so I just know it would sink in if I tried in the current wet grass. Wishing I had a 4WD one now..
If your mud is like what we have here in East Texas that is a much bigger issue. And tow trucks with long winch cables are not cheap!
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We just packed up in pouring rain. The inside of the camper stayed dried. We're do have slide toppers. I on the other hand found out my new coat is not water proof and I got soaked!
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