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Old 09-28-2016, 12:26 PM   #1
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Slides in or out

I picked up a used 2011, Rockwood 5th wheel model 8288 SS. This is my first RV with slides and I am wondering if while it is in storage, is there a greater possibility of harm or damage if it is stored with the slides pulled in vs pushed out?
The space where I am able to store it there are a lot of trees and I would prefer to have it closed up to avoid any collection of falling debris like leafs, acorns and shed branches on the roof of the slides.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:30 PM   #2
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I always store mine with the slide out "in". I'dont store mine at my house, So I'd have to pull the slide in and put the locks in place each time I moved it......too much effort.

As well, with the slide "in" your slide toppers won't get damaged or be subjected to UV deterioration (if stored outside and not covered)

my two cents.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:32 PM   #3
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You'll get answers both ways but my line of thinking is that, when the slides are out, more is exposed to the elements. While it won't hurt it per se, it requires more preventive maintenance on the seals and other exposed areas. Mine stay in unless it's getting prepped for a trip or it's being used. Same for stabilizers.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:33 PM   #4
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I would say the greater possibly of damage would be if the slides are out.
And when I say damage, I'm meaning whet you referred to debris, leaves and the like.

Obviously if a BIG tree branch falls on the side of the camper, I don't think it will matter whether the slide is in or out, there's going to be damage.

I have always stored my units with slides... with them in.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:24 PM   #5
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Mine always go in as well. I don't want melting snow sitting on the slides all winter.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:29 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your response. Going to store it with the slides pulled in.

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Old 09-28-2016, 03:19 PM   #7
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We keep ours stored in our driveway, slides in, leveled (as close as we can get on the sloped drive - pretty close) and plugged in, AC on and fridge running. Sure it runs up the power bill a bit but it sure is nice not to have to worry about cleaning out the fridge and cooling down the interior every time. Plus, with the Florida weather, I just like to keep it conditioned instead of humidity and heat building up inside of it constantly. Simply my preference on most of this, but I would say to keep the slides in while stored.
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Has anyone tried using a dehumidifier inside the RV while in storage? Humidity in Virginia in the summer months can reach in the 75-90% range and I am thinking that pulling the moisture out may be beneficial.
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Many storage areas don't have electricity to plug into, but yes a dehumidifier would work. You'd have to drop by and empty it regularly though. Many of us use this desiccant moisture absorber in our units. https://www.walmart.com/ip/DampRid-R...orber/16627481
As for the fridge ... clean it up good and stuff 4-5 pages of newspaper crumpled up in balls in freezer and fridge. They will absorb the ordors of a closed up fridge ... or just leave the doors ajar enough for circulation
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Our RV is stored in our side yard. During the summer the slide out is out, but during the winter it is stored in and we use a RV cover.
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