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Old 08-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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Slide out and Rain

Did a quick search and didn't see anything about this.
We are a first time camper owner with a slide out.
Decided it was time to leave when it was raining the other morning and learned a valuable lesson.
While bringing the slide out in, I think I hear water dripping and running somewhere. Look to the end of the slide out and see a river running across the floor of the camper.
Learned now to always raise or lower the jack to get the camper NOT level before bringing the slide out in to stop the river inside the trailer.
Thought I would share for other newbies that haven't had the pleasure of figuring this one out yet on their own.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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I always keep my camper slightly tilted to the slide out side so water always runs away from camper.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:10 PM   #3
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I am still working on the "tilt" when parked.
Mine likes to lean to the fridge side when just parked with nothing.
I try to "judge" how much to raise it so when the slide out is out, it comes out level. haven't got it yet. LOL
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
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Put a topper on the slide and problem solved.... And you can keep camper level to boot....
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:36 AM   #5
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I keep a couple of 2x8 boards and drive camper wheels up on them. I also have a slide topper too. Last weekend camping the site was so uneven I had to use 2 boards.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:05 AM   #6
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I keep a couple of 2x8 boards and drive camper wheels up on them. I also have a slide topper too. Last weekend camping the site was so uneven I had to use 2 boards.
I carry 3 when I go to Acadia,ME, last time our site had so much slope I parked it cross ways. It took lots of small 2 x 4's for 2 of the stabilizers & got lots of looks from other campers but it was rock steady.

Two boards are also a handy jack to change a TT tire. Hopefully you never need to.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:15 AM   #7
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Get slide out toppers (awning). Any water that is collected on them will run off as you retract the slide. The rubber seal on the side of the slide acts as a squeegie. I have retracted my slide many times during wet conditions and have never once noticed a drop of water on the inside.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:34 AM   #8
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Put a topper on the slide and problem solved.... And you can keep camper level to boot....
Amen, brother.

Toppers rule:

1) no water pooling on roof from rain shower
2) Shade on the slide out roof (thinnest insulation) aids in cooling
3) No wet leaves to remove before closing slide
4) No snow to shovel when that freak snowstorm dumps an inch at night
5) Will not "flap" in the wind if properly tensioned (read your manual).

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #9
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another vote for a topper.
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I have found that even though the gasket acts as a squeegee the corners always leak a bit when retracting the slide in the rain. I always try to keep a very slight tilt to the trailer to one of the rear corners that way the drips from the A.C. when running will drain to one area.
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