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Old 04-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #1
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Slide out or in...that is the question

This is my first trailer with a slide out. Over the years I have noticed that there are some people that leave there slides out and those that leave them in between trips. Just curious if there is something that I am missing? Either way your compressing a seal so does it really matter if you store your trailer with the slide in or out?
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:37 AM   #2
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Don't really know the answer to this, but we always leave ours out and have never had a problem in the 4+ yrs we had the Flagstaff 831RLSS. The slide was only in when we were traveling.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:39 AM   #3
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A water leak can occur in areas of the slideout other than just the rubber seals. If it were me, I would always keep the slides in when not in use.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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I would think keeping them closed would be best. That would prevent the seals from being exposed to the elements, atleast the majority of the seals.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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slide in when not in use. keeping the seals exposed all the time, just shortens their life and gives dust, debris and junk more of a chance to adhere to them.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #6
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I had a thought that it was really just a personal preference. I have enough room where I park my trailer to have the slide out but then I wouldn't be able to take the trash out. Not sure if that would be such a good idea with the wife.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:54 AM   #7
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Exclamation Keep it in...

...just a tip from someone who also maintains a sailboat here in Florida...years and years of experience definitely points to keeping as much stuff from being exposed to the elements and critters as possible -- fiberglass, rubber, plastic, painted metal, electrics, gears, motors you name it...keep your slide retracted.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:35 PM   #8
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I keep mine in unless I am working on the camper or using it.
The logic for that decision is as previously expressed.
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #9
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As I said before, we have the room and don't have to worry about harsh elements, so we just leave it out. I do understand the concerns of others about the dirt, etc, but we just haven't had the problems others have had. (so far anyway)
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:59 PM   #10
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We leave ours out as it is easier to pack and upack that way. But, ours is kept inside, so it is not exposed to the elements. If it were kept outside, I would definitely keep them in.
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