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Old 01-03-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Can a slider be retracted if it is raining ?

We currently have a pop-up (625D) and we don't like that if it is raining we need to re-open the camper at home for it to dry out.

We'd like to trade up to a travel trailer, but I was wondering if the slides have the same problem ? If you slide them in when it is raining, do you need to open them again to dry out ?

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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No expert here, but I have brought my tt slide in, in the rain. I just quick wiped it down with a towel. But I guess that would depend on if you can get around the slide when it's retracted?
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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Not a problem at all. That's one of the reasons why we got away from the HTT and went to a TT with a slide.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:49 PM   #4
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The slide seals are like giant windshield wipers and squeegee most of the water off as it retracts.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:52 AM   #5
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and if it has a slide topper, even less water to worry about.
ours does and we don't even have to wipe the top of the slide off. nearly all the water runs off the topper as it rolls up.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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Provided the blade seals along the top of the aperture the slide retracts through aren't distorted, the "wiper" effect Lou describes will keep the water out. We had the LR slide seal partly rolled over and didn't see the problem because of the topper. A strong wind had pushed the rainwater under it.

We've since sprayed the roof of aech of the slides with moly dry-lube. We did the same to the bottom seals also, though they're more for keeping small critters out. It doesn't rain upwards very often.
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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If it is raining hard when I have to slide in, I leave my Ceiling blade-fan on for a minute or two after ............ .it dries it right off!!!!
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:36 PM   #9
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The top and the sides of the slide are accessible from the inside of the camper. You might need a step stool. I use a microfiber mop head to dry off the top, wipe down the sides. It is the same thing I use on the floors - seems to do a better job with sand than a broom. You could wrap a towel around your broom to get into the corners as well
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