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Old 01-30-2019, 05:14 PM   #1
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Slides in or out - a different scenario (I think)

We've gotten lucky and now have a two month's stay in a campground in the middle Florida Keys, February thru March. We live in SW Florida, (240 miles away) and my work will require me to come back up here for 4 to 5 days every other week during that stay. When we come back up here, should I leave the slides out, or pull them in? My thoughts are to pull them in to make the cabin smaller to lessen A/C use and thereby reduce the expense (we're being metered) of cooling a larger area (with lesser insulation in 3 slides) Thoughts?
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:19 PM   #2
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makes sense to me .
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:50 PM   #3
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Well set you thermostat at 80. Wonít make much difference those two months. But your right smaller space -less cost for AC.

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Old 01-31-2019, 01:18 PM   #4
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While it's not a bad idea to pull them in, I'm not sure it'll make much difference in the amount of cooling that will be required especially in Feb & Mar. So, if it's an inconvenience to pull them in, I'd probably just leave them out.
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Old 01-31-2019, 03:12 PM   #5
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Leaving the slides out it depends on whether any big storms are predicted. Sometimes I'm not at my camper for 2 weeks at a time and I run my slides out in mid-April and leave them out until mid-October. Though I'm not in Florida, I don't run the a/c while I'm not there, it'll be a waste of money and wear on the air conditioner.
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Old 01-31-2019, 03:24 PM   #6
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Leaving the slides out it depends on whether any big storms are predicted. Sometimes I'm not at my camper for 2 weeks at a time and I run my slides out in mid-April and leave them out until mid-October. Though I'm not in Florida, I don't run the a/c while I'm not there, it'll be a waste of money and wear on the air conditioner.
I agree... If I'm not in it for a week or so who cares whether the A/C is on.
It will be plenty cool enough in an hour or so once I return.
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:10 PM   #7
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We were right down the street from there a month ago..... even 70 degree temps drove the interior temp higher than I thought it would. Sun load is the thing that far south. I forgot to mention - we'll be leaving food in the fridge and I doubt that double door Norcold will keep up.
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:22 PM   #8
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We leave our fridge on all year without running the A/C when we are stored at home, even in the summer when the inside temps can reach over 110. Food in fridge does fine as we never unpack it and use it for a second fridge.

Sounds like you are planning on leaving the a/c on while you are not there for a week or so? I would not even think about doing that, so leaving the slides in or out wouldn't matter. I would not even worry about inside temps if outside temps are 70.
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We were right down the street from there a month ago..... even 70 degree temps drove the interior temp higher than I thought it would. Sun load is the thing that far south. I forgot to mention - we'll be leaving food in the fridge and I doubt that double door Norcold will keep up.
We lived in South FL for 13 years.
Like NMWildcat, we left our refrigerator on 24/7 when not using the R/V as a second refrigerator.
We did not leave our A/C on 24/7.
No issues.
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Personally, I'd probably run the slides in. For our trailer, doing so isn't a really big deal, just make sure some drawers are closed and the tv is retracted. I'd bring them in mostly because I think you are marginally better protected if a strong storm rolls thru. Probably a weak reason, but that's how I'd do it.
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:40 PM   #11
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Leave the slides out, leave the A/C off when you're not there. The fridge will be fine.
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I leave my 5er in Williams, AZ for the summer. When I leave I pull the slides in.My thinking was it reduces exposure of slide toppers and seals to the elements. No issues so far and Iím not metered.
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Personally, I'd probably run the slides in. For our trailer, doing so isn't a really big deal, just make sure some drawers are closed and the tv is retracted. I'd bring them in mostly because I think you are marginally better protected if a strong storm rolls thru. Probably a weak reason, but that's how I'd do it.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:57 PM   #14
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Storms in the keys can be quick and brutal but the sun cooks everything.
Paint anything plastic on the roof for longer life.
We have a lot in central FL. We store ours slides in, A/C at 82 in the summer. Slides usually stay out from Nov. to April.
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:07 PM   #15
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I leave my ac on 90 when I leave and put the slides in! Mine is at a NC beach! It is in a wild open field! Feel safer with slides in have 5 while gone ! Donít like for everything in my rv to bake!
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