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Old 12-31-2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Open slides in cold weather

Getting ready to head south to warm weather. With temperatures in the single digits here, Iím nervous about opening the slides in cold weather to pack. Should I be worried? We have toppers on all slides.
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:30 PM   #2
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:48 PM   #3
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unless the rubber seals are frozen to the sidewalls. I have two slides.... one worked fine... the other frozen solid and would not move.
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:15 PM   #4
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Your problem is not cold.

Your problem is cold AND moisture. If there has been no precipitation in awhile you should be good.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:28 AM   #5
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Turn heater on if slide is frozen, then open to load
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:11 PM   #6
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I’m doing the same thing leaving Pennsylvania Friday packing today going to leave heat on to keep things from freezing
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:31 PM   #7
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I opened my slide in mid winter and it tore the heck out of the rubber seal. I spray them down with silicone spray all the time. Made no difference. Now, I won't open it without being certain that it's not frozen or stuck.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:46 PM   #8
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My single slide was frozen on one side. Ran the furnace for a day to load up, then it worked fine.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:34 PM   #9
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If you have metal weather shields on your slide toppers be careful of ice on them. They may not seat property around the topper tubes.
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