You should feel very lucky you have a hole for this purpose! Our friends bought a Laredo two years ago. If their slide fails, they have to PUNCH A HOLE in the "skirting" area to access the connection to use the tool to crank it in/out. How is that for a HUGE design flaw??? The one on our TT is accessible without a hole. You wouldn't have to worry about water damage; there isn't anything behind this area to get wet.
2012 Rockwood 8293RKSS
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L Cummins Turbodiesel 4x4; 2012 Ford Escape 4x4. 3 very pampered cats.
Days camped: 2011: 61; 2012: 66 Days; 2013: 69;2014: 68 2015: 90 Days camped 2016: 34