Thank goodness Monaco built this coach to protect us dummies! Today I had been working in the storage bays under the slides. Without thinking I went inside and tried to run the slides out with the bay doors open! Praise the Lord! The slides wouldn't move! Then it hit me what was wrong. I went out and closed the bay doors and the slides worked just fine! I hate to think what the slides would have done to the paint on the bay doors! Somebody needs to write a book titled "Motorhome operation for Dummies!
On my rig the storage bay doors under the slides either open horizontally (like a door) or have limited travel so they cannot hit the slide. I know that has saved the paint a few times in my case. However, the inside cabinet doors do not have such limitations and we know this first hand.
Windsor was/is a HIGH line on Monaco. Very FEW motorhomes have that safety feature. I know of NONE. We were a Monaco dealer(did not sell the lines above 400k) until they went under and NONE of the below 500k Monaco's have that feature and I have NEVER seen that feature in the 33 years as a motorhome RV tech. So, yes, you were lucky. And yes, I have repaired a LOT of motorhomes over the years that have scraped or destroyed the doors from operating the slides with the doors open. MOST motorhome makers that use the lift up style door have them stop at horizontal if they are under a slide so the most that happens is they get paint scraped off. Doug