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Posted: 11/10/19 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all—just bought a 2010 Bighorn with three slides, that will be parked on a leased lot and lived in for six months of the year in Florida. The question is can it be left parked with the slides out permanently or do I have to bring the slides in when we are not here. There are no slide toppers. What say you??


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Some they do,some they dont,and some they just dont care. That;s probably a short summary of the answers you will get...

Actually, I always leave mine out, but it's because it's parked at my house and I go in and out fairly frequent. If I were leaving it elsewhere, I would leave them in.


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Just my $.03 but I say leave them out. I am in the process of replacing the gear motor of my only slide which will probably run around $1K. The more one uses the slide mechanisms the more likely they are to fail.
After reading the other posts am I allowed to change my answer?
Somehow I had in mind that the poster would be moving the slides every week which prompted the original response.

* This post was edited 11/11/19 07:15am by Dick_B *


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Posted: 11/10/19 08:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it is going to be in Florida I would pull my slides in..Weather conditions, fires etc may cause it have to be moved in a hurry and if the slides are in then it could be quickly moved..Just my opinion and that would make me sleep better at night.

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Posted: 11/10/19 08:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would pull them in. You need to exercise the motors and bearings ocasionally and you would unnecessarily be exposing the seals ans wipes to UV rays.

Also if the slides are out I feel it is mor vunerable in a storm.


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Posted: 11/10/19 08:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at all the RV's that are lived in full-time.


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Posted: 11/11/19 04:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's no definitive answer so do what makes you comfortable. Personally, I'd put the slides in when not there based on the idea that if bad storms hit, it's less likely to have a problem with any water intrusion.


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I live in FL and have my rig at the house and I keep mine in.
While not in use, due to the varying weather conditions as well as the sun/uv damage that occurs in FL, I'd keep the slide closed while away for extended periods.
Keeping them closed will protect all the seals from uv damage. The slide will be less prone to a water leak should one develop when its closed.


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Posted: 11/11/19 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dick_B wrote:

Just my $.03 but I say leave them out. I am in the process of replacing the gear motor of my only slide which will probably run around $1K. The more one uses the slide mechanisms the more likely they are to fail.


I find lack of use harder on mechanical devices than moderate use.

To the original question: There is no definitive answer. If we are going to be gone for more than a week or two, we usually pull them in.


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Posted: 11/11/19 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You may not have this problem but I normally pull mine in when parked at my house due the flying critters called birds. They like to nest in the space under the slides. Also pull them in for for reasons stated above, less chance of storm related issues. No reason to keep them open.


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