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Headed up to Sierra this weekend. It's supposed to be in the low upper 20' to low 30's at night. It's supposed to rain only one day.

My question is, is it ok to use slide outs when it's near freezing Temps or should I leave them in?

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It is okay, but if it rains, turns to ice, could be an issue to close. If you plan to leave in morning, before temp warms up, I'd put slides in before freezing temps.

Slides may operate slower, due to cold, but if no snow, or ice, should not be a problem.

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Slides are not insulated well so thinking you will be using the furnace they should dry out and any snow melted off of them. Their motors, screw drives are all under the unit out of the weather. We never have cared about cold other then we don't want to camp in it but it is a factor in late fall going across the USA.


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tomman58 wrote:

Slides are not insulated well so thinking you will be using the furnace they should dry out and any snow melted off of them. Their motors, screw drives are all under the unit out of the weather. We never have cared about cold other then we don't want to camp in it but it is a factor in late fall going across the USA.

Typically it is only the floor and roof of a slide that is poorly insulated, the roof is about an 1-1/2” thick, but otherwise no worse than the rest of the trailer.


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If you have toppers I would leave them in as twice I have had a great deal of trouble getting slices in with ice and snow on them. At 20 I would leave mine in as the RV will heat much better


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Thank you guys very much for the reply.

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MFL wrote:

It is okay, but if it rains, turns to ice, could be an issue to close. If you plan to leave in morning, before temp warms up, I'd put slides in before freezing temps.
Yup. BTDT. Had to boil water to get the 1/2" sheet of ice off the slide to close. Furnace set to 90 for a few hours did about nothing.


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We've always left ours out and we camp mostly in the winter. We don't have trouble with wind coming in, but once I almost brought them in because the wind bounced the slides so much.

Usually if it rains where we are, then the temps aren't that low.

We've had snow a few times and it wasn't usually a problem if the snow wasn't prolonged.

One time we were camping near Bryce, UT and we got six inches overnight. That was a problem. We spent about an hour getting as much of the snow off as possible, but the thin sheet of snow on the slides turned into a wet mess when we pulled the slides in and traveled. The bedroom slide drained onto my wife's side of the bed and she had to sleep in the rear garage. Not happy.

So out of our hundred+ winter nights, we got wet once. Seems like a pretty good track record. Less than 1% regret.


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rr2254545 wrote:

If you have toppers I would leave them in as twice I have had a great deal of trouble getting slices in with ice and snow on them. At 20 I would leave mine in as the RV will heat much better


I've found the opposite.
- If you have snow and ice on the toppers, it usually just falls off as they roll up.
- If you don't have toppers, it tries to pull the snow and ice inside where it melts and makes a mess.


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valhalla360 wrote:

rr2254545 wrote:

If you have toppers I would leave them in as twice I have had a great deal of trouble getting slices in with ice and snow on them. At 20 I would leave mine in as the RV will heat much better


I've found the opposite.
- If you have snow and ice on the toppers, it usually just falls off as they roll up.
- If you don't have toppers, it tries to pull the snow and ice inside where it melts and makes a mess.


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