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Does it hurt to leave the RV slide outs pulled out for extended periods of time when not in use?

by Richard
(Louisville, KY)

Does it hurt to leave slide outs extended for a month or so when not in use?

ANSWER: Greetings Richard thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

The simple answer to your question is no it shouldn't hurt to leave the slide outs open for a month or so. But there are times when it is not advisable to leave the slide outs open, especially if the RV is left unattended.

Please read the answer I gave to the question below to learn about when it is not advisable to leave the slide outs in the open position.

Should I Leave My RV's Slide Outs Open During Winter Storage?

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RV slides
by: AnonWDW RV lover

We use our RV most of the year, weather permitting. When it's winterized in the 2 months before we head to Florida as snowbirds, I close the slides. I don't want that nasty white stuff to ruin the slide toppers.

Last year on a trip in Colorado, we stopped for the night at an RV park. Outside temp 64 degrees. Woke up to six inches of snow. That was a chore getting slides in to move out. Just think about how that would affect the slides if open all winter.

Does it hurt to leave the slide outs out?
by: Anonymous

In some cases extended slide outs leave openings exposing your basemtnt storage areas, thus inviting critters to homested and see what you have left in there for them.

Keep Retracted
by: Full-Timer

Slideouts left out expose the awning to harsh weather, they also "catch" more wind and rain than when retracted. Critters (especially squirrels & birds) love to build nests under your slideout awning. The slideout gasket is over-exposed to UV rays and general weathering...requiring an earlier (expensive) replacement. Then there are the extremely ill effects of accumulating ice & snow in winter months...OUCH! Keep it retracted while you are away....and roll up your curb side awning!

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