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    Opening slide after freeze / snow?

    Hey everybody, since we're not at the camper during the week, and this week there's going to be frozen mix / snow in SW WI, i dediced to close the slide, and want to reopen when we get back there this weekend.

    In general, before opening up the slide, should i run the furnace for a bit, in case the slide has been frozen stuck to the main box of the camper? Or is that a non-issue?

    Thanks,

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    Would not think of it being much of an issue to open if it was dry or no visible moisture prior to closing. The only real issue I have experienced in any weather is with the seals or slide walls not being properly maintained. Dirt, tree sap, dust, etc.. accumulating on the seals and walls would be more of the issue in my opinion or experience. However, if there is visible ice or snow around the slide it would be a good idea to let it melt or at least be inspected/brushed off prior to opening.
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    It can be an issue depending on the type of precipitation. My brother-in-law experienced an ice storm in his GD fifth wheel... while they were inside. They couldn't get the door open without turning up the furnace and cooking themselves. Inspect things when you get there. If there's not ice coating the flanges of the slide where the seals are, you should be good to go. One thing you don't want to do is rip any of the rubber if it is frozen to a solid surface. Plain old snow or sleet is no problem at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealRoland View Post
    Hey everybody, since we're not at the camper during the week, and this week there's going to be frozen mix / snow in SW WI, i dediced to close the slide, and want to reopen when we get back there this weekend.

    In general, before opening up the slide, should i run the furnace for a bit, in case the slide has been frozen stuck to the main box of the camper? Or is that a non-issue?

    Thanks,

    Roland
    I actually broke the tooth off of a gear pack in a lippert hydraulic slideout trying to do the same thing after a cold NH winter. If it doesn't go out easy... don't force it

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