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Old 10-27-2017, 08:38 PM   #1
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Slideout in winter?

Hello all. Just purchased a new 2017 Zinger 25RB. Will be storing it at a provincial park (on a campsite) over the winter and heading up once a month or so to spend a night. We will have 30 amp electric service to run an electric stove as well as the propane furnace. The unit is winterized, so we will use the campground washroom and shower facilities.

My question is about the slide out; I understand I should pull it in for the 3-4 weeks when the trailer will be empty (and unheated), but is there anything I should do to protect the slide when it is out? I am concerned about condensation/dripping water if I pull in the slideout when it is raining or snowing. I was thinking about cutting a piece of 1" extruded insulation panel to fit the roof and attaching it with velcro to keep it in place. My thought is I could remove it while powering in the slide. It would also add a little insulation to the roof of the slide.

I should mention we are in Ontario, on Lake Huron, and will be expecting temperatures down to -20F or so, plus significant snowfall.

Thanks in advance for your sage advice!
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Old 10-28-2017, 05:49 AM   #2
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If you are going to open and close the slide in the winter be very careful. Make sure you heat up the inside of your unit before you move the slide. The rubber gasket if not heated up, can crack/break. The next time you have heavy rain, it will be inside your trailer. I was taught that back when I was looking at new trailers and it was raining out and water was pouring into one we went into look at. The Sales manager was (moderator edit) because someone failed to do that....
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:48 AM   #3
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That makes sense. So should I leave the slide out? I was thinking it would be more rodent-resistant when closed, and I am also concerned about piles of snow on the slide out roof.

It's our first real trailer after 9 years with a popup and I don't want to destroy it within 6 months of ownership!

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Old 10-29-2017, 07:02 AM   #4
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You don't want to leave them open. I once did for several years and water somehow got into the bottom of each slide, swelling and rotting the plywood on the underside, popping the aluminum sheet free from the bottom. Plus, there would also potentially be room for dust and vermin to enter. Might not hurt the mechanism but it certainly wouldn't do it any good.

I'd run the heat long enough to warm the interior parts and maybe even run a soft stick under some or all of the seals to be sure they aren't still frozen to the exterior. After you've done this a few times, you'll know exactly how to do it most efficiently.
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:28 AM   #5
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Thanks, that's a good idea. The floor vents for the furnace are partially under the slide when it is in, so it should heat up pretty quick.

Lots of good info here!

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I know people who have done winter camping and found it best to go to a hotel........ One guy I know who had an Artic Fox which is super insulated left his slide in, closed the bedroom door and slept on the couch. He left his heat seat at 50 because of how long it would take to get the trailer up to mid 60's in cold weather. That's in NH. I'm not a big outdoor winter enthusiast so it just doesn't sound appealing to me. Good luck though.
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I'd move south....... just kidding of course. I've lived in So Cal, New Orleans and Austin, Tx, never have had to deal with that kind of cold weather.....a challenge, for sure.
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I'd move south....... just kidding of course. I've lived in So Cal, New Orleans and Austin, Tx, never have had to deal with that kind of cold weather.....a challenge, for sure.
So we just got back from a couple of nights at the trailer. Was 35F when we arrived. Turned on both electric fireplace and propane furnace, and had it up to 65F within about 25 mins. Using just the fireplace and a second electric heater we kept it at 67 during the day with no furnace at all. Much better than we anticipated! So peaceful and quiet. Thinking of New Year's eve now!

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So we just got back from a couple of nights at the trailer. Was 35F when we arrived. Turned on both electric fireplace and propane furnace, and had it up to 65F within about 25 mins. Using just the fireplace and a second electric heater we kept it at 67 during the day with no furnace at all. Much better than we anticipated! So peaceful and quiet. Thinking of New Year's eve now!

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I recently acquired my travel trailer and I've been very impressed with the fireplace. It alone can really take the chill off and coupled with an infrared electric heater the camper stays toasty. Granted we've not had crazy cold here in east TN yet but dropping down to 28 this combo is perfect, no furnace needed. We may go on a few 3 night winter trips to state parks and I imagine even in lower 20s the furnace will not be kicking on very often.

Here's the heater we are using and I highly recommend for a trailer this size:

https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Infrared-H...FWMNQSAQAFH9Q2
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I recently acquired my travel trailer and I've been very impressed with the fireplace. It alone can really take the chill off and coupled with an infrared electric heater the camper stays toasty. Granted we've not had crazy cold here in east TN yet but dropping down to 28 this combo is perfect, no furnace needed. We may go on a few 3 night winter trips to state parks and I imagine even in lower 20s the furnace will not be kicking on very often.

Here's the heater we are using and I highly recommend for a trailer this size:

https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Infrared-H...FWMNQSAQAFH9Q2
Checked out the heater but was excited to see the overheating fire prevention plug offered with it. I had a factory installed fireplace burn up years ago and last year, a cheap electric heater went up in flames right before my eyes. I'm getting one!
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