Monday, September 25, 2023


Beware your RV slideout

You may not have thought about it, but that slideout on your RV that makes your living space so roomy can also be your enemy.

Find out why, and what easy steps you can take to prevent it, in this short video from editor Chuck Woodbury.

What you learn may save you or a passerby a giant headache. . . or worse.

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Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


  1. My husband just had 16 staples in his head from our slide out. Ironically, we had brought the noodles with us that weekend and never got around to cutting it and putting it in place.

  2. I had so many bloody run ins with the corners of our 5th that the grandchildren bought me a hard hat to wear during set up and breakdown.

  3. How many times have I thought about those sharp corners and this is a great reminder that its easy to fix or mitigate a danger with just a simple fix. Thanks

  4. I think better than putting the corner cover around the corner. Leave it hanging straight down. You are less likely to run into it.

  5. Three times I have hit my head on the sharp edge of the slide blood dripping everywhere. What I still have not learned is if you don’t put the noodle on your noodle will suffer.

  6. Jeff: This doesn’t apply to electric awnings I’ve seen, but if you’re talking about a manually deployed awning, the support arms are detachable. I knew this for 10 years, but still walked into my diagonal support arms over and over until last year when I decided I needed to be less lazy or wear a crash helmet at all times. It was a close decision, but I now detach my awning arms anytime I’m staying more than a transit-overnight. If I’ve totally confused you, you can see what I’m talking about here:

  7. These kind of warning devices or protection can hold true to your awning arms. I have knocked myself to the ground twice. Broke my glasses and embarrassed myself by running into mine. A little padding goes a long way.

  8. Don’t forget the 5th wheel pin box/kingpin. My granddaughter almost hit mine the other night. If you have a stabilizing tripod under your kingpin great, otherwise you might want to place some type of obstacle directly below the pin box so little ones can’t run under it or wrap it in foam.

  9. It’s ironic that this article/video appears in the newsletter this week, as I just had a medical staple removed from cutting my head open on our slideout last week….

  10. Good tip… In addition to padding slide corners: beware your own entry door — at 6’2″, I easily clock myself on my 5’10” or so doorway if I don’t remember to look down the stairs whenever exiting. There’s a tiny 1/2″ thick pad OEM, but grossly insufficient protection. It’s not possible to clamp a pool noodle pad on without obstructing the door, but pretty easy to tape or even upholster this thicker foam in the relevant place.


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