Beware your RV slideout

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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 in this short video from RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury. What you learn may save you or a passerby a giant headache. . . or worse.

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Iodx6-akaE

Jeffery Cook
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Jeffery Cook

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.
Jeff

George
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George

To keep the foam noodles from falling off the edges of your slide, I use a loop of stretchable rope. Easy on and easy off.

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

Good tip. I hate the look of bungee cords, so I’ll look for a coordinating color that won’t ugly up my RV!

George
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George

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.

Gregg
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Gregg

Been using them for a few years now. Well worth it.

Lisa
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Lisa

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….

Wolfe
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Wolfe

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.