If you’re planning an RV road trip, then you’re no doubt going to be calling into a few different camping and RV spots along the way!
Regardless of whether you’re going to be staying in a field or campsite, in order to make sure that you get the safest and most enjoyable experience, you’ll first need to make sure that you have properly stabilized your RV to prevent it from sliding once you have put it in park.
In order to prevent your RV from sliding, one of the most effective ways you can help to stabilize your RV while it is no longer in motion is to utilize it’s stabilizers, which your RV should be equipped with.
If you’re unsure of where to locate your sliders, or even how to properly set them up, then we recommend taking five minutes to read through your owner’s manual which would have come in a little pack when you purchased your RV.
In this manual, you will be able to find a ton of helpful advice, instructions and information regarding your RV, including how to locate its stabilizing sliders, as well as how to properly use them so that your RV does not get damaged. Once you have set up your RV’s sliders, you should then find that your RV will not slide, regardless of what type of surface you have driven it on.
As a side note, it should also go without saying that you should always try to avoid setting up your RV on a surface that can be prone to being unstable, such as mud. If you park your RV on a surface such as this, there will always be a chance that there may be some sliding that your RV’s stabilizers simply won’t be able to control.
For that reason, we strongly recommend that you try to ensure that you’re setting your RV up on surfaces such as concrete, as this will guarantee no sliding – especially while using your RV’s stabilizers!
What do you do if your RV slides out?
Whether you’ve recently bought your very first RV and are preparing to take it out on the road for the first time, or you’re a seasoned RV owner, we sure you’ll agree with us when we say that taking an RV out on the road can be a daunting task!
If you’ve already taken your RV out and you’re noticing that it’s sliding, or you simply want to know what to do in the event that it does, then the good news is that there are a variety of different ways that you can help to prevent this from occurring.
More often than not, stopping your RV from sliding will merely require you to make sure that you have properly put the slides in. If you’re unsure of whether or not you’re putting them inside your RV correctly, then we recommend that you take a look at your RV’s owner’s manual which would have come in a little pack upon purchasing the vehicle.
Within there, you will then be able to find a great deal of information about your RV, including instructions on how to correctly secure your slides to prevent them from sliding out and potentially becoming a danger hazard.
Besides that, if you are still finding that you are having trouble with your RV’s slides, then it may be time to consider taking the RV to a local garage that specializes in RV vehicles, as they will then be able to offer you professional advice, as well as a professional service to correct any issues that may be causing the RV’s slides to pop out while driving.
Can you move an RV with the slides out?
You should never move your RV with the slides out, as this could cause your RV to become damaged, not to mention potentially putting you and your passengers at risk of potential danger.
All RV slides are specifically designed to be able to help stabilize and prevent an RV from rocking or gliding when it is not in motion, so driving with the slides out will only cause the RV to become off-balanced.
In addition to throwing your RV off balance and putting yourself and other drivers at risk, driving with the slides out will also cause your RV’s slides to become damaged, which will then require them to be replaced.
On the other hand, if you’re finding that your RV’s slides are coming out while you are driving your RV, then this is a serious problem that needs to be fixed before you take to the road again.
More often than not, slides that won’t stay closed can often be fixed by simply resetting them, or by referring to the owner’s manual where you will be able to find a variety of helpful information on how to troubleshoot the problem. However, if there is a genuine fault, then you should consider taking your RV into your local garage, where any faults will be able to be rectified.
Should you store your RV with the slide out?
There are no set rules when it comes to storing your RV, although there are a few considerations that you should make prior to making the decision. Many RV owners choose to store their RV with their slides out because it helps to give their RV a little extra stabilization while it is being kept in storage.
However, on the flip side, there are also a variety of reasons as to why other RV owners opt to store their RV with their slides inside the RV. Generally speaking, it is often recommended to store your RV with the slides closed, as this will prevent the chances of any damage or corrosion occurring to the slides, especially if you are planning on storing your RV outdoors.