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Old 05-17-2010, 12:23 PM   #11
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The units with electric motor slides instead of hydraulic ones would have to either strip the gears to open, or somehow have accidental power applied to the motors for them to open, anyway. Mine have never budged in over 2 years, and I have a bedroom slide, and a living room superslide.

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Old 05-17-2010, 12:52 PM   #12
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Don't use them anymore...used them a couple times and most times they would be somewhat loose when I got to the site have never put them back in and don't have any problems.

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Old 05-17-2010, 02:55 PM   #13
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Didn't use them at first but while on a trip, my son and his family were sitting at the dinette and he said that the kitchen slide was swaying in and out. Now I use them everytime I travel to keep the slides from moving. I felt that it would not be good for the slide mechanism to have that swaying motion of the slide all the time.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:44 AM   #14
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Mine are stored under the bed.
I would need to use a ladder inside the trailer to place them where FR wants them.
I tried one time to use them and they came lose and turned sideways.
It was very hard to reach them.
That's when I decided that they were useless.

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Old 05-18-2010, 11:18 AM   #15
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I used them a few times. They allways came loose. I have towed 3000 miles without them and the slide has not creeped any. I can see the leading edge of the slide in the outside mirror and cannot detect any movement.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:57 PM   #16
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Never used them in 2 years of owning our TT. The other day I took of the stickers that suggested where they are to be placed. Looks much better. I think that somewhere along the line somebody got sued and the answer to any future liability was providing these bars and the stickers. I agree that they really do not fit well and it seems like more harm then good if they come loose. JMHO

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Old 05-19-2010, 07:30 AM   #17
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What did you use to remove the stickers without damaging the walls?

I always use them as this is our first camper. The TT we rented before we bought did not have one. We have 2 opposing slides and figured "Better safe than sorry".

The Rockwood, Flagstaff, Surveyor RV Owners Forums - Powered by - The Forum Company forum has a similar thread and the results there were more mixed. About half use them routinely, the others not at all. The logic used on both sides is compelling.

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has the thread. I am listed as "lamadio" on that forum.

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Old 05-19-2010, 07:40 AM   #18
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Another thing to think about with these things is that if you fail to remove it before opening the slide, you will push the cabinet facing off of the slide, damaging it. My dealer warned me about this when we bought ours. He said they had a number of repairs to cabinet facings that had been pushed off by the slide lock because the owner forgot to remove it.

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Old 05-20-2010, 03:39 AM   #19
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Thanks for the opinions, I really find them a pain but didn't want to stop using them without consulting those with more experience.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:44 PM   #20
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I have found when the lock is just snug it will fall out of position and if it is tight enough to stay put the cabinet facing will bow out and has started to pull away. If I grab the top of the slide and rock it there is some movement. I'm thinking in my case maybe I sould buy another and use one at each corner where there is some strength.

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