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Old 11-05-2015, 01:37 PM   #61
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Bob on all the Berkshires I have seen the front two slides are hydraulic and the back are electric motor driven.. The hydraulic slides are the ones that might need the slide locks. I have never used mine but I could win trouble if I have a valve go bad. It happens. My switches are in the hallway not in a cabinet.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:59 PM   #62
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Bob on all the Berkshires I have seen the front two slides are hydraulic and the back are electric motor driven.. The hydraulic slides are the ones that might need the slide locks. I have never used mine but I could win trouble if I have a valve go bad. It happens. My switches are in the hallway not in a cabinet.
Thanks Phil -- since we are still in the shopping phase, I am at a disadvantage of not having a Birkie parked outside to check

Thanks for the info on slide switch location. I was already thinking Data Closet

So, the bottom line is, Berkies all come with Slide Locks. I can remove that bullet from the list.

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Bama, awesome compilation list. Only thing that I would change is central storage door locking with inside switch and key fob instead of combo locks. Wonder how much more this puppy will cost with all of the extras....
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A bit confused - central storage door locking? As in an electronic lock?

(if so, ya betcha that would be expensive! )

With the exception of the larger tanks and smart wheel (I have no idea what a smart wheel costs but could it be that much?) most of the other things are re-wickering floorplan layouts and fluid intake ports. The Emergency Exit Door could be made by re-purposing a medium-size storage door.

The TPMS, WasteMaster, Keyless Door, Power Reels & HDTV Antenna all retail for a total of @ $1800 (so FR cost would be @ $900)

The larger tanks they could obtain from the product line used by XLR or Vengeance (assuming they would fit the frame) so the cost should not be that signifiant.

I know one Berkshire owner that "insulated" their manifold by putting in a small infared heater - so I would imagine strategically placed XX Watt infared lamps in the manifold & some beefed up insulation would take care of the cold weather insulation of the manifold.

So, given that the mods could all be done for less than probably $2K, they would probably boost the MSRP $10K
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:51 PM   #63
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I always use my slide locks on the front slides (didn't get slide locks for the rear slides). I started to use them after having a number of problems with my kitchen slide that necessitated my finally going to the factory to get them resolved. After that, while travelling with my son and his wife one trip and they were sitting at the dining table they said to me that the slides were swaying in and out at the top as we traveled. Not wanting to put any more stress on the slide mechanism which could possibly cause problems, I started using the slide locks. Takes just a few minutes to put the locks in place so it was no big deal to use them and it makes me feel that I am protecting the mechanism that moves the slides.
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Tom,

Thanks for the detailed explaination - makes perfect sense to me and I can see why people use the locks now.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:38 AM   #65
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Bama, some of the more expensive motorhomes have power baggage door locks that lock/unlock all compartment doors when activated. I see this as a great feature since it would be much easier to make sure that all compartments are locked at night, easy open/locking when arriving at or leaving destinations, etc.

Tom, I never got any slide locks with this coach.

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Rich,
I would contact Andy at FR and tell him that you never got slide locks. I feel, as I stated in my earlier post, that they are helpful in preventing damage to the slide mechanism.
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Two things I think would help. 1. The transmission controls. F-N-R. Are located toward the back of the console. If it were higher forward on the console it would be easier to glance at while driving down the road (or down shifting on hills)

2. On the water compartment. If it were located between the slides instead of under a slide it be much easier to hook up sewer lines & water lines. And back flush the black tank . Tough on old knees to get under there !!

These may have been mentioned already. ?? Not sure
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What type of camper do you have? On the Berkshires, the water compartment IS located between slides and the access door opens up fully when the slides are out to hook up all the lines you stated.
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Well I have a 2014 390 FL. For sure mine DOES NOT. Open all the way up with slides out. Now what I've done is unhook the struts so that when slide is in --I can fold door up against coach.

I guess different models are different

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Well I have a 2014 390 FL. For sure mine DOES NOT. Open all the way up with slides out. Not what I've done is unhook the struts so that when slide is in --I can fold door up against coach.

I guess different models are different

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Russell. I've got the same model and share your pain (literally when I'm crouched down hooking and disconnecting/emptying)


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