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Old 06-19-2012, 05:27 PM   #11
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The slide lock not only keep slide from going out it also keeps them from shaking while traveling which can damage the slide so they only take a few minutes to put in they are worth using
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:51 PM   #12
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Alright, what about electric slides? Would they be needed on them? I don't use them now but maybe I can be convinced.

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #13
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My 2011 came with 4 locks for the front slides. I assume I don't need them for the back 2. Still not sure I will use any of them. I'm not sure the vibration is worse on the front or that the locks are tight enough two stop that much weight from doing much except opening if I lose all the fluid in my system. To tighten them enough to stop vibration would most likely damage the frame around the slide.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:01 PM   #14
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This is a MH thread and I know diddly about MH slides.

The slides in my 5th wheel have specific places to place the lock.

The slide lock is used to prevent movement of the slide as a result of travel forces that can start the slide moving. The weight of the slide will ratchet the clutch in the rack gearing and could open completely in a hard turn.

Once in motion, nothing will stop it until it reaches full travel. Preventing it from moving takes much less force. Properly placed and adjusted (King Kong definitely not required), no damage to the trim should result.

If you have ever heard the ratcheting sound when fully open or closed, you have heard the pinion gear hopping on the rack. With the lock in place, the slide is forced in and downward, compressing the spring loaded pinion gear; preventing the "hopping" that could release the slide on a rough road or a sharp turn.

Without the lock in place the slide can bounce on the pinion gear assembly until it clears the tooth of the rack it is sitting in, the slide could then move to its full extended position very rapidly.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #15
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I'm not sure if my slide locks for my Sunseeker are the same as what you're talking about, mine are just 4 rods with rubber boots on the end of them, they just wedged down into place, and I always use them when going down the road. The motorhome walls and slides are pretty heavy duty so I put one in each corner of my two slides. My slides are electric and without them you can see the tops of the slides moving in and out when you hit holes in the road.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #16
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Herk: you make a very good case for using the slide locks, however I didn't receive any when I purchased my unit. I'm not sure if it was an option or that they just weren't thrown in the rig when it was manufactured. It's been over a year since I purchased, so I doubt if the dealer will pony up a set now. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. A phone call tomorrow morning. BTW, there isn't a sticker anywhere on the wall indicating placement of the locks. I wonder if any of the corporate guys here can say if they are required and/or if it should be a standard piece of equipment.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:42 PM   #17
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Terry, not all slide types need them. I was told if you were given one; it was needed; if not you did not.

For example my "third" slide is a Wardrobe NORCO wire drive slide and the only way it can come out is under power. Takes 2 men and a boy to get to the aft of the motor to put on the drive extension to use a power drill to close it if the motor fails.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:33 PM   #18
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My Wildcat with Hydraulic slides did not come with slide locks and does not seem to move after slides are closed also with the Hydraulic slides I would hate to think what would happen if you forget to remove them and try to open slide ..
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #19
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My Wildcat with Hydraulic slides did not come with slide locks and does not seem to move after slides are closed also with the Hydraulic slides I would hate to think what would happen if you forget to remove them and try to open slide ..
That's why I did this. I remove the warning sign after I remove the slide locks.
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