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Old 06-18-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Does anyone use the slide lock bars that come with the Berkshire? My dealer never told me about them and I found them in the back closet. I'm not sure how to use them but I'm sure I could figure it out. So what do you do use them only on long trips or not at all?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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I don't move the camper without them in place.

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Old 06-18-2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I guess I will call the dealer to see what the risks of not using them are. This is for a MH and the way they lift before sliding out I can't see how they could slid out by accident. I don't want to be careless so I will check.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:39 AM   #4
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I do use them .... but like you, I was given no instruction on how to use them. I have been told that they are only needed on the two hydraulic slides in the front of the coach. Have asked the dealer the best spot to place them, however they don't seem to have a clear answer. I even went so far as to email forest river directly ... still no clear answer. After a little trial and error I have landed on the following technique.

I place the slide lock about half way up the wall with teh lock placed as close to the slide as possible. Be very careful not to over tighten the lock unless you have a burning desire to reattach the wooden molding the surround the inside edge of the slides.

Extend the slide to approximate length by pushing in button and pulling lock apart. place the lock into position and tighten by rotating the central barral of the lock.

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Old 06-19-2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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It seems to me that you would have to have a total hydro system failure to allow the slides to open. In a accident situation I can see that happen but not sure those bars will help in a wreck serious enough to cause the system to fail.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:18 AM   #6
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My understanding is that they are put in place to prevent the slide from openning in the case of a major hydraulic leak.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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I don't move the camper without them in place.

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X2! I had a problem with my kitchen slide when I first got my new coach. After having it repaired we were travelling and my son and his wife were sitting at the dinette table with their daughter and he said that he could see the slide moving in and out at the top while we were travelling. Knowing that I had a problem with that slide, I wanted to keep as much stress as possible off the slide mechanism. That's when I started using the slide locks.
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This very thing has been unsettling to me from the start. The idea of the slide locks is very good and the use is likely very important. However I have serious doubts about the ability of the slide locks to adequately restrict movement of the slide given that the contact points are at a random point on the exterior wall (where are the structural members within that wall?) and on the wooden trim for the slide. The wooden trim seems woefully inadequate for such a force as would be necessary to keep the slide in place during anything like an accident.

Maybe we should hound FR until we get a better response.
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I didn't get any and I haven't seen the slides extend out into the other lane yet.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:25 PM   #10
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Maybe we should hound FR until we get a better response.
I agree. The more we know abut our coaches- the better!
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