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Old 03-09-2017, 05:37 PM   #1
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Slide-out attaching screws backing out.

I know this subject was discussed on the forum several months ago, but I can't find the posts. We have a 3051S Forester and the screws that attach the slide-out to the body keep backing out. I have tightened them several times, but that doesn't cure the problem. I had it into Camping World and they tightened them also, but they had no ultimate solution. They don't all loosen, but several do. Has anyone else recently had this problem and if so, what did you do? I would have thought that FR would have corrected the problem, but ours is a 2017 and still has the problem. ???
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:39 PM   #2
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Thread lock them if into metal or epoxy them if into wood maybe?
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:24 PM   #4
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I have a 2014 3051 and had this problem. Forrest River has a fix for it. They fixed mine at last year's FROG Rally. It involves adding a metal strip of some kind to the interior (of the RV) bottom of the slides for the outside screws to screw in to. I can't believe this is still an issue with the new 3051s. You need to call the factory to get "the fix" instructions. I'm disappointed in them that this issue still exists.
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It is somewhat annoying that the two comments before mine are from individuals who do not own a 3051. They have no clue of the issue.
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Welcome to the free, you get what you pay for, forum. Shockingly most RV are all build the same with a few minor differences.. But I guess no one but someone with your unit has EVER had loose screws and found a solution to keep them tight.
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Welcome to the free, you get what you pay for, forum. Shockingly most RV are all build the same with a few minor differences.. But I guess no one but someone with your unit has EVER had loose screws and found a solution to keep them tight.
I guess when he said "Thanks for any help" he forgot to include "only to people who own my exact unit"
Good luck to him though.
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I am also surprised the 2017 has the issue. On my unit the top and bottom screws loosen up and one fell out. I finally replace both top and bottom screws with 3/16 rivets and painted to match the outside. This solved my problem.
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Sorry i did not list my qualifications . I have a 2011 sunseeker 3170 with the same slide and had the same problem two years ago I used rivets instead of screws and so far it has stayed tight
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It is somewhat annoying that the two comments before mine are from individuals who do not own a 3051. They have no clue of the issue.
Hey Gary,
I am not sure how old you are or what your life experiences are so I am going to give you a bit of advice to help you thorough this journey.

It is seldom a good idea to get angry or disrespectful of those who offer you their good faith assistance, particularly when you have just asked for that help.

Imagine how you might feel if you stopped to help a woman whose tire was flat and she told you to go away because you don't drive the same make and model car she has. The next time you saw her in trouble you would probably drive right on by, we all would!

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I don't have a Forester or a MH....or a dog in this fight.

I have worked in customer service for 35+ years. It always annoyed me for someone to ask for your "opinion" and then instantly dismiss your suggestion as ...wrong... To me the correct response is thank you.
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Just to clarify. It was NOT the OP who got snippy, it was another member. I do not want them to think we are blaming them! LOL
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Just to clarify. It was NOT the OP who got snippy, it was another member. I do not want them to think we are blaming them! LOL
Good point...I missed that.
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Hey Jim,
Thanks for asking this question! I have a FR TT (2015 Wildwood Lite 262) and have the same issue with the slideout. When I get thawed and out from under this 100 inches of snow, I am going to take a look to see if I can do one of the fixes mentioned. Again, thanks for the question.
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Welcome to the free, you get what you pay for, forum. Shockingly most RV are all build the same with a few minor differences.. But I guess no one but someone with your unit has EVER had loose screws and found a solution to keep them tight.
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Just to clarify. It was NOT the OP who got snippy, it was another member. I do not want them to think we are blaming them! LOL
You are EXACTLY correct. Im sure it was my post that sounded like I was blaming the OP but I really was not.

The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of "Rocket City Gary".

I tried to make that clear by addressing my post to him but I probably couldhave been more direct.
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It was, I read, and could have misread, you though the OP was the one who was not happy with who responded. That was not the case he was very thankful to the help he received.
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It was, I read, and could have misread, you though the OP was the one who was not happy with who responded. That was not the case he was very thankful to the help he received.
Yes, I'm very appreciative of the help that was offered. My experience has been that everyone on this forum is very helpful since we all seem to have many of the same problems and issues. There is always one or two that seem to want to criticize in every group.
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Sad that FR hasn't got the slide on the 3050/3051 dialed in yet to be bulletproof. We would have liked one 3 years ago because the floor plan is marvelous but the slide issues scared us off.
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We have a Rockwood 2608ws had trouble with several screws backing out after several times the slide was extended I used locktite then tightened down the screws and hadn't any problems with them loosening up so far. Don't if this helps but it solved our problem with loose screws on the slide. Good luck solving your problem.

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