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Old 07-22-2016, 11:49 AM   #1
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Cables on side of slide

2015 351DS, what is the purpose of the cables on the side of the slides? We have one that broke but I can still push and pull my slides. Repair guy said he's never seen this slide system and he didn't know how to fix it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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I thong think they are called Accu-slide system
One cable on the top and one on the bottom
Look up Accu-slide on the Internet. You should be able to find the manual
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:25 PM   #3
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Cables are what pulls the slide in and out. If one snapped, take it to a shop immediately to get it fixed - your slide right now is broken and you're either going to damage it or the slide motors.
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Old 07-22-2016, 03:52 PM   #4
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It takes 4 cables to operate. It will still go in and out because all of the strain for the slide is being transferred to other cables. They will fail soon.
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Old 07-22-2016, 05:46 PM   #5
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Getting to a shop is not available right now. I'm leaving it in and trying to get home. I couldn't find anyone in our part of Texas to fix it. My husband didn't think it was broken even after I showed him where it snapped.
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:06 PM   #6
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Cable broke on my 351 as well

I took my brand new Georgetown 351 out last year for the very 1st time and as we were bringing one of the slides back in... a cable broke. Damaged floor badly.
The nuts on the slides are not strong enough... bring your unit in (hopefully it's under warranty) and get new bolts... Forest River is well aware of this problem.
And watch your slides every time. It scares me every time I push the slide button, sadly.
Having said that, we know things happen with a moving house... and I will say St Louis RV did a tremendous job fixing my unit.
Good luck.
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:28 PM   #7
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Cable Slides

I broke one last summer on my 2015 Charleston. In addition to adding pushing/pulling force to moving the slides, they also help hold the slide in the proper position when extended.

From the school of hard knocks: It is critically important to make sure your cables are tensioned properly. New cables will stretch - so it's very important to check the tensions periodically. After a while, they should reach a point that they don't stretch as much, but I'd still check them twice a year or so.

Mine got out of whack, and the slides had dropped so far when extended, I could not open my basement doors fully. Unfortunately, I was on the road when this happened - the next day, the cable broke when it was retracting. Had to do the remaining 6 weeks of the trip with no dining room slide.

Earlier on the same trip, my other big slide started coming in at an angle so out of spec that the crown molding at the top of the slide shattered when hitting the A/C ducts on the ceiling. Also caused by cable stretch...

Carl
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I broke one last summer on my 2015 Charleston. In addition to adding pushing/pulling force to moving the slides, they also help hold the slide in the proper position when extended.

From the school of hard knocks: It is critically important to make sure your cables are tensioned properly. New cables will stretch - so it's very important to check the tensions periodically. After a while, they should reach a point that they don't stretch as much, but I'd still check them twice a year or so.

Mine got out of whack, and the slides had dropped so far when extended, I could not open my basement doors fully. Unfortunately, I was on the road when this happened - the next day, the cable broke when it was retracting. Had to do the remaining 6 weeks of the trip with no dining room slide.

Earlier on the same trip, my other big slide started coming in at an angle so out of spec that the crown molding at the top of the slide shattered when hitting the A/C ducts on the ceiling. Also caused by cable stretch...

Carl
How do you check and adjust the tension?
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Old 07-23-2016, 03:00 PM   #9
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Cables Break, Do Slides Stay in?

Does anyone know that if the Tension Cables to the Slide outs break and you have to Push the slide back in... Will it stay shut? Is there a break system that keeps it in? Will the other 3 cables keep it in?
When it happened to me, dealership told me to drive slow for the 10 miles I had to go... I did, it didn't come out, but it scared me that it would or could.

Any info on this would be helpful.
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My old Georgetown has two hydraulic slides and one electric AccuSlide for the wardrobe. A cable on the AccuSlide broke or jammed last summer in Maine. A local repair shop got it retracted and we finished the trip with the slide in.

When we went to Florida last winter, I took it to B&E in Ocala for repair. They had to remove the slide and rework all the cables. Works now!

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