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Old 08-17-2015, 09:53 PM   #1
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Brace rods for slides?

On previously owned travel trailers with slides I was told that when the slide was retracted I needed to wedge a brace rod between the outer wall of the trailer and the inside front frame of the slide. I now have a 2700DS with two slides, there were no braces included with the unit, and after looking at the unit I can't see a way to use them because of the rubber seals around the slide. So my question is do I need them with the new slides?
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:32 AM   #2
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I wondered about that as well. My 2 previous TTs had the rods though I never used them. I bought my Sunseeker slightly used and it did not have a rod nor does it have the sticker indicating where to place a rod. Maybe the slides are of a different design and don't need rods? Will be watching this thread to see what people say.
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Old 08-18-2015, 08:32 AM   #3
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Brace rods for slides?

My Sunseeker came with the rod. I was told it wasn't needed unless there was a malfunction. In fact, they warned to never use it. If it was used and someone hit the open switch it would cause damage. I have never used it.


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Old 08-18-2015, 10:03 AM   #4
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2015 2650s came with a set of transport rods but like MrJoe was strongly suggested by PDI tech not to use them unless we tied a long ribbon on them to remind us to remove them when we extended slide. I think one of the forest River reps mentioned that they were useful if the slide wouldnt seal shut while traveling
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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The only time you will ever need a slide stopper or Brace is IF you have to manually retract the slide. You put them in there so the slide doesn't go slide out going down the road.
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Old 08-18-2015, 11:22 AM   #6
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Our first fifth wheel came with them and I used them as directed at my PDI. If you have been supplied them there must be a reason. All the people that say you do not need them are not the people that are going to pay for the repair if something happens to it. There were the little decal showing where to put them when installing. Must be a reason they were there too.
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:14 PM   #7
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I would listen to what Joshua cavitt just informed you to do he is a FR representive
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:44 PM   #8
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My parents had it on their 2009, I asked about it on my 2015, and was told that they were not needed.
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Old 08-18-2015, 01:30 PM   #9
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We have one and use it before we travel. Told it was there to keep the slide from 'accidentally' opening during travel. Has a big ORANGE Tag that hangs inside the trailer, so you remember to remove it before you open the slide. Never had a problem.
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Old 08-18-2015, 05:26 PM   #10
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My trailer did not come with rods because the slides I have don't require them. I did however make braces I keep in the truck it case of a malfunction. Hope I never need them.
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