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Old 01-11-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Plastic Traveling Slide Poles

We got our 2860 last weekend and was wondering if anyone ever uses the plastis poles to keep their slides from sliding out. We drove from Des Moines to Colorado Spings with no problems. I tried to insert a couple in the couch slide and there is nothing to hold them in place.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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I used to use the slide stops on an older manual slide. I believe with today's rv's it isn't necessary. I would definately check your owners manual.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:35 PM   #3
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Never used them and had no problems. If you do, hang ribbons from them so you don't forget and try to open the slide with them installed.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:23 AM   #4
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Mainly there for old hydraulic slides. If there was a leak, the slide could creep out. Rack and Pinion...its not going anywhere without juice.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:19 AM   #5
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I did not know they were plastic in a Sunseeker. In my Flagstaff 5th wheel I would not move mine at highways speeds without them installed in my main slides. They are Lippert rack and pinion.

This subject was covered at length in several threads. There are advocates for "useful for hanging clothes" and I would never move the camper without them installed"; I am in the latter camp.


Here are some previous threads where the topic is discussed "pros" and cons."
This one has over 100 posts
Slide-out cheater bar bolts

Slide out

Slide Lock bars

slide secure bar

what happens when slide lock turned the wrong way
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #6
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Here are some photos of a properly installed slide lock.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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Never used them. The most I've had a slide creep is 1 inch, and that was a schwintek.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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when i got my travel trailer the dealer told me never to use them and just throw them away they said they had more damage from people using them then not
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:50 PM   #9
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The slidlocks in my 2006 were metal bars and a the did was pop out of place and damage the cabinets, this told me that a design change was needed, I stop using them for the slideout and started using them to support my work table in the garage..........
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #10
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Now that I think about it, my new camper didn't even come with slidelocks and I have three of them but I must say that the design is somewhat different.
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