I think the first three of these are WHEN, not IF they are going to happen.
1. Under the 268RKS slide there is a cable that brings power out from under the belly of the trailer and routes it to the front corner of the slide. As far as I can tell, it is the power for the lights over the sofa and dinette. The cable is inside a split plastic cable protector and routed on a flat plastic strap. A spring is connected to the middle of the strap and to the frame further back. This allows the cable to “expand” when the slide moves out and “contract” when the slide is back in. We noticed ours was broken when we were pulling up stakes from Yellowstone. Luckily my son saw the cable hanging down by the tires. I used some plastic cable ties to hold it up until the next stop. The plastic strap had broken where it connects to the slide. I took the self-tapping screws out and put them back in past the break. This held until we got home. But when I inspected it, the strap was already cracked again by the screws and almost broken through where the spring connects. To fix it, I cut the strap off near the swivel post. (At this point you should disconnect shore power and battery.) I cut the cable at the outside of the slide (leave enough to splice), used a piece of flexible conduit (Shop CARLON Ent 10-ft Conduit (Common: 3/4-in; Actual: .75-in) at Lowes.com
) and some conduit straps (Shop Gampak 4-Pack 3/4-in EMT Strap at Lowes.com
) to run the wire through and mount it back in place. I used plastic cable ties to attach the spring to the conduit. I filled the ends of the conduit with silicone sealant. Works fine, should last a long time. I’ll never figure out why FR used this setup when it can be done correctly for less than $5.00. I did not take it in for a warranty fix because the only thing my dealer could do is order the same parts from FR and I know a new strap would break again.
2. When towing, I could see the section of aluminum between the tires on the roadside flapping in the breeze. There were two causes for this. One is the brace for that section had broken and the second is screws backing out. I fixed the brace with a piece of 1” aluminum stock that I had and for the screws I started installing U-clips on the back of all screws. They are what I had, but I have since ordered some flat speed nuts to put on all of those screws ( Robot Check
). The screws are going through two thin pieces of sheet metal and after time the work themselves loose. I found a few places where they were gone. When talking to the FR Rep at an RV show a couple weeks ago, I told him about this and wouldn’t you know, the 2016 268RKS there had a couple screws backing out.
3. Maybe it just the Alabama heat, but the molding around the wheel wells would not stay in place. I used some self-tapping screws to secure them. Couldn’t find black screws, so a bit of Rustoleum and a small paint brush took care of that.
4. I got a tool provided with the trailer to manually extend/retract the slide and the stabilizers. It is not the correct tool, so I made my own. I used an old 3/8” drive, ½” deep well socket and cut slits in the sides to allow it to go over the post with the pin staying in the slit. I had an extra-long extension to use on the slide. There is not room to use the extension on the stabilizers. I can use an electric drill or a ratchet for either.
5. I don’t know if this was a manufacturing defect of if it happened through use, but the top edges of the roof on my slide had small nicks in the rubber. I used Gorilla glue to attach some clear vinyl sheet rock corner guards along the entire edge (Shop Miller LLC 48-in Toeless Vinyl Corner Guards at Lowes.com
6. The first time we tried to use the dinette as a bed, the table was too small and fell to the floor. I checked with my dealer and they had not heard of it, but we looked at a newer RKS on the lot and instead of one strip of particle board on each bench the new one had two. They would have ordered the parts for me, but it would be the same particle board strips – no thanks. I had some exterior door molding that is about 2” wide on top and tapers, removed the particle board and installed it on both sides.
7. Just in case it happens to you, find out now where the fuse is for the power tongue jack. Mine has blown twice. It is an in-line 30 amp blade fuse. It is on the inside of the roadside frame on the red wire, about 3 feet back from the tongue.
8. For those that like sewing, you can take 2 standard 27” x 52” towels (Walmart Specials), sew them together on 3 sides like a pillow case and they fit perfectly over the bottom dinette cushions. Don't stick to you and easy to take off and wash. The same size towels folded in about 11” on each side and sewn along one edge make good back covers for the recliners. (This is DWs tip.)
That’s enough posting for me. I will go back into lurk mode now.