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Old 08-12-2018, 10:17 AM   #1
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Slide Out Brace

We got to our campsite and noticed the trim around the top of our slide was pushed out right where the brace goes. We did travel down a washboard gravel road so I imagine that is when it happen. I max out at around 10mph on that road. My question is, how smug should the brace be or is it really necessary.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:43 AM   #2
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We got to our campsite and noticed the trim around the top of our slide was pushed out right where the brace goes. We did travel down a washboard gravel road so I imagine that is when it happen. I max out at around 10mph on that road. My question is, how smug should the brace be or is it really necessary.
The instructions on mine say to adjust it so it contacts both surfaces then turn an additional 1/4 turn.

I've stopped using mine altogether. Every time I have used it since I bought the trailer last year I find it just laying on the slide roof when I get to my campsite.

I just choose to check the slide for movement at every stop (at my age my bladder demands more frequent stops than younger drivers) while checking everything else (Tires, Hubs, Hitch, etc).

As for washboard roads, I often slow even more than just to 10 mph. One recent trip to a Forest Service Campground required that I put my truck in 4wd-Low and just idle along at a "slow walk". Not just because of severe washboard but the huge potholes as well. I'd rather sit back and take this kind of road nice and slow than spend half the camping season repairing interior damage (drawer bottoms that have fallen out etc).

FWIW, I have the Lippert type slide with dual rack and pinion "equalizers" and a single linear actuator. So far I haven't had the slide move in or out even a fraction of an inch. There might be some movement due to flex when moving over uneven roads but not enough for a slide lock. So far it's just been a PITA with no apparent benefit.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:38 PM   #3
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As we were packing up, I found the aluminum frame up there so I tried placing the brace against that. I haven't checked to see if it came loose this time or not.

Did you get out of your truck and do that crazy Kiki dance while you walk along side your moving vehicle?
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Did you get out of your truck and do that crazy Kiki dance while you walk along side your moving vehicle?
No but in the past I've stepped out and changed drivers while idling along in my lowest gear. Other person would just step out and wait for tail end to pass then then just scoot up behind me, grab steering wheel then I'd repeat their moves to get to other side.
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