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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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