Originally Posted by dilgerc
We have a 2012 v-lite by forest river and on the walk thru the dealer said to just put them away somewhere that it's highly unlikely we would ever need them. The slide outs are gear driven and would be rare if they were to move in transport.
Did he happen to explain why that was so? If it is "highly unlikely we would ever need them" what good would they be in that situation sitting in the garage?
As to "gear driven," he is correct, but in my Flagstaff the gear pack is nylon "plastic." http://store.lci1.com/shared/StoreFr...unt2=163093209
The replacement set "should mine break" has metal "teeth" (since under side load that is what breaks) but still has a nylon carrier and support. My thinking is that if Lippert gave you a safety rod, they had a darn good reason to do so.
Cracking (or losing) a tooth while the gear "hops" on the rack at full closure or full open, or tooth wear, would most likely not be noticed until driving down the highway and having a side load placed on the camper (like hitting a curb or rapidly negotiating a curve). This would allow a worn or broken gear pack to let the slide start moving outwards. Once in motion, the outward sloping slide would continue until it was fully open in the worst case or partially open in the best case.
The rod LIGHTLY "forces" the slide down onto the gear and compresses the mechanism and prevents the slide from "hopping" off the gear teeth in the first place even with a worn gear set.
Using the safety stick, you would still find out, when opening or closing the slide, that you had a gear pack problem by a "herky jerky" movement in the slide or a "hop" while the slide is in motion.
Many folks today INSIST on not using seat belts. Their logic is that "I have never needed them before so they must not provide any added safety value" just does not wash. You only need a safety belt ONCE; and you better have it ON.