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Old 08-11-2018, 01:13 PM   #1
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Prime time 297 RKS slide flex and AC

This 5th wheel has been in for warranty service more times than Iíve camped in it. Wondering if anyone has has the following problems too.

The coach will not cool below 78 degrees if itís over 90 deg outside and itís sitting in the sun.

When the back side slide is put in, itís easy to see from the inside that the slide box/frame flexes badly. For example, with the slide out, the distance from the back of the theatre seat to the outside wall is 2Ē. With the slide in, the distance is 3Ē. Iím sure the distance from the bottom to top has to be a lot greater.

I might as well mention the rusting hub caps rusting due to poor chroming, and they say not covered under warranty.

Anyone else with these issues.
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Old 08-13-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
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This 5th wheel has been in for warranty service more times than Iíve camped in it. Wondering if anyone has has the following problems too.

The coach will not cool below 78 degrees if itís over 90 deg outside and itís sitting in the sun.

When the back side slide is put in, itís easy to see from the inside that the slide box/frame flexes badly. For example, with the slide out, the distance from the back of the theatre seat to the outside wall is 2Ē. With the slide in, the distance is 3Ē. Iím sure the distance from the bottom to top has to be a lot greater.

I might as well mention the rusting hub caps rusting due to poor chroming, and they say not covered under warranty.

Anyone else with these issues.

Normal due to the slide mechanism pulling/pushing on the bottom of the slide.

As for the A/C. The best you can hope for is a 15 - 20 degree difference between inside and outside temps. Especially if only one A/C is in use. If you have/install a second A/C, you may get better results.
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Old 08-14-2018, 01:32 AM   #3
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I have the same unit and have had 0 problems. As for the cooling I agree I think it needs a bigger unit or another to help it cool. Very happy with it.
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. We like the design of the unit but as of yesterday, we have reported 37 issues - a couple of which they deemed not warrantied (like rusting chrome hub caps after 2 times of use) and 6 or 7 that I reported but fixed myself.

On the AC, we just got back from camping where ours was in the shade 50% of the day and with it 90 degrees outside, the best we could do is 78 inside.

I measured the flex in the back slide yesterday and with the slide out and a square with a straight edge running up the outside wall, I moved the slide all the way in and the dimension gap at the top of the straight edge was 1 5/8". That seems to be a lot of flexing to happen each time it goes in and out. I've never seen that on any of my other rv's slides.

We had the fireplace replaced, the back slide removed to replace a seal, replacement of an outside seal, outside weatherstripping blew off during a trip, the main entry door was hard to close (due to latch interference) on hot days, cracked fender flare, wardrobe shelf support fell off twice - just to name a few.

Since you have the same unit, I have a question about the outside kitchen's stove. Did your unit come with an LP propane hose for the stove? And is it really the design to have to hook up the hose, then route it outside of the outside kitchen's door to hook it up to the propane fitting under the coach. With that design, you would have to unhook it every time you wanted to close the door.

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Old 08-14-2018, 10:58 AM   #5
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Sorry, I just replied to rracer5's comments and accidentally replied to him instead of you - since you have the same coach as mine. Can you read that post and hopefully respond to me. Thanks
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Old 08-23-2018, 01:36 PM   #6
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Since you have the same unit, I have a question about the outside kitchen's stove. Did your unit come with an LP propane hose for the stove? And is it really the design to have to hook up the hose, then route it outside of the outside kitchen's door to hook it up to the propane fitting under the coach. With that design, you would have to unhook it every time you wanted to close the door.

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Old 08-23-2018, 02:15 PM   #7
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I have the same issue with the outside kitchen gas line. Has anyone drilled a hole to run the gas line behind the stove to the port on the trailer frame? You will still need to disconnect the line before the slide was retracted but at least you could close the kitchen door while camped.
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Old 08-23-2018, 04:47 PM   #8
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I haven't run a new propane hose yet, but I plan on getting a long one, drilling a hole in the bottom of the kitchen slide - back far enough so the hose will have room to move around as I pull and close the stove - and then run the hose in along the same hose/wire loom as the propane and electric that comes from the coach to the slide's inside refrigerator. That hose/wire path already has a flexible holder to keep the hoses and wires out of the way as the slide moves in and out.
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