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Old 07-09-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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Finally made GRIEVOUS error w/ silly white sticks...

I'm on my fourth Forest River Sunseeker. All have had the "silly white sticks" for the slideouts. (And, stupid question, why do we only get THREE and not FOUR when there are TWO slideouts? Having THREE makes NO SENSE!)

On my previous three Sunseekers, I usually always remembered to pull out the sticks before putting the slides out. Sometimes I would start the slide, and realize the sticks were still in OOPS!

Today, I did the really grievous error. In my 3170, I put out my front slide (shorter than the back slide) without checking for the sticks. At first it tipped funny, but then it straightened out, but made funny noises. And, it went out awfully slow, as though I had very little battery power. When it was all the way out, I realized my GRIEVOUS error! One stick had fallen to the floor and was unscathed. The other stick was stuck in between the edge of the slide. I pulled the slide back in and pulled on it, and got it out. One of the rubber edges had slipped off and was outside. However, stick and rubber edge just have minor scrapes, no dents. I don't see any damage to my slide out rubber edge, so far.......

But, it's STILL not a good idea to put the slide out with the silly little sticks in.

Oh, where do you put your silly sticks? Top or side? Since we only get THREE, which makes no sense to me, I put two on both sides of the front slide, and one on one side of the back slide. There is no room for me to put a stick on the other side of that slide (between the wall and slide, can't get my arm in). I used to put this stick on the top, but it always fell out.
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Best place to put them is in a dumpster, but if you insist on using them, tie a big red tag or pc of cloth on them so it hangs down where you can see them.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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ummm I'm hoping these silly sticks are specific to that model????

<<<has never seen the silly sticks and has three slides on our TT.




What purpose do they serve?
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ummm I'm hoping these silly sticks are specific to that model????<<<has never seen the silly sticks and has three slides on our TT. What purpose do they serve?
They come with the trailers from the factory and are used to supposedly lock the slides from coming out during transit. We've bought campers from 3 different dealers and all the techs have told us to put them in a dumpster or find some other use for them but to not use them on slides as they can do extreme damage if forgotten. OP was just lucky.
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My god, replies already and I posted this 30 minutes ago.

I wish they were expandable, I'd put them in the bathroom and use them to hang clothes from drip dry.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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AAACKKK! Just found some MINOR damage. The rubber edge around the wall slipped off two nails that it was supposed to be attached to the wall with.

I think I can live with it..........
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My last fifth wheel had them and I used them all the time. They had an orange tag that hung down to remind you to take them out. I figured that they were with the trailer for a reason, the slide manufacturer probably provided them.

I'm guessing that the people telling you not to use them when the manufacturer provided them is the same guy that is getting the business of repairing things when they go wrong.

Just my 2 cents.
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My last fifth wheel had them and I used them all the time. They had an orange tag that hung down to remind you to take them out. I figured that they were with the trailer for a reason, the slide manufacturer probably provided them.

I'm guessing that the people telling you not to use them when the manufacturer provided them is the same guy that is getting the business of repairing things when they go wrong.

Just my 2 cents.
Well ours didn't come with any sticks for the slides. We bought it less than two months ago, have taken it out three times. Not a sign of any sticks.

Where would they be applied?
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Would love a pic.....I can't picture what that stick is!
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My last fifth wheel had them and I used them all the time. They had an orange tag that hung down to remind you to take them out. I figured that they were with the trailer for a reason, the slide manufacturer probably provided them.

I'm guessing that the people telling you not to use them when the manufacturer provided them is the same guy that is getting the business of repairing things when they go wrong.

Just my 2 cents.

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Our fifth came with them, and I wouldn't go 100 feet without them in place, because they are the only thing that holds the top of the slide in place with the type of mechanism used on our Flagstaff.
With the slide ready for travel, and without the locking bars in place, I can rock the slide back and forth a good 4 inches or so. What that means is that as I am going down the road, the top of the slide could move in and out when hitting bumps in the road, slamming back into the side of the camper every time.
With the slide locks in place, the slide doesn't budge whatsoever.

Now there may be other types of slide mechanisms that hold the slide tight against the camper wall, top and bottom, so they wouldn't need locking bars.
But my Flagstaff definitely does, and that is why it came with the locks. It is irresponsible for any dealer to suggest not to use them.
And they have orange warning tags hanging on a string, which you cannot miss when entering the camper, and I have never forgotten them.

So if your camper came with slide locks, use them.
If your camper did not come with them, you probably don't need them, or the dealer stole them!
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