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Old 07-10-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Slide Cable Replacement

I was out doing some maintenance on my Berkshire 390bh when I looked up at the wardrobe/bunk slide out and noticed that the top front cable was broken. I emailed Forest River and they referred me to the cable maker (NORCO) whose customer service rep (yeah, right) said that the cables have no warranty at all. I then emailed the Forest River warranty rep and he said that they wouldn't consider this a warranty item so I had to pay for a cable repair kit which I ordered.

My question is, has anyone replaced a cable on their slide? If so, is it a big job? I think that the slide mechanism is behind the trim that is around the inside of the slide out. If so, how is that trim removed?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Tom
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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Yikes!
How could a broken cable in a new $150,000+ motorhome under warranty not be considered under the bumper-to-bumper warranty?
I want to buy a 390BH but would go ballistic if I was nickel-and-dimed on the warranty.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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Tom,

Click here and scroll down to page 9 (Cable Replacement).

You'll need a cable repair/replacement kit # 23305.

Also, wathch the " Cable Replacement Video"

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Old 07-24-2010, 12:30 PM   #4
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They make it sound real easy in the write up. They also have a video on their website showing how to replace the cable but it is on a coach that is not finished inside and the mechanism is not enclosed in any way. It took me about 9 hours to try to get the cable around the pulley that is inside. I have bunk beds over which the cable system is installed. I was working through an opening that is approx. 10" wide and the length of the bunk. I could barely get my head and arm into the area. Trying to get the cable around the pulley was impossible so I had to devise a leader made up of a drinking straw and nylon sleeve that they provide. Once that was accomplished, I could finish the install. I am waiting to see if I can find a cable cutter somewhere to cut off the excess. I didn't have a crimper so I bought a cable clamp to use. Hopefully this won't happen again!!! The cable cutter and crimper are 2 tools which are required. I don't know of very many who will have these readily available.
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