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Old 02-15-2014, 05:50 AM   #1
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Slide opened on I-10 going 65mph

I strange thing happen to me in my travel yesterday. My bedroom slide opened the whole way as I was traveling down the road. This was my bedroom slide which is up high and is maybe 3' max with a topper (wardrobe slide). This slide is on a 12v motor and pulls a chain across the inside top which pulls 4 cables 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom. I have no idea how this could happened check the 12 volt can find a short. My other 2 slides are the normal rachet type geared. The slide is high enough so I can not see it through my mirrors. The guy next to me got my attention he was behind me until he seen it open. I guess their is a blessing in this. I pulled off the road and closed it. I would say 20 minutes later the traffic just stopped a terrible accident happen 2 or 3 car pile up with having a helicopter take someone away. There was nothing left of the middle car it looked like a beer can that was stomped on. Hope he's or they are okay. But back to the question anybody know why that would happen with my slide? Or what I should look for? Thanks for your help....
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:15 AM   #2
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Any chance at all that you forgot to close it before you left??
Hopefully someone here has some know how on this... A short would be my guess.
And if you got it close the cables are all good.
Im also wondering if that cable motor lost its holding ability. Can you push the slide out when closed?
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:49 AM   #3
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Any chance at all that you forgot to close it before you left??
Hopefully someone here has some know how on this... A short would be my guess.
And if you got it close the cables are all good.
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No it was closed for sure, My last thing I always do is check that all my landing gear is up, antenna is down all hatches and slides closed. Can not find a short unless something happened in the switch which I checked and pulled out and found nothing not even a burnt spade or loose wire, No wires at all touching at the motor which is on top inside the unit very accessible. Thats why I wounder how that can happen?......
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:01 AM   #4
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Did you get a slide lock with it? I found during my research into why I had locks and my buddy didn't that it depended on the slide mechanism. I also read a few stories of guys with 5ers like yours that would get a slide lock for just the one slide, since that slide had a different mechanism than the rest.

There's a lot of debates on the use of locks, but I run with them always, except maybe the short jump from home to storage yard.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:16 AM   #5
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Slide Out

We have never had this in either of the RV's, but just in case it ever did, we have always used the safety bars to hold the slides in while on the road. Seems to work pretty well as we have never had that problem, just another step before pulling out, probably takes an extra five minutes to be safe:



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No it was closed for sure, My last thing I always do is check that all my landing gear is up, antenna is down all hatches and slides closed. Can not find a short unless something happened in the switch which I checked and pulled out and found nothing not even a burnt spade or loose wire, No wires at all touching at the motor which is on top inside the unit very accessible. Thats why I wounder how that can happen?......
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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Hey Glenn...sorry that you're having problems with the wardrobe slide. It's made by BAL...here's the manual for it... http://norcoind.com/bal/downloads/ac...ion-manual.pdf

There's no reference in the manual for your specific problem I'd suggest you call BAL directly at 574.262.3400

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Sounds like your affected slide is a NORCO Accuslide slide out like my wardrobe slide. It also uses a cable system.

The reason these slide outs don't use safety bars is that they need to have motor rotation to move them in OR out. The mechanical advantage is to the motor which must rotate.

That is why the backup slide extension system is a flex drive for a drill.

The only way this could happen is:

1) a short to ground in the open/close switch
2) If they are remote operated someone sat on the control
3) you missed it THIS ONE TIME (happens even to professionals)
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I strange thing happen to me in my travel yesterday. My bedroom slide opened the whole way as I was traveling down the road. This was my bedroom slide which is up high and is maybe 3' max with a topper (wardrobe slide). This slide is on a 12v motor and pulls a chain across the inside top which pulls 4 cables 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom. I have no idea how this could happened check the 12 volt can find a short. My other 2 slides are the normal rachet type geared. The slide is high enough so I can not see it through my mirrors. The guy next to me got my attention he was behind me until he seen it open. I guess their is a blessing in this. I pulled off the road and closed it. I would say 20 minutes later the traffic just stopped a terrible accident happen 2 or 3 car pile up with having a helicopter take someone away. There was nothing left of the middle car it looked like a beer can that was stomped on. Hope he's or they are okay. But back to the question anybody know why that would happen with my slide? Or what I should look for? Thanks for your help....
Thought you were going home from Pensacola?
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Thought you were going home from Pensacola?
We are going back to Virginia but wanted to take 95 up, Georiga, SC and NC are prepared for bad weather not like Alabama, they don't even own a snow plow or salt and sand trucks. On TV news it showed them dumping a load of sand on an overpass and spreading it by a backhoe bucket. So decided to take 95 up. I'm in Jacksonville FL. now will leave for home in the AM or Monday. I cut a 2x6x17" to fit my slide when it is closed as a brace. It won't open again with that brace and I padded both ends. .............All this and my 2nd year warrenty ran out the 10th of February....Luck of the Irish....
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Sounds like your affected slide is a NORCO Accuslide slide out like my wardrobe slide. It also uses a cable system.

The reason these slide outs don't use safety bars is that they need to have motor rotation to move them in OR out. The mechanical advantage is to the motor which must rotate.

That is why the backup slide extension system is a flex drive for a drill.

The only way this could happen is:

1) a short to ground in the open/close switch
2) If they are remote operated someone sat on the control
3) you missed it THIS ONE TIME (happens even to professionals)
Another post that reminds me why I keep coming back to this forum.

I found that flex drive in a drawer in the kitchen of our new 5er. DH and I figured it was something left by a worker on the assembly line.

So now I get to tell him to take it out of his shop tool box and *put it in the camper tool box*.
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