Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-24-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 6
Cool Slidr Out Flex Guard

The over head lights on my front slide out quit working. When I inspected the wiring I found that the Flex Guard had broken and allowed the wiring to get pinched and short out. I was going to replace the Flex Guard on this slide out when I noticed that the rear slide out Flex Guard has broken also. What is the replacement for these (one that will actually work) and where do I get them?
__________________

Rogers81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
Dallas Texas
 
TexasBBQ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 296
i've seen them at camper and auto stores. Might need to find out why the broke first. Too short, wrong material?
__________________

__________________
2004 Cardinal 33CKT
2006 Ford SDD F250 CC 4WD
TexasBBQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,258
Check to make sure it isn't getting pinched somewhere when moving the slide.
On our fifth, I found the wires to the fireplace were jammed against a very sharp piece of aluminum bracing, and they would have eventually rubbed through and shorted out like yours. But these were 120V wires, and it would have probably burnt the camper to the ground.
Don't trust the factory workmanship.
bakken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2013, 10:46 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 6
The carrier is designed wrong to much bending for the materiel it is made of. I do not want to replace it with the same thing just to have it break again!
Rogers81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2013, 05:15 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 6
Angry closer look

I took a closer look this weekend. The flex guard is 48 inches long and the span it covers is 48 inches. The end that is supported by the rod on the outside of the slide workers great, but the end that is bolted to frame has no flex room. If it were 6-12 inches longer it would work.
Rogers81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 07:22 PM   #6
W4DNA
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Goldsboro, NC
Posts: 24
1 YO Rockwood - Broken Flex Guard

I guess I'll have to agree with Rogers81 - they aren't worth a flip! Picking up after an enjoyable 1 week vacation at a very nice, cozy campground and saw the wire/hose bundle hanging under my living room slide of our 8289WS. Further investigation noted the Flex Guard was broken at about the midpoint and at the fixed attachment point on the slide. Used some bungee cords to hold the bundle up for the 3 hour trip home. Plan on getting some aluminum piano hinge for the attachment point and for the mid point until I can find a better solution! (Noted no rubs or stress marking on the bundle or the camper...)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6204.jpg
Views:	339
Size:	293.7 KB
ID:	58031   Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6205.jpg
Views:	232
Size:	353.1 KB
ID:	58032   Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6208.jpg
Views:	275
Size:	311.3 KB
ID:	58033  
NCRadioman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2014, 11:22 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
tomjsas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Colorado
Posts: 508
Yeah, mine has done the same. I used zip ties for a quick fix but need to figure out a permanent fix.
__________________
Tom
2004 Fleetwood Providence 38U
currently not towing a toad
tomjsas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2014, 03:04 PM   #8
W4DNA
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Goldsboro, NC
Posts: 24
Flex Guard Repair

Repairs complete. We'll see how they hold up. I'll post all photos to my albums.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6224.jpg
Views:	252
Size:	257.9 KB
ID:	60118   Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6226.jpg
Views:	212
Size:	276.9 KB
ID:	60119   Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6228.jpg
Views:	219
Size:	342.5 KB
ID:	60120   Click image for larger version

Name:	GEDC6232.jpg
Views:	419
Size:	294.8 KB
ID:	60121  
NCRadioman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 12:58 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 8
Same problem. How has your repair been. Is there a better solution?
bigboyga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 04:12 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 10,041
Mine had the same problem nice repair job mine broke off at the end where it attaches to the wall.(your 2nd pic) I was lazy and attached a spring to it to hold it up. I think I might steal your idea...Thanks for posting that. By the way how did FR ever think that would hold up the way they installed it?
__________________
Coachmen M/H
Concord
2018 / 300 DSC

Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 09:30 PM   #11
W4DNA
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Goldsboro, NC
Posts: 24
Repair's holding up very well. We've been out 4 times since and I've had the slide open several times as I've been making some minor mods - "personalizing" the 5'er. Probably will keep it as-is. Will see how it holds up in the colder weather. 1st year I've had it in the driveway all summer. Subdivision police usually hassle you... Not this year - maybe because I told them I'd go ahead and get legal and put it in the side yard... I think someone sold FR a bill of goods, there - I can't see that type plastic holding up to the flexing needed for this application...
NCRadioman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 09:34 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
davel1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Seaford, De
Posts: 2,377
mine broke within 1st month of owning it. Both broke right where attached to frame. Reattached both sides with door hinges. Been working perfectly all year.
__________________

__________________
David & Lynn
2014 Coachmen Chaparral Signature 327 RLKS
2016 Ford F350 Lariat CC Dually
davel1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:41 AM.


×