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Old 03-19-2015, 05:48 AM   #1
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travel without slideout secured

first post....2015 rockwood minilite 2109s bought at lakeview OH 3/16/15....travelled 1830 miles to home in az......the delivery walk around failed to cover the slide bar thing that goes center top when slide closed...found the bar in underbed storage and had no idea what it was until I investigated a bit. my ? is.....what unseen damage could have occurred travelling those 1800 miles [in 2 days!]...some of the road potholes and bumps really tossed the rig around....are there guides that could have slides in and out ok.....seemed a little rough first time extended then smoothed out.......anything thing I should worry about...send letter to dealer to get notated incase of later troubles ? this a biggy or am I needless paranoid .

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Old 03-19-2015, 06:06 AM   #2
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Slide Out

When camping last year we got caught in 65 mph gusts. Pushed the tops of the slides in 4 to 5 inches. They still work fine, If yours work OK, just go about your business and stop worrying.

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Old 03-19-2015, 06:11 AM   #3
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Muntu, I too have those slide jacks. I haven't used them on my Rockwood for any of the thousands of miles we've traveled. I don't plan on it either, and they've never moved an inch or shown any evidence to be detrimental to my slides for not using them. Breathe easy.... and welcome to the forums!

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Old 03-19-2015, 08:24 AM   #4
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when I bought my 5r the sales department said never forget them. Every time I've had it serviced from sane dealer the service department never puts them in place and I do not have any trouble with the slides. I still put them in place today.
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:48 AM   #5
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On our Mini Lite 2504S, there is stickers on the wall that talks about using them, but the dealer never mentioned it, and we have never even seen them. If they are in the trailer somewhere we are yet to find them???

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Old 03-19-2015, 08:51 AM   #6
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I use them occasionally for long hauls but not often. Last 6 trailers had slides and none were affected from not using the bars.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:04 AM   #7
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I have the Flagstaff Version of that trailer and have yet to use the Slide bar. In fact the tech doing the PDI recommended against them.

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Old 03-19-2015, 09:23 AM   #8
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I had those in a camper I used to have and the dealer described it as a piece of safety equipment that should used every time - so I used it. My concern would be the insurance aspect of not using them if something should happen. If your manual recommends using them, I would.
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Old 03-19-2015, 11:59 AM   #9
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I had them but didn't use them. They prevent the slides from coming out during travel. In hind site I think I would use them. If something were to happen be it a service tech or a state trooper, the first question would be " we're the slide bars in place?" I don't think I would want to answer "no".
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Old 03-19-2015, 12:17 PM   #10
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It's a good idea to use them, I had a problem with a bedroom slide, I had to cut a 2x4 to lay in there. I would hang something somewhere telling you to remove them before opening. I know I would forget it was there, and would cause a big problem for you. You just never know. You can't get complacent with these units the way they are just slapped together. Better safe then sorry...

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