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Old 04-08-2011, 06:14 PM   #11
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Have them.
Use them.
Would never move the camper (other than to change sites at the same campground) without them in place and snugged up.

The Lippert slide I have uses a rack that moves on a nylon cog. The cog is suspended on a spring so that it will hop up and down when fully in or out so there is no damage to the slide mechanism when you bottom out. (You will hear a ratchetting sound at full travel.)

On a bumpy road, that rack is the ONLY thing holding that slide in. Even a one tooth hop will let rain in. Additionally, the slide is a "level floor" slide.

That means the slide is tilted out at the top "slightly" when fully retracted, just due to how the mechanism lifts the leading edge of the slide to bring it in. When you snug up the slide keeper bar, you can actually watch the upper corners seal as light sneaking past the seals goes out.

It is almost as bad on slides with hydraulics. A leaking piston will let the slide deploy as you drive down the road.

your call...


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Old 04-09-2011, 08:03 AM   #12
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"I use them but I just snug them up, you don't want to apply to much pressure otherwise you may damage the slide out"
Yes, they are only there to stop the slide from moving, only enough pressure to hold them in place is required.

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Old 04-09-2011, 09:09 AM   #13
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We use them as well. Ours has a long string with a bright orange tag on it to remind us it is in. Our dealer never installed it or told us about it. Once we got home we found it in the storage area under the bed. Figure it is better safe to use.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:58 AM   #14
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Have em' and use em'...........Why take a chance. The manufacturer wouldnt supply them if they weren't needed for safety. If it has something to do with safety, I for one will use them !! X2 0n the bright orange flags. We also put a Post-It note over the switches....dont touch, before removing slide-out bars

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