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Old 10-27-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Aggravating Slide Locks

I have a 8285WS which requires slide locks when traveling. They are a pain to install - Have to have a step stool - If they are not real straight they will move and come loose on bumpy roads - Lining them up with the "Place Slide Locks Here" sticker on the wall is difficult - Then try and tighten without them moving on the wall.

So I made a holder for the wall and marked their position on the other wall. Now it is a simple matter to place one end in the holder and it stays there. These are 3/8" aluminum angle, cut and bent. Holes are countersunk a bit.
Screws will hold it to the wall. Trying to decide whether to paint or not.

Still trying to find a better way to do this without the slide locks.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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Have you tried not using them? Has your slides ever come out while traveling?
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:47 PM   #3
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Right or wrong I have never used mine and haven't had any issues.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:37 PM   #4
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Well if you put the slides all the way in and then push on the top edge you will find out why. There is nothing anchoring the top of the slide. It will tip out quite a ways.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:10 PM   #5
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Never had any leaks either. I believe there was a thread here once or twice about whether or not RV'rs use the slide locks.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:37 PM   #6
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I had Shasta with a 12' slide that did not require any kind of locks.

However, again, on mine the top of the slide can be tipped out quite a ways when it is in. Maybe others are not like that. I would prefer not to use the locks but once I discovered this it tend to use them.
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:09 AM   #7
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I have a WS8289. The kitchen slide is heavy due to the stove, refer, and couch. Pushing on the top of the slide will cause it push out. I had the slide tip open about 8" on a downhill hard right turn, even though I was only doing about 20 MPH.
I use two slide locks all the time.
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I have a 2015 Windjammer 3008 and did not get or told that I may need them. Does anyone else with a Windjammer have or use them?
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