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Old 10-09-2015, 08:46 PM   #1
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Correct slide out operation

Ok I need some advice, I have a 2015 Rockwood 2703WS, I read the manual regarding the slide operation and it states when closing the slides, hold button until the slides stop and then release the button. When I went over the operation with the salesperson on delivery, he said open the slides until the slides start to stop and begin to make a ratchet nose but only briefly one or two clicks and when closing watch until they are almost closed and start to raise up and just as the slide ratchets one or two clicks release the button, service writer states don't let it ratchet, my question is what do you guys do? The wardrobe slide is a different design and you release the button when it stops, no problem, the others not sure the correct procedure, three people have three different answers. The slides I'm speaking of have a long drive shaft.

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Old 10-09-2015, 11:01 PM   #2
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I am a newbie to slides also and was told the same thing by the service guy who taught me about my trailer. Slide out until it ratchets once or twice, slide in until it ratchets once or twice. Hopefully that is the correct way to do it..

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Old 10-12-2015, 07:18 AM   #3
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I open my slides until the ratcheting sound happens and close them that way too. Had the trailer sicne February and no issues. It was expalined to me that the ratcheting sound is a clutch on the slide mechanism that prevents it from being over extended or closed too tightly.
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Old 10-12-2015, 07:23 AM   #4
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All three of my slides make the ratchet sound at full extension, but make no such sound at full retraction. My other travel trailer slides were the same. I extend until I hear the noise and I retract until the movement stops with no sound -- I can't force them to make the sound on the way in.

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Old 10-12-2015, 11:57 AM   #5
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The swintek slide you hold for 3 seconds after full open/close this keeps them synced.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:07 PM   #6
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Bring it in till you hear the ratchet. That means the slide is in tight against the trailer and has a good seal on the gaskets. Take a walk out and look, both sides should be tight against the trailer.

Also, if you have them, make sure you use the lock bars. This does two things. Keeps the seal on the top of the slide tight and prevents the slide from going out while traveling. Just remember to remove them before extending the slide!

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Old 10-12-2015, 12:23 PM   #7
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We picked up our 8529IKBS this weekend and were told the same as mentioned above... 1-2 clicks out, 1-2 clicks in. I used this method during PDI and later when camping this weekend. I inspected both the in and out positions and everything appeared to stop and fit just as it should be.

Time will certainly tell and I could see where holding the switch for many clicks could be harmful to the clutch but I believe the 1-2 click method is correct.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:37 PM   #8
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We've had ours since Spring 2009... we were instructed to go for 1-2 clicks in and out. Haven't had any troubles at all.
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Also, if you have them, make sure you use the lock bars. This does two things. Keeps the seal on the top of the slide tight and prevents the slide from going out while traveling. Just remember to remove them before extending the slide!

I've never heard of lock bars. Can you elaborate?
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:32 PM   #10
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Can someone explain what causes the ratchet sound? Some of my slides make it, some don't. It sounds as though some kind of gear is stripping...

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