I used 2" pipe insulation to keep the awning from rubbing on the kitchen slide, more as a precaution than any actual experience. Don't do what I did however, remember to take the pipe insulation off BEFORE you close the slide.....
Ours is technically a 2014, and yes the latch system still has yet to be proven over time. I will say this, my wife is only 5'3" and those new latches do allow her to close the bunkend easer and they APPEAR to be better designed, time will tell.
I don't think I have any pictures showing the slide with the pipe insulation, I'll look if I find some I'll post them