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Old 06-28-2016, 08:53 PM   #21
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Best reason, period.

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They are their for a reason and its called SAFTEY EQUEPMENT use them ( it only takes a minute to put them in) for if you don't and for any reason what so ever the slide comes out and cause a accident or comes out from a accident guess who will be held liable and maybe involved in a lawsuit?
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:58 PM   #22
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I have problems getting them to seat properly against the back side of the facia board with the rubber/vinyl seal. If I crank them down tight enough to stay put with road movement I worry that I may be harming the seal and/or the facia. Any thoughts from others?
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After using them the last 140-miles and two set-up/tear-downs, I can see that their point isn't to be too tight, but to simply be there to stop the slide top from moving. Now that I look at it, they are the only thing that ensures the top is secured.

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Old 06-28-2016, 09:09 PM   #23
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I applied heavy duty Velcro to the wall and one pad. That helped me get that far end in place - and to keep it there while I snugged it up.

There were lots of warnings about over-tightening. The bars are just supposed to keep the slide from moving - so they only need to be tight enough to keep them in place.
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Bareftn and Celestep2k1, I'd suggest that the risk that the slide would actually fall out of the trailer from the closed position is absolutely minuscule. I've never heard of it actually happening. If you have an example please post a link to the story.

The real risk is that the slide would move enough to go out of alignment and not seal properly. Not good, but not catastrophic.
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As I said we always put ours in our old TT,,, but no matter how tight I got them,,, after about 300 miles on out Great Hwys,,, they always fell out !!!
Wouldn't it be better if the slides had safety locks on the outside ???
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As I said we always put ours in our old TT,,, but no matter how tight I got them,,, after about 300 miles on out Great Hwys,,, they always fell out !!!
Wouldn't it be better if the slides had safety locks on the outside ???
Having the locks on the inside the way they are designed relies on the structural integrity of the complete wall system above the hole for the slide whereas a locking mechanism on the outside would rely on the ability of its fasteners to not come out of the wall.

If you're concerned about the possibility of the rectangular pads on the locks cutting the seals on the back of the fascia board you could round the edges a bit so the don't have a sharp edge.

I like the idea of Velcro on the white stickers to hold the pad in place while you tighten the locks. Other than having to stand on a stool to get high enough, that's the only difficulty I have when installing my locks.
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I believe if properly designed,,, Out Side Locks would be the way to go !!!
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I believe if properly designed,,, Out Side Locks would be the way to go !!!
All good inventions were started with that phrase.

Let us know what you come up with!
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hmm, my '17 21ss didnt come with any or any stickers
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hmm, my '17 21ss didnt come with any or any stickers
My '11 21SS came with them. My '16 23IKSS didn't. The large slides are virtually identical. (Size, shape and mechanically.)

Generally I take the position that if the manufacturer supplied them then I probably ought to use them and I used them the first year. Got tired of the gyrations to get my arm in - and then back out. Took a few trips the second year without them and saw no difference and threw them up in the front shelf - just in case - and there they stayed waiting for the next owner.
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