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Old 06-25-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Slide-out locks

To those of us with slides........how many of you travel with the stabilizer bars or locks in place?

I keep mine in place when travelling - just curious.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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Are these an add on? I didn't know I had anything like this on my 233s
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These were included as part of the trailer. They are stabilizer shafts, with a 3 inch flat palte on each end, about 2 feet long that mount between the fascia of the slide out and trailer frame to keep the slide out from extending when travelling.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:34 AM   #5
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We have them. Our dealer told us 9 out of ten people don't use them.
We don't want to risk forgetting to remove them.
They are stored in the trailer in case we need a closet rod or something.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:44 AM   #6
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Me too. Camper does not go on the highway without them in place.

Not all slide mechanisms need them. Just the ones with the rack and pinion gearing require them to be installed due to the safety mechanism in the pinion.

You can hear the safety mechanism release when you over extend or collapse the slide.

Since the slide tilts outward (from the top), without the slide lock a sharp knock (like a curb strike) can start the slide opening. Once in motion, the weight of the slide could keep it going until fully opened.

In a less severe sideways motion (like a swerve) the slide can cock in the opening causing an out of alignment situation where the slide will leak or bind when opening or closing.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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I have them too, however I have NEVER been able to use them. If I put them on the fascia board, as stated, it just pushes the trim piece off by pulling out the trim nails- not much good there; If I attempt to put them directly on the seal, the angle of the seal prevents any possibility of that. So....they sit at home in my garage collecting dust. That is why a lot of other people don't use them, too. Randy
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I asked my dealer while doing the PDI. He didnt suggest them for the reason stated above. Forgetting and the damage they do to the inside. Between them and the slide supports some people use, He said it keeps his service dept busy.
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I have not used them to date. Sit in storage under couch
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I didnt even get any.

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