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Old 04-12-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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Slide locks???

My new Rockwood Signature Ultra Light 8285WS has slide locks.

They resemble the cargo bar I use for my P/U but there are 2 signs something like SLIDE LOCK HERE and the dealer said they are inserted when the slide is retracted. (I take delivery of my new unit at the end of the week).

Is this something new or is it specifically for the Ultra Light design.

The Jayco I traded had the same slide depth (was not as long though) and did not have slide locks.

Can someone illuminate me and further my Rockwood education
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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I have a slide lock for my Flagstaff that I have never used. My dealer said it really wasn't needed.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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Can someone illuminate me and further my Rockwood education
Sorry I can't help you, but i just don't know one way or the other.

I do use mine, mainly because they're there, and the "experts" at my dealer said that most people don't but they were glad to see that I do.

I guess whatever works for you.
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They are safety precautions in case something went wrong and your slide came out while traveling they only take a few seconds to install may not really need them but what the hell huh also make great drying rack in shower when not in use
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:49 AM   #5
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The slide locks on my Rockwood are useless because of the design of the rubber seal around the slide. If anything the slide locks will damage the rubber seal while traveling, they will not fit tight causing them to move around.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:39 AM   #6
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I'm on my third camper with a slide-out and have never used the slide locks on any one of them.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:46 AM   #7
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So the guy at my dealer said that I should use them if I am traveling on gravel roads for any period of time to help prevent the slide from bouncing around and possibly jumping a tooth on the gears.
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So the guy at my dealer said that I should use them if I am traveling on gravel roads for any period of time to help prevent the slide from bouncing around and possibly jumping a tooth on the gears.
Never heard that before, i don't know how slide locks keep the slide out from moving up and down they are design to keep the slide out from opening and if you are bouncing that much, then you might want to slow down.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:08 PM   #9
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they ship them out with them as a precaution, would suggest you use them as long as you remember to remove them prior to opening the slide or you will damage the slide face.
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When we first got our Berkshire, my son and his wife were sitting at the dining table. He noticed that the kitchen slide was moving in and out at the top while travelling on the highway. From then on, we have used our slide locks mostly to stabilize the slideout.
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