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Old 06-12-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Don't make this mistake.

Having owned 2 popups, 2 travel trailers...with slides, I thought I'd never make this mistake. Out camping last week, leveled trailer, dropped jacks, opened slides...OOOPS ! I forgot for the first time to check behind the edges of the slides inside. Large can of beans escaped a cabinet and found a home behind the edge of the slide. The hydraulic motor didn't even bog down when I heard the "CRACK" ! and saw the side upright of the slide POP ! completely out of the wall. Two days later and some unique engineering, the sidewall is reinforced, trim looks good as new and all is well again. Never make the same mistake twice.
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:31 PM   #2
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We all are subject that kind of mistake. Glad you made it through. Do you have any photos?
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:32 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Having owned 2 popups, 2 travel trailers...with slides, I thought I'd never make this mistake. Out camping last week, leveled trailer, dropped jacks, opened slides...OOOPS ! I forgot for the first time to check behind the edges of the slides inside. Large can of beans escaped a cabinet and found a home behind the edge of the slide. The hydraulic motor didn't even bog down when I heard the "CRACK" ! and saw the side upright of the slide POP ! completely out of the wall. Two days later and some unique engineering, the sidewall is reinforced, trim looks good as new and all is well again. Never make the same mistake twice.
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Only 3 screws holding that piece in and about 40 staples holding trim on. Replaced staples with nails, added couple more screws and rebuilt trim on the bottom drawer. Piece from slide caught it when it popped and tore 2 pieces of trim off drawer.
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In my old roo, I passed and entire Rubbermaid kitchen trashcan out thru that same area and didn't even know it. I remembering giving the wife hell for forgetting to put the trashcan in the camper. It was a while before I wound up going around to the backside of the camper, and there was my trashcan, sitting perfectly upright like we put it there on purpose. LOL.

I also know from experience that the slide can easily crush a CanCooker, and it can rip the bathroom door right off the hinges. You may want to keep an eye on that as well. The 304BS looks like the bathroom door can be opened to the right angle to get hit by the slide out as its retracting. That's what happened to mine. An inch more open or more closed and there wouldn't have been a problem.

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Old 06-13-2017, 08:25 AM   #6
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I did the same thing different product but got the slide stopped before anything was broken. good you were able to fix it.
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I did the same thing different product but got the slide stopped before anything was broken. good you were able to fix it.
Repair is actually stronger than factory job
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On the BH on the old 5er...if you tried to open(or close) the rear slide and the door was open....uhhhkk ohhh. Don't ask me how I know... I only did it twice.
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Who would've thought that an open cabinet door would knock the top slide trim off? Amazing that it was only held on with about 10 brad nails. Fixed better now.
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Had something very similar happen to us. We slide the slides just enough to be able to get past and check for any obstructions before fully opening now.
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Who would've thought that an open cabinet door would knock the top slide trim off? Amazing that it was only held on with about 10 brad nails. Fixed better now.
Discovered that all the trim could be removed by hand...no pry bar needed. Whoever was running the staple guns the day mine was built...set way to high. One out of every forth staple held, the rest punched thru the back of the trim.
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tough trim

If you have recliners at the back of your TT you also must ensure that they haven't moved toward a slide and that the trim isn't going to catch on the foot rest lever. That makes a very loud bang. The lever was stronger than the trim and I had to glue a few pieces of trim back together.
A new Camping World technician also found out what happens when one leaves a kitchen cabinet drawer open and it catches on the trim. It bent the drawer handle and cracked the trim. But he didn't tell anyone, including me, and we didn't figure out just what had happened until a few weeks later. Camping World wouldn't admit to anything, so I glued that trim back together and I could also bend the handle back.
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I wish someone would do a survey to see what percentage of post involve slide issues.
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I wish someone would do a survey to see what percentage of post involve slide issues.
Already more than I expected.
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If you have recliners at the back of your TT you also must ensure that they haven't moved toward a slide and that the trim isn't going to catch on the foot rest lever. That makes a very loud bang. The lever was stronger than the trim and I had to glue a few pieces of trim back together.
I turn my recliners to where the levers face the back wall. That way, they wont get hung up on the slides.

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Good idea to also check the ceiling before opening the slides. My smoke detector came loose and was sitting on the slide. The detector was crushed, but no damage to the slide or seals.
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Having owned 2 popups, 2 travel trailers...with slides, I thought I'd never make this mistake. Out camping last week, leveled trailer, dropped jacks, opened slides...OOOPS ! I forgot for the first time to check behind the edges of the slides inside. Large can of beans escaped a cabinet and found a home behind the edge of the slide. The hydraulic motor didn't even bog down when I heard the "CRACK" ! and saw the side upright of the slide POP ! completely out of the wall. Two days later and some unique engineering, the sidewall is reinforced, trim looks good as new and all is well again. Never make the same mistake twice.
What kept me from pounding my head into the closest cottonwood tree, was my 4 year old granddaughter. She came in camper after finally setting up, she looked at wall, turned to me and said..."Papa ! You built me and my little brother a play deck in your backyard...you can fix this."
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Thumbs up Slide goofs

I did the same with my last T/T. It was an R-Pod and I put a small suitcase the wrong way under the bed. I heard the strain and thought nothing of it...... then heard the crack! Yikes. What a sinking feeling!
Fortunately it was all surface damage. A little Tite-Bond and a clamp and good as new in an hour. I always check to make sure everything is clear now.
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