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Old 10-10-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Slide out locking bars

Our flagstaff came with two bars that you are supposed to place on your slide out when retracted to prevent it from accidentally sliding out. Are these a "flagstaff thing" or optional? The reason I am asking is a couple of friends of ours have bought new campers that are not manufactured by flagstaff and have slide outs but have no such safety device. Or have there been further improvments to slide outs and they no longer require these safety bars. I remember when we bought ours a couple just a couple of years ago during the walk through they were pretty adamant about making sure those bars were in place during travel. And of course removed before opening the slide out.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:20 AM   #2
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Our 2010 Rockwood Roo came with them and I put in every time. They aren't just a Flagstaff thing but they may be a Forest River thing. I recall a thread on this subject in the past year. Try a search and you should be able to find more info.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:27 AM   #3
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Both forest river products I've owned did not come with slide locks one a 2005 flagstaff and the other a palomino sabre 20111.
Both with gear and track slideout mechanisms.



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Old 10-10-2013, 07:29 AM   #4
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Slide out safety bars--------

I was also supplied with the safety bars when I purchased my 2011 fifth wheel. I use the bars every time my slide out is retracted in for movement. I use the bars for safety and peace of mind. They were provided for a purpose at the time of manufacture of the RV. I understand some people do not use them and are considered a aggravation and useless. But when my RV was made, maybe the electrical drive system for the bump-out was not reliable
enough to keep the system in safely.

The safety bars when installed, do keep the sealing gaskets and bump-out tight where they are supposed to be. I have traveled over some very rough roads, rough enough to eject everything in the rear cabinets, move the sofa around (as far as the anchors will let it go).

Enough said, I do use them!
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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Our 2010 Rockwood Roo came with them and I put in every time. They aren't just a Flagstaff thing but they may be a Forest River thing. I recall a thread on this subject in the past year. Try a search and you should be able to find more info.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #6
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Mine came with them and I thought I could just tow without them. I did in fact until a heavy wind would hit the smaller slide and push the top of the slide away by six inches. Put them in, problem fixed.
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A lot of RVs do not come with them.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:30 AM   #8
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didn't receive them with my 2014
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:43 AM   #9
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A lot of RVs do not come with them.
Due to damage caused by clueless (or tired/unlucky) users forgetting the bars and trying/succeeding to open the slide with them installed; I understand that some "helpful" dealers/back shop maintenance guys have just "forgotten" to include them during the PDI.

Also some have even suggested that they be used for clothes rods.

Electro/Mechanical Rack and Electro/Hydraulic (piston) slides need these. Electric motor/cable systems (like NORCO) do not.

The Electro/Rack systems have a motor clutch that can slip under side load (like a curb strike while turning), allowing the slide to start moving outward. Once the heavy slide starts moving, it can fully extend due to its own inertia overcoming the motor clutch. (you can hear the clutch sometimes when fully opening or closing the slide).

The lock bar does not actually "lock" the slide. It just pre-loads rack's pinion gear with a downward force and prevents "easy" movement of the rack outward.

The NORCO cable system does not need the bars because motor rotation is required to open or close the slide and the mechanical advantage works against the slide turning the unpowered motor.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:33 PM   #10
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my Roo came with them and i only use them on long trips or when i'm driving through windy/mountinous areas.
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