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Old 02-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #11
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Our dealer recommended not using the supports. He said that if the trailer was to settle and the supports did not you would damage the tracks on the slide out. He said that the older trailers needed the extra support but the newer trailers had better slide systems. He also told be not to install a hitch to carry my bikes because it could cause the walls to crack at the corners of the slideout.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #12
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If you properly mount a hitch receiver to the frame of the unit, I don't understand how the wall could crack at the slide opening. Our Sanibel has a hitch receiver on it from the factory.
Now if the receiver is the truck bumper add on, and you mounted it to the floor of the unit, I can see the problems from stress on the wood floor. lets camp
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:06 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the research and input to my question. It shall be carefully considered. Thanks again, Scott
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:45 PM   #14
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slide out supports are a thing of the past, when they were called tipouts and were a new feature and had lots of growing pains.
the technology has improved to the point that every manufacturer i've seen, states NOT to use them. they are engineered to not need outside supports.

i would like to see where Open Range is recommending to use them. if they do, they're about the only company that does.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #15
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i would like to see where Open Range is recommending to use them. if they do, they're about the only company that does.
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"OPEN RANGE RV COMPANY does NOT require or suggest blocking, supports, jacks, etc., to be used under slide outs during extended normal use."

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http://www.openrangerv.com/PDFs/2010...OM-DEC2010.pdf
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[QUOTE]If you properly mount a hitch receiver to the frame of the unit, I don't understand how the wall could crack at the slide opening. Our Sanibel has a hitch receiver on it from the factory.
Now if the receiver is the truck bumper add on, and you mounted it to the floor of the unit, I can see the problems from stress on the wood floor.[QUOTE]

Many trailers have had damaged done by installing a hitch to the frame. The new trailers are light weight and are not engineered to have the extra stress put on the frame. There are many discussions about this on the site.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #17
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having owned the same model, let me say, I don't think a slide support is necessary. The slide hardware is very heavy for the size of the small slide you get on these Pups.

And after crawling around under mine quite a bit, I would not weld to the frame for anything.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #18
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Thank you all. The genesis of this question was because when we picked up our trailer there was a steel rod about 18 inches long in it. The dealer did not know what it is for. (My wife hits me with it, I'm horribly abused). I was concerned that it was some type of support rod. I have looked everywhere and can find no place for it. But it does come in handy around camp. (I have a teenage son) Thanks again for the research and care you have taken on my behalf. Scott
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If you properly mount a hitch receiver to the frame of the unit, I don't understand how the wall could crack at the slide opening. Our Sanibel has a hitch receiver on it from the factory.
Now if the receiver is the truck bumper add on, and you mounted it to the floor of the unit, I can see the problems from stress on the wood floor. lets camp
The short answer is increased frame flex in ultra-lite campers. The extra torque from the bike rack can twist the frame and crack the more ridged sandwich wall material.
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Thank you all. The genesis of this question was because when we picked up our trailer there was a steel rod about 18 inches long in it. The dealer did not know what it is for. (My wife hits me with it, I'm horribly abused). I was concerned that it was some type of support rod. I have looked everywhere and can find no place for it. But it does come in handy around camp. (I have a teenage son) Thanks again for the research and care you have taken on my behalf. Scott
Does the rod look like this?
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