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Old 06-22-2024, 03:49 PM   #1
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Slide out metal to metal sound while driving

My 2019 Georgetown 36B5 large main slider makes metal to metal scraping sounds as we drive down the road. Can hear the slider shift slightly front to back when accelerating or braking. Slides in and out easily. Lubed the outside rollers on the base of the floor and the noise seems to subside but it may also be the slider is in a better/normal position after sliding it in. Sometimes the scraping is louder than other times. When driving, the scraping is coming right behind the drivers head. Also, infrequently there is a loud snap noise-like a rock hit the side/windshield or a cable is under tension and released. Very loud. Are there more rollers/cables inside the slider track? Googled Lippert Slimline systems and saw a V shaped roller system but not sure if it is for my model/year motorhome. Itís been to the shop TWICE for this issue before we started our year long trip around the USA and they didnít think anything was wrong as it slides in/out nicely.
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Old 06-22-2024, 05:02 PM   #2
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Moved thread from the Tech and Repair section to the Georgetown sub-forum for better help from other Georgetown owners and possible factory support.
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Old 06-22-2024, 05:44 PM   #3
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The SlimRack slide uses a floating rack, the square toothed rod. It's not too unusual for people to hear that rack shift while driving and snap against the side wall. Some people put a towel between the rack and the slide wall, some people use a pool noodle, etc.

Me, If I did that I would I would make DARN sure I had some way to flag it as there or you could break something by extending the slide with that "noise dampener" in place.

The next time you have the slide out take a close look at the bottom of the slides. I know you lubed the rollers but it's amazing how many people miss that the slide rollers are cutting into the bottom of the slides.

The attached pic is from someone who apparently never looked up until his slide started to struggle moving...

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Thanks Ray. There is no roller wear/damage under the slider.
I’ll try the towel/noodle technique. So the towel is placed between the teeth and slider wall. It’s already real tight there but where does the towel go so it doesn’t get caught up in the motor?
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... but where does the towel go so it doesn’t get caught up in the motor?
That's the problem I mentioned. If you put a towel between the rack and the wall and open the slide with the towel in place you likely have a big, expensive problem.

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Thanks Ray. There is no roller wear/damage under the slider.
Iíll try the towel/noodle technique. So the towel is placed between the teeth and slider wall. Itís already real tight there but where does the towel go so it doesnít get caught up in the motor?
Thanks for your help!
I think Ray meant that you put the towel in place AFTER the slide is in and remove it BEFORE you begin to put the slide out.
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Makes sense now!
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Sounds like the way to solve this issue is to replace the square tooth tracks
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Sounds like the way to solve this issue is to replace the square tooth tracks
There is nothing wrong with the racks. They float to accommodate slight changes in the slide alignment. Other systems, such as the Schwintek, use a fixed track and are far, far more problematic because they will grind the metal down or jump a tooth on the motor if the slide position shifts slightly.

But if it really bothers you, you could replace the entire slide system with something else. Vroom Slide Systems makes such a product. I think it's about $5,000 per slide now. They use a fixed track but a totally different mechanism to move the slide.

See: https://vroomslidesystems.com/

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