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Old 11-11-2020, 08:59 PM   #1
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Kitchen slide pops when moving

I have a 2015 Primetime Lacrosse 328 Luxury Lite Travel trailer. I had slide toppers installed by Camping World approximately 3 years ago. I have had to replace the mounting bracket on the dining room slide due to the fact they did not allow enough clearance between top of room and fabric of topper.

I have had the same problem with the kitchen couch room. I now have a popping noise that appears to let 1 side go out. The slide does not travel out together. Does anyone have an idea of how to fix it. I have read a lot of threads to try to find a fix.

I will try to get pics and post tomorrow. I do know that I have LCI thru frame slide components.

Don't want to bash dealer but installation was sub par and now all people that were there are now gone and they don't want to stand behind their work.
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'm a little confused are you saying changing the bracket position on the toppers caused your slides not to operate correctly? Where is this popping noise coming from under the floor from the ceiling from the topper. Are your slides electric or hydraulic?
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Old 11-12-2020, 09:22 AM   #3
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It appears with the brackets for the slide toppers not being installed correctly it didn't allow enough room for the trim on the top of the slide not to dig into the fabric of the slide topper and stop the slide from moving out. Looks like the bottom is moving out farther than the top. But when I bring it in it will close up to the side of the camper.

I have electric slide (LCI thru frame system). It sounds like the gears are slipping on the trac and it allow one side to move out quicker than the other side. I also found a spot where the flooring is tore.


I plan on checking to ensure that nothing is under the slide inside the camper.


I will get some pics this morning and post.

thanks for any help in advance.
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It sounds like one side has or is jumping teeth on the rack or pinion. Likely has nothing to do with the awning.

You need to inspect the pinion gearsets and racks to make sure nothing has loosened or sheared off.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:28 AM   #5
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Regardless the slide trim should not touch the topper. Either it's wound in the wrong direction or the mountings for the roller are to low on the face of the slide out..
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:31 AM   #6
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It sounds like one side has or is jumping teeth on the rack or pinion. Likely has nothing to do with the awning.

You need to inspect the pinion gearsets and racks to make sure nothing has loosened or sheared off.
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All my through wall slides go out farther at the bottom than at the top as they go out and drop down to floor level.

If the flooring is torn, have you looked for a piece of gravel or something that might have fallen on the floor you didn't see? We've read of reports of stones, dog toys, forks and all kinds of things getting under there and causing havoc!

If something got caught under the slide it could have very easily caused the rack to jump a tooth or make a popping noise.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:01 PM   #7
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I have tried to find something under slide inside. Found nothing. Sounds like it is jumping the gears on piston side. Took a few pics. Should jam nuts be tight against plate that pushes/ pulls slide?
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Something looks wrong in the second picture of the pinion set, but I think it's just picture angle.

Look between the slide bottom and the floor to see if there's anything between there.
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Old 11-12-2020, 06:29 PM   #9
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I pulled the fender skirt off and looked under floor. I might have a bad roller or the tote flooring is keeping the roller from moving. Or in worst case I have a soft floor.


Slide topper on that slide is installed wrong. It lets the trim grab and the fabric and the bottom of the slide moves out quicker than top.
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Old 11-13-2020, 06:20 AM   #10
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Look at the teeth on the gear packs, think you’ll find a tooth gone, been there, done that.
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Old 11-13-2020, 10:47 AM   #11
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Look at the teeth on the gear packs, think you’ll find a tooth gone, been there, done that.
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If & when you find the gear with the broken tooth, it's relatively easy to replace. Gear is available at etrailer.com. You'll need to know the # of teeth on the gear & the dimension of the rail that goes in & out (2" or 2 1/2"). You can get the complete gear pack w/rollers or just the gear for about $28.

When your ready, let me know if that was it & I'll walk you through replacing it.
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Thanks for all of the responses. I plan on pulling everything loose underneath so I can get to the gears to take a look.
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Old 11-15-2020, 04:19 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of the responses. I plan on pulling everything loose underneath so I can get to the gears to take a look.

No need to pull everything loose underneath. The gears are already visible. Just have someone run the slide in & out a little while you look for missing teeth on the gears. If you find one missing, count how many it's supposed to have & the dimension of the rail (beam) either 2" or 2 1/2". Then you'll know which gear to order.
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