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Old 10-27-2019, 09:46 PM   #1
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Main Slide is skewed - binds when retracting

I noticed when we retract the slide that it was binding and scraping on the left side (when looking at it from the outside). At first I thought it was just not centered and read how to adjust the slide to center it. However, what I realized is that the bottom of the slide is fairly well centered but the top left is binding and the top right has plenty of space. So the slide itself is "skewed" in the opening.


I was thinking I can lower the right side slightly but that would seem to more affect right as the slide is nearly closed. I see the skew when the slide is fully extended.


I am attaching a simplified drawling to try to explain what I am seeing.
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Old 10-27-2019, 10:06 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. what rig do you have. Keep in mind that when you adjust one side it effects both sides and make very small adjustment and recheck after each adjustment by opening and closing the slide at least once.
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Old 10-30-2019, 03:23 PM   #3
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Our East to West rv also is doing the same thing as yours. It was fine at one campground but by the next campground it was leaning left. Stopped at the dealer, they didn't know what to do. Ended up taking to the factory where they decided that Norco reps needed to retime the slide. Apparently the passive side was ahead of the active side and it was moving in and out crooked. When we picked up the unit it is still leaning but does not rub anymore. Something is out of square but there is no indication of the cabinets being tweeked.
They indicated I could still use it as long as the seals touch the box. We'll see down the road what happens. I hope they remember, I know I will if something goes wrong later.
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Old 10-31-2019, 07:39 PM   #4
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Seadog, its a 27 REIS Salem by Forest River. It is the main slide with the dinette and recliners. I will make very small adjustments and observe.


Bob, yes it seems to be "leaning." But it sounds like the fix you are describing is where there is a gap along 1 side (the active side) when the slide is fully retracted. I have seen how to make that adjustment when the slide stroke is not in sync.



We are headed there this weekend so I will try to take some pictures.



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Old 11-02-2019, 03:07 PM   #5
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Our problem was the same as your diagram and also had a timing issue with the active and passive drives. After they adjusted the timing it still looks like the diagram but better. Its not a timing issue now, its something that's out of square all of a sudden. At first the box came in crooked and rubbed along the right top, looking from the outside. It seals on both sides now so I'm not as concerned as I was. The factory is well aware of our problem and I really think they will stand behind it anything happens. We'll see.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:11 PM   #6
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I took some video and tried to show the issue. Thinking G-Bob is on to it but can't visualize how it causes this symptom... especially without a tape measure.


We winterized the water but the slides are still out and we will retract them and cover it probably over thanksgiving week. I would like to try to make an adjustment to reduce the binding when we close it up.


Thanks all.
https://youtu.be/qFS6f6aZcHo
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:20 PM   #7
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Thanks G-Bob. It does seem like our issue (yours rubbing upper right - mine is left but same deal), but I can't visualize how the timing of the passive and active sides of the slide (which would be a horizontal tilt), results in a vertical tilt of the slide. I will use a tape measure to see if one side is further in/out than the other and read up on how to align the timing for that.


I shot some video to try to better show my issue. We winterized it a week ago and will retract and cover it probably over thanksgiving. Hoping to make a useful adjustment.


Thanks for reading.



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