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Old 09-06-2021, 08:38 AM   #1
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Question Slide Tilts When Starting Out

Newbie here with a 2006 Lexington 283gts. Never having an RV before, I wasn't sure if this motion is ordinary. All 3 slides do the same thing. When they begin sliding out, they tilt downward, like the top goes first, then move evenly out until extended. When they are retracted, they move evenly back in then tilt up and in place. They perform well otherwise. I just thought they should move straight out with no tilting action.
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Ordinary. Normal.
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That motion is cause by the slide box sitting on rollers or slides so as it starts to move it tilts toward the ground as the flange moves away from the sidewall, and then when the top of the inside flange contacts the inside wall it tilts up until the bottom flange contest the wall to give you a flush or nearly so floor opposite happens on retraction.
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Thumbs up Whew...

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Just what the slide is made to do. Later RJD
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The first slide operation and I too thought somethings not right. It's all normal. Now if it doesn't slide evenly on both sides, that's a problem that needs attention.
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I have two of six that do that, too. As long as there's no dragging on the finished floor, I think its very normal.
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Newbie here with a 2006 Lexington 283gts. Never having an RV before, I wasn't sure if this motion is ordinary. All 3 slides do the same thing. When they begin sliding out, they tilt downward, like the top goes first, then move evenly out until extended. When they are retracted, they move evenly back in then tilt up and in place. They perform well otherwise. I just thought they should move straight out with no tilting action.
I have a motor home with the schwintec [spelling] system. My two slides do not dip at all, when I had a 5 er and a tag along the slides did that. Now mine go straight out and come straight in. So I donít know what system you have. But mine do not rock or dip at all.
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Newbie here with a 2006 Lexington 283gts. Never having an RV before, I wasn't sure if this motion is ordinary. All 3 slides do the same thing. When they begin sliding out, they tilt downward, like the top goes first, then move evenly out until extended. When they are retracted, they move evenly back in then tilt up and in place. They perform well otherwise. I just thought they should move straight out with no tilting action.
My slide is similar. Seems normal.
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Newbie here with a 2006 Lexington 283gts. Never having an RV before, I wasn't sure if this motion is ordinary. All 3 slides do the same thing. When they begin sliding out, they tilt downward, like the top goes first, then move evenly out until extended. When they are retracted, they move evenly back in then tilt up and in place. They perform well otherwise. I just thought they should move straight out with no tilting action.
Only my big font slide with steel tracks on the bottom does that. The mechanics say to expect it, however, it has rollers underneath than can become loose and even fall out. I had to have a couple of rollers tightened back up and even a couple replaced. So you might want to have them checked next time your are in for servicing. But even when the rollers are secure, the slide still rock and rolls some.

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If it's a rack and pinion flush floor slide, it's supposed to look like it's going to fall out when coming in or out. Now a schwintek slide or other above floor slide should go straight out and back in.
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If it's a rack and pinion flush floor slide, it's supposed to look like it's going to fall out when coming in or out. Now a schwintek slide or other above floor slide should go straight out and back in.
xí2 On this statement, he has a M/H not a 5 er or tag along, Iím pretty sure itís a Schwimtec system. I do believe thatís all Coachmen uses in that M/H.
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xí2 On this statement, he has a M/H not a 5 er or tag along, Iím pretty sure itís a Schwimtec system. I do believe thatís all Coachmen uses in that M/H.
The OP has a 2006 unit. If there was anybody using Schwintek then, it wasn't many. I think the first time I saw Schwintek on anything was around 2010. So my bet is he doesn't have a Schwintek, and also the slides seem to be working fine
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The OP has a 2006 unit. If there was anybody using Schwintek then, it wasn't many. I think the first time I saw Schwintek on anything was around 2010. So my bet is he doesn't have a Schwintek, and also the slides seem to be working fine
that could be very true, I tried to look on line at a unit but couldnít get good enough view, I was looking for the rails. Itís a class C so I donít know how they could put a rack and pinion system in, I know classAís have some rack and pinion but I have never seen it on a class C , Iím not sure what he is calling a dip but he very well may not have the garbage Schwintec.
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Ordinary. Normal.
Normal is a setting on a washer and dryer.
I keep expecting the whole slide to fall out each time I retract it.
It maybe sop for this slide assembly but my older 2011 Kodiak Kitchen slide never tipped like this and there was much more weight on that slide.
It does make me wonder about life expectancy of my current trailer.
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I have a Lexington as well,although the 300SS has only one big slide, it works the same. I contacted Lippert, the manufacturer of the slide,and they sent me information on the slide operation, that is the way it is designed.
Seemed odd to me as well
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Normal is a setting on a washer and dryer.

I keep expecting the whole slide to fall out each time I retract it.

It maybe sop for this slide assembly but my older 2011 Kodiak Kitchen slide never tipped like this and there was much more weight on that slide.

It does make me wonder about life expectancy of my current trailer.
Have no idea what your implications or goals are with your statements.

I have three slides on my current RV. 2 tilt when coming in or going out, one slides w/o tilting. All normal.
If your slides tilt, but function normally time and time again, then chances are this is normal for your slide type, as it is for the OP.
If you are concerned about your slide falling out, I've heard wearing a tin foil hat helps it become normal
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Old 09-17-2021, 01:00 AM   #18
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Yep normal...you shouldn't use the slide outs unless completely pushed out.
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I have the same exact unit. Agree, this is normal operation.
Feel free to message me if you have other questions on your Lexington,
Maybe I can assist ☺️
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With our 2007 Sunseeker 3100SS, the slide starts moving out at the bottom first, which makes us want to push out on the top to help get it moving. This means that the slide starts by tilting up, which is the opposite of all the above descriptions.
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