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Old 04-02-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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2011 Rockwood 8296SS slide braces

Did anyone else receive slide braces that are supposed to support the slide during transport? Seems to me that these would damage the slide, more than help. Can't find any information on these. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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The braces stop the slide from slipping out when traveling on the road
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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I think the other question to ask is, does anybody use them?

I do not.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #4
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FWIW, I use mine. (Even the selling dealer said "why bother")

I figure, I have them. They take 30 Seconds to put in place. (I adjusted them and then labeled the "Stop" tags with their use location.) Cheap insurance.

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They are there for what ?

If you did not need the two supports, the manufacturer would have not included them with your purchase ????

I have them and use them. You never know when you are going around a bumpy curve and all at once your rear view mirror shows your bump out is waving at on coming traffic.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:34 AM   #6
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I have never seen a slide out opening while going down the road, and certainly not everyone uses them. I have however seen the results of one being left in place while the slide out was extended at the dealership. The results were not good. I choose not to use them, but certainly others probably are more comfortable using them.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:47 AM   #7
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I have them and use them.
If you think about it, the only thing holding the slide in during transport is the extend/retract arms at the bottom. there is nothing holding the top in, and that puts torque and stress on those bottom arms.
If you have the top braces, why not use them?
Might just save some problems down the road.
As for forgetting about them and leaving them in when pushing the slides out, anyone who did that should not be feeding themselves, let alone driving a big rig!
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While looking at motor homes, I noticed that the slide switch was a keyed, and the key was hanging from the slide bar. You could not extend the slide unless you removed the bar 1st. I would need such an over-check as a precaution.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:20 AM   #9
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I have them and don't use them...with (2) kiddo's that like to push buttons it was a no brainer. I like the key switch idea though...
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:47 PM   #10
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I use them but I just snug them up, you don't want to apply to much pressure otherwise you may damage the slide out
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:14 PM   #11
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Have them.
Use them.
Would never move the camper (other than to change sites at the same campground) without them in place and snugged up.

The Lippert slide I have uses a rack that moves on a nylon cog. The cog is suspended on a spring so that it will hop up and down when fully in or out so there is no damage to the slide mechanism when you bottom out. (You will hear a ratchetting sound at full travel.)

On a bumpy road, that rack is the ONLY thing holding that slide in. Even a one tooth hop will let rain in. Additionally, the slide is a "level floor" slide.

That means the slide is tilted out at the top "slightly" when fully retracted, just due to how the mechanism lifts the leading edge of the slide to bring it in. When you snug up the slide keeper bar, you can actually watch the upper corners seal as light sneaking past the seals goes out.

It is almost as bad on slides with hydraulics. A leaking piston will let the slide deploy as you drive down the road.

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Old 04-09-2011, 08:03 AM   #12
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"I use them but I just snug them up, you don't want to apply to much pressure otherwise you may damage the slide out"
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Yes, they are only there to stop the slide from moving, only enough pressure to hold them in place is required.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:09 AM   #13
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We use them as well. Ours has a long string with a bright orange tag on it to remind us it is in. Our dealer never installed it or told us about it. Once we got home we found it in the storage area under the bed. Figure it is better safe to use.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:58 AM   #14
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Have em' and use em'...........Why take a chance. The manufacturer wouldnt supply them if they weren't needed for safety. If it has something to do with safety, I for one will use them !! X2 0n the bright orange flags. We also put a Post-It note over the switches....dont touch, before removing slide-out bars
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