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Old 09-20-2010, 06:55 AM   #1
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Slide lock bars

Does anyone not use the slide lock bar when traveling? I've always used it, but am always afraid one of these times I will forget to take it out before opening the slide. Wonder what the odds of the slide moving out without the bar installed while going down the highway? I would like to forget about using it, but have a habit of being cautious.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:36 AM   #2
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i use mine but ,wonder if needed FR only provjded for the broom slide nothing for the bigger slide .going to the dlr soon for a couple of warranty tweeks see what they say
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I NEVER use my slide lock bars! They sit in my garage collecting dust. The way my slideout seal is, I see no possible way to properly install the bars, and others on here have the same problem, so they are useless to me. If your slide outs are electric motor powered, (12v) then the motor is gear driven, and won't let the slide move unless powered on. Hydraulic slide outs- with hoses and fluid are a different story, but I can say for certain mine have NEVER moved at all in 3 years while traveling. Randy
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A technician at a dealer suggested tying a brightly colored ribbon around the bar and draping it over the slide out so that it is a noticeable reminder.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:55 AM   #5
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I used mine religiously with our first rig (Roo23ss) but then after talking with folks at campgrounds I quit. I haven't used them in over a year with no problems. I can't see the header board on the inside of the slide holding together if the slide did decide to come out anyway. Would think it would pop off like a kernel of popcorn!
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:30 AM   #6
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Hmm, good replies. I like the idea of a colored ribbon and still have the string with warning tag dangling on mine, though I've come close several times to still forgetting about it. And "tomjsas" now that I think about it I agree with you, if its going to come out it would probably do so and damage the slide anyway.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:27 PM   #7
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My slide lock bars came with a bright colored tag attached with a foot long string. You can't miss it.

I have NEVER used them and don't see ever using them.
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:08 PM   #8
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so what is the opinion on slide locks? buy a set or not?
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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Don't use ours, the front bedroom slide there is No way the bar will work where they tell you to put it. the rear two slides are really, really hard to get to, tried it one time and one came loose.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:24 PM   #10
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so what is the opinion on slide locks? buy a set or not?
I have never used mine for its intended purpose, but I do use it on the floor between the dinette seats to keep the stuff I store under the table for traveling from coming out and going all over the trailer during travel.

To answer your question, I personally would not go out and buy them. Nor would I steal a set.
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To answer your question, I personally would not go out and buy them. Nor would I steal a set.
Yep, what Kim said.

I wouldn't go out and buy a set either. They sell for anywhere from $36 to $40 a piece.
DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH BEER THAT KIND ON MONEY CAN BUY?
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I vote NO, don't waste your money! Randy
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:13 PM   #13
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Dealer even told me on our walk through to just pack them away somewhere and forget we ever had them.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:38 PM   #14
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ditto on the slide locks. The few time I used them we arrived at the campground with them rolling around loose on top of the slide.
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Yeah forest river has the slide locks and they just fall off as you are driving and they do nothing to Benefit your camper
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I propose we move the slide lock discussion to:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...bars-8378.html

where it belongs. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, ....
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:36 PM   #17
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I propose we move the slide lock discussion to:

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...bars-8378.html

where it belongs. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, ....


Agree, but what are slide locks? Pictures help.
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Agree, but what are slide locks? Pictures help.
Like this one. You twist it one way to tighten and back to loosten.
With two main slides I use mine all the time.
My reasons are posted here (and in other threads); I think they are good ones.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:08 AM   #19
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I use mine all the time and this is our 7th year with the 5er. I have never had them come out when driving. If yo install the seal side where the end of the lock can tilt the same way as the seal, or course it will come loose. I turn it 90 degrees or that on the seal side.
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I use mine as well, and have also never had them come loose. They will fall out only if installed incorrectly.
If anyone thinks for a second, and realises that there is nothing holding the top of the slide in place, it becomes obvious why FR includes the bars.
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