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sapper1 09-19-2010 09:47 PM

Slide out
Having trouble keeping slid out closed while towing. Forest River Sierra 2001 23ft 5th. It has a power gear system. Can anyone help me with this problem


milzat 09-19-2010 09:49 PM

Are you using the slide-out lock bars when traveling??

milzat 09-19-2010 09:55 PM

Slide Lock

sapper1 09-19-2010 09:56 PM

Slide out
Mike I just bought this 5th wheel and am not aware of any bars to use. I ended up disconnecting the wiring to keep it closed

milzat 09-19-2010 10:03 PM


Originally Posted by sapper1 (Post 63178)
Mike I just bought this 5th wheel and am not aware of any bars to use. I ended up disconnecting the wiring to keep it closed

You're saying the slide does not move out with the wiring disconnected???

This don't sound right. :confused:

milzat 09-19-2010 10:11 PM

If this is so, I'd test the voltage at the slide motor while connected to your tow vehicle. You may have a slight voltage applied to the motor. Could be a problem with the slide-out switch.

sapper1 09-19-2010 10:11 PM

Slide out
Yes it doesn't move out with wireing disconnected

milzat 09-19-2010 10:19 PM

See my reply above you last post.

sapper1 09-19-2010 10:47 PM

Thanks I will check the power source first and buy the lock bars


milzat 09-20-2010 05:30 AM

You may not need the Lock Bars after you figure out the problem. I have never used mine; and many others haven't either.

08flagvlite 09-20-2010 07:54 AM

Mine won't fit properly due to the angle of the seals, and if i put them on the trim edge, it just simply removes the nailed- on trim! No way I can see TO use them for their intended purpose. Randy

DCRC 09-20-2010 09:25 AM


Originally Posted by 08flagvlite (Post 63239)
Mine won't fit properly due to the angle of the seals, and if i put them on the trim edge, it just simply removes the nailed- on trim! No way I can see TO use them for their intended purpose. Randy

Probably won't use mine either. Did you try yours on the top or sides?

I think they would just fall of if they were on the sides like the pic above?

tentcamper1 09-20-2010 10:52 AM

Same on ours, wont work on the bedroom slide at all and very hard to get to the 2 rear slides. I can get between the slides, just no room to get them in. The one time I did use them one fell out.

BigDTx 09-20-2010 03:07 PM

Slide locks or no slide locks? it looks like most people dod not use the slide locks???
I have been contemplating buying a set.

Goomph 09-20-2010 03:12 PM

None of my friends use the slide locks in their trailers. Some are FR, some are other brands.

Yankees 09-21-2010 10:36 PM

I had a Jayco that the slide would move out and I used 2 turn buckles mounted on the front rail of the slider and I would hook them on the frame couple of turns and I was done the slide wasn't going anywhere

BigRed 09-22-2010 06:05 AM

They are there for safety,from the manufacturer. I for one dont understand people not using them. I here on this forum alot about TV safey compared to TT length,but then here "oh I never use those" "I have a hard time putting them in" now thats just crazy !!. Well if a slide come out while traveling no mater how remote the possibility, I cant imagine what might happen to you or someone else on the road. I have a 2011 Rockwood Windjammer 3063- 3/slides. The slide locks were hard to adjust a first but once they are set,you just twist the bar clockwise or counter clockwisw to tighten/loosen. They have a sticker on the wall for placement. The Windjammer is a V-nose also and they are placed against the slide trim.....Ive got those things so you could hang on them and the trim hasn't started popping out. The person from RVW( told us to always put them in and dont be afraid to make them tight as long as you place them where the stickers are located!. He said dont let anyone talk you out of using them or tell you they aren't necessary. They are there for a reason SAFETY!!

Herk7769 09-22-2010 06:34 AM

I am with BigRed on this one. I use mine all the time on my main slides. (The wardrobe slide uses the NORCO wire system and does not need them).

The reason I think it is a wise move is the transport system for the main (Lippert) slides uses a gear and rack system that is designed to slip when the slide reaches full closed (or open). There is NO other movement security for the slide.

I think that this has a lot to do with the "level floor" feature of the slide.

When the slide is closed the rack under the floor is angled down since the rack is not "level" with the slide floor. It has to lift the slide's interior side to clear the floor when closing, then let it drop into place when fully open.
(I hope you get the picture)

This would put all the load weight of the slide on the two racks and plastic gears (designed to slip when overloaded - open or closing). That ratcheting sound you hear to let you know its fully in or out.

On rough roads; pot holes; or just plain "over" loaded with gear (cases of wine in the dinette, etc); The bouncing can cause the roller gear/rack to slip like it was designed to.

My slide stop goes dead center at the top of the slides on both sides. By my way of thinking this through, this places a tiny bit of torque on the slide pressing the slide racks down onto their respective gears and should keep the slide from hopping off the roller gear a tooth or two every time you hit a bump.

08flagvlite 09-22-2010 08:10 AM

I WOULD use mine, if I saw any possible way to properly install them!! The stickers inside on the slides that state "Place slide locks here" makes the opposite end directly across from that sticker, you must lock it to a small piece of wooden trim that is nailed on with paneling nails, AND, that I can fairly easily push out on and remove the piece by hand. That tells me that the locks would not possibly do anything to help this 1,000 lb. (or so) room from moving, if it was trying to. I do however understand the gear and track arrengement underneath, and have to agree that the room COULD move out on a VERY bumpy road on a curve, or something similar. It's never happened to me in 3 years yet, never know!!! My 2 cents worth. Randy

Herk7769 09-22-2010 01:47 PM

I agree that it does seem a flimsy way of securing the slide. I ground mine against the seal and not the trim. I agree totally that if I put it against the trim it would damage it. The seal area seems much more sturdy IMO.

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