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Old 05-31-2012, 02:54 PM   #11
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One of the things we were looking for in a trailer was one that was still usable with the slide retracted. 1) We camp in state parks where the sites tend to be smaller. 2) We have managed to get spaces in crowded campgrounds because our old RV could fit where many could not. 3) Anything that can go wrong usually will at some point.

We bought our trailer used and the fellow who did the walk through said that he has seen a lot more damage done by people operating the slides with the bars in place than by not using them. And our slide is fairly small so it probably doesn't matter.

But its easy to see that the gasket seals better across the top of the slide when the bar is in place. If you get used to always installing after closing and removing before opening it is worthwhile. If you are forgetful of things like that, you should probably not use the bar.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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We were told by the tech at PDI to use it on our up front small slide (basically a closet slide). So I do. According to the tech, it will make that particular slide seal better as it is small.

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Old 05-31-2012, 03:56 PM   #13
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After going through all our literature, I did find a manufacturer cutsheet with usage instructions. I'm guessing that Jayco wants them installed. My fear is that I will forget when I go to extend the slides. Unfortunately, one of my slides is out of adjustment and isn't sealing when extended, so I will probably continue to use them.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:34 PM   #14
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I've never heard of such a thing. It wasn't even discussed (nor present) on my 2009 BHDS or my 2012 TSBH - and they came from 2 different dealerships.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:33 PM   #15
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Use one of those 3M removeable hook thingys right above your slide out switch. Then you hang a flourescent orange tag with the wording "Remove transit bar before deploying slide out" on it. Works like a charm. You can't touch the rocker switch without moving the tag aside. If you trash your slide out anyway then you're a lost cause!!
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:29 PM   #16
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That's a great idea. Thank you.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:35 PM   #17
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Guess this guy forgot his bars!

http://www.maniacworld.com/trailer-home-fail.html
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:13 PM   #18
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I think it varies greatly by trailer. That said, they guy I bought my trailer from said that he had no idea what the bar was for. However, there were clear stickers by the door and in the location the bar goes and say it is required.

Go figure - I use it, he didn't....

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Old 06-01-2012, 04:28 AM   #19
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So, am I right in understanding that this is a bar that holds the slide in the "in" position while pulling the TT? Are they used on the outside underneath the camper? Can anyone post a picture of this? I honestly have never heard of such a thing.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:59 AM   #20
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Mine is a Slide Lock brand, looks like a clothes hanger you can put in a door frame. It essentially expands by twisting to put pressure between the inside wall and the backside of the slide frame (on the inside of the TT), while towing. To remove, it twists the other way to loosen it up.

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