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Old 11-12-2013, 12:46 PM   #11
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There is a thing called slide seal lubricant. I would try that.
Will definitely try this, and the tracks need to be lubed as well...

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I don't know how slides that are large are constructed,
I'm hoping this is just the issue. It is what I would consider a very large slide. It holds the fold out couch and the u-shaped dinette, and is very deep. I know it has two tracks on the bottom, but I'm relatively certain it doesn't have any in the top.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:18 PM   #12
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I gotta tell ya...this sounds exactly like the operation of our main slide. On our trip last Spring we extended and retracted the slides at least 30 times with no issues.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #13
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I gotta tell ya...this sounds exactly like the operation of our main slide. On our trip last Spring we extended and retracted the slides at least 30 times with no issues.
This is what I'm hoping for, but l just can't let my mind at ease until I see another one or two or more doing the same thing mine is doing... It may be perfectly fine and normal, I'm just not sure.
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In order for the slide to be level with the floor when deployed, it must raise slightly on the way in, and drop down into place fully extended. Ours moves up and down like this, but I would not call it severe - just necessary to get level with the floor when out, and above the floor when pulled in. Not sure if this is what you are describing, but it sounds similar, only a little more jumpy.
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In order for the slide to be level with the floor when deployed, it must raise slightly on the way in, and drop down into place fully extended. Ours moves up and down like this, but I would not call it severe - just necessary to get level with the floor when out, and above the floor when pulled in. Not sure if this is what you are describing, but it sounds similar, only a little more jumpy.
This is pretty much what I'm experiencing. The floor seems to be the issue. It seems to tilt up to avoid contact with the floor of the main part of the unit while retracted, and tilts back out to sort of lock into place when extended; it seems like a lot of movement to me, but then I have nothing to compare to. I'm just not sure, it seems like a lot of movement on the floor of the slide... I have videos, see later posts...
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Okay, I was able to get some videos. Please note that this may be totally normal, and in fact, that's what I'm looking for; some verification that these movements are normal or abnormal.

[video=youtube_share;drGYrEePnl0]http://youtu.be/drGYrEePnl0[/video]

This is a view from the outside of the unit. Note how much the bottom moves out before the top begins to separate from the body of the trailer. Now imagine the inside edge of the bottom of the slide and how much it must be moving in relation to the outside bottom edge. Like an arc, the outside of the arc (inside bottom edge of the slide) moves exponentially in relation to the inside arc (the outside bottom corner of the slide).
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[video=youtube_share;dy1KLZVq7MA]http://youtu.be/dy1KLZVq7MA[/video]

Here is a view from the bottom bunk. Notice how much the dinette moves in relation to the nearest inside edge of the slide just before it finishes inward and outward travel. The dinette moves up an inch or more at the end and beginning of travel.
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[video=youtube_share;Y_j1esCZtT0]http://youtu.be/Y_j1esCZtT0[/video]

Here is a view from the stove. Pay close attention to the bottom inside edge of the slide at the beginning. It tilts up as expected. But at the end of travel, pay close attention to the armrest of the couch and how that relates to the bottom edge of the window. The angle opens just before the inside end of travel; this would indicate that the floor is tilting into the body of the trailer more than the outside wall. Problem here is that looking at the bottom of the slide from the outside while extended, there is no way those two components can move independently. UNLESS the floor is flexing in the middle. Kind of like if you hold a shoebox on its side and push on the top or bottom of the long edge. It will flex in slightly while the outside short sides remain intact.
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[video=youtube_share;EsryWCUxbcY]http://youtu.be/EsryWCUxbcY[/video]

Here is a view looking at the far outside wall. Notice how much the rear edge of the couch and the rear edge of the dinette move toward the outside wall at the beginning of travel.

Now that I'm dissecting the movement of the slide, it's kind of making more sense. If you think about it like an open shoebox, the open side being the inside of the slide. The slide is kind of long, and the long edge of the bottom of the slide may need to flex. This is where the furniture in the slide is mounted. If this flex occurs, the furniture will move up and down with the floor. The corners of the slide will move, but not enough to endanger structural integrity. The walls will remain straight.

Anyway, I'm hoping this looks normal to everyone else, and thus I can enjoy my weekend at the coast!
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That looks much like my sisters slide works.
Folks with similar slides should be able to confirm you're good to go.

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