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Old 03-19-2014, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hi I have 1997 3310 rks fifth wheel and the manual says to make sure the travel bars from behind the facia board above the slide out are removed before extending and replace them before travel, I have no idea what they are talking about?
Please help as I have a rough 30 mile journey up a steep gravel road soon to park the unit and I am concerned.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:06 PM   #2
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Some FW's and TT's have a travel bar(s) that when the slide is closed they are placed between the slide (at top) and the wall (inside of trailer). This keeps the slide "snug" during travel so it doesn't move want to move around. Then before opening the slide one removes the travel bar(s) so the slide will open freely.

Normally when the bars are not in use they are stored in a closet, behind sofa, etc.. Surprised to hear them being utilized on a FW, but then again you have an older model. Is your manual specifically for your model FW, or is it general owners manual? Confirm that the travel bar reference is applicable for your FW.

For piece of mind give Jayco a call at 574-825-5861 (have VIN handy), and they will clarify everything for your model FW.

Most newer RV trailers don't utilize them much anymore, except on some of the smaller units.,

Hope this helps.

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Old 03-20-2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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They are also called "slide locks" or "slide bars"




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Old 03-20-2014, 08:51 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you, You have a good point Rustic Eagle the manual covers many models and I assumed it applied to all models, and the pictures from Crabman shows me what to look for and I do not see anything that looks like those, just a bar assembly that some how stabilizes the awning
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:02 PM   #5
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Here's a picture of what one of travel bars (I have two on this slideout) looks like when it's in place on my 2000 Jayco Eagle. I have to think that your travel bars would probably look like the one pictured than any in the previous posts, but I won't bet the mortgage on it.



I wanted to post this sooner but somehow the pictures in my album disappeared and didn't reappear until today.
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I had one travel bar on my previous TT for the side slide... it fell once while travelling, someone following me, stoppped me and told me the top of my slide was opening and closing with every bump on the road.

Put it back in, but when I got home, I went to Home Depot, bought a metal shower rod and some rubber chair leg caps.... cut the rod to the desired lenght...put the caps on and TADAM... it looked exactly like the one that came with the TT,...


And I now had 2 to ensure that if one fell, the slide would stay snug!
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:42 AM   #7
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I wanted to post this sooner but somehow the pictures in my album disappeared and didn't reappear until today.
I still don't see the picture but get a link to it when I went to reply with a quote?

I have made many of them, some with 1 in. PVC and crutch tips, others with 2 by 2 lumber and a carpet pad on the end. If you measure the length needed when the slide is closed and add 1/4 inch or so you can easily wedge them in place if needed.
Just don't forget to remove them before opening.
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A truck driver would call them "load locks" and they are indeed designed to keep things from shifting. A person in the RV park where we live said he forgot to put them in once, and tweaked his slide badly from it shifting. My hubby the truck driver would never let us move without them in place. So...make sure you have some thing to secure your slide!

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