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Old 09-09-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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Travel bars

My 97 323RKS has a 13 foot slide. The previous owner never pulled it but put the travel bars in when I purchased it. I don't see them in the owners manual so I'm pretty sure he had the in backwards. The have a spring handle on them with a flat plate on one end & the other end looks the tube steel with a plastic cap on either end. I am use to spring baton style travel bars. Any one know of these type? Thanks
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:06 AM   #2
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Yes, I have the same style for my eagle 266 FBS. The flat end goes against the outer wall of the trailer and the tubular end against the inside flange (closest to you) of the slide out. One thing I do before I set the locking mechanism is pull the tubular ends against the inside flange with both my hands. This helps ensure the travel bar is straight. Below is a picture of how the travel bar looks when in place.

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Never knew such an item existed. I assume they were required for hydraulic type slides.

Of course, after reading the thread title I was looking for something with martini shakers. :hihi:
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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Thanks your slide roof looks very clean. They definitely had them in wrong. The flat plate was in the gap turned sideways which made it very difficult to remove. Thanks again you cleared up this gray issue. Strange the manual would not show this either. Jamoke my slide is electric. Don't think it matters how the slide works they are there to hold the top in & seal against water. Less strain on the lower mechanical in my opinion.
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Don't think it matters how the slide works they are there to hold the top in & seal against water. Less strain on the lower mechanical in my opinion.
Interesting. I can see how they could be useful if the slide could somehow move while traveling.
I wonder why you don't see them on late model trailer slides?
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They must have improved the slides mechanisms as newer Jaycos do not come with the travel bars.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #7
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...The flat plate was in the gap turned sideways which made it very difficult to remove...
With the travel bar in that position, I certainly hope it didn't cause any damage to the slide and/or the rubber seal. If it's any consolation, I checked my Owner's Manual and the only thing it says about the travel bars is-

EXTENDING ROOM: Remove "Travel Bars" from behind the top facia board located above the slide-out room.
RETRACTING ROOM: Install "Travel Bars" in proper locations as indicated on the wall.

There's nothing mentioned as to which end of the Travel Bar goes where. On our TT, the "proper locations as indicated on the wall" were nothing more than a sticker that said "TRAVEL BAR". These have long since worn off. We learned the correct placement of the travel bars during the training session at the PDI.

I believe you should also have a crank in case you have to manually extend/retract the slide-out room. Also, even though the Travel Bars are probably both the same length, I marked mine "Front" and "Rear" and install them accordingly- just in case they're not.
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:38 AM   #8
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Interesting. I can see how they could be useful if the slide could somehow move while traveling.
I wonder why you don't see them on late model trailer slides?
You do see them on late model TT`s, mine has one. It depends on the type of slide mechanism you have. Without my slidelock in place I can easily push the top of the slide out an inch or so with it retracted, so going around turns and such I can see where the top of the slide could have some unwanted movement and put undue stress on the slide components. It also insures a tight seal when traveling so less likely to have a leak around the slide seals. My slidelock is a bit different then the one pictured however.
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With the travel bar in that position, I certainly hope it didn't cause any damage to the slide and/or the rubber seal. If it's any consolation, I checked my Owner's Manual and the only thing it says about the travel bars is-

EXTENDING ROOM: Remove "Travel Bars" from behind the top facia board located above the slide-out room.
RETRACTING ROOM: Install "Travel Bars" in proper locations as indicated on the wall.

There's nothing mentioned as to which end of the Travel Bar goes where. On our TT, the "proper locations as indicated on the wall" were nothing more than a sticker that said "TRAVEL BAR". These have long since worn off. We learned the correct placement of the travel bars during the training session at the PDI.

I believe you should also have a crank in case you have to manually extend/retract the slide-out room. Also, even though the Travel Bars are probably both the same length, I marked mine "Front" and "Rear" and install them accordingly- just in case they're not.
No real damage. I put a new seal around the slide out as well. Had to adjust the slide as well as it dropped a bit when fully extended & groaned when coming back in.
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Last fall, we had a slide gear strip while up in the mountains. We were able to push the slide in manually and pull it out manually. I purchased some wood in 2 x 2 lengths and cut them to the length that would serve as bars. I padded them with towels. This allowed us to drive home and have it repaired under warranty at our local dealer.
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