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Old 07-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Slideout durability

I am still saving/looking for a new (maybe used) travel trailer.

How high on the list of things that are likely to wear out/break are the slideouts?
Does Jayco have an extended warranty on the rails motor etc.?
If the motor dies on a camping trip, can you manually push it back in or are you stuck driving down the interstate with it hanging out?
How often should you lube the rails, just when you winterize? ..dewinterize?

For reference, I am looking at the X213.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Slideouts like any thing else in life can fail but there are ways (cranks) to manually bring them back in if they fail. Jayco has a two year warranty. You aren't supposed to grease the slide outs.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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Slide outs have come along way over the years. They are pretty dependable on the motors and gears lasting along time. They have also gotten better on sealing them so i think if you get something relativity new you should have years of use with out issue.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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Check out the 213 slide threads in the Jayco Lite section. If you are looking at a used 213 check to see if it has the silver colored as opposed to gold colored slideout motor.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
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This was one of my concerns when we were considering which trailer to buy. As others have mentioned if the motor fails you still have the option to extent/retract manually. Our unit has one slide but even if the slide isn't extended it doesn't prohibit use of the general sofa/dinette area.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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I would love to learn how to bring the slide in manually as well as the awning in the event we ever have a problem. If either one stopped working on my next trip out I would have no idea what to do.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #7
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We opted NOT to have a slideout when we bought our new TT. We (I) decided that specifically because of the additional mechanical equipment and weight. But...then again - my folks have a small slide in their trailer and the 'bum' room you get, especially in their kitchen area, silences any argument I'll ever have about them. I suspect our next trailer will likely have one (or two)....
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:09 AM   #8
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Check out the 213 slide threads in the Jayco Lite section. If you are looking at a used 213 check to see if it has the silver colored as opposed to gold colored slideout motor.
Just curious as to whats the difference?
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #9
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Can someone post the procedure for manually cracking in the slide?
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:32 AM   #10
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On my Jayco it is not possible to manually crank in the slide outs.
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