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Old 01-01-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Slide Adjustment

When I was having my warranty work done last Monday at LazyDays, the service rep said something I had never heard before. I had told him our bedroom slide made a noise when retracting on a couple of occasions. He asked me if I had ever had it adjusted. I told him no. He said you are suppose to have slides inspected and adjusted every 6 months by your dealer!

I didn't really say anything. Of course I am thinking that is going to be a real problem.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:49 AM   #2
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I never have, shame on me
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:31 PM   #3
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13 years with montana/slides. Adjusted two slides once each.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:35 PM   #4
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Nope, shame on me too. BTY, anyone have the adjust procedures?
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:08 PM   #5
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Had Keystone Adjust our slide cables on bedroom slide at the Fall Rally due to door not fully closing. With our floor plan the bedroom door would not fit in door frame correctly when it needed adjusting, and sometimes even now when at an overnighter and hooked to truck with manual leveling. Even after Keystone adjusted the cables the door just barely clears in the frame, and we notice this more when in humid climates.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:09 PM   #6
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This is a page right out of How to Push Service Recommendations 101. In today's mindset of "only a certified tech can properly service your machinery" companies thrive on business opportunities like this. Heck, if I had a small business, I'd be suggesting maintenance right and left as well. Quick ... easy money. Have you ever gone into a quick lube for an oil change and found out your vehicle needs tires, shocks, coolant flush, brakes, and wiper blades seemingly before your vehicle implodes around you?
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:21 PM   #7
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I fully agree. Not something I've know very many people to have done once.
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:00 AM   #8
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I'm pretty certain this only pertains to cable operated slides, since cables will stretch (and hydraulics won't), pulleys & things pick up dirt and get sticky (and hydraulics won't), etc. I've yet to understand why the industry wants to use cable systems at all other than to save money.
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:44 AM   #9
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JandC, I am convinced that guy was blowing smoke!! If they are adjusted properly when going down the production line, they should be just fine for a long time as long as things are tightened properly and something doesn't happen. Now, is thus subjective? Yes in deed! Someone else may adjust a slide room differently than I do. In 2005 when we bought the Challenger, I did do some adjusting on the slide rooms myself to make them sound smoother and slightly tighter in both positions. I had that thing for 9 years and never had to touch them again! Now, maybe the cable driven bed room slide on the Mountaineer will be different. I guess I'll find that out because, I have no knowledge of that system. But, I'm pretty sure I can take care of the other two thru-frame flush floor systems with no trouble.
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:28 AM   #10
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We have been working on replacing the carpet with Pergo and while doing that we did some work on redoing the HTPE strip between to slide floor and the top of the Pergo. While testing this install my dad was under slide while I operated the slide and he noticed the ram was putting excess force when going both ways. This excess was at the end of the travel when the limits should stopped the travel. This problem has going on since new as I know I have not set the stops. We will adjust them tomorrow as today is a road trip day to Yuma.. So the moral of the story is we will be checking the limits on the other slide before we are done.. But to have them checked every 6 months by a dealer.... I don't think so...
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:31 AM   #11
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Drifty1 ... There are no limit switches on hydraulic slides. There are large nuts on the threaded portion of the cylinder rod. DO NOT TIGHTEN BOTH OF THESE NUTS UP AGAINST EACH SIDE OF THE PUSHER BRACKET ... LEAVE THE GAP!! The cylinders have more stroke than there is room for physical movement ... you will break something expensive. The slide cylinders go full travel in and out, these nuts adjust how tight the slide snugs up to the outer wall when retracted and how tight the slide snugs up on the inner wall when extended. Go to the Lippert website and read up on this adjustment ... less than a turn goes a long way.
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Old 01-02-2015, 04:54 AM   #12
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I never said there was limit switches on the slides........... And I also never said I was going to move the nuts tight up to the mounting plate.... I guess I will just have to keep my thoughts to my self.
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:13 AM   #13
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"This excess was at the end of the travel when the limits should stopped the travel. This problem has going on since new as I know I have not set the stops. We will adjust them tomorrow as today is a road trip day to Yuma.. So the moral of the story is we will be checking the limits on the other slide before we are done"

Sorry ... just a terminology gap on my part. I took limits to be limit switches ... I term the big nuts as hard stop adjusters. I was just warning you and others not to snug both nuts up against the pusher bracket as it can tear the facia right off the slide. The cylinders have more stroke than the slide can structurally handle.
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Old 01-03-2015, 01:32 PM   #14
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Dining room slide on 2014 3402 made significant noise when new. Took to dealer(Camping World in Meridian, Idaho) was informed this was as designed and not a problem. I have significant experience with RV's and called BS on this. Service Manager and I had discussion and he finally looked at it. Required admustment to sprocket gear and alignment, never had a problem since!
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Old 01-27-2015, 03:14 AM   #15
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I never have, shame on me
Yah, shame on you lol
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:46 AM   #16
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Since this is a thread about adjusting the slides, my motor cuts out (trips the breaker) several times when moving the three slides. The thermal reset clears and I wait another thirty seconds or so before continuing. I assume there is too much drag and would like to adjust the slides. I have been to the Lippert site and the service manual is somewhat limited in info. Can it be as simple as the vertical adjustment needs to be tweaked to raise up the slide? It's not exactly clear how the adjustments work.
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Slide adjustment every six months?? Another reason to stay away from Lazy Days.
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Scotchwhiskey, the thermal breaker cutting out is either due to the part getting weak...it is now 11 years old. Replace it. Read all the entries on this issue for lots of comments on how to fix. John
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John Curtis, Thanks for the reply. My dealer replaced the breaker last spring but it still trips. He said it was normal but that does not set well with me.

In the Lippert site, I see an adjustment to raise the slide. How does that work? Does it just raise the outside of the slide or is it linked somehow to raise the entire slide.

I will look up the other posts.

Thanks again, Dave
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John, I just received quite an education. Thanks to Phil P and mimc I do now understand what is happening. I suspect I have a grounding problem. Now to go fix it.

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