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Old 07-04-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
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An Unfortunate Experience

My wife and I both love our Vista 35F RV.

A few weeks ago , I noticed our bedroom slide had a crunching noise (1-2 seconds) when extending it outwards. Of course I stopped the slide to recheck everything and all looked to be clear. So I extended the rest of the way out.
When we left the campsite, that same crunching noise occurred while when retracting the side at about the time the side is near complete on retracting.
When I got home, I checked everything on the slide out, including the shwintek railings....all looked fine! I could not figure out what thar noise was.
Last Thursday, we set up again for the holiday weekend. Once again, there was that crunching noise at the end of extending. Totally perplexed by the noise and triple checking everything again, I noticed the plastic trim on the right side of the slide out which covers the power cord for the schwintek motor was not properly seated. I corrected this issue thinking the factory must have not seated it correctly. I was satisfied because thought I figured it out.......wrong!
This morning, my wife notices little specks of glass shards on the bed topper and floor. So we spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what the heck broke and left glass shards in the bedroom.

Well, we finally figured it out. Our 35F has frosted glass round caps covering the LED lighting. These caps are installed by pushing the cap up into the fixture and twisting to lock in place. We noticed one (of four) was missing in the bedroom. My wife starts to steam as she thought the service tech may have broken one and neglected to say anything about it. Our rig was in the shop right before we left to correct some wiring for satellite reception on one TV. Close on the guess, but something does not seem right with that conclusion since the shards were very small...like glitter.

Here is what actually took place using deductive reasoning.....

The glass cap, actually jarred itself loose while driving. The glass cap fell on top of the slide out so when the unit was extended, the cap got lodged under the frame rail. The pressure of the slide out caused the glass the chip and throw shards all over the bedroom. Luckily, there was very very minimal damage ( the top of the slide out was scrapped and slightly indented) and the cap settled towards the center of the slide out. I do think if the cap landed towards the side, it could have thrown a side out easily.

Summary,
As part of your safety check, prior to leaving on a trip and after arrival, be sure to visually check your lighting caps are in place and check all visible screws to be sure they are tightened. We threw out the bed topper since the shards would be impossible to get out and the bedroom was throughly swept.

All is good now, but thought I would share this.

Geoff
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When I had my TT TH we had one in the bathroom fall and break all over the floor during transport, I checked the rest of them and almost all of them were loose. I now have a 5th wheel (alot more of them) and I check them every time before and after towing.
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When I had my TT TH we had one in the bathroom fall and break all over the floor during transport, I checked the rest of them and almost all of them were loose. I now have a 5th wheel (alot more of them) and I check them every time before and after towing.


We now make it a habit to check them all.
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Good point, thanks for the heads up. Another item for my pre-voyage check list.
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Good point, thanks for the heads up. Another item for my pre-voyage check list.



...at the rate my PRE-voyage checklist is growing,I'm thinking I do not have the time to go anywhere in a four day weekend....lol...
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...at the rate my PRE-voyage checklist is growing,I'm thinking I do not have the time to go anywhere in a four day weekend....lol...


I find my pre and post voyage checklist growing as well. lol
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