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Old 12-04-2015, 12:55 PM   #1
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Ever had a wind-induced squeak like this in your slide?

I am bringing my DSDP home from a couple weeks at Newmar for warranty service. Along the way home, I have now had two nights in gentle to medium wind. When my bedroom slide is out, I get a constant squeaking across the length of the slide up at the ceiling. I think it is something with the topper or the interface of the topper to the wall, but I'm not sure.

I've recorded the sound here for you to listen to. Have any of you had something like this before?

Squeaking sound

To be clear, this is not an occasional gust of wind making the whole RV pitch and moan. The sound is quieter than a person conversing next to me, but loud enough that even a pillow over my head does not block out the sound. It is quieter than the hydronic blower (everything is quieter than that rocket engine), but louder than ambient road noise outside the coach. It is really, really annoying.

I guess I'm going to have to make my next repair appointment before I even get home, ugh.
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I learn something new most days. Never knew that you could record a sound and put it in here.

That said, There was a time when I had a noise topside. It was related to an overhanging branch brushing against my coach. Have you looked topside to see if there is a branch up there? It could be from your location, or from a branch that you snagged along the way?
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I wonder if it's the dryer vent
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That said, There was a time when I had a noise topside. It was related to an overhanging branch brushing against my coach. Have you looked topside to see if there is a branch up there? It could be from your location, or from a branch that you snagged along the way?
Pretty sure nothing topside. I've had branch noises many times before, and this is a squeaking that travels back and forth across the whole length of the slide, right at the top edge... right where the topper interfaces with the wall. That's why I suspect it's related to the topper somehow.
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I wonder if it's the dryer vent
Dryer vent is on the other side of this coach. And I've had a whole adventure with that dryer vent once, on an extremely windy evening, that I shared on this forum earlier this year.

Definitely not the dryer vent, for better or worse.
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Old 12-06-2015, 12:10 AM   #6
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Since it sounds like it's the length of the slide, my guess would be that it's the topper roller. As the wind, even a gentle one blows, the slide topper roller will move. It's spring loaded and rolls in and out as the topper moves. I would lube both ends of the topper mechanism. Spray it with WD40 or some silicone spray and then wipe it off.
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