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Old 12-29-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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First mistake - slide out with drivers seat not forward

My first error. I attempted to open the slide with the drivers seat back. I heard a clunk and stopped. Retracted, moved the seat. Slide is working ok, tried it in and out a few times. Inspected the mechanism, don't see anything unusual. Slide retracts with normal gaps. Some damage to seat material. Worried I damaged the slide mechanism. Ugh!
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My first error. I attempted to open the slide with the drivers seat back. I heard a clunk and stopped. Retracted, moved the seat. Slide is working ok, tried it in and out a few times. Inspected the mechanism, don't see anything unusual. Slide retracts with normal gaps. Some damage to seat material. Worried I damaged the slide mechanism. Ugh!
Welcome to the club. EVERYBODY does something wrong from time to time. Just hope that it's easy to fix (or forget).
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My slides were operated by a rocker switch above the door. I put blue painters tape over it to remind me of the drivers seat. I had a few other reminders for other things as well. It helped.
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:02 PM   #4
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My slides were operated by a rocker switch above the door. I put blue painters tape over it to remind me of the drivers seat. I had a few other reminders for other things as well. It helped.
Yup ... I have a fairly large Dymo label above the switch ... actually, I now have 4 labels ... something new all the time ...
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:17 PM   #5
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Welcome to "jam the drivers seat club", once you have done it you can be at ease you will not forget it next time.
The slide motors will crush anything in its way, just make sure no ones hand is in its way when operating.
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Thanks - you are making me feel better as I feel stupid at the moment. Although I can plead newbie. Just hoping I didn't hurt the mechanism but I am guessing it's by what I see, not _ Newmar's is beefy
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The chair is feeling the worst of it must be glad its still on its pedestal.
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If your slide is a rack and pinion type it likely jumped one cog on the front rail,, Normally this will not make a differnece you'd notice.. Altho it may jump a cog when you put it back out (Thus fixing itself)

you can also adjust it if you feel it needs it But for one clunk (one cog) I would not bother.
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Hi aeroquality,
You will not hurt the slide. A moving Newmar slide will crush just about anything in its' path. The driver's seat may be a bit loose at the floor plate or where the back joins the seat frame. It depends how much push the slide gave the seat.

Not knowing what vintage coach you have, some years one must hold the button to make the slide move. The earlier models one could push/release the switch and the slide did its' thing. If you have the push/release kind, you are very fortunate to have just some leatherette damage.
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I did the same thing. Caused a very small hole in the side of the seat back. I put a round little hook and loop pad over the hole that kind of looks like something that would be there to allow the air to escape the seat back. Put one on the other seat in the exact same place and it looks like it was made that way. Oh well **** happens.
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I can only imagine your feelings about it, I'd be extremely upset about it if I did it.
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Like when I got the first paint/rock chip in the tank on my new(at the time) Harley.....and my traveling buddy said........it is a "Battle Scar"........and he said, as time goes, there will be more, it is still there today(1989 FXSTS) and when I look/see it, it brings back memories of the wonderful trip that it happened on..........It marks a "Place In Time" in my travels on her.......Took me some time to look at it this way.......
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I wouldn't worry about the slide. Mine ate an umbrella and virtually crushed the wood handle with no damage to the slide. There is a new learning experience every few trips.

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