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Old 03-07-2015, 01:36 PM   #1
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2008 Alpine front slide adjustment

My front drivers side slide is not closing completely at the top front edge. It is showing about a 1/4 " gap between the sidewall and slide flange moulding. Information on making an adjustment for this condition would be appreciated.

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Don't know about yours, but I had an Alpenlite 5th wheel and there was a slideout regulator under the fridge that controlled the power to the slide motor. When I had a similar problem, I increased the power and the slide worked much better. I always thought the word Alpenlite was incorrect and should have been Alpenheavy.
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There is no top adjustment. The only adjustments are on the bottom two rectangular tubes that the slide out extends on. There is a height adjustment and in&out adjustment nut.


When they are correctly adjusted the top touches the coach first and the bottom is about 1/2" out. As you hold the button retracted the bottom sucks in tight. You did not say if just happened or it has been that way awhile. Kind of sounds like the front and rear are not working the same.


HWH says to hold the extend button a few extra seconds when it is fully extended and the same when you retract fully to hold a few extra seconds. If don't hold the switch a few extra seconds, it could get out of out of adjustment front and rear. Maybe you could fully extend and retract a few times and see if that helps.
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Unless changed in later models, the aforementioned "adjustments" on the HWH hydralic arms change the slide at closure [might allow you to align the paint strips on the outside of the coach--for example]. As mentioned, you should allow the HWH to run an extra second after closure to load the cylinders to keep the slide closed during transit. If this doesnt result in total closure at the top, the slide may have gotten slightly out of position and is binding against the frame--usually a few miles of driving sorts all this out.

However, if the the slide is hitting the top of the frame or side, you can, as suggested, run the slide full out and back to equalize the cylinders. "Adjusting" the cylinder arms usually isnt needed--the cylinder arm length is set at the factory to accommodate the travel of the cylinders. Once set, the overall travel length should cover any minor changes in slide position.

The adjustment at the end of the arm [large set screw and locking nut] can be used to raise the final height of the slide in the closed postion, but more often than not, the slide has settled a bit over time and needs to be raised slightly.
Think I would veryify that the slide is clearing the coach wall frame on all 4 corners before doing any adjusting.....keep us posted.
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Thanks for the replies!!

I was replacing the slide out topper when I noticed this alignment deal. I did look at the adjustments and saw the extension out adjustment on the bottom slide rails. That's the only adjustment I saw so I thought I was missing something.. I did know about keeping the slide switch pushed for a few seconds after the room has extended or retracted.

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Maybe this is too obvious but also look for debris or loose gasket material on top of the slide that might be interferring with full closure....
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Ours had a similar problem I fixed it by adjusting the forward slide stop. It was closeting so tight it was causing the top to tip out. So now the forward slide stops sooner and it fixed the issue.
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From the Tech Library

http://www.alpinecoachassociation.co...%20Diagram.pdf
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Better but!

Hey, thanks for all the info and the reference to the drawings for the adjustments. I found all the adjustments and had some time to make some adjustments today. I turned everyone and made some progress but it is not as good as I would like it. I will try again later.I ran the slide in and out so many times I was worried that I would create another problem! Anyway thanks to all who replied I think I will be able to get the results if I keep at it.

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