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Old 03-05-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Flying Magazine has an monthly story about stupid things pilots have done, and most importantly,lived to tell about it.

Here is mine. Alpines have the pantry door that gets covered by the slide when it is in. I had just replaced the hydraulic solenoids to the slide and was attemping to put the galley slide out. The slide was sticking in the rear. Not moving out. I tried a couple of times. Finally I had someone go back to the rear of the slide to push a bit, and we found the pantry door ajar and the slide was catching on it. No harm done except a bent pantry hinge, but I learned my lesson from that. Go check the first time!!!!
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Flying Magazine has an monthly story about stupid things pilots have done, and most importantly,lived to tell about it.

Here is mine. Alpines have the pantry door that gets covered by the slide when it is in. I had just replaced the hydraulic solenoids to the slide and was attemping to put the galley slide out. The slide was sticking in the rear. Not moving out. I tried a couple of times. Finally I had someone go back to the rear of the slide to push a bit, and we found the pantry door ajar and the slide was catching on it. No harm done except a bent pantry hinge, but I learned my lesson from that. Go check the first time!!!!
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Old 03-06-2006, 07:11 AM   #3
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Tom don't want to you to feel like the Lone Ranger....... been there done that. What I have to do is buy a smaller jar of Peanut Butter, can't squeez it through the gap with the slide closed.

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Old 03-06-2006, 05:59 PM   #4
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WHEN THE BEDROOM END-TABLE COMES OPEN DURING HARD BREAKING, IT CAN ALSO MAKE A TERRIBLE NOISE WHEN OPENING THE REAR SLIDE!!!!!!! BUT NOT AS BAD AS THE NOISE MY BRIEFCASE MADE WHEN IT WAS BEHIND THE FRONT SEAT WHEN PUTTING OUT THE SLIDE ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO - HOW MANY TIMES DOES IT TAKE TO 'MEASURE TWICE AND CUT ONCE'
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I also learned the hard way that items in the pantry behind the kitchen slide can come out on hard braking and lay on the floor waiting for the unknowing to put the slide out thereby crushing the container. I now use a small fashlight to check behind the slide before it goes out. It's amazing what I have found.
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I wondered how that pantry door came open. Now thinking back I braked hard for a driver who couldn't turn into his own lane. But I tried twice to get that slide out. Now thanks to all I'll check every time ....I hope.

Same weekend to confess more, I hit the mailbox and some poles we had in the ground around the mailbox. I've pulled into and out of the driveway almost 100 times. I was just too sure of myself . No dents, but some scratches went past the clear coat (closest thing I could find to a dunce cap!)

I hope I don't have a weekend like this again .
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by lundy:
WHEN THE BEDROOM END-TABLE COMES OPEN DURING HARD BREAKING, IT CAN ALSO MAKE A TERRIBLE NOISE WHEN OPENING THE REAR SLIDE!!!!!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Arrgh! Me too!! One of the drawers had come open and caught the edge of the slide. And the Air Conditioner was running so it took me a while to hear it! The wood split a little at the rear of the slide - it's barely noticeable, but I sure was upset for while.

Now I ALWAYS check that the drawers are closed before extending the rear slide.

I also check the pantry doors, and that all slide sides are clear before extending.

And I make sure the air conditioners are OFF when we extend the slides so I can hear any problems.

Hard lessons... but you learn 'me real good!

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Old 03-09-2006, 05:35 AM   #8
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We, too, have experienced the bedroom night stand drawer being caught on the slideout frame. No harm to wood or slides, but drawer pull was demolished. WRV parts say they have no replacements and that the mfr no longer makes them. Does anyone know of a supplier?

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I do not have the same slide configuration as most, so I have not made that mistake yet. However, I went from a 35 foot gasser on a Ford F53 chassis to the 40 foot Avalanche and learned several times as I rounded corners that the Avalanche has a longer wheelbase! Did not hurt anything other than my pride, but I did manage to run over a curb once or twice.

The lessons for the slides will remind me to always check high and low for obstructions inside the coach as well as outside prior to deployment.
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You can get something similar from Home Depot or Lowe's. The width of the handle is different but the spacer that normally gets damaged is the same. I have had to replace a draw pull and have found this to be the best method.
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