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Old 04-13-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Leaking slide

I had commented earlier about our living room slide leaking and many of you gave suggestions which are greatly appreciated. One thing I noticed especially with this slide is that when it gets all the way out the outer most part raises some 1" to 2". Consequently the slide know has a downward slope in towards the coach. I assume this is normal. I was wondering if it is acceptable not to put the slide all the way out avoiding this upward move that it makes. It would only reduce opening the slide by 2" or less. This certainly has to be a definite reason for this slide to leak.

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Old 04-13-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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You will probably have more air leakage around the edge with the slide part way out. There are adjustment assemblies under the ram extensions, visible under the slide when it is out. Check your frame clearance when slide is in and see if it might be better to adjust the slide down a bit at its outer edge. I've never done this adjustment myself, and I believe it takes some thinking as to whether you'd be better off as is. You can always keep track of how many turns & reverse it later if it doesn't work. But if it screws something up, don't do it.

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Old 04-13-2009, 07:56 PM   #3
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Mike, thanks for the quick response. Never thought about the air leakage. I will give some thought to adjustment. Does your slide move upward at the very end of its opening and did your older one?
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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Ted, mine had to have a little downward adjustment at the factory when it was new because it raised a bit on the outside. I think there are some adjustment bolts on the slide frame that gives you a little vertical latitude.

That didn't totally stop the leaks in a heavy downpour. So what I learned to do is lower that side of the coach with the HWH jacks a small amount when it was raining hard and that solved the problem. I use a carpenter level on the floor when I adjust the level the coach after the HWH system automatically stops. If the driver's side is a wee bit high, I just drop it so it's a wee bit low, if I think it's going to rain hard, and that does the trick for us.
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