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Old 06-18-2011, 06:51 PM   #15
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Our 2006 FDTS was also not supplied with the "Emergency Retraction Rods" for the dining room slide. It didn't take us too long to realize that we'd be in a world of hurt should the hydraulic system on this slide fail. We purchased the required rods from HWH and were advised that they didn't have any ideas as to how WRV would actually adapt them to their coaches. HWH, of course, has their own procedures, but they are not coach specific.

At that time no one here on the "Forum" seemed to have any more information or ideas than HWH regarding what WRV really wanted the owners to do with the rods; even if they were fortunate enough to have them supplied with their coach. I sent several e-mails to Mark Harrah, when he was still working for us, and finally got a reply that stated there were supposed to be two threaded access ports along the wall-to-floor area directly beneath the extreme ends of the slide for the small 3/8" or 5/16" coarse thread hardware store bolts to do the lifting of the slide. At that point the large/long threaded rods could be used to retract the slide. All this sounds just great, but apparently, WRV in their infinite wisdom, neglected to make provisions for the two lifting bolts. Perhaps we all should be prepared with hefty ropes, cables, bottle jacks, and oh yes, a picnic table or two, if available; should we encounter problems with the dining room slide.

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Old 06-19-2011, 04:22 PM   #16
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Please take copious photos when you are w/the HWH tech's as they demonstrate the retraction procedure, so we can put them in PDF to place on the ACA website. We had the long rods in our 06 basement when new, no small bolts, and no cohesive explanation as to how that would have worked. Should have req'd the demonstration of retraction at the factory but had other problems that seemed higher priority that week.

When all is said, perhaps some version of D&J's method is better in most circumstances than the factory setup, assuming you can fake the picnic table in a pinch. I'm liking the inside-ratcheting vs. the long bolt approach.

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Old 06-19-2011, 10:50 PM   #17
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All - Is/are these bolts still required in the 07 and above coaches? My Kitchen slide seems not to lift up prior to coming in, it just moves in. I'm thinking the 3 slide models might be different. I know some quad models have slides which drop down after going out, none of ours do? Please take pictures and send to mike or post here, for where the lifting bolts go, those long bolts go, because we have never seen any place for them to go, we don't have the bolts in our coach either, and I would hate to purchase something else we don't need.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:26 PM   #18
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This issue only applies to Aplines with dinette slide [or quads] on the PS--it doesnt apply to double or triple slides [those with kitchen/living room slide only on the DS].....

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