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Old 04-08-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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creeping slide

Well, we've had a great trip from Wash down to Vegas, over to Oceanside and now we're camped at Moss Landing. The reason I say a great trip is that nothing has gone wrong till yesterday and today. Both days we've pulled into the campsite and the main slide was out about 1 1/2 inches. The only thing in common were high winds as we drove up the Yesterday it was straight from the side along the ocean..Today it was basically from the 12 and 10 o'clock positions and really whipped us around a number of times. The winds were from 10-40 mph on 101 and now we're bouncing around in gusts to 60 in our site.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:04 PM   #2
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An ad for slide locks ?
In October , Washington state,Highway 17 , best estimate of the X wind gust would be 40 mph. Blew the 21' A&E awning , wide open while I was driving 55, if there had been a power pole along side the highway , the entire awning assembly would have been sticking through the windshield of my toad. Five RVs all with A&E awnings, 100k of driving, never had this happen, always trusted the A&E arm locks to secure the awning. Not any more.
Moral of this story, if there is a type of secondary lock , latch, stop available , use it , just because it hasn't happened before , doesn't mean it never will.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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Damon calls them "transit bars." This story is a perfect example of why I use them.

I have the Lippart rack and pinion slide drive but one time - even with a mechanical brake - the top of the slide behind the drivers seat shifted in high crosswinds enough for me to see daylight, so now I always use the transit bar!

And that's just my 2 cents
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:42 AM   #4
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bigdog,
Have you checked the position of the lock lever on the back end of the slide motor. Go up to the files and look at the Powergear slide out service manual.
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I agree with checking the brake on the motor if its an electric slideout. If its hydraulic it may be low on fluid.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:16 AM   #6
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It is electric
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Thank you. Here's a manual that explains the system and motor.
http://support.powergearus.com/techdocs/82-S0140-00.pdf
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Hey,youse guys are awesome. Went into the bay where the slide motor is and found the switch was in the middle,so I reset it to the engaged position and it didn't come out today and ran about three hundred miles over some of California's best roads. There was a section of I-680 that is humped and in places will be up on one side and low on the other and will twist your rig. It also has some curves that are the same way and will throw you to one side and it's rough and there's a $20 toll fee for a bridge in the middle. Then you're out on I-80 which has to be one of the roughest roads anywhere. The rest of the run up to Redding was actually pretty good except for the 20-30 mph sidewind gusts.
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I've found that sometimes the better roads in CA are the two lane non-freeway types.
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Me too

I have posted about this before and tried to re-activate that post with an update. I have a 2004 Seabreeze 1341 and have the same problem with my large slide. Upon physical examination there is NO braking lever, there is certainly an electric motor, but no lever, switch or any other thing on the motor assembly to move, no lock on the gear housing or the large reduction gear. Not sure what is supposed to hold the slide in, unless maybe an electric brake. Still think my solution is bars inside the MH similar to what used to be in my TT.

Ideas? Suggestions?
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In 2004,05 and 06 National used Powergear and RBW for slide room motors, Powergear has the lever on the back end of the motor. Rbw has a internal electric brake, not sure if it has a mechanical release.
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Also , Power Gears brake is under a rubber boot as indicated in the link I posted.
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