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Old 11-08-2017, 05:10 AM   #1
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Need help with a slide

Hello, I have a 2016 Thor Challenger 37KT. With 19k miles. The rear large slideout on the passenger side operates with cables pulling and pushing as the slide rolls in, out and up on stationary rollers. Well the slidout is favoring the right side toward the front. The slideout wall is rubbing the opening wall. There is a good inch space beetween the left side of the slide and the left opening wall. The cables are connected to chains and the chains ride on sprockets connected to the motors. At the end of the cables there is adjustable nuts. Each cable is marked left top, right top etc. I don't see any guides to keep the slide out centered as it goes in and out. I think it's supposed to stay centered just with adjustments. I parked the rig on a hill and put the slide out out lifting one side with a 2 x 4 as it went out. I was able to get it centered. After putting it in and out several times on flat land it ended up favoring the right side again. It ends up pulling the rubber gasket in and getting bound up. I need to get this centered. Should I loosen the left and tighten the right should I tighten the right and loosen the left? Your knowledge and opinion is needed.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:33 PM   #2
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Call Bal Accu Slide. They have a tech that will help you. Sounds like a simple adjustment problem. Once you get the hang of how they work - it is really a simple system. Once you take the trim boards off - put them back up with small head screws - paint heads black and the next time they need to come off it will be easy. Don't remember size but a ratchet closed end wrench makes adjusting a breeze. youtube videos can be helpful.
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I looked into the cable system briefly for a camping buddy that had to replace a cable that was starting to fray. Adjusting the cables will not move the slide left or right inside the sidewall opening. What will happen if the cables length is not correct or balanced is one side or corner of the slide will move out or in further, than the other. In other word the slide will twist or pivot and will not be square to the side wall of the coach when the slide is open or closed. You'll need to remove the trim work around the inside of the slide opening in the sidewall and check the slide rollers and cable guides.

And the camping buddy I was researching for, I advised him to take it somewhere with experience on the system. Getting all four of the cables balanced didn't look like something I wanted to attempted.
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