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Old 10-25-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Slide 'Creep' Out & Water

Made it to Vegas after a few hundred miles & pulled into our spot. Then, after leveling the RV (ACE 27.1), the DW accidentally hit the "retract" slide switch position instead of the "extend".

To our surprise the slide came in a bit - hmmm? Not much, but sure an indication that the slide is creeping out while under way.

In response to our question at the dealership (during our initial walk thru), we were told told that the manual screw jack/brace mechanism (that we found in a bin under the step) was 'not really ever used by anyone'. It's intended as a brace to be installed btw. the inside slide flange & the inside wall to keep things from moving, but based on the dealers information, we thought it was an extra "just in case" item for the 2500 mile delivery trip to the dealer.

Anyway, for what's it worth, we're going to start using that jack/brace now & hope I don't ever try to extend the slide with it in place - maybe a hinged cover plate over the switch as reminder to remove the brace first.

What bothers me a bit is that the brace will only really fit at one end & so if there is movement, it may well allow the other end to creep & now I've got (if only slightly) a cockeyed slide - maybe best hit the 'retract' first every time before we 'extend' just so it's all "squared" against the exterior wall before starting the motors to crank it out. Food for thought.

Don't recall reading here, or elsewhere, any discussion about this 'creep' or use of a interior brace, or if folks are really using them much. Leads me to wonder if the slight slide creep is expected/normal, or something starting to go south??
I'm leaning toward normal.

Also on a couple of occasions I have found a little water on the floor at interior slide corner (after washing exterior upon returning from trip) & now I believe I know why e.g. the slide gaskets(s) were not being snugged enough against exterior wall to seal off the water.

Also had puddles on floor/step area inside below door after washing & finally discovered that the entry door window was leaking on the inside allowing wash/rain water to run down the inside of the door. Ran a bead of silicone on the outside - all fixed now (but likely could have just used the inside window flange screws to tighten a frame seal (assuming a seal was in place). However, did not notice the inside frame screws until after the silicone treatment.

We're still learning. Hope our lesson learned here are helpful to someone else.

Any feedback on the slide 'creep' / brace item appreciated.
Thanks!
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Thanks for the info. Always good to hear about NEW RV problems and solutions as opposed to old and normal wear issues.
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Made it to Vegas after a few hundred miles & pulled into our spot. Then, after leveling the RV (ACE 27.1), the DW accidentally hit the "retract" slide switch position instead of the "extend".

To our surprise the slide came in a bit - hmmm? Not much, but sure an indication that the slide is creeping out while under way.

In response to our question at the dealership (during our initial walk thru), we were told told that the manual screw jack/brace mechanism (that we found in a bin under the step) was 'not really ever used by anyone'. It's intended as a brace to be installed btw. the inside slide flange & the inside wall to keep things from moving, but based on the dealers information, we thought it was an extra "just in case" item for the 2500 mile delivery trip to the dealer.

Anyway, for what's it worth, we're going to start using that jack/brace now & hope I don't ever try to extend the slide with it in place - maybe a hinged cover plate over the switch as reminder to remove the brace first.

What bothers me a bit is that the brace will only really fit at one end & so if there is movement, it may well allow the other end to creep & now I've got (if only slightly) a cockeyed slide - maybe best hit the 'retract' first every time before we 'extend' just so it's all "squared" against the exterior wall before starting the motors to crank it out. Food for thought.

Don't recall reading here, or elsewhere, any discussion about this 'creep' or use of a interior brace, or if folks are really using them much. Leads me to wonder if the slight slide creep is expected/normal, or something starting to go south??
I'm leaning toward normal.

Also on a couple of occasions I have found a little water on the floor at interior slide corner (after washing exterior upon returning from trip) & now I believe I know why e.g. the slide gaskets(s) were not being snugged enough against exterior wall to seal off the water.

Also had puddles on floor/step area inside below door after washing & finally discovered that the entry door window was leaking on the inside allowing wash/rain water to run down the inside of the door. Ran a bead of silicone on the outside - all fixed now (but likely could have just used the inside window flange screws to tighten a frame seal (assuming a seal was in place). However, did not notice the inside frame screws until after the silicone treatment.

We're still learning. Hope our lesson learned here are helpful to someone else.

Any feedback on the slide 'creep' / brace item appreciated.
Thanks!
I have slide creep in my 2015 WGO Adventurer...according to WGO that is "normal"...it is a large full wall slide, 24' using the Schwintek slide mechanism. WGO's fix was to provide me with (2) travel slide bars. I was also told to retract the slide first before extracting in case it did creep out a bit....that was before receiving the travel slide bars from WGO...
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I have slide creep in my 2015 WGO Adventurer...according to WGO that is "normal"...it is a large full wall slide, 24' using the Schwintek slide mechanism. WGO's fix was to provide me with (2) travel slide bars. I was also told to retract the slide first before extracting in case it did creep out a bit....that was before receiving the travel slide bars from WGO...
Thanks Mutiny - now feel like the 'retract 1st method' & use of braces are good approaches.
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I have always used the braces on my slides.
However, our 30.1 has a bedroom slide, but no brace.
When looking around, I am not even sure how one could use a brace on that slide.

Out of curiosity- do the slides have a 'lock out' function while traveling? Sometimes the wife goes into the bedroom to grab something while we are traveling and I have often wondered what would happen if she hit the slide button instead of the light switch.
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I have always used the braces on my slides.
However, our 30.1 has a bedroom slide, but no brace.
When looking around, I am not even sure how one could use a brace on that slide.

Out of curiosity- do the slides have a 'lock out' function while traveling? Sometimes the wife goes into the bedroom to grab something while we are traveling and I have often wondered what would happen if she hit the slide button instead of the light switch.
On my ACE and now my Thor Challenger, the slides will not operate when the engine is running.
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