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Old 07-05-2016, 01:11 PM   #1
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$800 mistake

I put shore power on my class A motorhome (2006 Newmar Scottsdale) and left the bay door open since it was only going to be for a few hours. My mother came over and wanted to see our "New to Us" RV. I opened the slides so she could see just how spacious the inside was.
When we were done admiring the inside of the RV, I proceeded to bring in the bedroom slide (every OTHER time I moved a slide, I did a walk around of the RV. Not this time since we were in the driveway and I just put it out). I heard a loud pop and stopped.
The bay door caught the lip of the slide out and ripped off the outside wall of the slide. (Thank God no damage to the bay door).
$850 latter, it looks as good as new thanks to the people at Camping World.
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Sorry to hear. But thanks for sharing to raise awareness. I, like all of us, do a walk around before moving anything - not. (-: it's too easy to get distracted, think it's ok without really looking, in a rush, etc.
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Good to hear you are back up and running. Don't often hear positive comments here for Camping World
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Monaco knew there would be dummies out there like me, so they designed the coach so all the bay doors have switches interconnected to the slideouts. If any bay door is open, the slideouts will not move!
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:40 PM   #5
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My struts are set so that all the hatches under slides do not go high enough to hit the slides.
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Old 07-05-2016, 04:16 PM   #6
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I put shore power on my class A motorhome (2006 Newmar Scottsdale) and left the bay door open since it was only going to be for a few hours. My mother came over and wanted to see our "New to Us" RV. I opened the slides so she could see just how spacious the inside was.
When we were done admiring the inside of the RV, I proceeded to bring in the bedroom slide (every OTHER time I moved a slide, I did a walk around of the RV. Not this time since we were in the driveway and I just put it out). I heard a loud pop and stopped.
The bay door caught the lip of the slide out and ripped off the outside wall of the slide. (Thank God no damage to the bay door).
$850 latter, it looks as good as new thanks to the people at Camping World.
Our 2013 Adventurer has limit cable on each compartment door that opens vertically under a slide. The cable has a loop in each end. It is fastened permanently to a structural member on the compartment door frame. The other end has a loop that goes around a pan head screw in the side of the door. The loop is large enough that it can be slipped over the head of the screw if you want to fully open the door.
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My struts are set so that all the hatches under slides do not go high enough to hit the slides.
Mine are rigged this way also.
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Our 2013 Adventurer has limit cable on each compartment door that opens vertically under a slide. The cable has a loop in each end. It is fastened permanently to a structural member on the compartment door frame. The other end has a loop that goes around a pan head screw in the side of the door. The loop is large enough that it can be slipped over the head of the screw if you want to fully open the door.
You are golden if you do not slip the loop off of the screw. Leaving the door in the fully open position is just as easy as not closing it before moving the slide.
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Hate to hear about the problem you had. I've owned 3 class A's, all different manufacturers and in all 3 the slides could be operated with the doors open. Not good if a door and a slide can make contact at all.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:03 PM   #10
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Our 2013 Adventurer has limit cable on each compartment door that opens vertically under a slide. The cable has a loop in each end. It is fastened permanently to a structural member on the compartment door frame. The other end has a loop that goes around a pan head screw in the side of the door. The loop is large enough that it can be slipped over the head of the screw if you want to fully open the door.
Our Newmar has a similar system on several doors under the LR slide, except you slide the bottom of the gas strut up and put it in one of three positions. Only on the lowest position is it safe to close the slide.

Sure enough, one time I forgot to do the walk around, fortunately I thought about it before I got to the breaking point, but it was close.
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I'm curious what camping world did for the fix. New stuff? Fixed the old somehow?
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They replaced damaged plywood (seems it was bad and needed replacing anyway), and bent the metal parts back into place. There is a small (very small) wrinkle on one of the trim pieces where they straitened it. (cannot see the wrinkle unless you know it is there and are right on top of it)
Overall, I believe they did a good job at a reasonable price. This was a very labor intensive repair and they came in several hundred under the estimate.
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Monaco knew there would be dummies out there like me, so they designed the coach so all the bay doors have switches interconnected to the slideouts. If any bay door is open, the slideouts will not move!
My 2005 Monaco Knight didn't have those switches. Ask me how I know.
Been there done that...
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We put a sticky beside the slide switches with a note saying check before moving. Then Janet runs the slide while I go out to observe what is happening.
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