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Old 06-10-2016, 04:58 PM   #15
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It's been my experience that many businesses (especially the sales force) come up with "reasons" that they don't offer something that the competition does. Then when they start offering the same thing those reasons magically disappear!
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:15 AM   #16
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Update on your cracked steel. We took the RV back to the Newmar factory in Indiana. They were fantastic and did a terrific job fixing the crack. It is really beefed up now. Got other things done whole we were there. Newmar is the best company to deal with.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:22 PM   #17
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30' slide went bad in second year. Replace four tracks and motors. They put Schindler (?) tracks and told me it is strong enough not to off track. Worked for a year (5 months on the road) exact same issue. Have to take it in again. Winnebago says the use Power Gear now and not all dealers are trained to do so. It takes much longer labor hours to replace the mechanism. Every time we extend we hold our breath.
After fixing this we will not extend the slides unless we are in concrete or brick level site.
We are in Canada for 10 more days without being able to extend the full side and the opposite side worrying about coach not being balanced.
Only extending the small bedroom slide so we can sleep.
We tell ourselves imagine we have a small coach.


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Old 08-19-2016, 05:42 PM   #18
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2013 Itasca Suncruiser - full wall slide repaired 3 times so far. I have a friend with the same model, multiple slide failures, multiple visits to the factory.
Encounter others that have the same problems at campgrounds on a regular basis.
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Old 08-20-2016, 06:27 AM   #19
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We're only hearing a few responses. How about a survey?
My 26' slide clamp came loose, easy fix.
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Had zero issues with the full wall slide in our '11 American Coach in over 5 years of full time use.
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:36 AM   #21
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It's been my experience that many businesses (especially the sales force) come up with "reasons" that they don't offer something that the competition does. Then when they start offering the same thing those reasons magically disappear!
You are totally correct! Before I retired, I loved going to the Louisville show. It is a dealers only show, not open to the public. You met all the guys and gals that designed the motorhomes. Bluebird and Prevost were there. Both said early on that if you wanted a slide, you better look elsewhere, because they were not going to offer slides. After so many customers walked off and bought a slide from someone else, They both came out with slides.
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:47 PM   #22
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Bluebird and Prevost were there. Both said early on that if you wanted a slide, you better look elsewhere, because they were not going to offer slides. After so many customers walked off and bought a slide from someone else, They both came out with slides.
Funny. Years ago we went to Foretravel and were told "Foretravel will NEVER have slides". . . guess what?
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The cables shredded on our full wall slide. The cables were not aligned correctly from the factory. It was repaired at a campground by a mobile tech specializing in slides. We were lucky we were away because it would have been difficult to get it repaired at home.
The cost of the repair was covered by insurance that came with our financing.
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My research when looking for a coach, also included the stratal integrity of the over all rig. (Many RV manufactures were more interested in the 'sales of the coach' by including slides - that they did not do a full engineering redesign of the combo of chassis/coach/slide.)

When we are shopping we toured the Rexhall factory. Yep, not a volume dealer for sure@! But the owner, Bill Rex, was in many areas and industry leader. During our tour, we saw a coach with a front right caved in front end, behind the factory. It was owned by a couple that ran off the road to avoid a deer, and struck a pine tree in New Mexico. They were had slowed down to about 35-40 MPH when they hit the tree. Both walked away bruised, but walked away... The coach was flat trailered back to Rexhall of repair. When it was dropped off. The factory guys brought our power to the coach (The batteries were all dead by then.), and after hooking up the power - proceeded to open both of the larger full wall slides (T-Rex, I believe is the nick name for them.) Bill Rex over engineered the frame, and the welded structural integrity of the house steel members. I also believe the that Rexhall was if not he first, was one of the first, with the 'full wall' slides.

We went to look at the UFO based coaches, that from the outside, looked like they were off of the set of Star Trek!. The 37' UFO based Rexhall, was big enough to square dance in!

I always remember, and share, the structural integrity of the Rexhall coaches.

Again, not a volume coach. Not at the upper end of the coach spectrum. But IMO, a great bang for the buck in a coach, with the added benefit that many coach owners don't consider. (Solid, one piece fiberglass roof molds; Steel cage house coaches; Supper engineering on many fronts...)

And of course, many other great full side wall slide coaches are available too!
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2014 Itasca Suncruiser 32H. Full wall slide will not stay in sync and gets stuck then won't retract. Have to run it in and out a few inches and then it will come in crooked. Most of the time it will seat and seal. We fear it will get stuck out someday. Heard if you have documented repairs Winnebago will replace the mechanism free. We are on our 2nd slide gear and motor set. Have you ever seen the motors on these slides? They are smaller than a coke can and a lot of the mechanism parts are plastic. We love the coach and hope to keep it a long while it's otherwise well made.
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No THORS...?

WOW no THOR MH's here? Maybe because the title is FW slides. You go to that forum and it's riddled with slide problems.
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WOW no THOR MH's here? Maybe because the title is FW slides. You go to that forum and it's riddled with slide problems.
Oh, OK, since you insist ...

We're on our second Thor diesel pusher with a full-wall slide, and have never had a problem with either one. I think the Thor slide problems you refer to are with the unfortunate use of Schwintek slide mechanisms on full-wall slides, as seem to be the case with a number of the problems from other manufacturers in responses in this thread. It appears that the Schwintek electric drives, which mostly work OK in smaller slides, just can't handle the weight of a full-wall slide. The two smaller slides on our current coach are Schwintek, while our full-wall is hydraulic, and we've had no problems with either, in 30k-plus miles so far.

I could be wrong, but I think that Thor learned their lesson from their bad experience with Schwintek slides (particularly on the Palazzo) and stopped using them on full-wall slides.
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I would think he's referring to Tiffin and Entegra. As far as I know they don't have FWS's.
Tiffen is offering full slides in a couple of their 2017 models. I know they have a 36UA in the Allegro Open Road. I am hearing they are going to offer it in the Breeze and other coaches soon.
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