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Old 09-29-2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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Full wall slides - problems?

We're looking at a variety of floor plans. Most of 40' and under rigs we've looked at have 1 to 4 slides. Our maximum length is 40'.

I have been in side a Fleetwood Providence ( '06 39' overall length) with a full wall slide and like the floor plan but......

A couple of dealers (who didn't have the rig) had nothing good to say about full walls - binding when being extended and retracted, sagging roof line of the coach frame and slide and resulting leaks and binding. What is the track record of these long slides?

A couple long time MHers recommended stay with multiple side rigs, along with the above concern, as you have options which slide(s) you want to extend depending on the width of space you are parked in.

Any have first hand experience with "full wall slides" and/or found any reports on the history of said?

Thanks in advance,
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Although we've only had our 2010 Fleetwood Dicovery 40G with a full wall slide for a year it has performed great. We have 11,000 miles and really enjoy the full wall slide, it opens up the dining and kitchen area.
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Have a full slide 18' on mine and no problems.... yet....
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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I have a full wall slide the only thing happened is my fault. No leaks,no binding,as far as sagging mine is supported in the middle by a cabinet.
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Ditto the other responses. I think that the wall slides have been out long enough that most, if not all, the design kinks have been worked out.
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People keep saying full wall slides have problem, but I haven't heard of anymore problems with them than with any slide. I have diesel Bounder 38v with a full wall slide. I've owned it 4 years 24,000 miles no leaks in heavy wind blown rain and no slide issues. And I love it.
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Looking at the full wall slide from an engineering stand point, they can be built, but you have to have the structure in the roof to support the span. Putting a cabinet in the center of the slide out, you help the problem as long as the bob which forms the slide is strong enough. It should support the roof when it is full extended or fully in.

In general, I will avoid designs with long slides.

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We have a 2009, 39 foot Coachmen Sportscoach Cross Country that has the full wall slide. Just the other week, it decided to stop working. Been in the shop for 2 weeks now. Most of the delay was due to LCI [Lippert] not getting back with the Service Advisor [I've verified this problem]. Anyway, Lippert said that it would be about another week before they could get the new hydraulic system/motor out, because they had to BUILD A NEW ONE. With all of the problems that LCI has had with their hydraulic system, one would think that they would have them in stock.

We do love the full wall slide, but the down time does leave a bitter taste.
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I have no personal knowledge about slides other than my own two which are of "normal" size and operate fine oh these nine years----but I do know that it is common for sales people to frown on what they do not have to sell.
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I think if designed and used properly, you shouldn't have a issue. I have a 42ft with 4 slides because I have a bad back and I can stand up at the wet bay which helps me. I like the full wall floor plans though. However, I would definitely go with a brand that has many FW for several years.
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So here goes:
2008 Coach (see signature)

First, we were going to purchase a 2008 same model wit a dinette table and 4 chairs. The had it in the shop for preps, and when I showed up the 23 foot slide jammed on the rear. They could not figure it out so I decided to ask for a different one from another lot. We received the one we have with a bench seat dinette.

Our experience:

  • Slide jammed on rear actuator - cause topper awning fabric to catch and be dragged into the slide. Needed to replace slide topper.
  • slide would come out about 1 inch when traveling down highway - rear end. Techs determined brake was bad - replaced motor.
  • slide jammed. Caused skid to slide off rail bed rides on. Pulled frame from floor. Frame had attached kitchen sink drain anchored. Pulled that loose. Did not notice until retracting slide. Could not retract slide because of frame rail ripped from floor. Made temporary repairs until modification kit could be installed
  • Slide would not retract. Extended okay. problem was with slide lock feature. Modification sent to repair technician for slide lock feature.
Do I trust the big slide? I don't even trust the little slide and it is only 12 feet or so, not 23 feet. Every time I push the button to extend or retract I hold my breath and say a little prayer of thanks when it works correctly.

Good luck. It's been 3 year since this model and hopefully they are getting it correct on the newer models.
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I have a 28' slide on my 2008 43' American Eagle, problems have been minor. I have called the AC service line for advise, lose or dirty connections once a blown fuse. This one is operated by 4 motors and works great. I agree sales people will talk negative about features they don't offer. The full wall is the reason we traded our 4 slide for 3, so much living area. Hope my 2cents helped
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We had a 1995 Avion 36.5' 5er with a super slide. The small bedroom slide was never a problem. The larger one was the one that gave problems as the unit aged. They were both Hydraulic slides and not by Lippert.

Slide technology has improved over the years, but I am still very cautious of larger slides. I'd rather have a unit with 4 smaller slides.

Currently we have a 34'-11" travel trailer with NO slides and love it. No problems. Seems just about every time we go a a rally, someone has a slide problem...so they are not perfect. It is mechanical item and according to a certain Mr. Murphy...it will break. It amazing at how often Mr. Murphy is right.

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We bought a great floor plan coach without a full wall slide. If we were buying new today we would want a fws. They have the bugs out. That said I don,t like front passenger slides. They block the entry to the basement and take up half the patio.

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