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Old 05-02-2016, 10:48 PM   #1
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How to avoid slide problems

I am beginning to look at Class A's and want to know how old I could look at and still avoid slide issues. Is it possible to avoid issues. During my travels now I see rigs with 2 or 3 people pushing slides in, slides creaking and groaning and just refusing to move.
I realize that no one can predict when problems will happen but have they improved over the last few years. I have no problem buying new if a certain make is more reliable. I understand they all use the same slide mechanisms. These types of questions are hard to answer but any feedback would be appreciated.

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:56 PM   #2
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Tough Question

Best Free Advice:

1. Buy from a company with a strong reputation.

2. Do not buy a rig with a full wall slide.

3. Consider less slides, minimum is 2. More slides equals more leakage paths and potential failures. But you give up ft2.

4. Most slides have electrical cabling. Avoid having plumbing lines, gas lines, etc also in the slide.

5. Level your coach, in most cases, before moving the slides. Reduced stress.

6. Buy a motorhome with a very rigid frame system. Less flex equals longer life.


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Old 05-03-2016, 05:20 AM   #3
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One of the biggest mistakes people make when operating their slides is stopping the slide in mid route, you must open the slide fully non stop or you can have issues. IMO any slide that has the Power Gear operating system is one that will give you years of reliable service with minimum annual maintenance.
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:15 AM   #4
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Power gear in the last two coaches and never a problem. The stopping halfway thing usually effects shwinntec (sp) slides but are easily retimed with a quick procedure you can do yourself. Even full wall slides are reliable. There is no better advice than keeping up with some basic maintenance and they will work just fine.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:47 AM   #5
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3 Class A's with Power Gear. No problems. Lastest MH has full wall slide.
If your overly concerned do not buy a RV with slides (hard to find?).
Or buy an expensive extended warranty.
Or like me, keep your eye on everything. Found loose and missing bolts on my newest.
Always level first before extending. Slides in before lifting jacks.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:59 AM   #6
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Our '06 Monaco Camelot 40 PAQ (4 slides) manual says to extend slides while supported by the 8 airbags as this supports the frame the best, then dump air and level after. It also says to stop the slides while retracting if there's water on the toppers. One would think you would want to level first, but Monaco says otherwise.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:01 AM   #7
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+2 on the Power Gear slides
IMHO, stay way away from the Schwintek systems. I have three friends with both Tiffin DPs and Winnebago DP (all 2014-2016) that have these slides on their smaller slides and all three already have problems.
I also had a 2001 DP with HWH hydraulic slides, which were well engineered and provided good service.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:11 AM   #8
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There are thousands of full wall slides that work effortlessly. The most important thing you can do is determine exactly how your manufacturer instructs you to operate the slide. In our case we were following the dealer instruction which turned out to be totally wrong. Even Monaco has different instructions depending on the models and years.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:29 AM   #9
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Do plenty of research BEFORE you buy! Go to forums like this, especially the owners forums sections, and read the posts from owners of the MH you are looking to buy. Also go to a campground and ask owners what they like/don't like about their unit and the manufacturing company that built it.
Ours has a full wall slide that is hydraulic/cable driven. Have never had any problems with it and stopping in the middle of a cycle is not a problem. Our bedroom slide is electric. No problems with it and stopping mid cycle isn't a problem. The kitchen slide is a schwintec system. Yes, the schwintec system can be a little more tempermental. We don't ever stop it in the middle of a cycle, but yes it can be manually re-synced if there is ever a problem. Luckily our floorplan for the Forest River Berkshire 38A that we own makes it possible to move around easily even if the kitchen slide is left closed when we stop.
Also we ordered our new Berkshire so the slides weren't used by the general population before we bought it. We made sure we talked to the dealership (Motorhome Specialists in Texas) and Forest River (Bill Murray- head of the sales/ordering department) to make sure none of the slides were extended on the coach without the coach being leveled first.
How the slides are treated before you own the coach can sometimes make a big difference in the overall, longterm health of your slides.
Good luck with your research and your RV hunt!
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:33 AM   #10
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Full Wall Slides

There are many, probably greater than 50%, of Motorhomes with Full Wall slides being built today. And also many with 4 smaller slides.

But you should consider their disadvantages from an engineering and safety perspective.

What is holding up the roof? Do you want potable water, gray, heavy kitchens in your slide.

Effect on the frame with concentrated weight on two points along the wall endpoints.

My builder, Showhauler, will not install full wall slides. And their frames are on Commercial Truck frames built to haul 80,000# on the Roads and up to 140,000# off road.

I've never seen a Prevost Chassis with Full Wall slides either.

But I have seen a Bounder with a nearly full wall slide.

Lots of folks love them though.

Just go into this 'eyes wide open'.

IMHO, I would never own a Coach with a Full Wall slide.

It is likely this post will engender much conversation.

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Rest assured that most RV manufacturers have pretty much adopted slideout systems that are much better engineered and installed than previously. The advice to follow builders' recommendations for deploying and retracting is crucial to longevity and trouble free operation. Slideout configurations have been around for many years, and in my opinion will only get better for the future. We have a full-wall slide and it has worked flawlessly for over six years and counting.

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HWH slide mechanism. 16 years now with no issues 2 different RV's.
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HWH slide mechanism. 16 years now with no issues 2 different RV's.

HWH here also.. Been only 2 years but deployed over hundred times .. No issues 😊

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And what constitutes proper slide maintenance?

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