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Old 06-04-2015, 08:01 AM   #1
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Slide mechanisms

Hello all, We've heard anecdotal testimony that Newmar made the first slides and makes the best slide mechanisms. Where can we learn about the difference mechanisms and how the slides lock into place when out or in? Apparently some slides creep. We've also read a lot about negative Schwintek issues and would like to hear from you.
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Just checked the " Newmar History " page that I had saved , and it's been replaced.

I'm sure " 007 " will be along shortly with an up-dated web address for the Newmar story as it relates to the slide mechanism and their patents.
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Just checked the " Newmar History " page that I had saved , and it's been replaced.

I'm sure " 007 " will be along shortly with an up-dated web address for the Newmar story as it relates to the slide mechanism and their patents.
Thank you for your reply. The "Newmar History" page is probably exactly what we're looking for. Did you originally find this page on the Newmar site?
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Thank you for your reply. The "Newmar History" page is probably exactly what we're looking for. Did you originally find this page on the Newmar site?

I actually got the link here in the iRV2 forums , but it's been a couple of years since I visited the site. I'll poke around and re-post if I find the info on the Newmar home page.
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My 1993 Kountry Star had a slide, the locks were bars between the walls and the slide frame. You had to push them up to lock, one on each end. When put the slide out, you push down to unlock. After that they were automatic. The control was a one push button, you held it until you heard or saw movement and let it go, after that it was automatic, in or out. I liked them. Doesn't mean much, but this is the earliest slide for any model year when we were shopping.
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Don't know about other manufacturers, but American Coach has slide locks on the full wall slides.
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Some slides are hydraulic driven some are electric. The electric models generally drive a geared down transmission. My Monaco had a slide lock for the main slide that was just a bar that was put in place and tightened.

My Newmar has automatic locks. At the top of the slide is a small arm that pop ups (hinged on one side) and presses against the frame. This is actuated by a rod in the wall that goes to the bottom of the slide and another arm. As the slide closes, it pushes the lower arm against the slide, pushes the rod that activates the upper locking arm. It works well.

The Schwintek slides are a good system, but have apparently been used improperly by many manufacturers that have installed them wrong or tried to move more weight than they were designed to handle. They're simply a perforated plate attached to the slide and then pulled along buy a large cog gear that grabs each hole. The slide is suppose to be mounted on rollers and well balanced, so the Schwintek can just pull in or push out. Many manufacturers are trying to drag the slide rooms without rollers or proper balance.
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