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Old 09-30-2015, 02:44 PM   #1
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Slide room adjustments

Is is possible to adjust the front to rear position of a slide room? Ours is too far forward. In the front it has rubbed through the wiper seal. The metal of the opening is in contact with the slide room's forward window frame. The rear, I can put my hand through the opening where the slide seal is.

I need to move the entire room rearward .


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Old 09-30-2015, 03:18 PM   #2
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There are 3 of these plates at the outboard edge of the slide rails. The holes are slotted. Can I loosen them and somehow shove the room rearward?


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Old 09-30-2015, 06:28 PM   #3
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Personally, I would not. The slide room weighs hundreds of pounds, the larger ones weigh thousands. To shift it even a little you will need some heavy lifting tools. People who are not familiar with doing it have really messed up the alignment of the room in the opening to the point where it would not come in all the way or vice versa.

Find an RV service center that has a long history of successfully adjusting the slide out. I have known dealers who will not attempt the work because they did not have the tools or experience.
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Old 10-02-2015, 02:18 PM   #4
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I emailed Thor... They said they don't have support information for a unit this old. I emailed Lipert, no response other than the auto reply year says they will get back to me in 24 hours... That was 4 days ago.




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Old 10-04-2015, 09:22 AM   #5
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Am I the only one with a slide room that has shifted?


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Old 10-04-2015, 09:34 AM   #6
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I would ask to speak with someone at Thor at a higher level. I cant believe they don't have that info, that cant be right.
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I would certainly try.
First find ALL of the fixed attachment points. Inboard & outboard.
See if you can tell which ones have moved. Yours may have just moved because of braking.

Is the room still square in relation to the walls (do the seals all touch at the same time)?
At a minimum, your outboard mounts need to move.

Look for old and new roller marks.
Depending on what you need to move you will need to figure the best way to move it.

Just be careful on where and how you leverage the room when moving.
You might even be able to loosen some bolts, drive backwards and hit the brakes to get enough movement.

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I'll probably get flamed for this but I always have my oven mitts handy.(My wife is so hot I have to wear them whenever I hug her)

I have read that others with the same problem have been instructed to park their coach on an incline and operate the slide in and out so that it settles back to center.

When I was just at the Newmar factory to take care of a few issues since our 1 year warranty was up I mentioned this possible scenario to the techs there.

They both said that procedure would definitely work for repositioning a slide.

They even suggested raising the front (or rear ) to help with the process.

It makes sense as long as you don't go getting crazy with a 45% incline or something like that.

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I will be taking a stab at it this week. If I see someone strange, I will post photos.


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I'll probably get flamed for this but I always have my oven mitts handy.(My wife is so hot I have to wear them whenever I hug her)

I have read that others with the same problem have been instructed to park their coach on an incline and operate the slide in and out so that it settles back to center.

When I was just at the Newmar factory to take care of a few issues since our 1 year warranty was up I mentioned this possible scenario to the techs there.

They both said that procedure would definitely work for repositioning a slide.

They even suggested raising the front (or rear ) to help with the process.

It makes sense as long as you don't go getting crazy with a 45% incline or something like that.

Bob
cant wait to hear from the guys that say "slides out first".

Makes perfect sense, but I would have thought the mountings were sturdy enough that a little slope would not affect them.

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I saw a demonstration once of HWH jacks and how they work and why we have to have them. They had a bare bones chassis with yellow lines painted on it to measure the amount of "racking" a chassis frame can undergo. The twist put on the frame would make a rectangular slide out opening on the side of the coach into a parallelogram. The demonstration impressed me. Jacks down first - always.
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I always put the jacks down first. I just need to find a way to get the room back to where it belongs.


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I had a slide that was out of adjustment, it would not close at the top. Went to a rally where the techs were fixing coaches and asked that they adjust my slide. They took one look at it and said they would not chance doing it away from the factory in case there was a problem and they did not have all the heavy duty equipment to properly fix it. I wojuld not chance it trying to do it myself.
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slide trouble

Where are you located? sounds to me like you need to find an experienced RV repair facility that is willing to work on your slide- Not real easy to find- but worth the effort- I am fortunate enough to be located close to a good RV repair facility-- Reno Nevada.
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