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Old 10-09-2016, 05:19 PM   #1
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Oh no! my slide is crumbling

Good lord man! Bringing my slide in and all of a sudden snap crackle pop. I stop instantly and reverse it out. Each time I bring in and out I get a little bit of material showing on the floor. I think all the material is out and seems to work but talking about making you pucker. You never know when your day might be ruined. The material must be from the leading edge because you cant see anything from under the slide from the exterior. The material in the pic is wood and fiberglass and probably a 1/32" to 1/16" thick . Full disclosure: I was lazy and trailer was probably 2" out of level side to side as it was just a quick stop. Now I know that level means level!
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I will guess at least one of the rollers under the slide is broken and breaking-up the bottom.
Can you pull the seal open enough to see the rollers?
I had that happen on a 5er once. The service shop added a thin sheet of SST 3" wide and replaced the rollers. Then the rollers only contacted the stainless steel; never had another problem.
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I am new to this but if you must be level to use slides and to level you have to be disconnected from the truck, there is no quick overnight stop and sleep right? I cant access most of mine with the slides in.
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There is a difference between a MH frame and a trailer frame that greatly affects the frame twisting when out of level. A MH frame has the wheels on 4 corners, trailer frame has wheels near the center.
This means the slides in a trailer frame are only slightly affected by an out of level condition. So, IMO extending trailer slides has a slim chance of damage when unlevel (overnight stop),
With todays RV refrigerators, unlevel means you are uncomfortable living in the RV-sleeping, walking, etc. Running the refrigerator is the major reason RV's should be leveled, the comfort factor just means the frig is probably level enough for safe operation; which is 3 degrees side-to-side and 6 degrees front-to-back when looking at the frig door.
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