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Old 06-28-2015, 09:55 AM   #1
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Slide Locks and Supports - Yea / Nay / Sorta????

What do you folks do, if anything, for locking the slides IN when traveling? My old DP Coach had expanding locks that we were to put between the slide and the walls of the coach to lock the slide in the IN position.

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Do any of you have external jacks / braces to help support the weight of the slides after they are extended?

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There are many expandable supports available at building supply stores that would do the job of a slide lock. The one I use to support the bed when I'm in the engine bay is for drywall installation.
Supports under the slide , ONLY if you are on a solid concrete pad.
If the RV shifts on the levelers, or sinks into the ground, and the slide doesn't ( can't due to the added supports) things in the slide mechanism WILL get bent.

Don't ask how I know this.
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Mant manufacturers recommend against using supports under slides. The reason: If the slides are firmly supported and the body rocks a little on the stabilizers it could do damage to the slides and/or the seals.
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Modern units have better designs that hold themselves in place much better than older units from 98-2002 era. Many new units are going to hydraulic slide operation that will stay in place. The slide supportsare better left alone. Support the frame at the axles.
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Thanks for the thoughts folks... I'll try to keep an eye on them while towing and if I see any movement, I'll get the locks installed..



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Slide locks - yes. And are inexpensive at a RV supply. Get the right length.

Slide locks must be installed (unless they are built-in) to be any good. Some folks stop using them after a while. But, the wind and road pressures placed on the RV's sidewalls make a slide lock a good idea to prevent the slide from popping out, even for a moment. Any gap could allow road dirt and moisture to ener the RV.

Slide support legs - NO! Will place torsion pressures on the inner slide flange/seat/seals everytime someone wiggles the RV. This could lead to cracks in the slide wall/flange joint that could cause leaks and failure over time.

Using slide support legs is the exact same but opposite force imposed if you overload the slide with too much weight. The legs will cause a lifting pressure...the overweight will cause a sagging pressure.

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