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Old 05-12-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Slide Out Problem

5th wheel, 30 foot, Forest River 2006 model 29 RLBS.
The living room slide out is not fitting tight on the side. The gap is on the left side facing the slide out from inside of the camper. The gap starts about 2 inches from the top and goes down about a foot. The gap is about 1/2 inch at the top to 1/8 inch at the bottom. The top seems to fit okay in the corner( not real tight) and the right side is fine. Is this a fix I can do? or do I need a repairman? right now I can stuff a rag in the gap and it stops the cold from entering. Yep 38 this morning:( I just noticed the gap recently but the unit has been on a road trip from from Florida to Wyoming and has been used everyday since 3/4. The unit will be going to Alaska so it will see a lot more miles.
I also want to grease the slide out track. The track looks dry. What kind of grease should I use? also the disk(white plastic) on the pin box that everyone seems to buy, what kind of grease for that?

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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To answer your first question, if you have a Lippert frame and slide for your 5th wheel. Then here is a link for the slides and how to adjust and maintain them.

I have been told you should never use grease or any type of sticky lubricant because this will attract dirt and grim. This will wear out the rollers and cause issues in the long run that you do not want. You shold use aTeflon type spray that will stay dry and not attract dirt.
On the Teflon ring around the pin do not grease. That is why you use this to eliminate grease on the pin box and receiver.
I would just use a good grade of high pressure grease on the pin only. This will lube the jaws and pin were they make contact.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:37 PM   #3
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You should have gotten a manual with your RV that explains how to adjust the slides...no need for a repairman. If you do not have a manual, you can probably download the instructions from their web site.
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FWIW, adjusting slide mechanisms is not for a novice. Even many RV dealers service depts. do not know how to properly and accurately adjust the mechanism. The service literature Jim linked to is perhaps the best advice for us novices at adjusting a slide mechanism.
When our 5er was new one slide did not fit right. The dealer service dept. adjusted the mechanism, but it still cut the carpet, so I bought a set of "slide slickers" . Well, that mechanism finally failed. We took our 5er to the factory for a list of needed repairs. When they inspected the slide mechanism they said it had been mis-adjusted for a long time, and finally the gearbox broke, gear rack stripped, and one main slide rail was bent. I have no other answer than the selling dealer service dept. was responsible.
Best part, the factory service manager did not charge us for repairing the slide mechanism because we had $2,000 of other work performed.
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