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Old 03-14-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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My slide is not sliding level

I bought a 2006 Pilgrim 37.3 FBDS park model trailer, It's in beautiful condition, but it appears that my master bedroom slide is not level. It's tight to the wall at the floor but not at the top of the slide. The slide motor and mechanism is located under the bed above the floor so I should be easy to adjust. Anyone have any experience with this, or a link where I can go to get some instructions or watch a tutorial?
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First thing to do is make sure there is nothing on top of the room not allowing it to go out all the way. That being said, you want to tilt the room outward. look for an adjustment bolt that will allow you to change the angle of the slideout. If you try to just push it out further it will only push harder at the bottom.
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First thing to do is make sure there is nothing on top of the room not allowing it to go out all the way. That being said, you want to tilt the room outward. look for an adjustment bolt that will allow you to change the angle of the slideout. If you try to just push it out further it will only push harder at the bottom.
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I will give that a try. It's one of those slide mechnisms that exist only under the bed and don't extend below the floor so one would think it shouldn't be that difficult.
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I had that condition once. Turned out the slide topper springs were too tight, holding the slide top from extending tight against the wall.
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I had that condition once. Turned out the slide topper springs were too tight, holding the slide top from extending tight against the wall.
Thanks for the reply Ray. If you mean by slide topper, the retractable awnings that cover the slides I don't have those. They are on my list of additions, so it isn't that. I looked for adjustment bolts that would appear to adjust the angle of the force applied but that didn't seem to be there either. The people I bought it from parked it on a permenant lot and only used it a a few times in the summer. To someone who would only be using it for a few weeks each summer in a dry location the situation might have gone unnoticed and it could have been that way since purchase. But when I did originally view it the slide wouldn't actually open and I needed to manually crank it to get it started. After that first time I've been careful not to overexert it on the extension and retraction and have never had to manually do it again; however, that doesn't necessarily mean that there wasn't an issue there before I bought it and perhaps the adjustments need to be recalibrated. Unfortunately I took it to the sunshine coast BC Canada to live in and it the rainy season here. I've got the trailer angled a bit on the back end so i'm good for now with keeping the water out, but spring is on the horizion and I'm keen to get this whole situation corrected and new slide toppers put on both slides before next fall. It looks like I can post a video. Perhaps i'll record some footage of the situation and post it in the next couple of days and then ones will have a chance to see what i'm dealing with.

Any help is help much appreciated. I'm new to the RV world.
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The slides on our Georgetown are deliberately designed to slide out-of-level. They pull out of the stowed position at the bottom first, for maybe 2", then slide to the full open position and straighten up. The opposite happens when retracting, with the top seal touching the wall first then the side and bottom seals close.
I think the objective is to make sure the top seal is as good a "squish" as possible after a retraction.
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The slides on our Georgetown are deliberately designed to slide out-of-level. They pull out of the stowed position at the bottom first, for maybe 2", then slide to the full open position and straighten up. The opposite happens when retracting, with the top seal touching the wall first then the side and bottom seals close.
I think the objective is to make sure the top seal is as good a "squish" as possible after a retraction.

Our windsport does this also. I was wondering if it was normal. Looks a bit frightening.


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We're into season #4 and haven't had any issues with the slides, so I think they're supposed to work like that. You might want to check the floors for being level at full-out and full-in. Mine are.
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