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Old 12-29-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Slide supports for a fifth wheel. Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

I'm trying to decide if I should use slide supports on my fifth wheel that I just received for Christmas. Thanks for your response.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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I'm trying to decide if I should use slide supports on my fifth wheel that I just received for Christmas. Thanks for your response.
Generally, most manufacturers insist that you don't use them. The trailer has been designed to support the weight of the slide-out and putting a support underneath the slide-out could cause issues if for some reason the trailer were to drop a few inches but the slide-out was not able to drop as well.

Those supports were initially made back several decades ago when, instead of slide-out rooms, we had tip-out rooms. The tip-outs needed the support underneath them because of their design.
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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Generally, no! Manufacturers of 5th wheel trailers do not recommend them. The reasoning is, if the trailer settles for some reason the supports will put stresses on the slideout it is not meant to withstand.
The exception to this is a semi-permanent setup, similar to a mobile home where the trailer frame rests on concrete blocks instead of the suspension.
Some years ago one manufacturer of slideout supports made them so they collapsed when a preset pressure on the supports was reached. I don't think they are in business now.
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No a good idea as noted above. As for them being sold....there are a lot of things sold for a perceived reason.

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No a good idea as noted above. As for them being sold....there are a lot of things sold for a perceived reason.

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As noted, bad idea. If a tire goes flat, the coach settles, but the slide can't due to the support.
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Bad idea unless the frame is on blocks.
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When I worked at an RV dealer we sold them, or should I say we stocked them. We would not recommend customers buy or use them and most trailer manufacturers will void the warranty if they can prove you used them and they caused damage.
Slides are designed to be self supporting and need no other support.
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I wouldn't waste my money for the reasons stated unless the RV mfgr. recommended them. I'm not aware of any FW that has that requirement.
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I'm trying to decide if I should use slide supports on my fifth wheel that I just received for Christmas. Thanks for your response.
Short answer.. NO.

A couple of years ago we had a rig in the park that had slide supports.. Not a pretty site.

Now, That said. I have seen some pop ups with supports for the pull out beds that instead of going down to the ground run back to the frame.. Those are OK, but if you have slide out supports and the rig's a rocking, the slides are being damaged.
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Short answer.. NO.

A couple of years ago we had a rig in the park that had slide supports.. Not a pretty site.

Now, That said. I have seen some pop ups with supports for the pull out beds that instead of going down to the ground run back to the frame.. Those are OK, but if you have slide out supports and the rig's a rocking, the slides are being damaged.

Return them and get something really nifty
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