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Old 10-09-2016, 01:07 PM   #1
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Slideout questions

Hi, all
As I said in another post, we're thinking of moving up to a class C Moho.
More than just a few of the threads I've read mention problems with slideouts and some of them sound pretty serious...owners citing ongoing "disasters" and stating "never again!"
So how prevelant ARE problems with slideouts and what are they? Can some of them be "user error" or is the concept itself not working as well as touted ? There are some basic geometry and physics aspects that need to be addressed, are the problems slowly being solved as slideouts evolve?

(Ain't it GREAT being a group of somewhat unsuspecting "beta-testers"?)

Thanks yet again for any feedback!

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Old 10-09-2016, 01:42 PM   #2
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We have had two coaches with slides. Of six slides over several years we only had issue with one once. It sometimes would not come in all the way by itself, needed a push from the outside to do so. So never stranded with the problem. Fixed with a new motor replacing the tired 12 year old one.

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Old 10-09-2016, 04:04 PM   #3
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Replaced two motors on previous MH. Had to manually crank the slide in three times, not a fun or easy task! Have replaced one motor on current MH.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:40 PM   #4
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We had two RVs in our 16 years of full-timing - traveling constantly and moving those slides in an out. . . not one problem.

When you hear folks complaining on these forums you need to keep in mind that you don't hear from people without problems and there are many, many more of them.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:20 PM   #5
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Never a problem with a slide over 10 years. Then again, our slides have never been more than 8-10' long.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:26 PM   #6
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I have 3 slides and have replaced all three motors in the last year
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:39 PM   #7
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In the last 20 years and 3 different rigs, excess of 200000 miles we have never had a slide problem other than adjustments.
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:58 AM   #8
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I like slideouts.
Our original moho was a class c with no slideouts. It was ok.
Next moho, class a gasser, had two slideouts. Really liked them.
Latest moho has a full wall on passenger side and 10 footer on the driver's side. We love them.
Things wear out.

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Old 10-10-2016, 12:46 PM   #9
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Have had slides since 98, only problem was could not close slide 1 time, blew fuses. Turned out to be wiring problem, slide was flawless. Wouldn't be without them.

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Anything mechanical can break, and slides are no exception. That said, they don't seem to be unusually trouble-prone. I've had slides in trailers and motorhomes since 1998 and had only one problem directly related to the slide (the gear wasn't engaging the track properly, so it skipped at times). We have 3 slides in the current rig, in use for 12 years now, and they function fine.

If you looked at cars and surveyed power window problems, you could easily conclude that they are "trouble" too. Certainly they have more vulnerabilities than non-powered windows, but the question is whether they are out of proportion to the benefits. You have to make the call.

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