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Old 03-29-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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Cable vs slide bars on pullouts

My wife and I are shopping for a new 5th wheel and are intrigued by the cable systems and the weight they save but are concerned about the trouble if a cable breaks as opposed to the standard steel support arms. I would appreciate any input anyone has

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Welcome to irv2.
To compare take a look at the ones that first designed the slide systems.

There are many good Newmar 5th wheels out there.

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These type of questions are better posted in the appropriate forums for the type RV. Many of the experts there do not frequent the New Member Forum.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

I would not want a cable-operated slideout. Too much chance of trouble!

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Like my hydraulic slides. Not one problem in 9 years. Cable systems have a lot more parts to them. And if you do some research you will find a lot of electric motor problems in slide outs.
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Cable systems are getting used in a lot of high end units in lately. One particular company uses this system from day one and has had its share of problems. They do use light duty parts though. It is one of the less expensive units too. The higher end units used heavier pulleys, motors, etc. and have little problem. DRV, Continental Coach, and others big money units use them. Cables may stretch and need adjusting over time but it is a simple adjustment. I questioned DRV about the use of them. They stated they were basically trouble free. I told him my hydraulic system was trouble free. He added most were but the ones that failed were a nightmare to repair in the bedroom slide. Cable systems are simple and reliable on their units. They don't use cheap parts though. DRV uses it on bedroom slide only.
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Drv did use the slide bars on their bedroom one year, 2012??, had problems. They them went to cables. They fixed them, motor problem if I remember right. Changed to cable next year.

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