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Old 12-05-2007, 06:40 AM   #1
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We just bought a new motorhome and were wondering, How many of you use the slide locks?
When and where do you use them?
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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We just bought a new motorhome and were wondering, How many of you use the slide locks?
When and where do you use them?
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:03 AM   #3
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There are apparently many different kinds of locks. Mine are hooks mounted on the front of ther slide wall that connect to a loop in the floor. I use them all the time when the slide is not extended.
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:42 PM   #4
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Not in a long time, bottom line if you forget to unhook them, they will tear out whatever anchors they are attached to if you forget to diconnect them before putting the slide out.

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:47 PM   #5
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I use mine all the time. Yes, you need to make it part of your routine to check them prior to extending the slide. I can tell the difference between locked and unlocked when on bumpy or curvey roads.

Welcome to the site! We vacation often in northern MI near the Traverse City and Suttons Bay.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:27 PM   #6
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i have a bar.and also have akey that turn's my slide on and off . if you have akey put it around the bar. so you will remember to take your bar down be fore you put your slide out.i learned the hard way.first time out in mine 'crunch' tried to put slide out. forgot to pull bar out only one part of slide went out pulled slide back in took bar down. put slide out for the weekend put slide back in at end of weekend back part of slide stick's out 2" took to dealer to get fixed told dealer what happened 'no problem we can fix it." they did and they did .100 bucks later dealer says "PUT KEY AROUND POLE SO THIS DOSEN'T HAPPEN AGAIN TO YOU" thank you mr. dealer.lesson learned!!! sorry so long
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DFR, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here. Slideout locks are necessary on some coaches but not all. I have them but never use them and have never had a problem in almost 6 years now. THere are some that if the travel locks are not installed the coach will leak. THen there are those that are in between. It certainly won't hurt to use them as long as you REMOVE before extending the room. GOod luck and let us know what you have or are looking at and we can give you a better answer.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:26 AM   #8
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I've got them but have never used them. Have never had a problem.

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Old 12-06-2007, 07:05 AM   #9
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Thanks for the welcome guys. The unit we have has two full wall slides and I'm a bit concerned about the size and weight of them. I haven't had enough time in it to determine the stability of the slides. It came with lock bars and the wife being a bit impatient has me concerned of an attempt to deploy the slides while locked.
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Hi DFR and welcome to iRV2. I have manual locks and use them all the time. I understand your comments about the wife. Believe me, I understand all too well.

I use the locks as it tightens up the slides with the body, when the coach is in motion. As to the wife,,,,,each must solve this challenge in their own way. Without going into details, she broke enough stuff, on the coach, we have come to an agreement. When we are setting up camp, my tasks come first. Until I am done, she is to do nothing. Secondly, only my grandson or myself operate the slides.
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Dan, if you decide to use the locks be sure to tape a note to the switches to remove the travel locks before extending the slides. I know that you may have a sticker to this effect by the switch but that can get overlooked.
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:17 AM   #12
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Hi All,

Hey DFR, my slide locks are carpeted pieces of wood that go between wall and front of slide edge! There is one on each end of slide, I use them all the time! As for wife remind her that the RV lifstyle is all about relaxing and enjoying life, and there is no need for being a bit impatient !!
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I guess my take on this is very simple. I did not design nor engineer our coach and am willing to concede that those who did just may know more than me on this subject. If you think about the fact that RV manufacturers are notorious for cutting any corner possible to save even pennies. Why would they not have taken out the slide locks if there was not a chance that they would ever be needed. It takes less than a minute to engage or disengage the locks on my 2 slides so it just becomes part of my start-up or set-up procedure. Ken, '04 DSDP.
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DFR,

Allow me to share a little secret that many RVers have. At one time or another, we unintentionally opened up our slides with the locks or straps still secured. The resultant damage led us to one of two conclusions. Either remember to remove the locks before opening the slide or don't use the locks at all. Since you have full-body slides and seem like a sensible person, I'd suggest option 1 (remove the locks before opening the slide). As for the rest of us, it's probably too late.

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