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Old 03-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Using slide out locks on a Newmar Bay Star?

New coach, 2013 Newmar Bay Star 3209. It has the manually operated locking arm type of slide out locks. I'd like to hear from those on both sides of the issue whether or not to lock these arms when the slide is retracted. Having been in the RV service industry a few years ago as a service advisor, most of the techs I worked with said not to bother with manual slide locks of any kind. Let's hear your opinion. Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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On a Newmar the slideouts are on "ignition lockout." So I do not mess with the
manual locks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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After ruining two sets of manual lock arms on my Baystar I stopped engaging them while traveling. They rattle and in the bedroom are very difficult to get to. I never seem to remember if it is up or down that locks or unlocks them. They are intended to secure the slides in place in the event of sudden vehicle emergencies and turns. Seems if that happens I would have bigger fish to fry.
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On our DSDP I do lock a couple of them, especially the one right behind the drivers seat as that's the only way to stop it from rattling.
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On a Newmar the slideouts are on "ignition lockout." So I do not mess with the
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May be on your DSDP but not on the OP's Bay Star.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:28 AM   #6
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My DSDP had manual slideout locks and I always locked the two on the kitchen slideout as it was a large and heavy slideout. Both locks were easily reached.

On the two bedroom slides, I only locked the two locks on the front sides of the slideouts as the two on the rear side required climbing over the bed.

Never had a problem.
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This subject comes up at times and the answers do not change that much.
Its pretty well left up to the owner all I know most that have used them had no problems in doing so.
Structurally they help in keeping the full wall stable while traveling and the seals are compressed.
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On our coach I always engage the large front slideout locks as they are easy to get to and operate. The small bedroom slide is another story....to get to the back lock you have to climb over the bed which is a PITA and on the front lock, shortly after we got the coach the screws attaching it to the wall pulled out. Finally removed both of the br slide locks so the wouldn't rattle and don't worry about it.
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As a general rule, Newmar slides don't move or creep out while traveling, but Newmar put them there as they must have thought they were needed.
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On our DSDP I do lock a couple of them, especially the one right behind the drivers seat as that's the only way to stop it from rattling.
I buy a kids " swim noodle " cut it to length and split it to the center hole to wrap the lock arm. Helps with the rattle and the color helps remind me to un-lock before operating the slide.
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Hi Camper Ken,
I use all the locks. Yep, even climb over the bed to lock the rear slide locks. The locks make the slides part of the wall of the coach. The slides (on my coach) aren't going anywhere when the motor is running. However, having the locks engaged, for me, provides a more secure mechanical structure than if the slide is left sitting, independent of the walls, on its rails.
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Good Question. Since the only seat with seat belts is the couch on the slide, if someone was riding there I would put them in. If not (most of the time) then I don't use them. The rear slide does not seem to be set up for them anyway.
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I have the mechanical locks on our 2012 DSDP. Anytime we are on the road I lock both locks on the front slides and the front locks on the rear slides. On our coach it is impossible to reach the rear lock on the passenger side rear slide. I discovered a tennis ball placed between the lock arm and slide removes the rattle. I too believe the mechanical lock when used adds rigidity to the sidewalls and helps to make sure slides are weather tight.

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If you find the lock arm behind driver rattles your can remove arm and inside the arm latch see a ball bearing, if you tap the latch with hammer to close latch slightly will help to tighten the bar so it will not rattle.
Just do not over do it, just a tap.
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