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Old 11-05-2021, 05:05 PM   #1
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What is it?

Ok, so I have been doing this RV thing for a long time so Iím feeling a little ignorant to have to ask. This was in our fiver when we bought it, what might it be used for ?
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Old 11-05-2021, 05:26 PM   #2
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that is a slide lock tool used to reach those manual slide locks that you cant reach with your hand, such as the rear wall of a rear bedroom slide (I guess in your case front bedroom slides). I found those things cumbersome at best and usually just locked one slide lock on those slides that required the use of that tool, but I’m sure the consensus here is that its a no-no to only lock one side of a slide, the theory being that the locks add structural rigidity (if not integrity) to the walls surrounding the slides.
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that is a slide lock tool used to reach those manual slide locks that you cant reach with your hand, such as the rear wall of a rear bedroom slide (I guess in your case front bedroom slides). I found those things cumbersome at best and usually just locked one slide lock on those slides that required the use of that tool, but I’m sure the consensus here is that its a no-no to only lock one side of a slide, the theory being that the locks add structural rigidity (if not integrity) to the walls surrounding the slides.

x2! I also just lock the one arm that does not require the tool. In storage, I use the tool for all four. (2 slides)
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x2! I also just lock the one arm that does not require the tool. In storage, I use the tool for all four. (2 slides)
Iím thinking that I may not be the only one thatís scratching my head wondering what kind of slide that tool is used on.

Iíve had 5th wheels for a long time also and never had to lock any of my slides. Also, Iíve never seen a slide lock tool.
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Its a Newmar thing. Had the same thing with my Bay Star (gas class A). My Ventana has automatic slide locks (“mechanical lock arms on slide-out rooms“ in Newmar Speak)- a fairly costly option for a 2016 Ventana -standard on Dutch Star and the luxury models.
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Well now we know!

Thanks all, not at all what I was thinking, we had a Dutch Star in past , so I guess it had them but weíre automatic? I never realized. I did notice the slide locks on the fiver but have not been using them. Never considered structural integrity, figured was just a safety in case motor malfunction? Looks like a finger pincher deal. Iím sure they are a good idea, so for everyone who has the manual locks, how many use them? Thanks a ton !
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Thanks all, not at all what I was thinking, we had a Dutch Star in past , so I guess it had them but weíre automatic? I never realized. I did notice the slide locks on the fiver but have not been using them. Never considered structural integrity, figured was just a safety in case motor malfunction? Looks like a finger pincher deal. Iím sure they are a good idea, so for everyone who has the manual locks, how many use them? Thanks a ton !

We engage the locks on the forward end of our 3 slides, but don't need the tool to do so. Haven't pinched my hand yet, after many hundreds of cycles over 4 years of full timing.- Paul
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Thanks all, not at all what I was thinking, we had a Dutch Star in past , so I guess it had them but weíre automatic? I never realized. I did notice the slide locks on the fiver but have not been using them. Never considered structural integrity, figured was just a safety in case motor malfunction? Looks like a finger pincher deal. Iím sure they are a good idea, so for everyone who has the manual locks, how many use them? Thanks a ton !
Initially I thought the same thing but after reading discussions here and elsewhere on the topic I started locking all slide locks whenever I was moving the coach. The idea of unlocked slides bouncing around able to get out of alignment, stressing the mechanisms, and possibly weakening the walls was enough for me regardless of the inconvenience.
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