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Old 08-29-2016, 10:32 PM   #1
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Slide jerky motion

I am looking at possibly purchasing a 2002 34FD, very nice coach in very good condition. Appears to be very well cared for. I am not familiar with how smoothly slides operate (my old gas coach does not have a slide). On this Alpine, when the living room/ kitchen slide is being extended, it does not move out smoothly, but seems to give a couple of light jerks and seems to rock at the top of the slide when it jerks. No noise or popping while extending. It retracts smoothly. The owner seems knowledgeable about the coach and states that it has always done this since he's owned it.
As I understand it, the forward slide is hydraulic on this coach.
Is this normal operation for the slide or are there some things I should look for prior to possible purchase.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/ info.
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:44 PM   #2
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Sounds pretty much like my slide-out. Mine will even pop sometimes when extending due to the seals sticking after sitting for a long period of time. You'll probably see it sort of "wiggle" end-to-end as the equalizer does its thing. I don't think I'd worry about what you're seeing.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:04 AM   #3
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A slide should move in or out with a relatively smooth movement and very little strange noise.

If it is popping, grinding or creaking, something is not right.

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Initial start up is a little noisy instantaneously. Then after the "break-away" from its settled position (extended or retracted) it is quiet and smooth, until it is fully opened or closed.
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Steveo7.Mine extends and retracts the same way and has since I've owned it.My bedroom slide is smooth in and out.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:27 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your responses. Wiggle from side to side may be a good description of what I am seeing. No popping, grinding or creaking. Just a clunk as it reaches full extension. Seems to fit flush from inside when extended and fits the coach body well when retracted. I feel more confident about it now, especially knowing others have experienced similar operation. At the same time, I am very capable mechanically and would do an inspection/ adjustment/ repair as necessary. After 40 years in automotive/ light truck service departments, a slide mechanism would be a new experience for me. Close to making an offer, hopefully will become an Alpine Coach owner.
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