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Old 06-28-2020, 01:20 PM   #1
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Full Length Slide

Considering making an offer on a 2006 Discovery with a full length slide. I will appreciate comments and information on this coach. is the full length slide a problem?
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:48 PM   #2
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It's a bit more complex than shorter slides because it requires multiple motors to move it. That means they have to be properly synchronized so the slide moves straight in/out rather than cock-eyed. As long as they stay in synch, it's not any different than any other slide. If they get out of synch, then re-synching is needed.


The other possible complication is the long, long slide topper. It may even be in two sections.


Generally, though, not a big deal.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:53 PM   #3
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I will also add to this that Fleetwood had full wall slide motors the were under size. There has also been some problems buying parts for the slide control and the motors, several years ago you couldn't buy the older motor, but that meant you needed to buy all three updated motors at 500.00 each. Also unrelated to the slide that coach most likely has a Atwood leveleg leveling system. It was not the most reliable leveling system and parts are difficult to find. And parts were needed to keep them working. Hope that helps- Safe Travels
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As a retired mechanical engineer, I do not like the full wall slides. It is just too big of a hole with an unsupported roof structure. The ones that we have run across in campgrounds, there are lots of failures of the overloaded mechanism and/or leaks. The hydraulic ones seem to have fewer problems.

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Got a 5 year old Discovery with a full wall slide. So far no problems extending and retracting. But in very heavy rains water enters the ends if from the wrong direction. The 27' awning flaps in heavy winds.
But we love the extra space. On short stays it stays in.
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As a retired mechanical engineer, I do not like the full wall slides. It is just too big of a hole with an unsupported roof structure. The ones that we have run across in campgrounds, there are lots of failures of the overloaded mechanism and/or leaks. The hydraulic ones seem to have fewer problems.

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I am not aware of how other full wall slides are built. But the 2007 Fleetwood 38V had very U shaped support in the middle of the slide opening. The one side of the U it was welded to the frame of the coach. The center of the U was in a wall that was centered of the coach. The upper portion of the U continued along in the ceiling to the other half of the coach and was welded to the very top frame of the opening of the slide. The U shaped support is what gave the center of the slide support. In the 48,000 miles of driving I never saw in any flex in this area. Even walking the length of full wall slide opening I never felt any flex. So I felt pretty comfortable with the construction of the wall. Though I did break a roller on the support beam that extended and retracts the wall.

One down side to all the metal they put into wall slide opening to strengthen it was the heat transfer from the outside of the wall to the inside of in high ambient climates and the cold that transferred in, in cold climates.
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As a retired mechanical engineer, I do not like the full wall slides. It is just too big of a hole with an unsupported roof structure. The ones that we have run across in campgrounds, there are lots of failures of the overloaded mechanism and/or leaks. The hydraulic ones seem to have fewer problems.

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I would like to know of any factual design problem and state what they are per design not just opinion because we know what that worth. Do you actually know how fleetwood/ American coach design the roof and walls? Have you done a poll on electric slides hydraulic ones?
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In general, the sidewalls of a coach don't support the roof anyway. It's not house construction; the roof is framed first and the sides are basically just propped up in the hole between the ends and the roof. The walls probably help stiffen the assembly a bit once the walls are fastened, but it's not really a supporting wall.
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Thanks for all your input on the Discovery full length slide. I appreciate the information you all forwarded. Decided against making an offer on teh Discovery.....

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Thanks for all your input on the Discovery full length slide. I appreciate the information you all forwarded. Decided against making an offer on teh Discovery.....

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Thank you for coming back to the thread, and letting us know what you decided. Good Luck in searching for the right RV for you. Safe Travels
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