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Old 01-14-2021, 09:07 PM   #1
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08 Affinity slide chains

I need help, as you can see the nylon slider got jammed up in the chain. Was able to free some of the nylon but still jammed.
Was able to close the slide, tried to get more nylon out then the bolt on the chain broke that connects to the hydraulic ram/slide.
Now I cant get the slide out. Im at home luckily.
How do you free the chain to get behind it to clear the nylon?
Im pretty mechanical, but this one has me worried. Click image for larger version

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There is a "drift" pin that attaches the chain to the "car" that runs in the track. Look at where the chain connects to the slide, not where it connects to the coach. You will need to pull the wood cover(s) off. It's just attached will velcro.
When you have the covers off, write down the part number and serial number. HWH will need that when you go to order replacement parts. (Hold on to your wallet when you order, it's expensive)
If you have to get a new chain assembly, It will take a few weeks, as they are made per order.
This is not a "do it yourself repair" as you will need to lift the slide to take the load off. The slide weighs almost 4000 pounds. Go to someone who knows how to fix, ie Premier, Olstrom, OMC, etc.
Check the wedges under the slide as they may need to be replaced and/or be the source of what caused your problem.
I feel your pain as I have had to repair the chain mechanism on my coach. Even though my slide works, every time I open it or close it I cringe hoping it's going to work ok and not repeat the failure.
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There is a "drift" pin that attaches the chain to the "car" that runs in the track. Look at where the chain connects to the slide, not where it connects to the coach. You will need to pull the wood cover(s) off. It's just attached will velcro.

When you have the covers off, write down the part number and serial number. HWH will need that when you go to order replacement parts. (Hold on to your wallet when you order, it's expensive)

If you have to get a new chain assembly, It will take a few weeks, as they are made per order.

This is not a "do it yourself repair" as you will need to lift the slide to take the load off. The slide weighs almost 4000 pounds. Go to someone who knows how to fix, ie Premier, Olstrom, OMC, etc.

Check the wedges under the slide as they may need to be replaced and/or be the source of what caused your problem.

I feel your pain as I have had to repair the chain mechanism on my coach. Even though my slide yworks, every time I open it or close it I cringe hoping it's going to work ok and not repeat the failure.


Thank you for the input, its definitely testing my skills.
The chain appears fine, there is a bind in the assembly.
I think Im on to some
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Old 01-16-2021, 04:27 PM   #4
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There is a "drift" pin that attaches the chain to the "car" that runs in the track. Look at where the chain connects to the slide, not where it connects to the coach. You will need to pull the wood cover(s) off. It's just attached will velcro.

When you have the covers off, write down the part number and serial number. HWH will need that when you go to order replacement parts. (Hold on to your wallet when you order, it's expensive)

If you have to get a new chain assembly, It will take a few weeks, as they are made per order.

This is not a "do it yourself repair" as you will need to lift the slide to take the load off. The slide weighs almost 4000 pounds. Go to someone who knows how to fix, ie Premier, Olstrom, OMC, etc.

Check the wedges under the slide as they may need to be replaced and/or be the source of what caused your problem.

I feel your pain as I have had to repair the chain mechanism on my coach. Even though my slide works, every time I open it or close it I cringe hoping it's going to work ok and not repeat the failure.


Thank Willee,
I few key words helped me out.
So the issue started when a 1/2 x1 nylon guide broke. This allowed the main chain assembly to shift and tear up the 1/8 nylon slider which is the first picture and was all chewed up.
It really got in a bind, broke the chain connection bolt.
Welded a new bolt, installed new slider and made a 32 long 1/2 guide, not a 1 piece that was stock. Click image for larger version

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Im holding the broken 1/2 guide, the culprit!!
The other picture is the new 32 x 1/2 guide.
This project had me nervous!
Slide works great and is pretty quite now.
When the slides are closed, you can actually see the chain through the window with a bright flashlight. May be worth a peek to make sure everything is in place.
Happy motoring everyone!
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