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Old 07-12-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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03 Camelot' generator slideout mechanism fails

The generator slideout tray, fully extends upon slowing & stopping the coach. I have checked the locking release handle& observed two small chains that are connected to two release latches. These latches are SUPPOSE to connect to 3" bolts that are on each side of the generator as the generator compartment is closed. Each time this occurred , I close the generator compartment and it seems to latch, only to fully extend upon slowing to stop! In my humble opinion , the design is poor @ best, the generator is very heavy and the locking mechanism is weak by it's design. Has anyone experienced this problem, any suggestions? By the way, this is my first post! I enjoy this site& look forward to hear from fellow Monaco owners. DG
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I have the same chassis as yours with the same slide out. Thise locks are called slam latches which are made by southco. I replaced both mine last year. The chain that hangs from the latch makes the releasing arm spring week. Even with the new latches, I ended up making the chains have lots of slack so the open handle has no function. The only way I can open the slide now is to go under and manually pull the chains. If the chains have too much tension, it has a tendancy to not let the slam latch lock correctly.

I dont like it this way but at least I know it wont acidentally open on me.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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I bought 2 ratchet straps at Lowes about 1 inch wide, put them around the frame ,pulled them up tight this has to be done from under front of coach. Not pretty but works, start with gen out half way then as you push gen. in you have to go under rv to finish pulling them up tight. It is a bit of a pain but does work well. Sure made a lot less noise when travelling. My gen actually came out so hard at a sudden slow down that it hit the end of its travel and bent some of the frame that is supposed to stop it at full out travel. Could have been a real mess. After that I bought the straps they are still on my coach. I did cut off extra strap that hangs down. Other factory type do not work at all. I gave up after several attempts at adjusting the factory locks. This way you will find it is a lot less rattles at the front of your RV. Have traveled many thousands of miles no more problem. East coast, Canada to Alaska ,Texas, Arizona, Florida, Etc. I have a 2004 Monaco Camelot PST.
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I bought 2 ratchet straps at Lowes about 1 inch wide, put them around the frame ,pulled them up tight this has to be done from under front of coach. Not pretty but works, start with gen out half way then as you push gen. in you have to go under rv to finish pulling them up tight. It is a bit of a pain but does work well. Sure made a lot less noise when travelling. My gen actually came out so hard at a sudden slow down that it hit the end of its travel and bent some of the frame that is supposed to stop it at full out travel. Could have been a real mess. After that I bought the straps they are still on my coach. I did cut off extra strap that hangs down. Other factory type do not work at all. I gave up after several attempts at adjusting the factory locks. This way you will find it is a lot less rattles at the front of your RV. Have traveled many thousands of miles no more problem. East coast, Canada to Alaska ,Texas, Arizona, Florida, Etc. I have a 2004 Monaco Camelot PST.
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Thank you for the suggestion, rebel. I purchased the coach new and have experienced very few problems. We are considering flat screen tv installs@ Dave&LJ'S in the near future. Safe travels. DG
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Thank you for your suggestion,crah. We purchased the coach new and plan to replace the tv's with flat screens. We are leaning towards Dave&LJ'S, in Woodland, Wa.
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