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Old 05-05-2021, 09:56 AM   #1
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2000 Diplomat bedroom slide

The closet slide out is moving very slow going out but retracts normally. I cannot find any rollers to adjust. When putting out slide, if you gently push on top, it operates normally. The top tilts in when putting slide out. Does anyone know where the rollers are located and how to get to them? The slide sits on a three inch tall step in the bedroom, and the slide mechanism is under the bed and in good shape. Anyone encounter this issue?
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The closet slide out is moving very slow going out but retracts normally. I cannot find any rollers to adjust. When putting out slide, if you gently push on top, it operates normally. The top tilts in when putting slide out. Does anyone know where the rollers are located and how to get to them? The slide sits on a three inch tall step in the bedroom, and the slide mechanism is under the bed and in good shape. Anyone encounter this issue?
I wonder who the new Junior Member is. Welcome to the forum.

It's about time you get onboard with this forum.

See if any of these files look like your setup.

It sounds like your slide has come loose from the end of the mechanism, thus allowing it to "tilt" inward when it is going out. It may be (dragging its feet)/weatherstrip on the bottom because of the tilt.

Have someone run the slide out while you are outside looking at it. Have them start and stop it to see if the slide acts like it leans inward as it is going out and then rocks back as the slide is stopped.
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I've got the same issue -- mine doesn't have the bed on the slide but rather a wardrobe. I have to give it a firm push on the top to get it to go out. I suspect it's because of the weight of the wardrobe (even while empty.)

Curious if anyone will reply with a fix/solution.
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I'm also curious. In my case it would be ideal if I could raise it a bit. I suspect it's not possible as it seems to ride on a plastic strip. I can see it from outside pulling the weatherstrip down.
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The fix

The fix: I pulled the slide cover off, being careful to lock the spring through the end plate with a drill bit. I then carefully unwound the spring by holding the tube. I noticed several times it would hesitate, then roll again. I suspected a broken spring.
Once spring had lost all tension, I took out the four bolts that hold it to the slide. The end plates come off easily. One end just holds the end of the tube in place, the other end, with the gear, is attached to the spring.
The spring is in good shape. I noticed the end plates each have tube about 10 inches long that slides into the roller. They felt rough, had a deposit of black stuff on them. They fit into a plastic bearing at each end. It appears over time, dirt and weather have caused the roughness.
I cleaned the end plate tubes with a wire brush and coated them with white grease.
Reassembly: I decided to do everything with the slide in. I loaded up the spring with eight full turns, locked it in place with drill bit, then installed the cover. Then, carefully, I held the roller and let it retract the cover. This told me I have enough tension with eight turns, to retract the cover completely.
The final test was to go inside and extend the slide to see if it dragged down and barely moved. Surprise, it extended and retracted with no hesitation. So the issue was the slide cover was holding the top of the slide, causing a bind. Cleaning and lubricating the end plate tubes solved the issue.
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Awesome tip! I'll have to check this same thing. Maybe "test" it by having a helper hold the slide awning all the way out and then extending/retracting the slide?
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Awesome tip! I'll have to check this same thing. Maybe "test" it by having a helper hold the slide awning all the way out and then extending/retracting the slide?

Do you mean you could just unwind it and let the material hang over and then clamp the roller?

I have a great filter wrench that locks and is perfect for that kind of job.

Nice Job Greg. Glad you solved that.
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Do you mean you could just unwind it and let the material hang over and then clamp the roller?

I have a great filter wrench that locks and is perfect for that kind of job.

Nice Job Greg. Glad you solved that.
That would work. I meant I would have my girlfriend stand under the awning with it fully extended (so no tension added to the slide.) But your method would also work!
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