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Old 01-31-2017, 08:08 AM   #1
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Sick of the slide

Our 2009 Damon Outlaw 3808 has the Lippert thru frame slide on the drivers side. It has been nothing but issues and has sheered pins (bolts at this point) many times. I tried the suggestion many had which was to put in stronger bolts and that broke the shaft on the gear pack itself . It is currently working but won't be long before it sheers another bolt off. We've measured everything many times and it appears square and slides fairly easy by hand when the packs are disconnected. However, these problems are driving me crazy. Has anyone converted to a hydraulic system and eliminated the gear drive completely? It seems like it would be pretty easy to order two hydraulic drives and a motor then weld it in. At this point I'm willing to do anything to fix the problem. I'd do anything to have two slides like the passenger side one which never has any issues.

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Old 01-31-2017, 02:41 PM   #2
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I had the kind of problems you cite, save for the busted shaft till I went to longer bolts..
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Use bolts long enough that the SMOOTH portion goes all the way through.

I re-drilled the holes in the square part of the shafts because they had become oblong.

I washerd up so I could tighten

Used NYLOCK nuts

Been a while since I had to change one.

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Old 02-01-2017, 07:26 AM   #3
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I re-drilled the holes in the square part of the shafts because they had become oblong.
My square tubes were so bad I had to cut an inch off the end because the hole was ob-longed and the entire tubes was rounded. The broken shaft has happened three times on this RV (twice before I owned it). It makes me really nervous to put better bolts in.
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:22 AM   #4
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We should have the same slide drive system in our '07 which runs perfectly.

Since you say the slide moves well manually, the issue must be a binding in the drive set. Something must be out of adjustment or damaged.

If it were me, instead or re-engineering the drive, I would go part by part from the main slides. Check for damage and adjustment.

These slide drives are amazingly strong and carefree if everthing is set right...like:
A while back, a metal handle broom shifted inside the bin containing the front slide channel and caught up inside the slide channel. When retracting the slide, it stopped when the channel contacted the broom. I checked the slide exterior and retried to retract 3 times. On the 3rd attempt, the broom handle was flattened and cut in two, pieces falling into the bin floor
Thankfully, the slide channel was not damaged. And now I know to ensure there is NOTHING up in the slide channels.

Blocked slide channels are obviously not your issue, or you could not move it manually...the problem is surely in the drive set = motor or the rack and pinion.

Best luck
Kim and Steve, Mustang LCDR (USCG Ret), Outlaw #1193
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