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Old 06-01-2020, 07:13 AM   #1
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Vanleigh Galley Slideout

We have a 2020 Vanleigh Vilano 320GK...The galley slideout tips out at the top during travel...Weve been told the issue resides with the 8 slideout being top heavy...Anyone experiencing the same issue?
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I don't' think that has anything to do with it. Are you saying it bounces in and out - the top of the slide goes back and forth against the trailer body during travel or it moves out slightly and stays out?
I have e 32' full wall slide in my fiver. I can assure you its heavy as its the kitchen, washer, dryer, overhead cabinets, TV, fireplace, etc., and it has never moved. I will be interested to see what the issue is.
In the meantime, place a couple of 2x4's (one on each end) on the top of the slide-out between the interior wall and the top of the slide out top flange. Don't forget to remove them before deploying the slide!
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It goes back and forth during travel...It’s was taken to the factory to be fixed...After making adjustments, adding slide toppers and road testing they were unable to completely stop the tipping...

The fix ended up being the addition of locking slide out bars, which would have been acceptable if the order in which the slide outs extend could be controlled...There is no room to get to the location to remove the locking bars with the slide outs retracted...Since the galley slide extends first we have to crawl over/under the dining table, step over the recliners to remove the locking bars...The factory has since provide us with a manual procedure to override the order in which the slide outs extend...

it is just very inconvenient and frustrating to have to do anything other than what the rig was designed to do and we are very curious if anyone else has had this problem.

Thank you for your reply...
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To jdpm, how tall is your slide that holds all your appliances?
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It goes back and forth during travel...Its was taken to the factory to be fixed...After making adjustments, adding slide toppers and road testing they were unable to completely stop the tipping...

The fix ended up being the addition of locking slide out bars, which would have been acceptable if the order in which the slide outs extend could be controlled...There is no room to get to the location to remove the locking bars with the slide outs retracted...Since the galley slide extends first we have to crawl over/under the dining table, step over the recliners to remove the locking bars...The factory has since provide us with a manual procedure to override the order in which the slide outs extend...

it is just very inconvenient and frustrating to have to do anything other than what the rig was designed to do and we are very curious if anyone else has had this problem.

Thank you for your reply...
How is the slide TOP HEAVY? We have a 2018 Road Warrior with a 16 foot slide that has a 5 person sofa and a full size residential fridge in it. These set on the floor so how would a slide be top heavy? Were is the weight on the top of the slide in your unit?
Is the slide electric or hydraulic? Which company makes your slide? I would be calling them with this information. I would bet it is Lippert (LCI) and tell them what is going on and give them information on how the manufacture wants to send you down the road
That is not a solution to the problem
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To jdpm, how tall is your slide that holds all your appliances?
Right at 7 feet. I think yours may be taller.
Is there a Vilano owners forum? What are other Vilano members saying about this? I did a Google search and found a old thread where a Montana had experienced this but that was years ago.
Seems like a design flaw to me and a band-aid fix from Vanleigh. I have not seen slide locking bars in years and that was on lower-end units. Newmar coaches had/have them if I recall but they were built into the sidewall of the slide-out.
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It’s a hydraulic slide and Lippert is the manufacturer of the slide components, I currently have a case open with them...The slide in question contains all the living area appliances and the cabinetry is massive across the top...It seems the root of the problem is related to the 8’ tall slide box...It’s pretty hard to believe this is an isolated issue to my rig...Thanks for your feedback.
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Thanks jdpm...

Your slide is 7’, that might make a difference...I saw those posts on the Montana as well...So far they are the only posts I’ve been able to find that address the same issue I’m having...Thank you for the YouTube links, I had not seen them before, could be something to checkout...

Vanleigh does have a forum, I’ve browsed topics but have not posted...Thanks for your help...
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How frustrating to have an issue with a new RV. I have been very lucky with mine that was 6 years old in March. That's why I absolutely have no plans to trade it. I'm so afraid of anything new plus I know my frame (in-house built) is far superior to the others.
That is a tall slide-out in your rig and its not very deep at all. So when its closed there's not a lot of weight on the interior edge of the slide. I agree the cabinets are larger than normal and can add a lot of top weight. However, isn't that what they were designed for? They aren't there for looks!
I have a pretty good understanding of how RV slides work. You can find lots of diagrams/schematics on-line. They are pretty elementary. The slide-out is simply held-in place by the ram arms attached to the floor. So there's nothing to keep it from tipping out at the top but gravity/weight on the bottom. The short depth of the slide creates more of a tipping point. Honestly, I don't see a fix for yours other than slide locks.
Newmar, being a long time upscale manufacturer has had automatic slide locks for many, many years. Perhaps since they invented the slide-out they realized the importance of them. Their idea is to reduce vibration and noise for occupants during travel.
I wish I could offer more encouragement but based on the physics of the slide and its mechanics, I don't see how it can be fixed. I hope Vanleigh will go back to the drawing board to design a permanent fix for this issue. Good luck and please update your findings.
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How about these? I'd insist the Vanleigh pay for and install them.
https://www.hwhcorp.com/ml29810.pdf
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Vanleigh should install these for you at no cost. It appears they may need to start installing them as standard to avoid future issues. In your case, they'd easily be concealed in the upper cabinets. Problem solved. Good luck.
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Thanks jdpm...This might be an option...A technician from Lippert is supposed to inspect our slide out...I’ll bring up the HDH travel clamps, will update you as soon as we have fix...
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I hope you get it worked-out. Good luck.
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