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Old 01-31-2021, 10:46 AM   #1
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Slide Out Mechanicals

Our '97 Prowler (purchased new) has served us well, but it's time to upgrade. So, we're getting ready to purchase a new TT. Right now my top 3 makes are GD Imagine, Rockwood and Flagstaff.

I have never owned a TT with a slide, are they all pretty much designed and built the same or are there better mechanicals and seals in the various makes and models?

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There are a variety of systems used in slideouts. All have benefits and deficiencies. Seals are usually only as good as the maintenance you put into them. No matter what system they have, all types seem to have less leakage with a slide topper over them. Not only does it keep rain and debris off of the slideout but it keeps them cooler as the sun does not get to the slide roof. Sorry that this does not help you choose which type but it is a way to improve any slide.
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Our '97 Prowler (purchased new) has served us well, but it's time to upgrade. So, we're getting ready to purchase a new TT. Right now my top 3 makes are GD Imagine, Rockwood and Flagstaff.

I have never owned a TT with a slide, are they all pretty much designed and built the same or are there better mechanicals and seals in the various makes and models?

John
Several different styles, electric or hydraulic. With these different types depending on size of slide-out. Electric you have cable or Schwintek.
Here may be good information for you:
https://lifeonroute.com/how-rv-slide...nd%20hydraulic.
Hope it helps.!!
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I believe that JD on Big Truck Big RV has done a video on slide types. I know that he has discussed the various type in his videos. My preference is the rack and pinion slide as there is more meat to it. The Schwintek system is the weakest as all of the mechanics are inside the wall and are usually only 1" or less thick, there are also two motors and two shafts and gears to worry about. IMHO it should only be used in smaller slides - BTW most of the issues I have read about are on larger slides. Seals are another issue and vary from mfg to mfg seals also need regular conditioning so they stay flexible and do their job. Toppers are nice but also can be problmatic in the wind.
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Our '97 Prowler (purchased new) has served us well, but it's time to upgrade. So, we're getting ready to purchase a new TT. Right now my top 3 makes are GD Imagine, Rockwood and Flagstaff.

I have never owned a TT with a slide, are they all pretty much designed and built the same or are there better mechanicals and seals in the various makes and models?

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My 2007 27F Northwood Nash has never had a slide issue. Rack and pinion. I did have to repair the coil cord (sheathing) when the strain relief clamp broke, it got pinched.

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I prefer a slide that allows a walk through (path) when all the way in. Why? the bathroom is in the rear of my TT and the entry door is closer to the front.
I suppose two doors would alleviate that requirement for some, but that's just me.
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I also agree that access with the slide in is important when choosing floorplans. It is nice to have access to the bathroom and maybe even the refer for roadside emergencies as well as truck stop/rest area overnights.
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We have had a rack and pinion and now a cable version. Additionally there are also hydraulic ram and Schwintek. My preference if we were to buy again would be first, the rack and pinion, hydraulic, next cable and last(never!), Schwintek.


While we have had no problems with the cable other then adjustment, just am not happy with that system on long slides like our 13 foot. Schwintek have had their share of problems, most being that once the drive motors start jumping the track you are stuck. I've seen several folks in CGs with cocked slides working on trying to get them in or out.
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Welcome to the forum! There are many great forum members willing to provide help anytime!

A decade ago I owned a 2001 Tracer Executive 3000 BHS ultra-light travel trailer that had two opposing slide-outs. One slide out was in the middle of the the street side wall that contained the dinette and couch with the other slide-out. The other slide out was at the rear of the curb-side wall in the bunkhouse area of the TT. Both slide-outs were operated by Norco (now BAL) Accu-Slide cable slide-out systems. I had no problems with either cable drive. I did have one cable on the big dinette slide replaced after four years when it had some minor fraying. The BAL Accu-Slide website provides more info about their cable slide-out systems --> https://balrvproducts.com/products/o...de/index.shtml

You will greatly enjoy the extra room in a travel trailer that has slide-outs. As you shop for a new travel trailer, I suggest considering the Tracer or Lacrosse models made by PrimeTime Manufacturing --> https://primetimerv.com/ Before purchasing the Tracer Executive ten years ago, I looked at Keystone, Passport, Rockwood, Coachman, etc. The Tracer Executive had a good or better construction as those brands but for a more reasonable price.

Good luck with your shopping! Let the forum know which TT you purchase.
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Thank you all for your input.


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