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Old 09-19-2021, 11:42 AM   #1
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Can a slide out open when we’re on the road ? If it can how to lock it ?
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If the system (hydraulic or electric) is operating properly they should stay closed when you are moving. If they do drift open when moving you have an issue you need to find and solve. It is possible to turn off power to electric ones and turn off power to the hydraulic system and shut the hydraulic valves, but I've never heard of anyone feeling it was necessary to do so. I'd recommend keeping an eye on them in the mirror until you are comfortable with them and then dont worry about it.
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You can buy braces (slide locks) simply installed between the inner wall and slide. Insurance. (Ours never budge...so not too worried although I do watch them in my mirror once in awhile just to check.
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My MH came with electric slide locks but I haven't figured out why. The slides are electric and it would take some kind of catastrophic failure for them to move. I used the locks until one broke and I haven't used the locks sense.
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Can a slide out open when we’re on the road ? If it can how to lock it ?
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Your sig shows a 2010 Forrest River. I have no idea if that coach came with hydraulic or electric powered slides. If they're electric, having one start to "drift" out while under way, might mean either circuit for extending the slide in question is momentarily being activated, *somehow* or, if it's a hydraulic system, it won't do any good to shut down the power or disconnect a fuse to the pump. Most slide systems that hydraulic, are HWH. And, in the HWH systems, there are compensation valves that take into account, the potential heating of hydraulic lines etc. while under way due to engine heat, road heat and ambient temp raising, and therefore, the hydraulic fluid will attempt to expand. Those valves compensate for that and, provide for a stable pressure when under way.
But, if those valves become faulty and do not compensate, the pressure can rise and, it's possible for a slide to start extending, rare, but possible. AZ pete would know if this is all accurate or not.
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HWH hydraulic slides can drift for a number of reasons. A temporary "lock" can be as simple as a 2x4 or two, cut to the proper length, and placed inside, on top of the slide between the wall and top flange. Just make sure to hang a red ribbon on the extend/retract switch so you remember to remove the 2x4s before extending. If your slide drifts, it needs to be fixed.

This will probably work on an electric slide but, having no experience with them, I'll leave it up to others to suggest something.
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My slide out are electric, the reason i ask is that DW always seating at the table with is safety belt on. Recently while i was in the highway i was thinking, can the slide out open ? Admit that it could be catastrophic, thanks all for your answer.
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The Power Gear electric rack & pinion slide mechanism is automatic self-locking. Other systems may or may not self-lock, and some require or recommend mechanical or electric locking gadgets. What slide mechanism is your RV equipped with? Schwintek, Lippert, HWH, etc.
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I'm going with Gary^^ on this, it depends on the slide manufacturer. My first RV, a 2012 Itasca, had Schwintek slide mechanisms and it came with adjustable locking bars that you inserted between the lip of the closed slide and the wall of the RV. I never had an issue, but used the locking bars routinely.

I figured they were provided for a reason.

Since that time, I believe Schwintek may have redesigned the mechanism on some slides and may not have a locking bar.
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The Power Gear electric rack & pinion slide mechanism is automatic self-locking. Other systems may or may not self-lock, and some require or recommend mechanical or electric locking gadgets. What slide mechanism is your RV equipped with? Schwintek, Lippert, HWH, etc.
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My slide out are electric, the reason i ask is that DW always seating at the table with is safety belt on. Recently while i was in the highway i was thinking, can the slide out open ? Admit that it could be catastrophic, thanks all for your answer.


You could cut some boards put them in between wall and slide. Don’t forget to remove or you will have problems.
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I do as tha rooster suggests, X2, that's what I do with a red ribbon attached so I remember to remove the lumber before deploying the slides.
My bedroom slide has been known to self extend 8 inches or so on its own While under way.
Hwh keeps sending me solenoids. No joy there yet.
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Well,
The point is, slides ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO EXTEND all by themselves, no matter WHO makes them. The correct solution is to get whatever's wrong FIXED. We've had our '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP now for over 10 years, and at present, have just past 100,000 miles. And neither slide has ever extended on its own, while driving or parked.
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Slide out Transit Bars
https://www.rvpartscountry.com/Slide-Out-RV-Lock.html

Simple...........


Although in 14 yrs we have never had a slide out budge while traveling
Bedroom....electric (motor/clutch lock)
Living room .....both hydraulic (pressure holds open/closed)

**Either system COULD have failure
Transit Bars are kinda like belt/suspenders ---just in case
(course no one rides in our slides so we don't have bars)
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