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Old 09-06-2021, 07:44 AM   #1
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Question Slide Tilts When Starting Out

Newbie here with a 2006 Lexington 283gts. Never having an RV before, I wasn't sure if this motion is ordinary. All 3 slides do the same thing. When they begin sliding out, they tilt downward, like the top goes first, then move evenly out until extended. When they are retracted, they move evenly back in then tilt up and in place. They perform well otherwise. I just thought they should move straight out with no tilting action
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I don’t know your coach so others may chime in here. We are in our second class A and the slides in both have performed similarly. I thought the “tilt” did two things:
1. Dump any possible excessive water in top of the slide so we don’t have a flood if I have to bring them in during a rain storm.
2. Raise the inside bottom edge to get it up out of the track it rests in when extended.

One more thing, both of my coaches are the same model, so I have no other experience.
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Thanks Larry & Laura. I'll take that thought as this is normal operation. So many new things to learn (and you know what they say about old dogs, ).
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Newbie here with a 2006 Lexington 283gts. Never having an RV before, I wasn't sure if this motion is ordinary. All 3 slides do the same thing. When they begin sliding out, they tilt downward, like the top goes first, then move evenly out until extended. When they are retracted, they move evenly back in then tilt up and in place. They perform well otherwise. I just thought they should move straight out with no tilting action


Think about it itís a heavy box sliding out itís basically falling out so the top falls out first. Most rvs do that unless the have the track on the top sides of slides.
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Most of them do that because how else would you have a flat (level) floor when fully extended. They have to rise up to retract onto the top of the coach floor.
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Generally speaking, bottom driven slides MUST retract and touch TOP first, then the bottom pulls in tight, leaving all sealed/ water tight. If Bottom touched first, it could never pull the top tight and all would leak. Make sense? My two are hydraulic, but same applies for gear driven. Hope this helps?
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Tipping slides

We have two slides in our coach with two different drive systems. The first is the factory bedroom slide which tips out and travels to full extension and vice versa like you describe. The second slide is aftermarket in the living area and slides straight in and out on four synchronized screw drives, no tilting of any kind, it slides in and out like a drawer.

The screw drive seems to be an oddball, while the original unit seems to be the norm, so I would believe the tipping is normal especially since all your slides do the same thing.
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Thanks Terry. It makes perfect sense. We have had a couple of very successful trips and are getting used to the nuances of MH adventures.
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Thank you so much David and Kandi. We are learning about the MH things every adventure we go on.
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