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Old 12-17-2014, 02:09 AM   #1
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OK to put slides part way out?

Hi all, I was wondering if it is ok to only partially extend my slides? My 38t has what they refer to as 2 18' super slides 1 port forward and 1 starboard aft. when in tight spots like rest areas, we need to extend the bedroom slide about 1/3 of the way to get around the base of the bed and to access the rear sink/vanity. Does it damage the slide mechanism to only partially extend? or do we have to fully extend and lock?
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:25 AM   #2
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You will not be sealed to the weather with slides part way out. When my bedroom slide is in we have to climb over the bead to get to the bath and two drawers are not accessable. Personally I would never put slides part way extended. We don't put slide out at Wmart.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:06 AM   #3
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Hi all, I was wondering if it is ok to only partially extend my slides? My 38t has what they refer to as 2 18' super slides 1 port forward and 1 starboard aft. when in tight spots like rest areas, we need to extend the bedroom slide about 1/3 of the way to get around the base of the bed and to access the rear sink/vanity. Does it damage the slide mechanism to only partially extend? or do we have to fully extend and lock?
It's ok to extend part way BUT the inner seal will not be compressed and the slide may leak in rain. For a rest stop it shouldn't be an issue ... assuming good weather.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:48 AM   #4
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As mentioned, no seal, insects can enter..........spider's......big one's!
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:15 AM   #5
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As mentioned, no seal, insects can enter..........spider's......big one's!
Not to mention coyotes
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:58 AM   #6
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Our HWH manual says not to partially extend and return slides, but we have done it a couple times with the bedroom slide in tight situations. Supposedly the slide may become misaligned.
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Old 12-18-2014, 05:00 AM   #7
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Full timed for 8 years. Have extended partially and never had an issue. Did it all the time at a rest stop to be able to access a kitchen cabinet.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:42 AM   #8
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Well,
As has been mentioned, if your slide system is manufactured by HWH, then it is highly NOT recommended to extend them PART WAY. But, there's a couple of things here.

1. Confirm what/who is the maker of the slide system
2. If HWH, confirm IN YOUR MANUAL, NOT ANYONE ELSES, if it's appropriate for YOU to extend YOUR slides, part way?

The reason I expound on the HWH point is, HWH slides that are hydraulic, use what's called an EQUALIZING cylinder in their operation. Now, first off, this is based on the info I have in our coaches HWH operation manual(s). Second, ours is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT and, it's quite possible that, the information I'm providing is, outdated and, HWH may have newer operation mechanisms in place. And, this pre-supposes you have HWH as your slide maker.

Third, as the slides (ours and, anyone elses that utilize the hydraulic HWH system) move in and out, the hydraulic rams that do the work, can get "out of sync" and cause binding. The equalizing cylinder does not allow for that to happen. It keeps the two rams, IN SYNC for the in, or out operation. But, the system can still "bind" if it's stopped in the middle of a cycle and, reversed. I say it "CAN" but, it doesn't mean it "WILL".

So, all of this info may be useless, depending on who made your system and, even if it's HWH, the technology used in yours, may be superior to the system mine uses. If yours is electric, then all of this info IS useless. Good luck.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:46 AM   #9
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You have to extend them far enough to flip the seals completely or you will deform them. If you do it in an emergency you really need to extend the slide enough to be able to flip the seal back the other way when you close it so you don't end up storing for an extended period of time with the seal all wrinkled up as it could tear then next time. Some people get away with it while many just think so but then the next person who buys the coach most times has to deal with it.


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Old 12-18-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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We do it a lot and never had an issue. Be sure you are level though.
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At one of the classes at GNR last summer, the presenter advised that the slides should be used either all of the way in, or all of the way out. He said the reason had to do with the integrity of the slide -- they are best supported by the MH cage when in one of these two positions. Using a partly open/closed slide could torque it and if they get out-of-square you could begin to see/hear unfortunate consequences. Made sense to me at the time I heard it. \ken
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Old 12-21-2014, 01:29 AM   #12
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OK Thanks,
Sounds like its best to be either all in or all out
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