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Old 10-22-2015, 03:51 PM   #1
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Driving With a Slide Extended

I was driving on a main highway and got the shock of my life. Here came a new Winnebago Journey the opposite direction in the slow lane with the living room slide on the driver's side extended. I didn't have much time to look but I could see it was tilted down from front to back as well as the rear out further than the front. They had a small red streamer taped to the rear lower corner.

Is this now an acceptable practice? Is it even legal? I can't believe they would make it the 30 miles on I-5 to the nearest Winnie dealer without getting a ticket.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:00 PM   #2
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It sounds like they had a problem and were making every effort to get it resolved.

They may have already been stopped, and LEOs do have an understanding for extenuating circumstances.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:19 PM   #3
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I was driving on a main highway and got the shock of my life. Here came a new Winnebago Journey the opposite direction in the slow lane with the living room slide on the driver's side extended. I didn't have much time to look but I could see it was tilted down from front to back as well as the rear out further than the front. They had a small red streamer taped to the rear lower corner.
Is this now an acceptable practice? Is it even legal? I can't believe they would make it the 30 miles on I-5 to the nearest Winnie dealer without getting a ticket.
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I don't know about the legalities but it happens more often than one would think... (and not only on I-5 or with Winnabagos).
Makes me wonder if those small red streamers come with all RVs that have slides.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:30 PM   #4
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You did say Winnebago right? Geesh those guys think they can get away with anything. Just kidding. HI Guys, I normally just post on the Monaco board, saw the topic in recent discussions and just had to make sure someone wasn't asking if they could LOL. Friends and us had both gone to Key West camping and we were both getting ready to leave and on a tight schedule when they went to bring their slide in on their Winnebago and it would not budge. I was thinking how the heck was he going to be able to drive it out the Keys. Fortunately we were able to retract it manually. It would appear that these folks were doing the best they could. Peace
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:06 PM   #5
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Someone had posted on a Forum that a dealership they'd called to try and resolve a slide not retracting was told by the dealership to "Slowly Drive" the unit to the dealership to have the issue resolved. I can only imagine how much more the slide would be screwed up from the vibration/banging/bouncing and wind that would happen while driving even slowly!!!!!!
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:14 PM   #6
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I was driving on a main highway and got the shock of my life. Here came a new Winnebago Journey the opposite direction in the slow lane with the living room slide on the driver's side extended. I didn't have much time to look but I could see it was tilted down from front to back as well as the rear out further than the front. They had a small red streamer taped to the rear lower corner.

Is this now an acceptable practice? Is it even legal? I can't believe they would make it the 30 miles on I-5 to the nearest Winnie dealer without getting a ticket.
The only legal way to do it would involve over-width permits, lead and follow vehicles with warning signs / lights.
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A few years ago we were travelling and stopped at a rest area in North Texas for lunch and put out the passenger slide. A flashlight fell off a little shelf near the stove into the slide mechanism. When we brought in the slide the front end would not retract all the way. It stuck out maybe 8 inches (I don't know remember specifically. At that time we were on our to way to Forest City for factory service. I called them and asked if I should try to find a local dealer to resolve the problem and they said nope. Just bring it on up which is what we did. I hadn't thought about any problem with the extra width. We didn't have any problem on the way up and only one person tried to wave us down pointing at the slide. Winnebago fixed the slide and we no longer store a flashlight or anything else on that little shelf.
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:20 PM   #8
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In most states if you are more than 9 feet wide you are a wide load and must follow that states rules for it. But as was said most cops would likely have pity on a RVer who was trying to get their RV somewhere to be repaired.
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Old 10-23-2015, 04:48 PM   #9
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I've driven a short distance with one slide out 8" or so to get to the dealer for repair.
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