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Old 02-06-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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On my T-276 SR SOLARIS when the slide is open why does the bottom come out further then the top when its fully open? I noticed on all the other RV manufactures when the slide is open it plum and level? Or is mine out of alignment
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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your slide is fine that's just how they are designed,exactly why they are designed like so I'm really not sure
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... when the slide is open why does the bottom come out further then the top when its fully open?
Hi Vaughn

Good question, wish I had an answer for you, but I'm sure someone here will know the real reason.

I can only guess that maybe it's because of the Sunline slide rooms are a floor level slide (is that what there called?). What I'm guessing is that the bottom comes out a little more to align the floor of the slide room with the floor of the trailer. But as I said it's only a guess.

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Maybe some of this will help

My T310SR is my first slide camper. So I am continually researching and trying to learn everything I can about the slide mechanism and system all the time. Once I figure everything about it out, maybe I will stop wondering so much and leave it alone....

My camper does as you describe. Here are some pictures in the progression of closing and what makes it do this. I do not know all the whys yet, but Im getting closer.

Here is full open. The bottom is extends almost 2 more then the top if you put a tape measure on the top and bottom area. Inside the sealing lip is perfectly parallel to the inside of the camper. They install the window so it is plumb when the slide is out.



The next pics are stages of the slide retracting










And here you can see the top touching first


And now fully closed.


The slice mechanism is mounted under the TT on an angle so the slide travels on that angle as it opens/closes.
You can see here the slide rails come out of the all most middle of the frame.


The other end on the door side, it almost is at the top of the frame so it is mounted on and angle on purpose.
This pic is NOT a Sunline it is an Aritic Fox we looked at. Allmost had this one if we did not find the T310SR beauty. It is setup about the same. Here can see slide rail at the top of the frame


And here on the same Artic Fox the rail is coming out all most the center of the frame just like our Sunline


And here is there slide fully out.


We have a table and chairs setup. See here


The table goes down hill with the slide floor. I thought the camper had tipped due to the slide being out. But I put a level on the main camper floor and it was dead level. Just the slide goes down hill.

So yes they are built this way. I will make a slide on/off wood adapter to go on the outside wall table foot to level it out as it sort of bugs me being that far out of level. We do not notice it on the couch, but do on the table.

I have not figured out why this is done this way yet but it is on purpose.

The only thing I can think of is it is to clear the carpet when the unit retracts. I'm sure there are other reasons why but this is one of the benifits. I can tell the mechanical action, lifts first then retracts high up off the carpet when the slide comes in. I feels this lifting action is a good thing. Other lower end brands sort of slide across the carpet and do not lift up. They however are more level when extended like you have seen.

Artic Fox is a high end camper. So both Artic Fox and Sunline employ the same slide concepts.

Hope this helps some. What you have sounds like what I have and it is setup right. Just do not know exactly why.

John

PS. What year is your camper and does it have transit bars to prop the top of the slide rigid when traveling?
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The only thing I can think of is it is to clear the carpet when the unit retracts.
This is one of my thoughts as well as maybe a weight reason, ie: slight angle supports weight better than a flat one
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John,
1st your pic aren't coming through and I have a 06 T-276SR.
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1st your pic aren't coming through and I have a 06 T-276SR.
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H'mm, pic's not showing up. Well I had one pic that was oversize and maybe even monster file size that snuck in there on me. Sorry, I generally watch for that. I went back and toned it down and back to 640 wide/ 50K range. I do not know if this had anything to do with it or not.

Question: Do you see my signature pic's? They are from the same server. If you cannot even see my sig file it could be a preferences setting on your end.

Are you on a high speed modem connection? I know some times on dial up, pic's take a long time to load so you can be sitting on a post wondering where are the pics and then 30 to 40 seconds later the pic's show up.

Let me know. So far I have not heard of any one having issues seeing my pic's and trying to rectify as they really help.

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We really paid attention to this today at the New England show- it seems that pretty much EVERY mfg. out there has designed the slides this way.

As my brother stated, I think it's a function of the rails holding the weight better at a slight angle than sticking straight out and bending the frame off vertical.
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John,
The pic's came through from my home and work pc, it must be the governments pcs that has the pic's locked out, see I'm in the Nat. Guard on the side, and this past weekend I was doing my training. I read and understand the theory behind this now make sense. I also noticed you have the setup that I'm going to do, remove my dining table and half of the booth and jack knife sofa, and replace w/ a free standing table and 2 chairs and a new sofa air mattress bed, as soon as the weather gets warmer. Do you see any problem in doing that?

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The only thing I can think of is it is to clear the carpet when the unit retracts.
This makes a lot of sense.

I just saw in this month's issue of Trailer Life a write-up on a Slide-Out Slicker to protect the carpet/floor from slide-out extending / retracting.
It's made by Lippert and looks like this:




In 2 seasons of using our slide out I haven't noticed any wear or dirt from the slide out. I'm wondering if Sunline did something to help elevate this?
Or I'm wondering if I should invest in a set of these?

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Vaughn,

The government PC's block a lot of things. On mine at work I can't view any picture stored on Photobucket, so have to look when I get home if I want to see the photos. Other sites I can't get on are Ebay, Dickssportinggoods and AceHardware . At least I can still read the Sunline Club forum. And the slide on my '07 289SR works the same as yours, and no transit bars like JohnB's.

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The only thing I can think of is it is to clear the carpet when the unit retracts.
This makes a lot of sense.

I just saw in this month's issue of Trailer Life a write-up on a Slide-Out Slicker to protect the carpet/floor from slide-out extending / retracting.
It's made by Lippert and looks like this:

In 2 seasons of using our slide out I haven't noticed any wear or dirt from the slide out. I'm wondering if Sunline did something to help elevate this?
Or I'm wondering if I should invest in a set of these?

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H'mm. Boy I'm going to have to look again this weekend. But I "pretty sure" mine has many inches of room under the slide when it comes in. At least 1 to 2" out by the carpet end. It is really up there. I do not know how the slicker would work. It would never touch anything???

I'll check and report back complete with pic's. Maybe mine is made different. But in a good way. Heck I'll deal with the transit bars if it saves the carpet.

I fact I'm Leary of stepping on it, it is so high up to sneak around to get to the fridge. I was going to put a 2 x 4 under it so it would not flex. It's that high up.

Is yours that high up when in?

The plot thickens....

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I also noticed you have the setup that I'm going to do, remove my dining table and half of the booth and jack knife sofa, and replace w/ a free standing table and 2 chairs and a new sofa air mattress bed, as soon as the weather gets warmer. Do you see any problem in doing that?

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Do you have a pic of the inside of yours? I do not know of any problem taking the dinette out.

The couch, yes I have seen the new air bed ones. But they are short, or at least the one I saw when we where looking at a new camper. They may have longer ones. My feet would hang off a good foot. Im a 6 foot long guy.

Here are some pics of it. This TT also had table and chairs, which yours may look like this when you get done.... The air bed/sofa was free standing. You could pick it up and move it. Basically the slide was just big open carpeted slide that you stuck a couch and table and chairs in.



Then it folds out stage 1


Then folds down


The lays flat and has an on board air pump even.


Was this what you where referring to?

Ill have to dig for the brand sofa bed if you need it.

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