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Old 08-06-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Slideout problem

My 2000 SR-260's slideout slows drastically for the last 6-8" of the out stroke. It doesn't hesitate when rolling in. Just started this year. Cleaned and lubed everything with dry film/silicone. Any suggestions?
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Hi Charlie

Do you by any chance know if you have a Lippert slide mechanism? Looks like this.








I know the 2003's used it and the newer ones, I just do not know about the 2000's. That will help so we know which vintage you have.

Now to the hard working problem, you mentioned the last 6 to 8" going out is where the strain seems to come from yet retracting in is OK. H'mm OK let me ask some questions. That 6 to 8" is that when the inside slide flange first touches the wall? From the wall touch point the top touches 1st and then the bottom keeps going until the bottom is all the way out creating the tight seal.

When your letting the slide out and it does this problem, are the stabilizers jacks down and tight?

Have you tried to let the slide out with no stabilizers down to see if it does the same hard going at the end? I'm trying to find out if the camper itself is putting a bind into the slide system as the stabilizers can do that.

Has the hard going out made it hard enough to trip the overload clutch and stall the room on the way out?

If you can answer some of these questions we will know better what system you have and to the questions above I can maybe point you better where to go looking.

If you do not have the Lippert system do you know what brand it is? I can go look it up or you can take pics and post.

Hope this helps

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Hey, John... Thanks for the welcome!
It's not a Lippert. It has one drive motor that turns a shaft that turns gears at each rail. A threaded rod sets both in and out stops.
I did try opening w/o the stabilizers set and experienced the same symptom.
Also, having read other posts about the top seal touching first and the bottom continuing, I haven't noticed that. Of course, I haven't been watching for that and it may not be that apparent.

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Hi Charlie

Sorry for so long getting back to you. Work has been busy and interfering with my SOC habit…

It seems you have a different vintage slide power mechanism. OK so I’ll give some generic things that may cause the last 8” to be harder to go out then the rest. These may spark some thoughts of where to go looking and you may be able see differences in the build between 2003 and year 2000. If so please point them out as we keep learning here all the time.

The 2003 and the 2004 at least (do not know prior to 2003) have a metal trough formed up in sort of an S shape that creates a cam action with the slide. It creates the lift action when the slide comes in and the drop down action when the slide goes out. This metal trough changed in the last units produced in 2004 model year and all 2005’s and newer had a plastic trough with rollers. Mine looks like this. Does yours? These are pics of my slide repair from water getting under the Darco membrane




When your outside looking at the underside toward the edge wall of the camper the slide floor drops down into that trough and lays flat inside. See here on the outside it seals tight to the metal trough.


Then as the slide retracts it moves straight in a very short distance, the front of the slide floor rides that cam and lifts the slide up off the carpet. See the red line here tracing the path of the slide.


Does yours have this metal trough?

Then there is the lifting action as the slide keeps coming in from full out. This is the progression from full out to full in. Going out is this in reverse.

Slide full out. It is hard to see but the slide is built with an angled wall. The top of the slide is about 2” narrower then the bottom.


Slide starts to come in. It moves straight in about ½ to ¾” then starts to lift.


On the inside the top is still touching


The bottom has moved in about that 1” and then the lift starts


The slide metal support racks and guides are mounted in the camper on an angle so the slide is coming in going up hill. This is not the greatest pic for this but you can see under the camper the rack is on the top of the frame on the door side and then heads down hill to come out of the frame in the middle on the slide side.


The slide keeps moving uphill as it comes in


Inside looks like this now


As it gets to the end the top touches the camper first




Then in the last approx 2 inches of travel the bottom comes up tight to the camper and really lifts up off the carpet.


Inside




Does yours work like this? Before I type a bunch want to make sure the slide action is the same or what is different and don’t send you on a wild goose chase after something you do not even have.

The reported problem of top of the slide when coming in ripping up the wall problems that some have had, that is a timing problem on the way “in”, not out. Basically the slide when it comes in needs to go straight in first about 1” and then lift. If it lifts too soon the top of the slide rips the wall pocket when it is lifting. This does not seems to be the problem you are having since yours is only increasing in motor strain on the extend motion.

Hope this helps

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Charlie

I think I found your slide mechanism. In 1999 at least Sunline used the Barker rack and pinion system and it matches close to what you describe.

See here

Barker Slides 2

I guessing it is the EZ out slide, This is the rack and pinnion one. Does your look like this? Click it and it zooms in



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Or is it this one EZ slide 2

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John,
I believe it's the first EZ Out. After looking at the schematic I think my problem might be with the floor roller bearings, since the slideout floor has begun to rub on the stationary carpet at the fore and aft edges. I hope they aren't buried too deep!
Your thoughts are appreciated! What do you think?

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p.s. Headed for the U.P. soon. I'll try to get some pics for you before I leave for your info and archives.
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Hi Charlie

H'mm yes that roller on the inside of the tube could do this. I'm assuming you mean item 30 and 31 in the 1st diagram. If you click twice on the image it blows up even more so you can read it.

On the Lippert system there is a roller inside the tube as well. I never realized it until a year or so ago. Since it is buried in the tube I added some white spray grease. Also to note one of my arms is completely covered under the enclosed tank compartment. And the other arm is behind the axle and not a lot if any water spray gets up there. So in my case the grease was not a problem. Once I lubed that roller I saw a considerable change in being easier to go in and out.

If your fearful of the grease getting dirt attraction the way yours is setup, then try the dry lube approach. Looking at that roller, it might be a grease packed roller and if so by now the grease may have hardened up after 11 years.

If is for sure a try and will not hurt.

Did the rest of the motion of the slide and the metal trough of mine match what your has?

And yes any pics you have would be great. We continue to learn the history on how our Sunlines where built by members who have problems and pictures and report back.

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Charlie, also to note, the 1st diagram showed floor rollers. Item 24. I do not know if Sunline used them or not but it was a difference in the 1st and 2nd diagram. In my book, the rollers are a good thing assuming they had a good sealing system to seal the floor closed when the slide was out. Mine slide on the Darco membrane. The 2005 models had plastic wear pads and rollers. A better setup.
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John, here are the images as promised. I'm sure you can identify parts using the schematic. The only items not shown in the drawing are the threaded rods used for inboard and out board stops. Don't see any indication of floor rollers.
By the way, is it safe to jack up the slide out to take the pressure off of the bearings (#6) so that they can be replaced?

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Hi Charlie

Takes a bunch for the pics. Interesting. The learning continues.

Your question about jacking on the slide to change the rollers. Yes this can be done but it comes with a caution and a method.

I have had to do this on mine and this is how I did it.

1. Extend the slide. This allows for more flex in the system.
2. I used a bottle jack to do the lifting. It is finer lifting and easier to control then a floor jack.
3. When lifting go really slow and just lift enough to take the pressure off. You are not really wanting to do a lot of lifting but you will see the pressure release. The entire slide room will lift up. There is room up top to allow it to lift some. Again we are in the 1/4" range of the entire room. To do your roller only lift it enough to be able to spin the roller and then maybe a 1/16" of day light and that is enough.
4. Put the stabilizers down to help ward off rocking of the camper when your lifting the slide.

In my case I lifted the room to allow me to get new Darco under the slide floor when doing my floor repair. Used a block of wood to spread out the load and lift the room. Put pressure out by the wall, not in the center of the floor. In your case your can lift the room on the end, one end at a time or lift the rack out by where it attaches to the room. I had my rack removed.

Here are some pics














Good luck

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Thanks for all of the assistance, John. You've been very informative. Sure glad I signed up !!!
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Hi Charlie,

Your welcome and glad you found us.

Thank you for posting the pics of your setup. Learned something new.

Thanks

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Hi JohnB and charliedross. I have the same slide out set up on my 2000 T267SR as Charlie. I'm starting to have problems with, well it seems to be as if the slide out is starting to drag on one side on the stationary carpet under it. I was wondering if either of you have under covered if Sunline used floor rollers? Before I start to tear into it. Thanks John and Charlie.
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Hi Rdonald

There are no slide rollers on Sunlines as standard prior to 2005 models. Lift up the rug flap where the slide floor meets the camper main floor. If there is a metal trough there, the slide slides on that metal trough

If one end is dragging there are adjustments for this. I am posting off a phone right now and limited on my normal stuff to help post. Look for witness lines in the rust for fresh movement of parts. The slide arm ends may have loosened and dropped down on one end.

That would be the easy and quick fix. If nothing shows signs of movement, then adjusting the slide gets a little more involved.

Let me know where you are at, at this time on the slide and we can go from there

Hope this helps

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Thanks John for the reply. On my slide room, I do not have the carpet flap. The room is squared off with the dinette close to the edge. I enclosed pic's from my 2000 T267SR. Was hoping I would not have to tear it apart for nothing. I have inspected the roller bearings under the slide room. Nothing stood out as a problem. Thanks again.
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Hi

Great pics, they help

When you slide is fully retracted in, please try and measure the clearance between the tile floor and the bottom of the slide floor on both the couch end and the dinette end. Looking for how parallel the slide floor at the ends of each slide are to the tiled camper floor

Also with the slide extended out, please take some pictures of how the slide arms attach the slide and other general features

I can see your dinette end is dragging the carpet hard on that end. And it is doing it a long distance

On mine vintange (2004 model). There is an adjustment that can help get the slide up off floor, but before one makes that adjustment you have to look at all the adjustments as some interact with each other. Before I send you down a road of adjustments, need to understand the whole problem

Also check outside the camper with the slide closed. Look at the gap along the top of the slide flanges where it meets the camper outside wall flange. Look if the gap at each ends are equal. Measure it and let us know how far out of parallel the top slide flange is to the camper wall flange

Ideally the slide floor inside is parallel to the camper floor when the slide is in, and outside the slide flange where it meets the camper is also parallel at the same time. If they are not, then needed to sort out why.

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John, I can tell you this. The whole slide room is missed aligned side to side. That is what got me to start looking for problems. I will post more pic's from the underside of how the slide arms attach to the slide and other general features. Will also to take some measurements of the room in & out, and inside and outside. Gonna try to do all of this on level ground and level the TT. Hopefully that will give the best measurements for accuracy. Thanks again, Robert
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Hi Robert

While you are out taking dimensions, with the slide closed;

Measure the gap at all 4 corner top and bottom and left and right ( front and back ) of the slide flange to the camper flange.

Also look if the slide is sealing fully on all 4 sides

From what you indicate more then one thing may be off and we need to look at all areas before adjusting

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