Dropped Slide (Jim, was this your problem?)

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  1. Papa Smurf

    Papa Smurf Member

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    Today whilst crawling around under the lounge slide , I noticed tracks of "scuffing" on the bottom. A fellow FUNster (Hi Bruce) said he thought this could be due to the slide dropping and also was likely to be the cause of my long-standing shear pins issues (they keep shearing). Bruce also thought this was a similar problem to one our erstwhile leader had a ?couple? of years ago with his lounge slide which had to be remedied by jacking it up and then finding the threaded rod on which the slide hangs and tightening the nut up to take up a bit more slack and therefore raise the slide a little.

    Can anyone shed any more light on this please? For example, the whereabouts of this rod (and how to access it ---- hand-drawn diagrams accepted), and where to borrow a fork lift truck or two to lift the slide so the nut can be tightened?

    I'd like to get this sorted before the bottom of the slide is ripped rather than scuffed, so all input welcomed!

    Thanks in advance all.

    Papa
     
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    Hi Papa Smurf, (say hi to Bruce for me) I did have this problem, and I still have a pin break every now and again, My 12 foot slide is really heavy, especially when the dinette storage is full of wine. The slides function depends upon that one pin and if it is not exactly level then the forces can apply more pressure than the pin can bear. Presently I am using a hardened steel pin similar to th eone shown below.

    My slide was raised by Travelworld under guarantee, though the adjustment looks easy enough to do ones self, and this made a big diference. Where the arms meet the slides you can see where to raise or lower the arms. The slide had sagged enough for it to have deep score markes on the underside of the slide. Travelworld did an excellent repair with galavanised sheet riveted into place.

    Hope this helps:Smile:


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  3. Geo

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    I was impressed by Travel worlds fix on that occasion Jim if you remember, and they used STAINLESS not galvanised thats for tin roofs:Rofl1:eek:r euro motor homes
     
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    Your right Geo, it was stainless steel. it certainly wasn't wriggly roof tin:Smile:
     
  5. Papa Smurf

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    Well, 48 hours after e-mailing Travelworld for a quote and they still haven;t bothered to reply. I am surprised that they can afford to lose customers, but sod-em. If they don't want my money, I'll find someone else who does.

    RayV8 thought that acro props might be a way forward - anyone have any constructive views?

    Thanks all,

    Papa
     
  6. American Dream

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    You don't know anyone with a forklift truck like they carry on the back of lorries do you?

    It would certainly lift it gently to the height you need it.

    Just a thought.

    Edit.....Sorry I've just seen You have already mentioned that.:Doh:

    Seems the best solution.

    Acro props would certainly do it and could probably be hired fairly cheaply.
     
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    Acro props can be hired (but you know that) ..

    how about a couple of bottle or trolley jacks with two 4x4 fence post cut to the right length ?
     
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    why not use a scaffold plank right along and car jack under each end. You might get away just doing one end at a time and only have to take sufficient weight to allow the adjustment to be made, Should even lift on its own screw with a decent spanner.
    slacken the lock nut and tighten the top one, job done.:Smile:
     
  9. Papa Smurf

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    Well, still no response from travel_world. They must be stacked out with work! Gosh, I bet they are busy. Must write a review for them....

    I've finally squeezed my rotundness under Harvey (no innuendo there then) and the only threaded bar I can see lies alongside the front slide arm. Have I missed something, or is this the one I need to adjust? I must admit I was expecting something a little heftier than what I've seen (probably 13mm diameter), and for the life of me, I can't understand how this could raise or lower the slide.

    Any further info welcomed. Love the ideas put forward already re Alco, bottle jacks, fence posts, builders planks etc.

    Yours in rotundness,
    Papa
     
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    Papa if you cannot see two large arms that hold the slide in place then I do not know how you adjust it. The slide of mine that broke was the front slide and it has these large arms. My bedroom slide which is the same size 12' does not have these arms on the outside, I presume they are under the bed on the inside of the slide. I will have a look this weekend when I pop them out.
     
  11. Papa Smurf

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    Jim,
    I can see the arms (after all, they come out of the side and I've banged my head on them a few times), and to confirm is IS my front slide that's dropped. Don;t look under the bed, you'll hate the double floor and inaccessibility of everything (already been there).

    My current query is the validation of the threaded bolt. The one I can see from underneath lies alongside the rear portion of the front arm.

    Papa
     
  12. Geo

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    Dear Mr Rotund I believe you can't fathom the adjuster because I think you are looking at the main screw that pulls and pushes the slide in and out
    to see the adjusters push out the slide full travel
    go outside and sit under the slide with back resting on RV,
    look to the left and right of the slide and and you will see two arms that support it, close to the end of these arms (rails) near floor you should see a nut and bolt arrangement (pointing up) that if turned would clearly send the slide up or down you will need a 3/4" spanner (approx) they may differ RV to RV
    Hope that helps, or have i got the wrong idea:Doh:
    Geo
     
  13. Papa Smurf

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    Dear Brother in Rotundness.

    Thanks for that - I will do so when it is light tomorrow. I shall also take a piccie to post so that I can make sure I'm looking in the right place. :thumb:
     
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  14. Papa Smurf

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    Jim, Geo et al.

    Slide1.jpg shows the brackets at the end of the slide arms

    slide2.jpg (with red arrow) shows a threaded bolt inside the end of the brackets. Is it this one I need to adjust when slide "lifted"?

    Thanks.

    Papa "portly" Smurf
     
  15. Geo

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    Well PaPa the first pic looked as though you were in the right area but the exhaust pipe suggests other wise:Eek!: a simple sketch below shows what we expected to see

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  16. Papa Smurf

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    Hi Geo.

    The "exhaust pipe" is the sleeve for the manual winding handle..... :Doh: However, I can understand your "confusion" as the picture isn;t sufficiently large enough to take in the whole scene...

    I am reasonably sure that the arrowed bolt in the second of my piccies is the threaded bolt you seem to indicate.

    Thanks for all your help :thumb:

    Papa


    p.s Just HOW BIG IS YOUR SLIDE? :)
     
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    Hi Pappa
    I had this problem last year. Wood shavings around the floor and the slide becoming progressively more difficult to take out or in. In the end I could only move it with the manual hydraulic pump and that was hard work
    I went through all of the things that you are going through but decided that it was too risky from both a safety point of view and a practical point of view.I was frightened of making it worse.
    I took it to Midland International in Coventry, when they looked at it the answer was as simple as I hadn't been lubricating the extension rams properly. It works perfectly now

    Hope this helps

    Jim :Smile:
     
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