Dinette slider

Discussion in 'Slide-Outs / Bunkends' started by mommadukes, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. mommadukes

    mommadukes New Member

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    Help!
    Ran in to a little trouble closing the slider. Opened and cleared multiple times to be sure that all the tenting was clear, nothing was blocking the path, etc. Right side closed and locked easily. Left side - not so much. DH may have tried a little too much muscle - and now it looks like the bar that locks down to secure it, is bent and won't go behind the plate to allow it to completely close and lock. Anything we can do - or is it back to the dealer where we got it. Although, we bought it used - it is a 2000 Coleman Utah by Fleetwood. We live in upstate NY and I don't have any idea who does repairs.

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  2. mercman

    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    Can't help with the slide repair but I do know that Alpin Haus in upstate NY is a Fleetwood Dealer (they made colemans).

    Hope it's a little help.

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  3. mommadukes

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    Thanks for the suggestion - I think I know where they are located - not too far away.

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  4. Fairview 2001

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    Make sure the slide out is centered. After a while the slide tends to slip to one side or the other and can be difficult to latch. Try opening it and centering it before closing. Then see if the sticky latch will grab.

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  5. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    ALso make sure you put white grease on the rail system so it slides easier also.


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  6. fritz_monroe

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    And make sure you push it in evenly. I've had mine not want to latch because I pushed it in unevenly.

    Good luck and let us know what you find.

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  7. Ranger302

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    We're on vacation right now about 5 plus hours from home and we're running into the exact same problem on our '99 Utah. We stopped at a rest area and the front of the slider had popped the latch. When I looked at the latch the arm that comes down to lock it was bent. I bent it back, but the slider doesn't want to sit flush with the rest of the camper. I had to "persuade" it to get back behind the stop.

    What was your problem in the end?
     
  8. Kunk35

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    We have a palamino with a slide out, and have had similiar problems. Ours has a swingarm roller type of bracket that supports the slide out. While going down the road beating the pop-up to death, sometimes one side comes off the rollers and ends up sitting directly on the bottom of the pup. The really bad thing is, when you try to pull it out or push it back in, it catches the 110v electical line that runs under the slideout on top of the floor.

    The first time we discovered this wonderful design, we had driven 6 hours to our destination, and because of unplanned traffic, didn't arrive until 10:30 at night. I was one unhappy camper trying to figure out why it would not come out all the way. That was my lesson in "don't force it if it's not working right". Pulled the wiring apart and shorted out the breaker.

    Now I check that every time I pull the slide. If you have that type of support, you might check that and see if it's off the rollers.

    Good luck.
     
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    I have an 2008 Saratoga I bought new in Nov of 2008 and the slide out becomes un latched each time I travel with it....it is at the dealership for the fouth time trying to repair the problem....I am loosing my marbles.....The dealership is not "working" well with me...I am getting very angry....this is their last chance then it is lawyer time......
     
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    Glad we decided not to go with the extra slide out now.
     
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    I had the same problem with my Saratoga. I found that bending the arm ever so slightly until I found just the right spot has worked for me. I also find that I must push in just a little harder on the front to get it to latch. Has been ok so far all this summer.
     
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    I was wondering if others had difficulty. The slide does not reach the rear latch...they have shimmed it but it is still wrong....if they dont fix it this time....lawyer.....I spent a lot of money to avoid problems. I will buy used and deal with problems with the money I save.


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    We have an 07 Saratoga and noticed a similar problem. It hasn't popped out while driving but I did notice that one of the latches doesn't seem to fully catch the block plate when you secure the latch. One side seems to do this nicely while the other doesn't. My solution is/was to move the block plate out toward the latch so when you turn the latch to secure that side of the slide-out that it would better meet the block plate. I did this by removing the block plate and placing a few washers to space it out. We've been out a couple of times since then and it seems to be fine. Sorry, I have no picts ... I didn't even think of taking picts until this thread came around.

    Hope this helps™,
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    The slideout in our Starcraft goes in first, then is secured by the bunkends sliding in. We haven't had a problem---maybe it's a better system, or we're just lucky!
     
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    Our Camplite is the same way......slide in first and then is partially locked in by the bunk ends. There is also 2 latches that slide across on the outside. I will try to post a pic when we get home from camping at the fair.
     
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    The Saratoga works the same, the bunk ends hold the slide plus there are two latches. the rear latch keeps popping and it has in turn caused difficulty with the rear bunk. The dealer did "shim" the rear block but it did not solve the problem. They allege that they have fixed it this time....as I stated...if it is not repaired I am going forward with a demand.

    I will say that I wont by another saratoga....I certainly will not return to this dealership
     
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    We have a 2006 Fleetwood Williams which is basically a Utah with a toilet/shower and I have the same issue. The dinette slide right side latch is always easy to latch, but the left slide latch is a little tricky.

    Just a couple weeks ago I pulled the PUP out on my driveway, leveled it, opened the slide and then closed it and still had a hard time with the left latch. Looking at the clearance between the slide latch and PUP body, there seems to be a little more clearance on the right side as opposed to the left side.

    Playing around with it I found if I open the slide and close it a couple times, always attempting to latch the left side first, eventually it will successfully latch. I tried to force it once and decided that was probably not a good idea.

    I think the clearance on the left side of the slide is just tighter and takes a little more work to get it latched. If you hear anything back from your dealer let us know what they tell you.
     
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    Well the latch finally failed today on the way home. Hit a very bumpy section of I-75 and when we stopped for fuel the latch arm had sheared off. I guess I need to start searching for a new latch.
     
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    Ok got a latch, does anyone know how to get at the backside of the latch?
     

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