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crasster

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We found the PERFECT travel trailer... We just want it. Everything we like about it. We want to buy it! But it has 1 flaw. It seems as though the slide has an issue.

From the interior, if you look at the slide housing on the right hand bottom, it looks like something is "separating".

I'll post some pics below.

Also if I run my hand on the TOP of the slide TRIM on the interior, the rubber gasket that mashes against the trailer wall is REALLY smashed on the right side, but a small gap on the left.

I know something is off.

Here are some pics. (The carpet I pulled back. This is the RIGHT side, and where the rubber up top is smashed)

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Another in different lighting. (Notice the wood "busting through").
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Other Side (BELOW) that looks correct - This is the left side - Rubber gasket up top is gapped and not touching the interior RV wall.


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Outside (just thought I'd snap photos of it)

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Closer (lower)

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Does anybody know what will cause the trim on the top photos to do that? Is it REAL bad? Fixable? I'm thinking that the right side extended out a bit too far and broke something (which explains the gasket on top being TIGHT on the right but not the left).

Any pointers? Suggestions? Fixable? Do we walk away from the RV because of this issue?

Thanks!


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Don’t know what caused it, but find another one. As it doesn’t have a slide topper something could have caused the slide to skew when being retracted. How does the slide look when stowed?


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wildtoad wrote:

Don’t know what caused it, but find another one. As it doesn’t have a slide topper something could have caused the slide to skew when being retracted. How does the slide look when stowed?


I haven't been able to see it yet. It's on a lot not plugged in. I was very concerned about the wood exposed. Looked "Caddywampus".

Also thanks to the other guy for helping resize my photos. [emoticon]

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If serious in purchasing this unit I would take it to a competent indenpendent repair shop (not an RV dealer or the selling dealer) and have them look at it. It could be as simple as a adjustment to align the slide or there could be serious HIDDEN water damage! It will probably cost you $ but save you $$$$$ plus a never ending headache and a value drop to nearly ZERO!


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richardcoxid wrote:

If serious in purchasing this unit I would take it to a competent indenpendent repair shop (not an RV dealer or the selling dealer) and have them look at it. It could be as simple as a adjustment to align the slide or there could be serious HIDDEN water damage! It will probably cost you $ but save you $$$$$ plus a never ending headache and a value drop to nearly ZERO!


Very good advice. I am serious in buying it but there's always more fish in the sea. It's hard when it seems to be the "perfect unit".

Yea, It's definitely out of alignment being the rubber gasket on the top of the slide is crunched on right side and gapped on the other side. It may be an adjustment... I'm concerned though that something of great pressure "broke" or "pressed" the square into a parallelogram of sorts. Going from | | to / / It's hard to tell. The other side seems straight though.

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May be damage done by driving on rough roads or in very windy weather without the locking bars in place.

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If serious I doubt the dealer will let you take it on a test drive. Find a reputable Mobile RV tech and pay him to look at it. If it a simple adjust men he should be able to tell you, if not you just saved thousands to find a good one. Spending that much a hundred to be sure is a really small %.


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garyemunson wrote:

May be damage done by driving without the locking bars in place.


Locking bars for slides haven't been used for years.


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i cant see the issue you are sepaking of with teh rubber seal on the exterior but as far as the inside, I'm guessing someone extreded the slide but something was between the trailer wall and that trim of the slide and it pushed it off the slide slightly. I did that exact thing in mine but I saw it immediatly and it only moved about a foot of the material closest to the floor and unless you look for it you can't even see it.
I'm with some others also, have an independant repairman look at it and get his thoughts. On tell the dealer you will purchase it if those items are remedied. If they aren't willing to do so then find another dealer. Look long enough and you will find another one.

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