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Usnthedog

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Posted: 06/21/20 03:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The bed slide trim on my Greystone Re32 slide is flexing inward when the slide is out. Just looking at it it looks like the slide is a box and 1/2 plywood flanges were fastened to the box to keep it from falling out of the trailer. This seems to be a normal set up but my main slides seem to have some bracing and this does not. The trim is a 1x6 trim boards with separate corner blocks. The flanges have flexed so much that the blocks have came loose. It is all wrapped in rubber fabric so I can't see much. Does anyone know how this is put together? Is there a brace somewhere that keeps the flange solid or is it just nailed/screwed to the "box"? I'd send pictures if I could figure out how. Thanks, Jeff

It is a Heartland brand. Like a Sundance only Gray. Made only a couple of years.

* This post was edited 06/24/20 08:48am by Usnthedog *

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Posted: 06/23/20 07:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't have a lot of experience with trailers, but pictures would probably help a lot, if you can post some.

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Posted: 06/23/20 08:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Hope this picture appears.

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Posted: 06/23/20 09:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The slides I have had all had mechanical stops in the mechanisms... They did not rely on the inside trim as yous appears to be doing. Look for such a stop.It should be adjustable.


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Posted: 06/24/20 08:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This as far as I know is rack and pinion. As the slide extends it hits the top and then the bottom/sides are pushed out until the pinion slips on the rack with a very noticeable clunk. My main slides are like this and they behave the same.

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Usnthedog wrote:

This as far as I know is rack and pinion. As the slide extends it hits the top and then the bottom/sides are pushed out until the pinion slips on the rack with a very noticeable clunk. My main slides are like this and they behave the same.
How does the pinion "slip" on the rack?

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Posted: 06/25/20 07:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is what I think happens. The pinion gear tooth rides up over the rack tooth at the end of travel. I'll accept anyone else's explanation. The point is that the system stops when the slide is fully extended. There could be a built in ratchet that relieves the end of travel stress. It is not motor stall. The noticeable clunk is a giveaway that it is a mechanical separation of the motor and the slide. Am I the only one who has a system like this?
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Usnthedog wrote:

That is what I think happens. The pinion gear tooth rides up over the rack tooth at the end of travel. I'll accept anyone else's explanation. The point is that the system stops when the slide is fully extended. There could be a built in ratchet that relieves the end of travel stress. It is not motor stall. The noticeable clunk is a giveaway that it is a mechanical separation of the motor and the slide. Am I the only one who has a system like this?
Jeff


What I am getting at is that there should be a mechanical stop, and it should be adjustable. It should mechanically stop just as the flange touches the wall. There should little to no pressure on the flange.

As for your slides mechanics... I do not know, There are quite a few different ones out there


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