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We are looking to trade our Jayco TT in on a new 5er.

We have found a Durango D325SB that we like, it is a 2010 model
The salesman explained that the slides were operated by a combination of cables, chain and an electric motor.

Is this type of system trouble free, or is the rack and pinon system better?

As someone with a farming background, I do know the more moving parts, the greated the option for failure.

Does anyone on the forum have any experience with this type operating system.

We also found a Jayco eagle superlite (31.5 RLTS) that we liked, so what is the thought of the board on these choices?

We have had a TT for several years and are looking to upgrade, since I plan on retiring in about 3 years and we hope to be able to travel some.

Any input will be appreciated!!
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I had a 5er with an elec. pump/hydraulic ram/cable operated slide and the slide mechanism was the only thing that was worth a damn on the whole RV! Craig

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While I have had no experience with the cable systmes, I did look at how they work on the BAL website. They are becoming much more widely used - especially in units trying to reduce gross weights. The Montana High Country series have them and Heartlands are using them in many bedroom slides. In main level slide rooms, the need to cut holes in the I-beam frame is negated as well as the elimantion of the traditional slide room arms and exposed gearing, etc. Here is a link to the system: Pcm

http://norcoind.com/bal/products/oem/accuslide/index.shtml

move down the bottom of the link for a demo of the system.

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I noticed them too on the Montana High Country - and I believe Montana had to go to a cable system for the front living room model to keep the floor level down (bedroom slides have the ram under the bed).

I'm not sold on it after watching my Starcraft pop up self destruct more than once as a result of a frayed cable on the lift system. I also think they are a little unsightly to look at from the outside.

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Open Range has been using the cable system since they started out about 4 years ago. Might do a search on "Open Range" and see what comments there are on the slide system. I don't recall reading about any problems. I actually think the idea has merit as top and bottom of slide are pulled evenly. Randu


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pcm1959 wrote:

While I have had no experience with the cable systmes, I did look at how they work on the BAL website. They are becoming much more widely used - especially in units trying to reduce gross weights. The Montana High Country series have them and Heartlands are using them in many bedroom slides. In main level slide rooms, the need to cut holes in the I-beam frame is negated as well as the elimantion of the traditional slide room arms and exposed gearing, etc. Here is a link to the system: Pcm

http://norcoind.com/bal/products/oem/accuslide/index.shtml

move down the bottom of the link for a demo of the system.


Thanks for the link, that is very clear how they work.
I do not feel like they will give much trouble after reading about them and watching the video..
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We have found a Durango D325SB that we like, it is a 2010 model
The salesman explained that the slides were operated by a combination of cables, chain and an electric motor


Well that's news to me, ours is driven by gears, and it's an '09 Durango 35BHH, no chains there, it is electric motors I'd check that source, here's the web sightclick here


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They pull evenly and you don't have the big holes in the frame for rams and such. They have been used in the past on some high end units.


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I had that on an Rvision Ts25ss and it was pure junk,holes in the rubber seals etc. never could get it to pull even and seal properly,but then the unit as a whole was less then fun,might have just been the manufacturer.Would never stay in adjustment or alignment,and constantly leaked.Haven't looked at anyone elses use or installation.

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Posted: 08/29/10 10:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No experience with cables except for the lid to my pop up trailer and they worked just fine. I would focus on the floorplan and assume the engineers have installed a good slide system.


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