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Went motorhome shopping on Monday and looked at lot of new units in Texas. I noticed that some of the Forest River Berkshire units had a cable system for the slides while others appeared to have hydraulic/electric slides. I asked the salesman and all he could come up with is that the cable system extends and retracts all four corners at the same time. Has anyone had any experience with this cable system? The only thing I can relate to is the nightmare cable system we had on an old popup unit.


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My 2008 Monaco has the cable system. It is a series of 4 cables and pulleys powered by a 12V motor. It does connect to all 4 corners. Don't know the advantages of this system; maybe less weight, takes up less space or may be less expensive?

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I noticed this too at the RV show. I know there have been lots of problems with hyd. slides, are the new cable slides the way of the future?


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Sometimes I look at slides as just one more thing to break. Yes, that is pessimistic.


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I do have to admit that we ran a bunch of slides in and out during our 4 hour visit to the dealership everything from the HR Alumalite to a Monaco Diplomat and a used Newmar that talked to my wife as she pressed the switch. The cable system seemed to run smooth where some of the electric only systems were slower and made a fair amount of noise.

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Our Forest River Motorhome has a cable pulley system to control the slide as it goes out, but the push actually comes from a hydraulic cylinder, The cables are just to contol alignment I believe.
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rebdjb wrote:

Went motorhome shopping on Monday and looked at lot of new units in Texas. I noticed that some of the Forest River Berkshire units had a cable system for the slides while others appeared to have hydraulic/electric slides. I asked the salesman and all he could come up with is that the cable system extends and retracts all four corners at the same time. Has anyone had any experience with this cable system? The only thing I can relate to is the nightmare cable system we had on an old popup unit.


I have two of those. Basically they work quite well.. One of mine has a small problem which I may address some day (or not, it is that small)

Just one word of caution.. Mine are "Accu-slide" units, I suspect yours will be too. I would order and keep handy ONE cable repair kit. You may well never use it but I was not so lucky.

IF a cable ever breaks DO NOT PULL IT OUT till you read the instructions in the kit... I am very serious about this. DO NOT PULL IT OUT.

I was able to fish a new cable in but it was a mel of a hess as they say...

Each slide has eight cables, 4 for IN 4 for OUT, only one of mine broke.

They work well.

One other thing. Like power gear slides and Kwickee steps they use a current sensor, not a limit switch, to stop the motor.

The one of mine that has the minor problem likes to "Stall" about 2 inches before it's fully in.


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most of the thought behind the cable thing is weight, then it is the problems and mess of the other older systems. yes cables break and they will wear holes in the grommets in the track system, but they are a big improvement in slides.

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One of our bedrooms slides is a cable unit. It isn't perfect. There are metal shavings left on the carpet whenever we put out the slide. Looks like a grommet is rubbing on a cable as it is going in and out. The cables are the ones doing the pushing and pulling, there is no arm doing it. How well a slide system works depends on how well it was installed, not what kind of system it is.


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Accuslide cable slides have been out for YEARS. They are not common now due to the problems when the cables break. I was suprised that they still had new units that used the slide cable system as I have not seen them in a few years on new units. The newest from a few years ago is the side gear driven Schwintek system which also has been a failure after a few years and most OEM's have dropped Accuslide and Schwintek on higher priced RV's and have gone to the proven traditional Bottom single motor and Hydraulic. You will see Schwintek and Accuslide on the lower priced Trailers. I would NOT have either Accuslide or Scwintek on MY RV and would be a dealbreaker for me on any unit that has them. Doug

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