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Posted: 01/18/18 02:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On our Keystone Cougar, we gently use the slides on a limited basis if all the way in or all the way out- Being careful not to step on the inside edge, or within...6-10" (whatever a big step is [emoticon] )

All the way in, the slide supported against the outside of the walls of the camper. All the way out, supported against the inside of the walls of the camper and the edge against the floor.

Now that is if we must. In all reality...now that we upgraded to the 4 GC batteries, I just find a spot wide enough and zip it out and back in when finished, say for a lunch stop in a rest area or fill stop.

Battery *should* recharge along the tow. I have the charging relay and such...but I should actually test that sometime.

That is all. Back to your regularly schedule program [emoticon]

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Posted: 01/18/18 03:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

During the PDI for the TT in my sig, the RV tech did say that it was a bad idea to step on the edge of the slide floor when in the retracted position. The owner's manual is silent on this issue.


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Posted: 01/19/18 05:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey, this is all a first world problem and I see all the advantages. But, we use our coach with extensive and hard miles nationally. Our old infrastructure is challenging to any vehicle, much less a home on wheels. We often stay in casino and roadside rest stops enroute to our destination,

Just these past 2 weeks. Arcata to Needles back to Sacramento. Lots of hwy 99. The full air suspension on our truck and torsion suspension on the coach got a real workout.Made the east coast look like a glass hwy.I just can't see slides for us ever. Not after this design. We walk in, push the genny button, always set up and most important no surprises.

Each his own. I say less is more.

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Final Update - I ended up buying the Shasta Oasis 25RS (the one with the slide out). On with learning more about the Lippert Schwintek slideout mechanism :-).

Thanks all for the vigorous debate and all the ideas and suggestions!

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Congrats ! Now go have some fun..... don't forget the fixins' for s'mores.

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Posted: 03/07/18 09:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations! Sounds like you worked out what was important to you and then went and snatched one up. Enjoy [emoticon]

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There are several good videos on the slide mech. Do a search for it and check out the factory videos. And get yourself a spray can of CRC power lube with teflon. It's what the factory reccos for lubing the gibs.

Main thing about Schwinteks is when running them in or out, don't stop part way. Hold the button until they run to the end of travel, then continue holding the button for a second. This will ensure the two motors are in sync with each other.

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gmw photos wrote:

There are several good videos on the slide mech. Do a search for it and check out the factory videos. And get yourself a spray can of CRC power lube with teflon. It's what the factory reccos for lubing the gibs.


good tip, thanks!

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Main thing about Schwinteks is when running them in or out, don't stop part way. Hold the button until they run to the end of travel, then continue holding the button for a second. This will ensure the two motors are in sync with each other.


funny you say that, I saw exactly that on a video yesterday [emoticon]

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