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Old 08-23-2012, 12:09 AM   #15
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Here's a link to a thread I did on Slide Adjustments.
Its an early slide but should apply to most trailer models.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f252...tml#post651167
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:31 AM   #16
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Pics of slide lock on my '07. Locked for transit, unlocked ready to extend and exterior view of lock. The wood block attached to the arm with a magnet for locking.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:12 PM   #17
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Slide Locks

GCinSC2,

Thanks for the photos. That's a very interesting mechanism.

I wonder why there has to be a lock. My AS LYG MH has no such locks.

Our slide just goes in and out and stays in place due to tension on a series of cables.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #18
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We have lived in our 03 28ft slide for almost three years now, and I must say we love it. Folks are correct with the weight issue but I don't have any problems pulling it with a 3/4 ton duramax, and I don't think you'll have any with your rig. People are also correct when they say you'll have alot of gawkers and questions about it too. The I've never seen will come up frequently. The only issue I've had so far was a leak on the bottom portion of the slide. Factory didn't cut the carpet all the way out of the drip holes in a corner of the slide so on heavy rain days the carpet would soak up the water and wet the couch corner and carpet. I keep my gasket conditioned with silicone and it seals pretty good.
Good luck with your decision and remember all units have issues, just decide what you want and go for it !
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:00 PM   #19
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extra weight

So ... ZoominC6 said to avoid the early years of the slide models because the axles are under rated ... what years were the slides produced and how much heaver are they than a regular 31' AS?

And then AIRSLIDE said something else about weight ... that AS built them with a heavier frame ... I've been told different about this and would prefer to believe AIRSLIDE than the know it all geezers at the Pancake House (and Dave, if you are reading this I meant that in the best, most Christian way)

So, help me out here, were the frames really made heavier? and how can we tell?

Thanks again for all the comments and remember: this is Talk Like A Pirate day!
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Hi,

I dont have the official word but I have my SO at the shop and all the other non SO models that come through have a significantly smaller frame. Cant remember who told me but when he was at the factory during a tour it was mentioned that the frames were beefed up for the additional load. I might have a picture of mine with a hitch setup?

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Old 09-19-2012, 04:13 PM   #21
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I just read AIRSLIDE's thread about slide adjustment and it sounds like after taking a gander at the frame it must be obvious that it is beefier ... and what do you - AIRSLIDE - think about the comment that the axles were not up to the task on earlier models?
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Arrgh!

Matey, me thinks you bin asking all wrong. Ain't ye thinkin' 'bout slidin' the plank out o'er the gunnels so ye can JUMP???
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Well let me jumb in here. We have a 2003 Safari SO. which is a little over 9 years old. We have had no trouble with the slide,or the axles.
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I just read AIRSLIDE's thread about slide adjustment and it sounds like after taking a gander at the frame it must be obvious that it is beefier ... and what do you - AIRSLIDE - think about the comment that the axles were not up to the task on earlier models?

Its true about the axles.. With propane, water and both waste tanks full I think I have an available payload of 300 lbs..

When its time for axles.. I will upgrade to the next size up.
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So ... ZoominC6 said to avoid the early years of the slide models because the axles are under rated ... what years were the slides produced and how much heaver are they than a regular 31' AS?

And then AIRSLIDE said something else about weight ... that AS built them with a heavier frame ... I've been told different about this and would prefer to believe AIRSLIDE than the know it all geezers at the Pancake House (and Dave, if you are reading this I meant that in the best, most Christian way)

So, help me out here, were the frames really made heavier? and how can we tell?

Thanks again for all the comments and remember: this is Talk Like A Pirate day!
Forrest McClure wrote an interesting piece in the Spring 2012 edition of Airstream Life titled "The 2001-2009 30' Slide-Out". Mr. McClure quotes the often used axiom to avoid buying the first year run of anything and further states that the 70th Anniversary model (2001) was one with the apparent axle design issue. This was the first year of production for the 30 foot (31') Slide Out. He goes on to say that the '01 model has a GVWR of 9,100 lbs and axles rated at only 4,400 lbs (you can do the math) leaving the assumption that the TV hitch would carry the rest! He also states that "the first few years" of production were built with these axles. The article is another excellent piece from a great publication which I would encourage you to subscribe to if you don't already do so. Happy trails.
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