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Old 12-27-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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Ready to tackle a slide out adjustment - 2001 Classic

Now that im nearly finished with the interior im moving outside and the first thing that bugs me the most is the slide out alignment. I have noticed that the upper forward edge is too close and beginning to wear the seal. The pictures would indicate damage to the metal but i would say that is from original assy and not contact as there is not evidence of it on the opening area. I have tried to take many pictures of the mechanism that moves it in and out including what i think are the adjustment points. The rearward edge has too much gap and the forward edge seems to be too tight only on the top edge. So.. do i loosen the main supports a bit and pry it rear ward a little or can i adjust one of the outer supports to tip it away from the contact point. Does anyone have any experience with this or know of any work instruction that might explain the procedure? Im not afraid to tackle the project unless someone says no way.. dont touch it! Idea's?
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Here are some shots of the adjustments and mechanism
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:13 PM   #3
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and here is one more set with the teflon slider that wedges into the opening to center everything. I think it can only do so much so as to not allow contact if the whole thing is screwed up.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:18 PM   #4
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I contacted the technical support group at Jackson Center and recieved an email back acknowledging they recieved my question. I guess im looking for some instructions as to what adjustment is first. I will let you know what they come back with.

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Old 01-06-2009, 08:44 AM   #5
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I don't have any suggestions for you but I did want to say thanks for documenting your attempt. It's nice to know in case I have to do it someday.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
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Steve,

Once i get feedback i will post the instructions here. I dont think its that big of a deal but it would be nice to hear the first adjustment. Sometimes if you do it out of order you end up chasing your tail and you lose your base adjustment and have to start from scratch. I dont want to end up with damage.. i want to avoid damage. I will let you know. Hopefully yours never needs it. I did look at the frame on the trailer. Its BEEFY! That made me feel good about the slide. It seems they went overkill when they added this option early on.

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Old 01-08-2009, 03:51 PM   #7
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Guys,

Jim at Airstream called me today. It turns out the adjustment is actually very easy. Most of the adjustments can be done with the slide in the closed position so you can watch your results. Based on what Jim told me the main supports that perform the moving action can be left alone and Im to adjust the extending pads to achieve the fit. Im all in . I will post pictures to document the steps in case someone else has the same issue.

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Old 01-08-2009, 08:11 PM   #8
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Clarification;

Adjustments cannot be made in the closed position like previously stated. Results can be viewed in the closed position but the adjustments must be made while fully extended and then closed to verify.

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Old 01-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #9
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The slide is all adjusted. Thanks to Jim at Airstream. If anyone is thinking about this, its easier than you might think. I started by lubing all the contact points. This includes the rack and pinion and wheels. I also waxed the slide and sprayed silicone on the seals. The adjustments were made in two locations. This picture illustrates the rear extension foot. I lowered the rear support by one full turn and raised the other by a full turn. Once I closed the slide I was not only surprised by how quiet it is now but as I watched it close (my wife operated the switch) it came into perfect alignment. If you own a slide it would be a good idea to drop that little door underneath and check things out. A little lube and grease went along ways.. Thanks for sticking with me on this one. It might be a bit boring to those of you that dont have a slide on their airstream.

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slide out

When we travel we move most everyday. Will the slide out standup to be used daily?
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:22 PM   #11
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Hello Hickory,

Now that i have climbed through this whole think both inside and underneath its really built well. Everything seems to be overbuilt with heavy steel rails and good common sence engineering. I wouldnt worry, I think it will provide trouble free operation for many years to come.

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Old 08-23-2009, 08:29 PM   #12
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Falling into a rut?!

Just an update on my slideout adjustment.

One of the problems with the teflon type stops rubbing against the fiberglass opening is wear. My slide keeps falling into small ruts that have been created over time. The slide is adjusted correctly now but if shifted into the rut it will stay there until opened again.

So heres what I did. I had two small 1 x 6 brushed 1/16th stainless steel plates made with small stainless screws. Now when I close the slide it stays centered and no longer is allowed to find the ruts. I will let you know if this works out.

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Just an update on my slideout adjustment.

One of the problems with the teflon type stops rubbing against the fiberglass opening is wear. My slide keeps falling into small ruts that have been created over time. The slide is adjusted correctly now but if shifted into the rut it will stay there until opened again.

So heres what I did. I had two small 1 x 6 brushed 1/16th stainless steel plates made with small stainless screws. Now when I close the slide it stays centered and no longer is allowed to find the ruts. I will let you know if this works out.

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Vinnie, Thanks for posting this. I just noticed the other day how mine has developed a similar wear and was thinking about what I was going to do. Mt thought was to find a hard rubber sticky-back and place it there, or fill the wear spot with some fiberglass bondo. I like your idea too.
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Old 08-24-2009, 09:46 AM   #14
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Vinnie,

had same problem... j/c made the adjustment, so it's good to know I can do it myself

can you post some after pix?

do you notice if it shifts at all when hitched with weight distribution tightened up?

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Old 08-24-2009, 04:42 PM   #15
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Hello guys,

If you decide to add these plates you have to go below and adjust the stops so the slide sits on its rollers and is not tipped due to the thicker stop points. The stops would have to be extended by the 1/16th inch plates. Once i get the trailer out of the shelter I will take some pictures.

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Old 08-30-2009, 05:42 PM   #16
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I bet your all sick of slide out adjustments.. me too.
Here's my problem. In the quest for perfection i keep screwing with and it goes from better to bad to worse. I am so frustrated. Something must be tweaked.

I removed the lower bezel so I could close the slide and see what the tension is on the adjusters while sitting in place. In a perfect world the slide should just sit in place without any stress on it and line up evenly. It seems like there is another adjustment but I would have to lower the belly pan to see it. No thanks..

Heres where Im at now. I had to remove the teflon stops on the rearward side to get the slide to sit in this "still not correct" position. As soon as I install the stops on the upper edge the slide gap closes up on the forward upper edge. Thinking of milling down those two teflon pieces
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Thanks for the info!

My slide has the same issues you experienced; front is very close but considerable gap in the rear. Have to give it an "umph" when putting the locks inside on the front side as well. I can tell the bolts that hold the long hinged door haven't been opened since it was made either; will definitely lube the gears and give it a birthday too. I can't believe how simple the process is. I plan on doing it this weekend; will definitely let you know how it went. Again, thanks for the info!
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Thanks for the bump. It reminded me to finish this thread. I had adjusted the slide so it sits perfect when closed without teflon guides installed. The trailer was perfectly level and supported with jacks down. The problem was after driving a few miles (even with the locks in place) the slide would move around and the gap would close at the forward edge. So I went to tap plastics and made a few shims to match the overall dimensions of the upper teflon guide. It was necessary for me to add two thin shims behind the forward upper teflon guide. I also had to mill down the rear teflon guide about 2 millimeters. I used grease on the teflon guides and watched how much was wiped off to determine if there was too much squeeze going on after the modification. Now when closed the slide stays in perfect position and there are no unusual stresses on the slide opening. I can only imagine that things were not quite square from the beginning / not adjusted correctly or slide operated on a regular basis without the jacks down before me. I have been using the trailer regularly since this modification and have no issues with the slide since.

Feel free to call me if you have questions.

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That statement could be interpreted many ways Mikey..
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