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Old 02-20-2016, 12:26 PM   #127
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Slide alignment questions

1. When bringing my slide in, it seems the top contacts first and stops moving and then the mechanism pulls the bottom in a little more. Is this correct? If so is there a recommended distance that the bottom continues to come in after the top contacts?

2. What is the process for adjusting the stop on the mechanism, i.e. the bolts on front and rear tracks that feet on them and contact the closeout on the frame?

3. What is the purpose of the small (1/8" - 3/16") rod that runs parallel to the rack gear?


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Old 02-20-2016, 06:45 PM   #128
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Made a lot of progress with the adjustment but still not done. When I started the top front edge was only .050 from the molding on the trailer. It is now 0.230. This from lowering the rear of the slide 2-1/2 turns.

Answering two of my own questions:

1. No, this is not normal. As I got closer to an even adjustment of the gap, the top stopped hitting first and the stop on the rails stopped the slide before the top was fully seated.

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3. The small rod is the stop for going out. It is now not stopping the bottom of the slide when going out until after the top of the slide seats and the motor continues to push which raises the slide a little. This is the opposite of what was happening before when bringing the slide in.

I'd still like to get an official procedure, maybe a phone call to JC will result in getting it, but I think I know what to do. When I get the gaps correct all around I'll adjust the out stop so it stops the bottom about the same time as the top makes contact and then do the same for the in stop when retracting.

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Old 02-21-2016, 08:12 AM   #129
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Al,

Its been a while since I tinkered with adjusting my slide to balance the gaps, etc. But one comment for the slide owners is the leveling of the frame w/o the stabilizers and just using the stabilizer jack as a stabilizer not a leveler.

I carry a few pieces of 2 X 10 or whatever but my go to trailer leveler has become the heavy screw jack (2) that I carry for my trailer jack. So i'll spot it and trim the level with the jacks as req'd.

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Old 02-21-2016, 08:23 PM   #130
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Slide adjustment results

It took 6 separate adjustments, but I think it is about as good as it is going to get until I fix the damage on the front right corner which, I presume, came from towing it with the improperly adjusted slide. It was already damaged when I bought it, and I should have adjusted it before driving but ran out of time.

Here are the results of today's efforts. The measurements at the top, front and rear, are the least accurate. It was hard to get a good measurement under the rolled up awning.

The Lippert manual says the distance from the top of the rail to the slide floor should be the same at both ends of the rail. I had dropped the outside end of my rear slide too far and the slide was not sealing at the top when pulled in. Once I got closer to the same measurement at each end of the rail, it sealed better. I had to leave the front slide rail higher at the end than the inside in order to get a more uniform gap all around. Either the damaged area was affecting the measurement or something is torqued, perhaps from putting the slide out without putting the jacks down.

It's not perfect, but it is way better than it was and should be good enough.

Gary - I leveled the trailer with blocks under the wheels. I assumed that the caution about not leveling with the jacks applied to this trailer as well as my Safari, even though the jacks are capable of it according to their spec sheet. I didn't know about the frame.

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Old 02-22-2016, 08:12 PM   #131
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Wiper Seal Detaching

When I picked up my trailer I noticed the wiper seal was detaching from the body. I could see that it had previously been adhered with a gray/white adhesive of some kind. I asked that they determine what was supposed to be used and reattach the gasket. Well, they showed me what they used and it was just a spray adhesive. It is not holding. I have read the posts on here that say that there are metal clips that rust but I'm confused as to whether they are talking about the wiper seal or the gasket that is mounted on the slide to seal against the body when in.

Has anyone had to reattach their wiper seal, and if so, what did you use and how did it work out? I'd really rather not buy a new one. I'm considering removing it and using 5200, but if I do I hope I never have to replace it.

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Old 03-23-2016, 02:14 PM   #132
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4 Cubic Feet of Additional Storage

For those with a 28' Safari SO model from the early production runs, here is a mod that I completed to better use the space between the slide and the refrigerator. Four deep drawers and a wine bottle storage space.
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Nice, but Linda wants to know what kinda wine she'll find in the secret cabinet?
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:58 AM   #134
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Gary, as a non-drinker I don't track the vintner or vintage so its always a surprise to me but I know it is something the wife & guests enjoy.
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Old 03-24-2016, 07:08 PM   #135
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Slide Seal Repair

I now have three weeks on the road and probably a dozen or more slide deployment and retractions under my belt with my cyanoacrylate glue wiper seal attachment. So far, so good.

One wet retraction resulted in some trickles of water down the side, as I understand is customary.

After a thousand miles, the slide adjustment I did to equalize the gap all around is holding.

We are really enjoying the extra space.

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Got that slider grin going, good deal.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:11 PM   #137
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The Slides are Here!

We are at the All Florida Rally at Sunshine Key Resort in the Florida Keys. Counting us, there are 3 Classic 30 or 31 (one Limited) trailers and one 34 here. That's a significant percentage of the manufacturing run!

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Al,

Always interesting to see another. We had 3 total at Alumalina last weekend two almost slide by slide.

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I am looking at buying my first airstream and have found one with a slide - 2005 Classic 30'. I am wondering why there are so few sliders out there and is there a problem with them? Any feed-back based on experience or knowledge would be appreciated. Cheers.
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:01 PM   #140
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Only real problem (other than the typical shakedown items every Airstream might have straight out of the factory) was the faulty hydraulic brake actuator and bad flexible brake hose connectors.

There was a recall on the brake connectors, and Airstream replaced the actuator under warranty. Not sure if the 2005 has the electric/hydraulic system, or if it was affected, but you might want to check that out.

Only other thing you might want to be aware of is tongue weight- on these slides it's pretty substantial. I typically tip my Sherline scale at around 1,400lbs when she's loaded for travel.

We love ours. Love the extra room. Love the rarity of it.
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