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Posted: 04/20/20 11:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have seen 3 types of slide outs on travel trailers:
1. Cable on the side of the slide out.
2. Tracks on the side (one up & one lower)of the slide out.
3. Beams under the slide out, (nothing on the side)
On whatever travel trailer you are looking at the salesman always says that is the best kind.
Can anyone advise what the differences are, and which is the most preferred & trouble free.
Personal opinions are welcome.
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Haven't had a issue with any slide out I've ever had.
P.S. don't believe any RV salesman about anything.


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Cables and the ones with the tracks on the sides are much lighter. That is the big benefit to them. And they are both run by electric motors. No hydraulics to worry about.
I may be wrong on this but I think the ones supported from the bottom by "beams" can be either electric or hydraulic.

I have a 2009 Open Range with the cable slides. I had to replace one cable the somehow got longer than it should be. I like the cable slides.

I've seen/ heard across the campground, what happens when those with the tracks get opened when the trailer is not level. You will the the "gears" slipping. Not a big fan of these just from what I've seem.

The old reliable beams under being moved by oil or electric. Has been around for longer than the others. It's pretty reliable but as I said heavier.

As an example my 4 slide Open Range is 38 feet long and weighs 10,600 empty. You would be hard pressed to match that weight, length and number of slides with the traditional beams.

Everything has it's trade offs.


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Watched this a while back, it seemed sensible.
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Cable slide on a small lightweight dinette slide out. It’s the only one we’ve had and has been fine for 5 years.


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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Watched this a while back, it seemed sensible.
Haylett
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The "track on the outside top and bottom" is the Schwintek system. This system works fine for small slides, like in a bedroom. It's terrible for super-slides and full-wall slides. I had mine fully replaced under warranty at the ORV factory, and after my year, ORV started transitioning away from it for large slides. I'm currently stuck with another failure, that again requires new racks and and a new pinion shaft, which requires pulling the entire 14'x 3.5' slideout.

On other words... Stay far, far away from large slides with the Schwintek system


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I've had several mentioned and prefer cables but experienced no issues with any slide out....cables are simple to adjust if the need arises and easy to get to.

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carringb wrote:

The "track on the outside top and bottom" is the Schwintek system. This system works fine for small slides, like in a bedroom. It's terrible for super-slides and full-wall slides. I had mine fully replaced under warranty at the ORV factory, and after my year, ORV started transitioning away from it for large slides. I'm currently stuck with another failure, that again requires new racks and and a new pinion shaft, which requires pulling the entire 14'x 3.5' slideout.

On other words... Stay far, far away from large slides with the Schwintek system


This makes sense. My trailer has a small slide with just a dinette that uses the Schwintek system. For me it's been great over the last 6+ years. However, I've been in campgrounds where I helped people push huge slides in that were having issues. They were big slides with the Schwintek. Like I said, for me it's been perfect, but I have a small slide that only extends about 12-14 inches.


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Thank you all. The video was of great help. Feel better educated
now about all the different kind of slides

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