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Old 09-03-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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Lippert calls them flex guards and two are now broken.They hold wiring under the slides and seem to be a poor design and prone to breaking .Just wondering if anyone has made improvements in this area.They are on 2012 Cruiser 305 skp.
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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each one has broken under all 3 of my slides in the first 2 years. The most recent one was last fall. I had just brought the trailer home from the dealer for other warranty work and did not want to waste a trip back just for that. But my warranty was nearing expiration. I called the dealer and told them 2 were broken and if they shipped them to me that I would install myself. I ended up with one spare out of that deal. When that ones gone I'll be looking for another way too.
What if you were to drill a few holes on each side of the break and attach them with zip ties and make it sort of like a hinge??? I have yet to try it yet, but its just a thought.
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I got some light belting, cut it the same width as the flexguard. Got everything lined up and clamped, then put three pop rivets on each side of the break.

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Old 09-03-2013, 01:41 PM   #4
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What do these flexguards look like?...and exactly where are they located...would like to check mine...
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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The guards on my two slides are also broken. I had Crossroads send me new ones but I don't see the new ones holding up any better than the old ones. They are made of a plastic that is too hard for the amount of flex that they are being asked to do.

I caught mine before they actually broke completely in half. I patched the "joint" using black Gorilla tape. It is strong enough and has enough adhesive to hold up to almost anything. It acts like a true flex joint now so I think I will just keep an eye on it.

I think the guards on my 2006 Cougar were made of something that was more rubber-like; it seemed more appropriate than what I have on my 2012 Cruiser.
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:46 PM   #6
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The guards are at the back of the slides and house the wiring to the slides.The kitchen slide is broken very close to where it attaches to trailer,the dining slide broke in the middle.I had repaired the large slide with rivets before but broke again beside the fix.I had some eternabond tape and used it for a quick fix.The larger slide usually breaks in the middle and can then get caught on the slide rail.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:58 PM   #7
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Mine broke too. Duct tape....
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:16 AM   #8
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Here is my fix so far.Went to TSC to-day and bought a 4 pin to 7 pin coiled trailer light adapter cost about $24.00.I removed the flex guard and loom around the two loose wires.Taped the loose wire to the rubber coated wire and wrapped the coiled trailer light adapter around it.I used the same attachment points as the flex guard and secured the coiled adapter with 3/8 rubber insert clamps,two each side and tie wraps just in case.This is on the dining slide and the coil stretches from about 16 inches to 36 inches.The wiring is now straight across and can't get pinched between the slide trailer body.It does hand down about 2 inches below the skirt but can be tucked up inside the skirt.I could have re-wired using the coil but too lazy and this works.Picture your telephone cord wrapped around a wire.I did see a Forest River Sandpiper and their wiring to the slides use coiled wiring.Makes for a very neat job.Will get son in law to post a pic when he comes over.
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yep ours all broke in the first year, waiting for replacements to come in, problem is the new ones will likely end up doing the same so long term fix will likely be up to me....Mywheel wellcovers have faded to grey/off white and are on order as well.... thinking paint might be the long term fix there...
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:52 AM   #10
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The easy way to repair this is go to your local garage, get a serpitine belt they have replaced, cut to the length that you need. bolt it or rivit to the plastic one I recomend stainless fasteners
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