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Old 09-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #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, 01:10 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, 02:41 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, 02:54 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, 10:46 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, 11:58 PM   #7
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Mine broke too. Duct tape....
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:16 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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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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Mine broke too. *Duct tape....
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Mine was broken when I first got it home, it was mounted so that it was folded flat with the slide closed. I figured the wires would break next, so when I installed the new one, I moved the inside mount to the trailer floor, not the side. It now has a nice gentle curve to it, and still doesn't hang below the slide.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:08 AM   #13
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If you are going to use duct tape to hold anything together on something I would suggest Gorilla tape instead. And make sure you have it where you want it before you stick it. I carry a roll of it and duct tape in the trailer and inmy truck tool box.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #14
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What is this flexguard Is it what the automotive industry calls wire harness wrap If so you can buy it at any auto parts store. I wrap mine with electrical tape, and hold it to the angle iron with plastic ties.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:29 PM   #15
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It is the plastic strap that secures the electrical wires (cables) going to the slide out. It flexes in and out with slide movement. Made by Lippert.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:53 PM   #16
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I knew I was going to need to repair this sooner or later. Used the original Flexguard and added hinges at flex points. Riveted everything together. The Flexguard on our cruiser needed to fold in half and probably broke the first time the slide was brought in. Had to notch areas where FG hit slide bolts.
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Find a local trucking company and ask if they have any old mud flaps off of their trucks. These things are heavy, reinforced rubber. Cut a strip of the appropriate length, drill holes to attach the cords with plastic zip ties (cable ties) and you will likely never have to replace.
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You may want to look at the wire management options available for computer racks. Cable management arms are hinged to protect the wiring and fiber optic cables that run between servers (mounted on drawer slides) and the rack (stationary). They are made with slots for attaching the wiring with Velcro or zip ties. It appears that these are available with up to 33" of travel. Another option is braided sleeves. They come in a variety of materials from nylon to stainless steel. You can check out some of these at racksolutions.com, cableorganizer.com and belden.com.
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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.
Have done the repair using zip ties.....Worked well. The reason I went this way was that the crack was at a angle and that would have made it difficult to add anything like a hinge.

I do like the rubber belt band-aid idea though.
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Getting the trailer ready for a trip and noticed my LCI Flexguard is cracked and hanging by a "thread" of remaining material.

This is an older thread, has anyone recently had problems with the cheap flexguard Lippert uses and is the hinge fix still the best option?
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