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Old 08-18-2016, 05:40 PM   #1
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Slide out supports

Do any of you use supports under your slideouts? I see them advertised on-line and in camping stores, but I've never actually seen anyone using them when camping.

Are they a good idea or a gimmick?

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Old 08-18-2016, 06:30 PM   #2
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They're not recommended.
Stop and think about what might happen to the slide out if a tire went flat on that side when you weren't around or at night.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:12 PM   #3
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Some brands do recommend them if the slide is out a long time don't they? Doesn't the slide mechanism help define that as well?
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:03 PM   #4
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Never heard a recommendation like that from any Rv brands I ever looked at.
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:03 PM   #5
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My owner's manual does recommend the supports. Our unit is parked on concrete so I'm not concerned about settling. I just snug them up.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:17 AM   #6
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I've only seen them used on seasonal units which are parked more or less permanently. When my trailer is parked at home I just bring in the slide a) for the winter, b) when we are expecting an extra heavy rain storm. Not really sure I have to for the rain as it's been out for many storms without ever having yet a leak, but just do so as an extra precaution.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:19 PM   #7
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The outboard weight of the slideout is what keeps the seal tight. So when using those supports, there is a possibility of a gap in the seal at the top. Especially since some of the trailer weight is still being carried by the leaf springs and affected by occupant movement. Anyway there is a greater chance for rain leaks, etc. I would only use them if the trailer was on blocks with zero weight on the suspension, and even then only tighten them by hand.
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I have used them off and on over the years and with this last trailer have not used them. There has been no difference with or without. I personally think they are just another gimic to purchase
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A gimmick like the 5th wheel tripod hitch support.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:32 AM   #10
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A gimmick like the 5th wheel tripod hitch support.
Really?
I dont have a 5'er but I had always figured those would reduce bounce and sway in the front of the camper.
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