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Old 05-05-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Where does this spring attach?

I was checking over my 2007 Sunset Trail 29RL this morning and noticed a spring hanging down from the frame under the slider. The spring is about the size of the old springs you used to see on screen doors (please see attached picture). For the life of me I can't figure out where it attaches to, any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:18 AM   #2
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Possibly attaches to the wiring to the slide to keep it off the wheels when the slide is retracted.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:21 AM   #3
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I would say that it probably attaches to a wiring harness to pull the wires back when closing the slide. That's just my guess.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:35 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure now that hippy45 and campingcpl are on to the solution. I have slider wiring harness hanging down with a broken ziplock. I can stretch the spring to get to the harness but it seems like there's a lot of tension on the harness at that point. Just hoping that someone with the same vintage slider could take a look and see if just the one spring is used to hold up the wiring harness thats at the aft end of the slider. Thanks again.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:00 AM   #5
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My 2006 CrossTerrain has two springs to hold the cord out of the way of the wheels.
Mine too had dropped down and needed to be re-attached.
Kind of strange they would use tie straps when they get brittle after a few years?
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:05 AM   #6
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My 2006 CrossTerrain has two springs to hold the cord out of the way of the wheels.
Mine too had dropped down and needed to be re-attached.
Kind of strange they would use tie straps when they get brittle after a few years?
Only needs to hold it for 12 months.
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Thanks r2millers, that kind of confirms my concerns about the tension with just one spring. I'm guessing I've lost the second spring when the zip tie broke. The spring I have left is about 16" long, the distance from where the spring is attached to the harness is about 50", would anyone have any idea what length of spring I need to get?
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Thanks r2millers, that kind of confirms my concerns about the tension with just one spring. I'm guessing I've lost the second spring when the zip tie broke. The spring I have left is about 16" long, the distance from where the spring is attached to the harness is about 50", would anyone have any idea what length of spring I need to get?
Both of my springs appear to be the same length. One mounts at a 30* angle from the other so both are pulling from two sides to ensure the cord is clear. I would think there might be a hook or bracket still in the original position to help identify its location?

Pretty funny on the 12 months comment!
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:28 PM   #10
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I contacted Crossroads to see if they could explain to me how the wiring harness should be connected to the spring(s). The answer was no they didn't know how it was done.

If there's someone on this forum with a like trailer/slide out as mine (2007 ST29RL), would they be so kind to send me a picture of how the springs are hooked up to hold the wiring harness up?

This comes at an interesting time, I'm looking at several brands of travel trailers to replace this unit, guess I have a pretty good idea of which brand I don't have to look at anymore. I have to chuckle at their new presidents concern why customers are no longer interested in their rv's..
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My '04 had just a single spring. While your spring is just 16" long unstretched, mine was probably the same, but it stretched a whole lot. There was nothing but the spring and the wiring harness and the spring just attached in the middle of the harness. Newer units use a flat plastic wire loom rather than the spring. Remember, with a 40 inch slide extension and the spring at mid-point, that is 20 inches + 16 inches for the spring + extra to keep it tight with the slide closed, so 50 inches seems reasonable.
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Dayle1, I agree with your math when the slider is closed, in this case the spring is expanded to double its relaxed length. My concern is when the slider is opened, the spring is expanded to three times its relaxed length. When I pulled the spring out without it attached to the wiring, it seemed like there would be a lot of pressure on those wire connections.
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my 07 has a spring that is 26" long relaxed. It attaches to the rig with a small sheet metal screw on one end and to the wiring with two "wire ties" on the other end.
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