We were just leaving for the long 4th of July weekend and the wife decided to make one final check that the refridge (I have to say refridge cuz I can't remember how to spell refrigerator)switched over to gas. So she opened the curbside slide to get at the refridge and the slide would not open....it just sat there and clicked. The other slides worked fine. The curbside slide sounded normal when you tried to close it with the normal somewhat heavier clicking. I called the closest dealer (25 miles away) and theysaid they would take a look at it (1,000 points to Kroubetz RV, Lake Crystal, Mn for offering to take it in 3:30 P.M. at start of holiday weekend). The tech (very sharp guy) immediately located the problem and I think its something that all Kingston owners should know about. There is a metal can about the same size as a normal drinking glass with the top flared out,that is used to stop the inward movement of the slide. The can has a hole in the botton with threads on and is screwed ontoa heavy threaded shaft so the shaft passes all the way through it. The threads are on the shaft only to adjust the position of the can so when the slide is closed the flanged rim of the can presses up against the side of the I-beam on the frame. There is a hole in the I-beam to allow the shaft to pass through. Unfortunately, the hole is just about as large as the flanged rim of the can. On our unit, when the slide was closed, the upper flanged rim of the can got partially pushed thru the hole in the frame. When I tried to open the slide, the flange of the can got hung up on the opening in the frame.
Ok, now the solution...well the temporary fix if this should ever happen to you. On the curbside slide there is a hole in the fiberglass side for a crank to be inserted to move the slide. That will move the STREETSIDE slide...NOT the curbside slide! So you will have to open the streetside slide all the way out. Then you can crawl under the streetside slide and attach the crank to the shaft for the curbside slide, which extends out from the frame. Just a few easy turns will pull the can back out the of the frame and allow you to then to use the motor to extend the curbside slide all the way out.
I will have to take it back it again because when I got to the campsite the curbside slide locked up again and I had to use the procedure described above.
If you look under the extended curbside slide you can easily see the can I'm talking about. It is mounted horizontally and you can easily see the enlarged hole in the frame that the can is expected to go up against. I don't know if any of this makes any sense but I just wanted to try to pass it on becuse had I not received the excellent help from Kroubetz RV, our weekend would never have have started.
We just finished an extended trip last week and if this would have happened out in the boonies we would have had a really bad time because on our unit if the curbside slide doesn't come out you cannot get into the kitchen or living areaEdited by: calliopeguy
Ken and Renee
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