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I noticed that my living room slide sits about 3/16" to 1/4" inset from the rest of the coach sides. This might be new. I really don't know. I camped in a nasty crosswind that actually blew the slide back in the other night (60 mph gusts)

I've looked around via search function but can't seem to find specific information about adjusting slide retraction depth.
Is this normal? I assume intended to be retracted to flush.

And I realize there are locking pins so maybe a big can of worms to adjust.

Insights would be much appreciated.

Also, at what pressure do you set the slide rams? I noticed my slide regulator was either maxed out or close @ 110 or 115 where chassis / brake air is 120 / 125 psi.

My slide seal is @ 18 psi per Van's recommendation. Not the end of the world if it leaks a bit to me. I'd rather it last longer.

thanks a bunch, as always,

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I made a small adjustment in my slide-retracted position, but it has been a few years so I don't remember exactly. The position of the retracted slide is determined by the location of the sensor(s), so it is moving them that determines how far it moves. If it were adjusted too far out (which you wouldn't want anyway) the locks wouldn't close, but any point in from there they will. Locked prevents outward movement.



On mine there are carriage bolts that prevent inward movement - they would have had to be unscrewed if the original idea of having a pushbutton seal-exposure retract position had been implemented. So, if yours came in too far those stops either don't exist, or have been backed off. I'm guessing that they were something added later, and your original owner notoriously didn't have any recalls done (side cuts, engine/frame strengtheners, etc.)
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Hi Don,
Happy New Year! Thanks for the thoughts.
Don - I shot this photo under the convertible countertop extension left of the stove. I do see a carriage bolt there, so your memory, yet again, seems infallible.

Do you think the adjacent sensors move with the carriage bolt? Or are they clamped in place in some way to the track?

I wonder if there is a manual available online for adjusting the slide mechanism?

One day, I may do the engine cradle update myself. I could fab and weld a copy of what was installed on the other M380s.


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The carriage bolts move nothing except themselves. You should be able to adjust them so that they become a hard stop just as the slide is flush.
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Hi Don,
OK. Thank you. That seems easy enough! (famous last words)
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Sorry Doug, no experience with adjusting the front slide “throw”. However while you’re in there, you might consider doing a lube job. Find details in this thread - https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...ad.php?t=18989
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Hey Van,
Thanks for the suggestions! And Happy New Year to you...
I had planned the grease too. I know mine was just lubed at coachworks in the last 9 months it slides very easily. (even the wind can move it!)

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You can see the head of the carriage bolt in Van's just above the grease fitting (the one picture where it appears to be below the fitting is upside down).



The more that I think about it the more I think that I just adjusted the bolts. Screw them in too far and the slide comes in too far. Screw them out too far and not only will the slide be out, but the lock won't "click"


If yours is always coming in too far I would suspect the locking nuts have loosened and the bolt has gone inward.
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Don,
Appreciate the clarification and continued thoughts.

So the carriage bolt heads hit against the stop? (as opposed to the threaded end)

In looking at my photo closely it wasn't clear how it worked.

Is there also a lock nut? If not, maybe I'd add one so it doesn't adjust on its own.

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Yes, the head hits. There should be a nut where it goes into the housing.
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