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Old 11-09-2013, 06:43 AM   #1
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Cable and Pulley slide systems


We are considering purchasing a Sprinter 296FWRLS and would like to know if anyone has experience, good or bad, with the cable and pulley system that is used to extend and retract the slides. Looks complicated and difficult to repair if something were to break. Is this used on other models within Keystone or other brands? Someone else on another forum stated it was used at one time but dropped due to problems?

Thanks for any information you can give me on this topic or the SPrinter 296FWRLS in general.


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Old 11-09-2013, 07:04 AM   #2
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My '12 Passport GT 2890RL has a cable slide as do many other trailers. Not real complicated to repair or adjust. Look here for more information including a good video on how to repair/adjust the cables.


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Old 11-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #3
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Works great on our 2014 Cougar High Country 321RES trailer. Brings all four corners in nice & tight. Plus it saves a lot of weight on the trailer.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:48 AM   #4
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The Keystone Vantage line (no longer in production) used the cable system. Open Range uses it on their slides as well. I dont remember what brand of motorhome my grandparents used to have back in the late 80's (or early 90's?), but their slideout used cable system too.

The downside is cables do need routine inspection and occasionally need adjusting; misalignment or being out of adjustment (stretched, etc) can result in a frayed cable that needs replacing. And, if a cable goes or the motor goes out, for many models you have to remove fascia in order to replace or adjust cable and to manually operate the slide.

So far I haven't had any problems with the cable system. My grandparents did have the motor quit on their motorhome's slide and had to remove fascia to operate manually. But, grandparents had a bigger problem and that was my grandmother At one point (different incident from motor quitting) she let a magazine get under the slide and it eventually jammed things up (got wrapped around the rollers if I remember correctly). Grandfather ended up having to have dealer completely remove slide with forklift to fix it.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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Better than I initially thought

Thanks for the replies. I was concerned when I first saw it but it appears to be a good system.

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Old 11-09-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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We had an 06 R-Vision 30' motor home with a large cable slide and small cable slide and currently have a 2012 Keystone Bullet bumper pull with a 12' cable slide. No problems with either.
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:29 AM   #7
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Keystone Sprinter Slider

Just purchase a 2014 Keystone Sprinter we had it three weeks.Took it out for the fist time the #1 slider motor broke loss from its mount.

I couldn't belive how they monted the motor with four small wood screws. There is alot of torque on this motor because the slid is big, containing refrgerater, range, & entertanment center. We had to call a repair place to come out and help up secure the slide so we could drive it into Ukiah CA to be repaired. Keystone customer service very bad at Keystone not very courteous.

Totaly destroyed our camping trip, waste of fuel and time. I'm hoping that this is the only problem. To me the cable slider mechanism is a poor design. Need a plate installed for better support.

Also emailed Keystone to ask where it was safe to install a towel rack and toilet paper holder since I knew there was wires running threw that wall. My response from Keystone was we can take responsiblity use a stud finder. Okay stud finders do not find wires. I am an aircraft mechanic and I can see when there is poor construction.

They need to do more testing on there product, stuff like sliders take alot of wear and tair.They could save money if they would put out a quility product, less warienty work.
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Old 03-02-2014, 04:23 PM   #8
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Top Seals On Cable Slides

My 2012 Fuzion has four slides with the cable/pulley system. There are seals on the inside along both sides that seal between the slides and the inside walls but no seals on the top inside. It appears that the only seal is the one wiper seal that is on the outside of the slide. I have found that stink bugs have invaded my RV in all four slides through this top seal since the ends are open on the wiper. Anyone else have this issue? Was you able to come up with a fix? Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:45 PM   #9
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Our Premier Bullet has these and no problems after season one. On a side note, if someone puts a screw in a stud the they should miss a wire in the wall. Do we all call our house builders to hang a picture in our house.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:50 PM   #10
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I ha ave a 2018 aerolite with the cable slide. We went camping this last week and when I went to operate the slide it was real jerky and noisy. I read some forums and they were talking about these kind of slides having something called a wear bar. This is a bar that the room slides in and out on. Nothing but the bottom of the room ,a lot of friction not a good design. This week I had to grease the bottom out edges of the room to get it to act normal again. And by the way I used a slick water proof grease, it cost a dollar a bottle at the dollar store, petroleum jelly

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