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Old 09-18-2019, 06:38 PM   #1
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2016 28RBKWE Slide

Hi, I've owned my 2016 Cougar 28RBKWE since new and there is one thing that has always been bothering me. It doesn't seem like the slide fully extends. Dealer has told me it's normal since day one but I've never really believed them.

Cabinet doors will not fully open due to overlap.

Anyone else seen this year/model to confirm?
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:35 PM   #2
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It doesn't make any difference what make or model rig you have, because the slides should fully extend until the gaskets between the back of the slide flange and the wall are in full contact. Your dealer blew you off so you won't likely get any help from them now, but maybe you can find a good mobile RV tech that can adjust the slide so it finally works the way it is supposed to. Good luck.

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Old 09-18-2019, 08:15 PM   #3
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There are wooden spacers that butt up against the exterior wall when the slide stops. Is it possible to fully go out, like you said, when the motor and gearbox is mounted above the slide?
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:08 AM   #4
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Make sure it doesn't end up on the ground
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Old 09-19-2019, 04:43 AM   #5
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There are several threads (around the same time, 2016) that ask the same question or complain about the cupboard doors near the slide not fully opening. It's not a common complaint, but other members have commented about the same type condition. Some have found that adjusting the slide extension gives them a small bit better sealing around the slide. Others have found that their slide is already at "full extension" and can't be adjusted so the flange is closer to the sidewall of the trailer.

I'd suggest you first use a mirror and flashlight to actually see if the seals on the slide flanges (top, front and rear flanges) are compressed against the inside wall on the trailer sidewall. If they are, then the slide is at maximum extension and your dealer is correct, it can't be adjusted to extend further.

If, on the other hand, when you look at the slide sidewall, you see a gap between the gasket and the trailer sidewall, then the slide "should extend further" until the gasket is compressed slightly and completely seals the trailer interior from the outside air infiltration.

DON'T ATTEMPT TO ADJUST THE SLIDE USING CUPBOARD CLEARANCE AS A GUIDE... The slide flange clearance/seal compression against the trailer sidewall should be your "stopping point". Don't try to overextend your slide, you may wind up damaging the trailer.

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