As with most components on an RV, the forces of gravity and acceleration can have a negative impact on the fit and function of an RV slide room. Over time, you may notice gaps have developed in your RV slide out seal, which is completely normal due to repeated use and excessive pressure when braking. Thankfully, you can easily fix a gap in an RV slide out seal by making minor adjustments to the front and rear slide arms. In this lesson, we show you how to check your slide room for gaps and complete any tightening or loosening required.
How to shore up your RV slide out seal
To help you counteract any gaps in your RV slide out seal and ensure your slide room lasts as long as possible, RV expert Steve Albright walks you through the quick and easy process of diagnosing and correcting a gap along your slide room edges. He begins by showing you exactly where to find all of the adjustment points on a slide room’s front and rear slide arms, then explains what happens when you tweak each of them.
All RVs travel unique paths and terrain, so you’ll likely find that your RV slide room develops pressure spots that are different from those of another RV owner. With that in mind, Steve talks about the difference between a horizontal gap that forms in an RV slide out seal and a vertical gap, as well as the difference between inboard and outboard gaps.
Via Steve’s guidance, you’ll learn how to properly adjust the arms under your slide room through small incremental changes, whether you need to elevate the room to take pressure off the bottom RV slide out seal or shift the room left or right to account for horizontal sliding. Follow along as Steve demonstrates the best way to tweak slide arms, and you can guarantee your Lippert room stays in tip-top shape and lasts many more miles into the future!