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Old 03-31-2018, 06:24 PM   #1
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Drawer slide help

In our '15RSSA, we are continually having problems with the soft-closing slides. I have used replacements from Lowes and HD, and they seem to work, but not all the time. Have to reset the locks in the rear plastic mechanism often, and we also have problems with the drawers coming open while traveling, even when the slides are working correctly. Part of the problem is probably having too many crowbars and hammers in them--still needing to jettison some junk from the home life.
Any ideas? Really don't want to install kiddy safety catches on every drawer, but near wit's end on this.
Also, the fridge won't stay closed, even with the z-bracket in place--it has a lot of clearance that has to be filled with a towel/rag, then the handles bungeed in place.
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Old 03-31-2018, 09:09 PM   #2
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Joe, I build furniture for a hobby and have found the slides at big box stores to be inferior. Because of where we live I must mail order my supplies. I've included a link to Rockler where I get my slides. Several different types depending on the application . Dick

Ball Bearing Drawer Slides at Rockler
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Old 03-31-2018, 11:54 PM   #3
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While the drawer slides on my MS have been working great...knock...knock, I have had problems with my old Lifestyle. I found that the part in the back that holds the slide in the cabinet has to be adjusted properly and fastened securely. The pin from the drawer part will come out ( as you have seen) and will have to be reset if the drawer part can move.
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Old 04-01-2018, 12:45 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear of your problems Joe, your drawers may be slightly over loaded. Not sure about that though, I've had to reset a couple of our drawers but only once or twice. The garbage drawer twice and the top drawer across from the garbage drawer next to the fridge. We have the same year and model MS as you.

Our fridge has opened up on us a few times but not recently. We found using the supplied velcro strap wasn't effective for us, we now use a couple of small bungee cords. Since switching to the bungees we've had no trouble with the fridge doors. Is your fridge leaning outward by chance? Ours loosened and started tipping towards the middle of the trailer and made the fridge doors opening even easier. I posted (last year) how I addressed the leaning fridge, it's ROCK solid now and the doors actually swing into the closed position on their own!

You might give Rockler's slide a shot, they are the best.

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Old 04-01-2018, 04:04 AM   #5
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Dick,
Probably what I was needing to find--thank you for the link. Now to just figure out which one to order.
Dan,
Yes, the fridge is leaning outward, but very solid. I would imagine this is a big contributor to it trying to open. I saw your writeup on resetting it, and it is on my list to do when I can get to it. Not having access any longer to a mess of tools is beginning to hinder what I can start into. Thanks.
I am finding this trailer rides quite a bit harder with the IS than the old '05 did with the springs...don't notice while towing, but the movement inside is much more than before.
George,
DRV certainly did not waste any coins on stiffening the drawer slide supports--wiggle, wiggle with little support in the back. Have already braced one and will do others as I can get to them.
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:23 AM   #6
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The bracket for the fridge SUCKS, it does not fit properly, so it SUCKS. Did I mention that it SUCKED? We use a Velcro strip to keep the two upper doors closed during transport. Never had an issue with the bottom one coming out.
You can take a noodle or pipe insulation to put over your drawer handles so they do not mark the wood or appliances.
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:52 PM   #7
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The pipe insulation works well on the table edge as well as through the fridge door handles.
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:38 PM   #8
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On my list, have forgotten several times out to get rubber or foam.
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Old 04-01-2018, 05:39 PM   #9
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I jamb pillows between kitchen slide and Island to keep a few drawers and freezer drawer in place. The velcro strip to keep the frig doors in place works well.
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Old 04-01-2018, 06:23 PM   #10
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Ron,
Have thought of pillows, but since we are FT, don't have them available but may have to get some. The velcro strap wasn't good enough by itself. Need to set the fridge straight as Dan has done.

So many things to do, so little time....
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Old 04-02-2018, 12:26 AM   #11
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:02 AM   #12
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Here are my fridge doors closed keepers. I added a 1/2" piece of wood to the Z bracket to keep it from moving and I made a shaped hardwood jam block that goes behind the two door handles. It stays in place because of its shape and due to the tapered gap behind the handles.

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Old 04-02-2018, 02:46 AM   #13
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Big Willy,
I thought something shaped like that would help--z bracket has a lot of gap when in place. Thanks.
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