RV Slideout Issue Prompts Stage 8 to Manufacture Locking Kit
The RV community is filled with people who love to help fellow RVers and discuss problems, solutions, tips, and hacks. Browsing forums like iRV2.com can provide a wealth of information. When the community comes together and shares their issues and ideas, sometimes product manufacturers take notice. Such was the case with Stage 8, a company that has been manufacturing locking fasteners for various industries for 35 years. After learning from a customer that RV slideout motor bolts were loosening on certain motorhomes, Stage 8 owner Bruce Bennett created a solution.
What exactly is the RV slideout problem?
Owners of the Newmar Dutch Star and Mountain Air 2015 Model 4369, and the Tiffin Allegro Bus discovered that the bolts, intended to secure the slideout motor assemblies, were coming loose. Some loose bolts broke from the added stress of being loose. The issue prompted many threads, such as this one on RV forums, urging people to add “check the bolts” to their maintenance list.
Stage 8 RV Slideout Motor Locking Fastener Kit
The Stage 8 Locking Bolt Kit (part No. ABRV101) includes (2) laser-cut 2-hole stainless steel bridge retainers, (4) 3/88 16×1 grooved Stage 8 bolts, and (4) spring steel e-clips to lock the bolts.
According to Stage 8, “Installation of the new kit can be performed by the RV owner in about twenty minutes.”
The number of kits you will need depends on your coach’s make, model, and slide configuration. If you don’t have one of the RV models listed above but still want to protect your slideout assembly with a high-quality product made in the US., the company can offer custom solutions for other RVs as well. The kit’s MSRP is $75. You can check out their site or call Stage 8 at (800) 843-7836. You can also email questions to [email protected].
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