Saturday, September 30, 2023


RV slide out locks prevent damage to your slide outs during travel

Join me in the video below as I explain how to use a slide out lock made by American Technology. These locks are typically used to secure a slide in a fixed position. It’s a mechanism designed to prevent the sliding portion of an RV from moving, providing an additional level of stability.

Having one of these locks will maintain the integrity of the external water and dust seal so travelers will arrive at their destination knowing that their RV will be clean and dry.

Slide out locks come in three standard sizes that easily adjust:

  • SL-1323-1C: 13-Inch Compressed Length; 23-Inch Extended Length
  • SL-1734-1C: 17-Inch Compressed Length; 34-Inch Extended Length
  • SL-2444-1C: 24-Inch Compressed Length; 44-Inch Extended Length

If you have a specific slide out lock from American Technology that you’d like more information about, I recommend referring to the manufacturer’s documentation or contacting their customer support for detailed instructions and guidance on how to use the lock effectively and safely.

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Dustin Simpson
Dustin Simpson
I have worn many hats in the RV industry through the years. From an RV Technician, Warranty Administrator, Parts Administrator, Parts Manager, Service Manager and now Business Owner. I have even been deemed an RV Expert by the California court system, working on behalf of the customers, dealers, and manufacturers. My repair facility has been servicing customers at the same location since 2003. What sets us apart from the dealerships is we are here to fix and maintain what you have, and not sell you a new one. Whether you own a million-dollar unit or an entry level, my message to you will be the same, it needs to be maintained.


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Grey Wolf 2
1 month ago

We have been pulling our Grey Wolf travel trailer full time since new in 2016 for over 60,000 miles with no problem of this kind and never had this problem. I suppose we have been lucky.

Bob M
1 month ago

My problem would be that It’s another thing to remember to either lock or unlock. Forgetting to unlock wouldn’t be good.

1 month ago

Our RV, a 2006 Winnebago Aspect, came with a buckle attachment from the slide to the floor. The last couple of years we stopped using that and haven’t had a problem. I tried the shake test you showed and it didn’t seem to move. Do different slide mechanisms have differences in that shaking of the room? If I do decide I want something like this, I do think the support at the top is better than the buckle system at the bottom. Since the top would probably move around more.

Bill Byerly
1 month ago

Great idea Dustin. And as earlier asked by Don, should you use more than 1 for the wider slideouts??

Bill Byerly
1 month ago
Reply to  Dustin Simpson

Thanks for getting back to us. I’m going to check into these.

1 month ago

Dustin, is it a good idea to put one of these locks at both ends of a slideout? If so, what would be the slideout length that 2 of these would be needed versus only one lock?

Thank you,

1 month ago

Had a slide system failure while out on the road (while parked). Nervous driving the 800 miles home. Made a wooden insert between the retracted slide and the wall of the coach. Nice safety measure.

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