In the mean time, I wanted to get some pictures up of the Journey's slide bushings that I'm concerned with replacing. The large living room slides on the Journey have two large aluminum arms that move in and out.
The arms ride in and out of the frame and are supported on plastic bushings.
The bushings on the driver's side slide are showing some serious wear. This is the front arm bushings.
This is the rear arm bushings.
What has me even more concerned is little pieces of the bushing plastic that have broken off and fallen on top of my basement compartment.
Researching on RV forums, some folks have done this bushing replacement themselves and claim it is really easy. Since I can't get an appointment with the Winnebago Factory Service Center until mid August because of their annual Grand National Rally during July, I'm going to have to figure out a way to do this repair myself. It is going to involve jacking up the slide somehow to get clearance to remove the old bushings and install the new ones.
Interestingly, only the driver's side bushings are cracking, the passenger slide bushings are fine. I think it has to do with the fact that the driver's side slide is a deeper slide and therefor heavier than the opposite side.
I'll order the bushings now and put my thinking cap on to figure out how to do this. I will wait until we get to New Jersey in July at the Naval Weapon Station Earle campground to attempt the fix. They don't mind if you work (or wash) your RV and they have large cement pads to park on, making jacking up the slide easy. At this campground in Missouri, any jack would just sink down into the soft grass, plus they have a no working on your RV rule.
If anyone has had any experience doing this repair, I'd appreciate hearing about it. Otherwise, stay tuned for my mid July attempt at a DIY fix.
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