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Old 10-13-2015, 07:13 AM   #1
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Schwintec slide question

We purchased a new 2015 2451 DKS a couple of months ago. Love the trailer and other than a bad ground fault outlet in the bathroom no other issues. However with all the negative comments about the Schwintec systems I do have some concerns. From reading threads on this site along with threads on other RV sites it appears to me that most issues are with larger RVs with large slides. Also some RV manufactures have less issues than others.

Question - Has anyone had a problem and tried disconnecting the power to the motor from the control unit? Did this work to allow manually pushing the slide in or out? What is the difference between disconnecting the power to the motor and not having the TT connected to either 110AC or 12DC current?
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I believe the motor is a worm gear, therefore disconnecting the power will do nothing. There is a video on how to temporarily remove the motors and manually push the side in. It's one screw on each motor. Most of the issues I've read are linked to two things.. first is the 'full wall' slides seem to have more issues, and second is miss-alignment of the walls/slides.
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Old 10-15-2015, 05:57 PM   #3
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Lippert has a lot of documentation online on their slideout mechanisms. They describe multiple ways to deal with malfunctioning slideout mechanisms. There are several ways to do so without removing the motors. But that is possible as a last resort and documented in the support center documents. Documents and videos.

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The motor locks in place with no power. To manually push in the slide you need to remove a screw that holds the motor in place. Once screw is out you lift the motor up a inch or so. This prevents it from being in contact with the drive gears in the slide. Once you do this you push the slide in. You need to have something in place to prevent the slide from rolling out.

We already had one failure. I suggest you watch the screws that hold the rails in place carefully. Mine backed out and I did not see it until it was to late. Terrible design and when it breaks it makes putting the slide back in difficult. Repairing is also difficult and expensive due to the design.
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The slideout documentation I link to in my prior post provides a procedure to unlock the motors, so you can push the slide in without removing the motors. Check it out.

There is also inspection instructions on what to look for that indicates improper alignment of the rails or other indications that things are not right before that catastrophic failure you are concerned about.

It appears that Lippert has gone thru at least 3 revisions so depending on how new your coach is you may not have the problems if you are on the latest revision of their parts that were having the problems.
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