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Old 06-12-2016, 12:53 PM   #15
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I'm sitting here at a campsite in Massachusetts - about 3000 miles from home base in So Cal - and reading this post decided of the off chance to go out and check mine rather than have a problem while so far from home
EVERY BOLT - 8 on the FWS and 4 on the Kitchen slide were loose
This is a real problem - you need to check them out before they become a serious problem.
Thanks for the post. Its great to see the info that gets posted on this forum
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Old 06-12-2016, 01:22 PM   #16
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I just checked my FWS and kitchen slide and was able to turn each one only a quarter to half a turn. I have not yet located the bedroom slide motor, I assume it is somewhere under the bed. When the slide is out there is a small plastic plate on the bottom of the slide this was not on my Ventana and I don,t know what it is for. I also think blue loctite may be the answer, but even after that I will make it a habit to check regularly.
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Old 06-12-2016, 01:26 PM   #17
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Yep, had the same problem with the main slide motor on our '02 DSDP. Luckily no damage was done before I discovered it.
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:05 PM   #18
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Anyone willing to describe exactly where to look and what to look for? I have no idea where my slide motors are or what they look like. '06 Essex with 4 slides. Any help would be welcome.
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Much obliged! All 9/16 bolts on forward slides were loose. Managed to check the DS bedroom slide (access from under bed) and those weren't bad. I hope the curbside slide is ok because I cannot access it.
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:18 PM   #20
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Split lockwashers don't work, actually come loose faster than flat washers. RV industry is about the only place you'll see them. Look it up if you don't believe me.
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:22 PM   #21
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We are having a problem with out kitchen slide '07 KSDP. Yep, we had a loud pop a couple of times. Now the reveal is coming off the lower right corner.
Help me out here guys, where am I going to find these motors to check the bolt torque. We have three slides.
Any access problems or recommendations as "how to".

We have a must go trip leaving Wednesday for two weeks. Guess I should NOT use the kitchen slide. Be glad it is in, and just leave it that way?
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Old 06-12-2016, 03:46 PM   #22
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Out of 9 bolts I could reach (need to pick up some more tools) all were loose by at leas ¼ turn with one over a full turn. Like some others I need some direction on how to access the motors in the 2 bedroom slides.
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After Dons post I went out and checked mine, I only had 1 loose.


The bolts are found here on each motor. 1 on the kitchen, 2 on the full wall slide.


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The bedroom is under the bed. Mid 14 and up, it's under the front of the bed. Mid 14 and older it's wide open at the base.
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Anyone willing to describe exactly where to look and what to look for? I have no idea where my slide motors are or what they look like. '06 Essex with 4 slides. Any help would be welcome.
When you open your basement doors and look up you will see the slide mechanism. Attached is a photo of the gear box and the four 3/8" (9/16" Head) bolts on each gearbox. On the opposite side, you will also see a ring of T27 Torx Head Screws that need to be checked also along with the two 5/16" head screws that hold the motor onto the gearbox.
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Here is the other side of the box showing the smaller screws that should also be checked.
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"dennis45"....Good point on the two motor bolts.
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Old 06-12-2016, 04:29 PM   #27
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DGBPokes, you may have an other problem. We had the same symptoms in 2011 on our 2008 DS kitchen slide. The roller carrier popped out of the U- channel railing. For the repair they put the rollers back in the U channel and added a spacer between the carrier and the wall of slide recess to eliminate the space which allowed the carrier to move. Newmar paid for the repair even after the warranty was long gone.
To verify that this is your problem, you can remove or loosen one of the brushes on the bottom of the kitchen slide and look using a flashlight and a mechanics mirror.
Call Newmar Customer Service for help.


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For us neophytes, would someone please post photos that will provide a starting point as to where to look. Many thanks.

Tom
Here ya' go. Not a Newmar, but the idea is the same.
Mine (with lock washers) were loose after 2 years and 16K miles. I added blue locktite.

The looseness in mine wiggled enough so that one of the shaft ends of the cogwheel that engages the slide broke (second picture).

I'm still amazed at how these little motors move these big heavy slides.
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