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Old 02-04-2014, 12:50 PM   #1
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Generator slide drive problem

I have a 2003 FDTS40 #74777 Alpine coach with the Onan generator slide out in front.
It goes out with no problem and pulls in up to 1-1/2" from completely in and stops.
It just started this on the last trip stop for fuel fill up.
I have checked for obstructions etc. and had someone push on it with no change.
I have crawled under and there is about 2" of screw left to the drive unit.
It sounds like a switch or relay click when it stops.
I can't see any limit switches that stop it?
Does the drive have a current shutoff if the load increases?
I can't find the wiring diagram for it in any of my diagrams?
Is there a control box for it?

I always appreciate any help offered.

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Old 02-04-2014, 02:49 PM   #2
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Motor limit stop mechanism is by resistance. You've probably got some stuck rollers. Time to pull them, soak same in diesel or good rust breaker, lube them & re-install.

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Old 02-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #3
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Generator slide problem

Thanks Engineer Mike:

I will do that tomorrow and let you know!
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:14 PM   #4
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Mine were all sealed bearings. I replaced all I could get to without removing the generator. I went to a bearing supply house to measure them. A few of them I had drill out for a larger shaft bolt but the rest of the bearing was the same size. I wired bushed and cleaned the channel rails. It is quieter and runs smoother now.
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Old 02-06-2014, 09:32 AM   #5
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Generator slide problem

Cleaning everything and lubing the bearings didn't fix the problem.
So I started to check the two align pins top front and found one was a bit loose and didn't look exactly the same as the other so I realigned it and the front pulls in correctly.

THANKS everyone for the inputs.
Hope this might help someone else.
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