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Old 08-24-2013, 10:03 PM   #1
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Broken gear tooth / sheared pin on 2007 Open Bay 35 TSA

Today, my neighbors children over and asked to look inside try rv. I opened the living room slide and bedroom closet side so they could see how the slides work and how big the inside can get. Well, after they left I started to secure the rv, but the living room slide only retraced at the rear, before I stopped it. Finally, I crawled under the slide and found the pin at the front connector bar had broken. Good thing this happened at home where all my tools and other supplies are. I changed the pin and tried to close the slide. Now, the rear would not close. So, I get back under the slide and this time the drift pin on the rear slide gear has sheared out. &$@?/! Ok, I change the pin and finally get the slide to close. But wait, there's more. I have my wife inside the rv and get her to work the close switch while I watch to be sure the gears turn and the slide moves. Oh. Did I mention one of the teeth on the gear was broken off and stuck on the outer most part of the slide track? We get the slide to move in and I tell my wife to close it completely. Just as it fully closes I heard the familiar sound of metal snapping and realize one of the pins has sheared, again. I also noticed the rear of the slide is in about a 1/2 more than the rear. It's apparent the slide is now misaligned, but closed. So Monday I'll be on the phone with Tiffin and order 2 gears (1 spare) and related pins. However,I have an extended warranty with a $50.00 ded. Depending on how long it takes me to get an appt at Camping World or La Mesa, I my consider doing it myself.
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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And , I thought I was having a fun day, clearing , mud dauber nests out of both A/C units, before cleaning the roof.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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whats an open bay? never heard of that model.
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For some unknown reason I keep referring to it as an "Open Bay" when in fact it's an "Open Road".
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:36 PM   #5
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Today I finally had enough time to replace the broken slide gear. The entire process took about 45 minutes with the help of my wife. Installation of the gear and pins was easy. The alignment of the slide was the most time consuming part. Upon initial installation the slide wall to body wall had a difference of 1 1/2" between the front and rear when closed. To correct that I had to remove one of the slide motor pins and engage the slide motor to get one end of the slide to move to align it with the other end. After several attempts, which involved my wife " bumping the slide switch numerous times "in and out." Finally, I was able to be the proper alignment and get the slide operating properly. Total parts, $15.64. Total time, 45 minutes. Money and time well worth it. Tiffin even sent me a photo of the gear system to ensure they were sending mw the correct part.
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Old 09-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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If you didn't have bad luck you wouldn't have any luck at all!!!

I'm curious, did you have your stabilizers extended?
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My stall at the rv storage facility is level. I didn't see any need to extend the levelers.
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So the frame was not twisted at all. Hope they stay fixed for you.
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