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Old 12-22-2011, 11:10 AM   #1
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Question Southwind Slideout, weak motor??

HI AGAIN....MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL :-)
The motor on our large slideout (drv. Side, dinette,sofa,garages 3) is working ok, yet it seems to be " Underpowered" to me. Hard to believe that little electric motor (power gear brand) is what is spec'd to move that big slideout. From reading here, I have gone to pushing, body weight only(220), when bringing the slide in. It has stopped a couple times after @1/3 in, and with my added assist, all ok. Info: new batts, engine on, level ground, contacts clean. Has anyone ever installed a Bigger Motor?? Any useful discussion appreciated on this.
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Merry Christmas to you as well.

I think your motor is on the way out. Has it always been slow? Fleetwood had a TSB for my 35E before mine was built ( so I didn't need it ) that used lifting blocks to assist the slide which is larger than yours and incorporates the fridge as well as the sofa and dinette .I believe they ( Power Gear and Fleetwood ) don't think a larger motor is a good idea. You can email PG and they will respond very quickly. info@powergearus.com .

Good luck and let us know what happens.
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Merry Christmas to you as well.

I think your motor is on the way out. Has it always been slow? Fleetwood had a TSB for my 35E before mine was built ( so I didn't need it ) that used lifting blocks to assist the slide which is larger than yours and incorporates the fridge as well as the sofa and dinette .I believe they ( Power Gear and Fleetwood ) don't think a larger motor is a good idea. You can email PG and they will respond very quickly. info@powergearus.com .

Good luck and let us know what happens.
Heidi & Geno,

Cliff's full of........ good info but has not told you that we have basement storage compartments that extend with the LR slide; so a great deal of weight is lifted and extended with the small slide motor that works fine.
Please let us know what PG tells you and what your final solution is so we can pass it on.
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Merry Christmas to you as well.

I think your motor is on the way out. Has it always been slow? Fleetwood had a TSB for my 35E before mine was built ( so I didn't need it ) that used lifting blocks to assist the slide which is larger than yours and incorporates the fridge as well as the sofa and dinette .I believe they ( Power Gear and Fleetwood ) don't think a larger motor is a good idea. You can email PG and they will respond very quickly. info@powergearus.com .

Good luck and let us know what happens.
Here is the lifting block TSB, in case this may turn out to be for your model as well.
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[QUOTE=The General;

Cliff's full of........
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REALLY !!!!!!!!!
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Thanks Cliff.....the TSB looks very promising.....wil talk to PG and Lazy Day Techs if this was a S.Wind Tsb as well....as always good info to go on :-) :-)
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Hello General.....thanx 4 the info, just not sure if you were refering to the slide as TOO HEAVY with the added fridge, or...? All good. Oh, our 32 S.Wind also has the basement storage on the slide out. :-) We luvthatfeature, but may add too much weight to that small motor. :-) :-) We were next to a newer Bounder Classic (010,011??) Last wek with big side slide, but no basements attached.....hhhmmmmmm :-) :-)
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Hello General... Oh, our 32 S.Wind also has the basement storage on the slide out. :-) :-)
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Hello General.....thanx 4 the info, just not sure if you were refering to the slide as TOO HEAVY with the added fridge, or...? All good. Oh, our 32 S.Wind also has the basement storage on the slide out. :-) We luvthatfeature, but may add too much weight to that small motor. :-) :-) We were next to a newer Bounder Classic (010,011??) Last wek with big side slide, but no basements attached.....hhhmmmmmm :-) :-)
Geno/Heidi,
I am saying that if it's the same motor and we can lift all the weight we can, with no problems, then you should be able to also. When I took a tour of the plant, 2008 in Riverside, CA before they closed, I was told
by the plant manager that I should load no more than 400# in my LR basement slide storage due to the limitations of the slide motor and gearing. Yours may be a different max LR basement storage slide capacity
to consider.

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I have a 2008 Bounder 35E that was experiencing slide stall. The Fleetwood dealer said the motor was weak and would cost $600 + for a new one. Even though the lift block SB does not apply to a 2008 Bounder I thought $40 for lift blocks vs $600 for a motor. I installed the lift blocks and no more slide stall. I does come over the hump slow, but it does come over. That was 8 months ago and I have extended and retracted that slide at least 30 times since I installed the lift blocks. So far so good.
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Thanks Cliff.....the TSB looks very promising.....wil talk to PG and Lazy Day Techs if this was a S.Wind Tsb as well....as always good info to go on :-) :-)
I'm with Cliff on this one. Fleetwood did make changes during the '06 model production year. But do go under the slide and check the lube points and as mentioned do not overload the slide. Make sure all is clean and there is no rust build up anywhere.

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Thanks to all again...looks like the lift blocks may be the way to go in the near future. They sure can,t hurt in any way and sounds like they improved the function of the slide. We are not overweight in the garages. We might have 120_150 lb max. Many threads here and others state no lube on racks, just clean free of any debris. Some suggest 'dry lube' on racks/rails. Have to figure out what/where other lube area there is.
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