Weird Slide Problem: Broken Gearbox Base
Picked up the coach on Friday and spent all weekend learning, taming, cleaning, and washing carpets.
8:00 Monday was the safety inspection, so at 07:30 I get ready to leave and close the slides. All ok except one. The driver's side front slide comes in a few inches then stops. I try to send it back out, and it just stops, nothing more.
What I found was unexpected: The 4 bosses where the gearbox/motor bolts to the bulkhead were broken off and the whole motor had spun around the shaft, until one of the wires pulled out its brush holder in the motor.
The thread in each hole actually goes deeper than the depth of the boss, but the bolts were only long enough to grab within the boss (pictures will help).
I was lucky to be able to glue the bosses back on and save $1,000... for now (they are now only used as spacers). I tapped the thread all the way to the bottom of the hole and used longer bolts, and then added epoxy putty on the outside to hopefully give it a bit more strength. I also replace the 4 bolts holding the curb-side slide motor, just to be safe.
I might be worth taking a minute to check that those bolts are tight. I don't know what led to this, but there must have been some looseness somewhere that worked itself into a failure.
Anyway, that was weird.