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Old 05-15-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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Hello, I am a newbie and just bought a 2005 Four Winds Chateau with 60k miles. So far I love it and everything works great but one thing I forgot to ask the dealer is what happens if I am leaving a campsite and my slides won't go back in? Is there a manual way to push them in? I don't know why I'm worried about this scenario, but I think it's good to know beforehand in case this happens to me. Thanks so much
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If you camp enough its not "if" but "when" they won't go back in......My coach has 2 hydraulic and 2 electric slides. One of each has failed over the past several years, and always in the out position. The hydraulic I was able to disconnect the sheared shaft and remove it from the broken side, then push in while my wife pressed the in button. Same thing on the electric, except a cable broke, I removed the chain for that side from the electric motor and was able to push in while she hit the in button.......ALWAYS bring tools and be ready, these things are going to break.....I think there are manual ways, but if a single side breaks like mine, that won't help you.....you will need to figure out how to release whatever gave and deal with it. Good luck.....
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You extend your stay and call for help....or get a wide load Police Escort...
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Oh wow!! That seems like an ordeal. Thanks so much for the info
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The slideout manual usually will give instructions on how to retract them manually. What type / mfg are yours ?
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Hmm, all I know is that it's a Four Winds Chateu 29E. I'm not sure about any other specs (I'm currently at work and can't check). Do the slides have their own specs?
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Do the slides have their own specs?
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Oh ok. Yeah I'll have to check them out when I get back home. I am a total newbie when it comes to this stuff
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There are 3 kinds of slides, all 3 have manual overrides.

Power Gear (And others) make a rack and pinion system, You can identify this system by the long toothed rail under the slide, and if you look you will see the shaft.. The shaft runs between the rails and the motor may be in between the rails, or on one or the other outside of one of the rails.. There should be a 3/4" nut on the outside of one of the gears.. SHOULD BE does not = Body maker put it there or any way to access it.

On the motor (look while slides are out) one end has a rubber cap, under that cap is a lever, this is the manual brake release.


If you have the 3/4 " nut, Wrench away. (The very last thread I read the poster had to do that). =OR=
To push in, release brake get a couple 300 pound guys named BUBBA to help and push it in,, Have done it a few times.. I'm not Bubba, but I am 300 pounds.

Accu-slide (and again others) make cable cars,, I have two of those, these have (usually) 4 cables you can see when they are extended.. Now the power unit may be atop, or below the slide, behind a panel.. FIND it, use a battery operated (or 120 volt) reversable drill or screwdriver with a FLEXABLE power serewdriver extension to slip onto the non-transmission end of the motor shaft and screw it in or out.

If a cable breaks.. PUSH while partner operates switch.

Finally there are hydraulic systems.. Theory has it there is a release valve you open and then get Bubba 1 and 2 to assist. (Or me) since I do not have such a system I can not test the theory.
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