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Old 08-28-2017, 08:42 AM   #1
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97 Winnebago Adventurer 34rq brakes mcrswtch failed requiring manual slide retraction

I reviewed an old 2014 post about this on this forum... still very valid but I cant reply due to its age.

My parking brake microswitch wont activate. Usually, I am successful at getting it to find the sweet spot, but recently noticed mouse damage on wires and that may have pushed it past the brink of activating.

The slide and jack control module wont turn on unless the parking brake is activated. I reassure you the parking brake IS activated but the microswitch wont send the signal to the module so the module wont activate the jacks or slide. I want the slide to retract so I can drive it to the shop to fix the microswitch and mouse damage.

This means either fixing the microswitch issue or manually operating the slide. Any advice would be great. I am parked at Cinco de Mayo Campground in Farmington, MO on the St. Francis River if anyone has any resources to help. Maybe a mobile rv repair person?

Thanks for your advice, Jo
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If in fact a malfunctioning microswitch is the problem, then it would seem that the easiest solution would be to bypass the microswitch. If it is supposed to supply 12v though when the brake is on, then unplug the switch and jumper across the two wiring terminals. If it is supposed to open (disconnect) the 12v when the brake is on, then just unplug it.
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Thank you. I like the idea. Let's see if I can pull it off. Jo
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Okay, a follow up. It seems the chassis battery had died and was not recharging with shore power. That problem is still being troubleshooted(shot)...but as soon as I changed battery the box(slide/jacks) had enough amps to turn on and accept signals from the microswitch...therefore allowing me to operate the slide and get it to a shop. Who knew shops were booking appointments 5 weeks out! Jo
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Hi Jo! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry I can't help with the problem. Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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An RV of your vintage is likely NOT set up to charge your chassis battery from shore power. Shore power charges your house battery, alternator charges your chassis battery. So there is nothing to troubleshoot.

A Trik-L-Start can be added to charge the chassis battery from shore/generator.
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