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Old 09-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #1
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Bedroom Slideout Problem on 2012 Itasca Ellipse 42QD

We went to pull out of camp for home Labor Day and discovered our rear passenger side slideout wouldn't retract. Pulled the manuals out and started reading as Winnebago Tech Service was off for the holiday. We started to read the various threads on the subject and found some good suggestions but no help. Finally decided to strip the bedding off of the sleep member mattress and start looking around. Soon discovered there was no access to anything you could see underneath so pulled the front portion of the mattress support platform under the headboard, by removing four Phillips screws holding it to the steel frame. Then spotted a stationary mounted plunger style switch which was actuated by an angle bracket attached to the moving portion of the tilt mechanism. Both the switch and the actuator are of very thin gauge sheet
metal, and it was obvious this setup was very vulnerable to total or intermittent failure. After fooling around trying to adjust and bend the brackets I finally decided it was a lost cause for a reasonably reliable fix.
The switch needs to be actuated by the tilt mechanism being in the up position which bends the mattress for compacting its length with slides in. You can't extend or retract unless this switch is actuated. With this in mind, I decided to permanently complete the circuit by removing the two wires going to the switch and splicing in a jumper permanently keeping the circuit closed. The switch has two wires with female push on type connectors and simply slide off. I made a jumper using two male connectors with wire crimped to each and bypassed the switch. This allows extending or retracting the slide without the intended interlock. The interlock prevents retracting the slide while the bed is flat, or in its extended length, which will push the mattress into the opposite side of the coach if you don't remember to tilt it up.
At first I thought this was a good temporary fix to get us home and later take it into service for a fix. However, after thinking about it, what would a service tech do but probably replace the switch with the same poorly designed hardware and we would wind up wasting time going through this again instead of being on the road. The only downside I can think of with permanently bypassing the switch interlock is to push the mattress into the opposite wall by not remembering to tilt up before retracting.
I can live with the extra minor attention required to remember to tilt before retracting the slide rather than being stuck with a slide that won't retract.
Anyone have any other words of caution, other than voiding my warranty on this portion of the coach?
On another previous thread someone wanted to be able to extend their bed by extending the opposite slide with the passenger side in and wasn't able to. This bypass would allow that.

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Old 09-04-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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Trying to visualize this..So the bed needs to be tilted up for the slide to go all the way in and they put an idiot switch on it to be sure that this was dune.. It think you fixed a problem as long as you remember to tilt the bed before returning the slide..

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being that the slide switch is in the hall beside the bed as long as the bed room door is open it should be very hard to forget the bed
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:23 AM   #4
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I am having a hard time visualizing your cunnundrum, but it sounds like you have the most reliable solution in hand.

My slides have a switch mounted that "stops" the slide at it's end point, and I found it needed adjustments over time. Same thing, swith with thin spring steel "arm" that contacts a point on the coach or slide.

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by donhoward49 View Post
Trying to visualize this..So the bed needs to be tilted up for the slide to go all the way in and they put an idiot switch on it to be sure that this was dune.. It think you fixed a problem as long as you remember to tilt the bed before returning the slide..
That's it exactly. Bypassing an idiot switch. In retrospect I believe I took up a lot of space in fixing what now looks like a very simple fix. The hard part was finding and getting at and identifying the switch. I think I will leave it alone and not make any attempt to bring back the switch. Hope this helps anyone encountering the same problem. There really isn't a good time to be unable to retract a slide when you are planning to head out. I believe this is unique to coaches having to "fold up" the bed before retracting the slide and having the extra hardware to accommodate this.
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GKW: I posted on this exact topic maybe 4 months ago so your post is timely. A couple of thoughts for you. On my 42 2011 Tour, I had the same problem but the small rod that you found under the head board came out of sorts and would not contact that micro switch. All I did was bend it back and it made contact. I like your idea much better and like another poster said, it would be pretty hard to miss eye contact with the bed flat since the slide out switch is in the hallway next to the bed. I did cut an access hole right above that switch so I could get in there much easier if I need to again. Good job and I will do just what you did so this does not happen when I am leaving or setting up. Thanks.

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