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Old 10-27-2015, 04:15 PM   #1
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Schwintek slides

We are thinking of buying a motor home. I see lots of problems for schwintek slides. Any comments?
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Old 10-27-2015, 05:12 PM   #2
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For me, myself, it would be a deal breaker. Do a search and read the postings.
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Have had them for a year and they have worked perfectly.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:10 PM   #4
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If you look up the videos on YouTube it is a fairly elegant system considering what it needs to do. The problem appears to be the limited capacity for running big/heavy slides. We have them on a kitchen/dining slide and they manage. I would not touch a full wall slide.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:53 PM   #5
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Northmark is spot on by what we've seen and experienced. Full wall slides are VERY heavy and when you read about the problems - that is most of the serious ones.
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Since nearly all manufacturers are using Schwintek slides in most of their models what are you going to buy?
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:07 PM   #7
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I have a 2015 Winnebago Vista 27N and have had no problems with the Schwintek slides. It is real important to follow their procedure for how to open and close the slides. Their instructions say it is very important that you hold down the operate button until the slide stops movement and and then continue to hold the button for a few seconds to allow both sides to fully extend or retract, to keep everything in sync. The motors and controllers are designed to handle this and will shut down themselves if you hold the button in too long.
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Schwintek slides

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Since nearly all manufacturers are using Schwintek slides in most of their models what are you going to buy?

A solid used motorhome without them. Wouldn't go near them; a flawed, cheap design IMO.

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I've had several problems with Schwintek slides in my RV. After 3 times in the shop for repairing these slides, would I buy an RV with these? YES. Every RV has problems, not some....ALL. I was recently next to a family that just bought a 2.75 million bus, that had more problems than I've had with mine. They only made it 780 miles. Go figure.. If you decide to buy the RV learn everything you can about it's problems. Schwintek systems are not the greatest, but I've had others that were just as much problems. Over all we only hear about people having problems, it's not very often you here about the other approx. 7 million RVs that have ran without problems. My 2 cents
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Since nearly all manufacturers are using Schwintek slides in most of their models what are you going to buy?
Newmar doesn't. They either use their own patented system or the HWH on some models.
Our CC uses the HWH system on all four slides.
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FWIW the key to look for is the snail track on the sides of the slides. We were looking at Newmar but also saw some Georgetown units that use something else.

One of the challenges of buying a motor home is picking a setup one is really comfortable with as well as afford to use. It is worth noting that similar layouts are used by multiple manufacturers. There is only so many reasonable ways to stuff known components into a box. Component sizes are defined by the human body so it is hard to mess with sizes and be comfortable. That in turn opens up room for cost differences depending on construction differences and added "features". I expect that Schwintek offers the lowest cost slide that is compatible with folks who use their camper a few weeks and a few weekends a year.
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