Well as we know, yesterday I was left in the position of having to replace the slide motor and my initial option through the Power Gear dealer in BC was to wait in excess of 3 weeks AND it would have cost me $1400 CDN by the time it was at my door.
As it was clear at that point that our April trip was done I thanked the rep and said I might as well look around a bit more.
Within a short time I stumbled across a pdf link for a dealer here on Vancouver Island BC that was clearing their old inventory. So I did a search of the pdf for Power Gear and among the many hits was one for my slide motor #1010000010. It said they had one left.....no....this can't be true
So I called the parts guy with my fingers crossed and low and behold they still had it......and get this.....$413.00 CDN. Yes, brand new and warrantied.
Bought....bam!! He had it couriered down the island to me and I had it in my hands by noon today.
I had already sprayed the old motor nuts with PB Blaster penetrating oil in prep.
4 motor mounting bolts and two shear pins later......guess who has a nice quiet, smooth new slide.
Thanks to all who took the time to pass on their ideas and experience!