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Old 04-03-2016, 10:17 AM   #1
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Slide out motor

I have a 2014 fleetwood Terra 35k. The living room slide has always seemed weak to me, well it got to the point it wouldn't go out without being pushed. Ordered a new motor and had a RV mobile service come to install. I ended up helping them as they had never done one like this before. Well after install the slide is some better but not to what I would think is normal. Have to push out switch multiple times for about the last 6" to 8". Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:34 AM   #2
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I had an 04 Bounder that the main slide out would go out just fine except for the last bit of drop down. I had to push the button twice to get it to come in. Second time was always at the same spot both in and out.
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I'm assuming electric from the way you described it. Mine is hydraulic. Sounds like you may have a loose or corroded power cable to the motor. Possibly the factory did not install a large enough power cable to the motor. I've heard of both issues before, even on new coaches. I would check connections first. If electric you could try using a jumper cable to add some current handling to see what happens. Just some suggestions from a non-expert. Good luck.
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I have a 2014 fleetwood Terra 35k. The living room slide has always seemed weak to me, well it got to the point it wouldn't go out without being pushed. Ordered a new motor and had a RV mobile service come to install. I ended up helping them as they had never done one like this before. Well after install the slide is some better but not to what I would think is normal. Have to push out switch multiple times for about the last 6" to 8". Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
A bad cell in one of the batteries will do it. Check your batteries with a hydrometer check each cell. also bad alignment of the slide can cause binding.
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FWIW try it with the unit plugged into AC power. That should add enough extra current capacity to make up for a weak cell.

FWIW2 I do not know about your unit but some have interlocks to prevent the slide from running when the ignition is on. If yours does not that might be another answer.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:32 PM   #6
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Lippert System

Based on your brief description, I assume you have a Lippert system with two electric motors, and a gear drive on each end of the slide. It is certainly best to contact your manufacturer first to find out if they will support you on the repair of the slide mechanism. If it is a Lippert system you can also contact that company for trouble shooting of the system. My Thor Palazzo has had multiple slide problems, but Thor seems to have finally resolved most of the issues.
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It's actually a power gear, with one motor.
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Are you running your engine on fast idle when operating slides? I have found that it seems to help with my slides and jacks. A little more juice going to the motor from the alternator.
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Some of the systems sense the current to the motor and shut off if it exceeds a certain value. That's how it determines when to shut off - the current (amps) go high when resistance to movement increases. What I'm getting at is that your slide may be binding enough to cause the motor to stop, and pressing the switch again re-starts it until it overloads again. That can happen is a slide seal is out of position and binding, or the slide is a bit cock-eyed, or other cause of extra friction.

I believe on your 2014 you are supposed to have the engine running when operating slides, to assure there is sufficient voltage and amps to run the system properly. If you don't have your manuals, a call to Fleetwood Customer Service will get an answer about that.
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Had similar problem with my Newmar , then found out that the slide control module had a sensitivity adjustment for the amperage draw; that stops the motor at the end of slide travel; after a VERY slight adjustment , the slide doesn't stop until the end of it's travel.
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Thank you for your info, where would the sensitivity adjustment be located?
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This is what my 94 Avion has one of these on each slide, but it has an old RBW slide mechanism.

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My 99 Dolphin has a Power Gear slide control similar to this, couldn't find the exact one online.

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Thank you for your info, where would the sensitivity adjustment be located?
We had the same issue as Skip426, and somewhat as you describe, with our Newmar. It got to a point where I had to push the slide switch about 4 times, stopping in between each activation, to bring it all the way in. It was the Slide Control Module needed adjustment. It is common for them to vibrate out of adjustment as minor movement can create what you are experiencing. Remember to make slight adjustments, and just get it to bring the slide in without stopping, do not over adjust as that will not make it go in/out any faster, but it may overheat the motor or control module. Our slide control modules are located in the storage bay by the passenger side rear tire, and are mounted on the bay wall. There should be one for each slide. If you can't find them in a storage bay, they may be mounted in a cabinet near each slide. Good Luck, when we had ours done it took them 5 minutes to adjust it right, and they showed me how to do it in case it ever happens again.
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On our 2002 Dutch Star I finally found that some reinforcing Newmar had had a dealer install was catching on the carpet. I had replaced the controller as well as the motor trying to figure it out. Ended up beveling the edge about a week before we traded the MH for the present rig. Seemed to have fixed it finally
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