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Old 07-24-2014, 11:02 AM   #1
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Slideouts

Just had weird experience. We have 3 slides and out of nowhere I just heard loud bang that rocked the MH. Thought that someone hit the back of our unit. All of a sudden, the sofa/table area slide began to close
by itself and ignition to unit was not even turned on!
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Get out of there! That thing is haunted!
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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Wow, I hope someone chimes in.. Cuz I haven't a clue.. But I wanna watch.
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Old 07-24-2014, 11:29 AM   #4
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What make of RV do you have? Do you know if the slides are electric or hydraulic? Just guessing, a hydraulic line might have ruptured.

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Old 07-24-2014, 12:09 PM   #5
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Bdickson, I think you already nailed it. Given it's the dining room sofa slide, probably hydraulic. When I tap on his logo, I see he has a 2008 31' FW Terra..
My 98 Chieftain popped a line once and the slide started moving out. I guess it would move in the direction it is leaning towards.
How quickly I forget..
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Now slides I do not know,,, Jacks I do however... Both are sometimes operated hydraulically.

Now I would think hydraulic slides should be double acting, but... on the other hand, a spring return might be a good idea cause my jacks pump is not working properly, so If I have slides out and the pump fails. SPRING return means the slide will come in so I can head for the shed (Repair agency shop) and throw money at it.

That may well be what happened, a ruptured line, though the BANG .. Well.......Oh, depending on just what went BANG.. check to see if your jacks retracted as well.
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Jacks are still down. Should we try to open again
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It is an electric slide out system
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:13 AM   #10
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In my mind the only way that slide could come in by itself would be if there was a short in the electrical, the bang may be something broke and shorted wires. You need to do some major checking to find out what the bang was before pushing any buttons.
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In my mind the only way that slide could come in by itself would be if there was a short in the electrical
Or one of the grand kids hiding in front of the drivers seat pushing the retract button for the slide. "Hey Jimmy,watch grandpa when I push this button."

Sure sounds like a electrical short to me also. Keep us posted. This is odd.
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Well logically if is operated electrically then the motor actually ran it closed. with a short I would expect the motor to continue to draw power and lights dim or hear the clicking of the ratchet gear. If this did not happen even for a little while after running closed I would be less suspect of a short.
Unless your leaning heavily to one side I would be hard pressed to think the slide could travel completely closed on its own. However the loud bang may be the breaking of the drive mechanism.
I would prepare to kill power to the coach with maybe someone at main fuse panel and then try and power slide out. This will let you know if motor and drive parts still work.
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Power spike? Transfer switch clunk?
OP, what have you learned thus far?
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:48 AM   #14
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The slide went back out with no problem. About 4 hours later started to hear what sounded like a clunking noise from power gear motor located under bed. Like it was trying to start.
Heard that noise about 5 times with few minutes pause in between and then stopped. It is like a car starter trying to start on dead car battery. Batteries are fully charged.
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