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Old 07-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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5th wheel slide

I'm a newbie with a 30 foot Chapparal. The slide contains the dinette and a sofa. Sometimes it jams when trying to extend and won't move. I can hear the clutch slipping. I'm able to unjam it with a wrench moving counterclockwise on the bolt underneath, so there doesn't seem to be a problem with the motor. I have read and re-read the owner's manual on the slide, but it says nothing about adjustments to keep it from jamming. Any ideas? Thanks

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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Something is happening to make it jam, look closer at the underside is there any tear or scrapes in the bottom if that looks good then bring it in about half way push on the top of the box to kick it back then look under the front with a light put a small block of wood under the edge to hold up if needed. There might be a broken tooth on the drive gear and if it hits just right it will stop. Is this doing this everytime it goes out?

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Old 07-12-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Thanks, Mark! I'll try what you suggested. Also, yoiur idea of a broken tooth makes sense. Maybe that's why a twist of that long bolt always works. Jim
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:22 PM   #4
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P.S. No it doesn't jam every time. It's in storage right now but will be getting it out in about 3 weeks. I'll check things then.
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