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Old 10-11-2015, 08:15 PM   #1
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Ideal 30RK fifth wheel new to me

I bought a used and somewhat abused 98 model. Currently the slides are not moving. It uses barker controllers and someone in the past cut off the switch to the bedroom switch off. Are the two controllers interconnected or totally separate? Secondly, does this unit have a converter/inverter and where would it be? Thank you for your time and experience.
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a '98 Ideal? Never seen one, I guess. But it should have a converter (don't think it would have an inverter) and you will need to track the electric wiring from where it enters and goes to the basement. Or find the circuit breakers and work backward. Could even be right behind the breaker box.
Barker is still in business--google for the phone number. After getting the control motor number, you can get a lot of info from them.
Sounds like you have some interesting work facing you...
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Oh I have plenty of fun work. I've had to clean up the 12 volt wiring from the battery. The electric jack wasn't even hooked up and once fixed, I believe the legs are stripped. It's all good though. We bought it as a project and are looking forward to it.
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Is it an Alfa Ideal? If it is, the front slide is separate from the rear slide. I had a 29' Ideal RL and the front slide was a hydraulic cylinder that pushed the slide in and out. The rear slide has a rack and pinion setup with a gearbox and shaft similar to the front jacks. If it is an Alfa and you have any questions, call Alfateers out of California, they bought all the parts inventories and prints from Alfa Leisure when they went out of business. They are very knowledgeable on these units, they will need the year model and serial number.
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Funny you should ask, see signature.

The charger is located under the front bed slide facing forward on the steel frame member, it is a black box that if working will hum. There is a black and white wire and a power cord. It is a transformer, is not regulated, and will cook batteries.

The controller for the slides is located inside the access door where the controls for the sewer drains and water hook ups are. It is painted green and is wood and there are several relays and a black plastic control box.

I have had problems with the landing gear locking and blowing the fuse, which is located where the batteries are. I removed mine, cleaned the gears, re-greased them, and have not had a problem, believe a bit of rock might have bound them up.

Have to run but have the manuals for the trailer, the first owners gave me all the documents when I purchased it.
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