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Old 10-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Slide on fifth wheel

We have a 2008 Sunny Brook Mobile Scout Fifth Wheel we just purchased from previous owners. It's in immaculate condition but have come across several "issues" first few times using it. Had trouble getting one of the slides in completely so we slid it back out then couldn't get it to come in at all... Not even w/ manual crank!! Previous owners claimed they NEVER had a problem w/ it. My husband took the underbelly down a bit and found a broken screw. Took the screw to hardware store to match and voila!! .72 cents later. It worked. Slid it in and out a good 10 times or so and off we went camping. Got ready to pull out of campsite thus weekend and after the same slide went in the bottom corner would pop out about 4-5 inches. So he slid it out again and you guessed it. It won't slide back in at all. You can hear the gear box winding. Any ideas or help would be appreciated!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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Sounds like it's binding up for some reason and shearing the bolt.
What do you mean "winding?"
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:16 AM   #3
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When you push the button to bring the slide in you can hear the gear box making noise but the mechanism that actually brings it in us not catching
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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There is a motor, there is a gear/clutch box, and then other gears that could be grinding. They all make different noises too.
It needs to be taken apart and accessed.
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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I would believe it is the shear pin on the motor's shaft that sheared off and lets the motor run with out turning the gears. Check at the motor and see if the output shaft is moving but the input to the gear box isn't. If that's it, it's an easy fix, new shear pin.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:42 PM   #6
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Perhaps at some time in the past someone sheared the shear pin and used a screw in it's place. If you could ask someone with the same manufacturer, and similar model, could check to verify if there is a screw or a shear pin in the location you have the screw. Good luck.
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If you don't have your 5er level when operating the slides you may be putting the slide in a bind. This may be causing your shear pin to break. Are you levelling before going out and bringing it in before you move your jacks? This could be why the PO didn't have trouble, but you are having problem. Good luck!
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:27 AM   #8
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Being level is important, but really not a HUGE issue. Unless it is a small room with just one screw to run it, the room will come in fine if unlevel (unless you're on the side of a cliff.)
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The roll pin that shears to prevent major slide damage may be replaced with an ordinary stove-bolt(ungraded bolt) and lock nut. Before inserting the new bolt/pin the mechanism must be re-aligned. Measure the distance at each end of the room and move accordingly so both ends are within 1/2" and then align the open holes, moving the screw in the direction to eliminate any measurement difference. If this is procedure is ignored the mechanism will sustain damage and the room will not move properly.
Here is a very good tutorial for how to replace a slide pin. Don't get caught with your slide-out. Some people, even that tutorial advise using grade 8 bolts, IMO that is foolish, you want the cheapest, easiest to replace part to fail first, that is my reasoning for using an ordinary ungraded stove-bolt that is soft enough to break/shear before any expensive damage occurs.
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That is really helpful Ray. But my question is why has it broke again??? The trailer is level. We were bringing in all the slides before fooling w/ the levels!!
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Things break because the force is greater than the weak link. If the pin did not shear, something expensive would break.

Here is the website that used to be for Sunnybrook owners:

MyRVTalk.com

Used to be SunnybrookTalk .com but SB company owner did not like some of the opinions being expressed about his products and took the name back. So, now all the former SBTalk people are on the MyRVTalk site. Lots of SB info there. I used to own 2 SBs before my Suites. Check it out and ask your questions over there. And join it, you'll meet lots of current SB owners. Also bet you can get some good info on the slide fix.

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That is really helpful Ray. But my question is why has it broke again??? The trailer is level. We were bringing in all the slides before fooling w/ the levels!!
I have a suspicion something is bent in the mechanism. It will take someone with experience, as wingnut60 said, with that brand mechanism to determine what is bent, or mis-aligned. It's my understanding, might be wrong, the former Sunnybrook is now Winnebago towables.
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Yes, Winnebago bought the name and is manufacturing Sunnybrook units. I don't think there is much in common with the originals, could be wrong.
Going to the MyRVTalk.com forum will probably be one of the best places to get some advice about what is going on. I also believe Barker made most of the SB slideout motors/gear boxes.
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