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Old 12-04-2013, 12:26 PM   #1
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Slide Out Skipping/Slipping and Moving VERY Slow...HELP!

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I have a 2003 Tahoe Transport 36TB 5th wheel toy hauler (garage model) with large living room slide. Over the past year I've had it, I've noticed the slide out slipping/skipping when pulling in. This is what I'm experiencing...

-Slide out opens just fine. Stops when it's supposed to (clicks).
-When closing the slide out, the initial 5 seconds after pressing the button, the slide moves VERY slowly and makes clicking sounds.
-5-10 seconds after holding the button to close the slide, the clicking gets less.
-About 10 seconds after, the slide is "up to speed", moving at a steady rate, and closes with no more clicking sounds on the slide in.

Other notes:
1) I recently had the shear pin break. Put a new one in.
2) I watched under the trailer at the slide mechanism when sliding in and every time there is a click noise, I notice the gears "skip" or "slip." It moves VERY slowly and clicks quite a bit at first.
3) It does this when level as well as not leveled. Generator or shore power is always on.
4) Teeth don't appear to be broken anywhere.
5) It is progressively getting worse.

My questions:
Does the slide need to be adjusted? Is the motor going bad? Is this normal?

Thanks in advance!!!

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Old 12-07-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
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Mike, without knowing the exact brand of slide system you have, from your description it sounds like a PowerGear motor unit. These make a distinctive ratcheting sound when the load is excessive and/or reaching the full in or out position (travel) of the slide room. In this type of system there are no limits on travel, the motor will continue to run as long as you're holding the button down. The gearbox is designed to create X amount of torque - once exceeded, such as reaching the slide room's full in or out, it "clutches" to prevent damaging itself, which is the sound you're hearing. This is all perfectly normal.

If the slide room is out of alignment badly, needs lubricated or perhaps has something else wrong causing excessive difficulty in closing/opening you'll hear that ratcheting sound as it's traveling - It's telling you something is wrong. Also, Broken shear pins are, in many cases, a sign of something else wrong.

The room needs inspected and run manually to see if something is indeed hanging up somewhere. It is entirely possible that the room is just fine and the gear unit on the motor is wearing out. Fortunately, these motor units are quick and easy to change.
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