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Old 12-04-2013, 03:36 PM   #1
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Slide Out is Clicking and Slipping/Skipping - PLEASE 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 12-05-2013, 04:04 AM   #2
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Hello Mike and We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. I am sure you will enjoy the website and forums. Good luck, stay safe and keep us posted.
It is not normal for the slideouts to "clutch" except when the room has reached it's limit wither retracted or extended. Many times the "clutching" is due to low voltage, binding or in older systems worn out motor/gear assemblies. Usually, if the drive pinion gear is "skipping" over the rail gears ("rack") then the spacer for the outer to inner tube is worn or missing. A large (1/2") flat washer can have a notch cut all the way through the side to resemble a "C" and driven into place at the edge of the outer tube that the inner rack glides in and out of. Verify good voltage, lubricate with a dry silicone and retest operation. You probably have a flat floor and the room climbing up the ramp is why it is slow at first and the skipping and clutching may occur. Good luck and keep us posted.
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