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Old 08-25-2013, 06:16 AM   #15
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In reading these forums for many years I have read that some RV's. the maker feels, it would appear, that the battery they installed is not enough to move the slides without help so they insist the engine be running (Alternator power) Another theory at end of post.

Others feel it's not safe to drive with the slides moving about so they insist the motor be off (Of course they put in enough battery) Mine is this way. However the JACKS are another story.. They need ignition on. on my rig.

Theory 2: Hydraulic slides, Engine powered pump (Power steering more than likely) this one actually makes sense.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Tourbustoo View Post
Maybe that's what I need to do! I purchased the MH in Oct '09, and the previous owners had replaced the batteries a year prior; and since I have the room, I think I'm going to go with 4 house batteries! Any thoughts?
Before investing in more batteries you should probably inspect slides. Sounds like they are binding. Put a good ammeter on the slide motor and see how much it's drawing. Something isn't working properly, whether it's weak batteries or too much resistance in the slide mechanism. More power might be good for Tim Taylor but it can lead to something breaking or burning out.


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Old 08-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #17
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If you get an alternator warning just ignore it. With the charger running the higher voltage may confuse your regulator/warning system.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:25 PM   #18
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These RV manufacturers are all different. Some MHs can't operate the slides with the engine running, others say you should operate the slides with the engine running (mine does). I do it either way, some times with it running, sometimes just with battery power.

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