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Old 03-19-2006, 08:47 AM   #1
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We've just acquired a 98 Newmar with
one big dining room slide. I'm not clear
what powers the slide: I believe it's a 12V system, so plugging in AC is no help in moving
that heavy load. Am I correct? Is it moved by the starter battery or the coach batts? How
does one maintain a slide? I'm doing all
the research I can, but thought to ask these
basic questions first.

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Old 03-19-2006, 08:47 AM   #2
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We've just acquired a 98 Newmar with
one big dining room slide. I'm not clear
what powers the slide: I believe it's a 12V system, so plugging in AC is no help in moving
that heavy load. Am I correct? Is it moved by the starter battery or the coach batts? How
does one maintain a slide? I'm doing all
the research I can, but thought to ask these
basic questions first.

Thanks
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:07 AM   #3
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Art, your slide is driven by a low geared 12v motor that operates from the house batteries. I have owned three Newmars and never had a problem with a slide the only maintenence is place baby power on rubber weather strips and wax slide sides for ease of movement. You can use your step spray on slide parts on large slide if metal rubs against metal. Plus don't worry about them. "007"

You should post down in Newmar forum these type questions because other MFG's have trouble with their slides and don't operate as Newmars.
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:18 AM   #4
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This is most reassuring and informative, double
O. I wonder who manufactures the Newmar
slides? Having just replaced a pump
motor on the HWH jacks, I learned that
HWH sometimes provides both systems, but
I haven't crawled around under that slide
very much. It spooks me!
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I believe Newmar has always made their own, they made the first flush slides back in late 80's. The slide design has been the same on all three Newmars of mine. "007"
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I believe it's a 12V system, so plugging in AC is no help in moving
that heavy load. Am I correct? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

In a word, No.

Your 12V systems will nearly always operate at their peak performance when you are plugged into AC, whether shore power or genset. That's because the converter/charger (or inverter/charger, if so equipped) is providing peak voltage to the 12V system (actually about 13.6V) as opposed to the 12.0-12.6 you will get from battteries alone. Because of the higher votage available, you will have more actual power when plugged into AC and the slide system (and everything else on 12V power) will work better and/or more effortlessly.

If AC power is not available, leave the engine running if you can. That's because in most rigs the engine alternator also charges the coach (house) batteries and provide a higher voltage than the batteries alone. As with AC, that provides more power to operate 12V devices.
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:51 PM   #7
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I understand. That's the approach I've taken
so far, either turning on the engine,
the gen or being hooked up to AC. This
week, we'll have our new inverter hooked
up, which will also help energy management.
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To; Artro;

RE; Slide-outs,

Agree with all info above except the baby powder on slide gaskets, power drys, like on baby diaper areas. You want to keep gaskets soft and pliable.

There are 2 products that I have used on slides sincs 2000, One is a spray lube for gaskets, rubber seals ,and the other is a spray lube for the metal mechanism. I think the products I use are Protect=All, but I'm sure others have it.

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Old 03-20-2006, 03:43 AM   #9
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P.S.

My slides won't extend when engine running or ignition key on. I've ad a 2000 and now a 2002.

If slides do extend with engine running it could lead to a truck full of problems,
Start your gen-set ,if batteries are too low.

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Newmar recommends using 303 on the rubber slide gaskets.

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