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Old 09-26-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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For me one the worst time when we were attending our sonís wedding in the far northern corner of Michigan at Eagle Harbor. We had bought the unit, a used class C and it was our first unit with a slide out. During the walk through everything worked including the slide. I operated it twice at the house while loading for the trip. No problems. Did not use the slide on the road as we were driving from can 'til canít to get there on time and to get DW back to work on time. All went well , including the rolling out the slide, until the morning we were closing down to make the return trip. Slide would not retract. Checked the breakers, the wiring and after a half hour in absolute frustration and anger , I grabbed the crank and manually retracted it while I uttered a few things I should not have. To make it worse, it lacked about a half inch fully retracting. Rolled it out partially a couple of time and finally gave up and hit the road, was beat to death and worried all day about the slide as it stuck out about a half inch from being fully seated. Due to exhaustion and worry, we decided to stay in an RV park for the night, with slide in have a couple of beers and relax. After doing hook up, I forget what I was doing, but I bumped up against the slide switch. I heard urrrnmpt, and a thud as the slide finished retracting and seated. Lights in foggy brain clicked on with a blinding flash. The walk through techs words hit me up-side the head. There is an ignition lock out on the slide. Iíd started the engine that morning to warm it up after the several day stay and had not shut it down prior to trying to retract the slide. Oh well, said the man with the shovel in his hand at the bottom of a hole, deep subject.

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Old 09-26-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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Been there did that, I was lucky enough to realize that I had the switch in the wrong position

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Hopefully that is far enough in the past that you can laugh at it.
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Our 2010 Grand Junction 5er has "docking lights" on the nose that are on a nifty remote which also can control the slides and jacks. Second trip we took, the docking lights got stuck "on". Nothing short of disconnecting the battery would turn them off. Kept happening "randomly". 3rd trip back to the dealer, one of the tech's asked if we had turned them on with the remote, since that locked out the hardwired switches. Turns out when you use the remote, it (sensibly) locks out all the other switches. Just no one told us!! I've since answered this question at least twice on other forums from other owners. I was turning them on (during the daylight) fumbling with the different buttons on the remote.
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