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Old 02-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Damon sofa slide out doesn't work

Hi all, we just bought a 2003 Damon Intruder 375W with two slide outs. The bedroom works fine, however, the living room doesn't seem to work.
When you turn the key and push the slide out button...nothing happens!
One time I pushed the slide in button (while it was in) and it just jumped. I guess because it was already in. Now it does nothing on in or out! Am I missing a relay or something? Please help!
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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When you turn the key and push the slide out button...nothing happens!
If you are able to do so, dismount the living room switch and using an automotive test lamp, press the button and test both sides of the switch. This will help you rule out a bad switch. That's step #1.
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If you do not hear anything while pushing the button, do as DriVer says or just look for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If you do hear the motor running, then you may have sheared a pin. I would think you have lost power to the circuit. Be sure your battery voltage is good before retrying.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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Many slide-out systems have interlocks that prevent the slides from being activated when the motor is running. The solenoid that locks out the slide may have failed or may be stuck. This has happened to me twice - once the slide wouldn't go out, and once the slide wouldn't go in. On our motorhome, the solenoids are located on an electrical panel in the storage bay behind the passenger-side front tire. When the slide failed to operate, I rapped on the solenoids with the handle of a screwdriver, and then everything worked properly. Someday this is probably going to happen and rapping on the solenoid won't work, so I'll have to replace it.
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Okay, this is what I did today. I found a blown 20 amp "slo-blo-fuse" that is located right above the motor for that slide out. Still nothing. Also my hutch light won't come on. That switch is on the same panel as the slide key and slide out/in switch. However, the overhead light switch works! (it's on the same panel) When I found the blown fuse, I noticed a 20 amp reset black square fuse (i guess!) Could that be it? I'm at my wits end and am considering an rv tech. But I'll be really mad at myself if it's just a blown fuse and I have to pay a fortune for a $2.00 piece!
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Be sure to check fuses in the Battery Control Center (not sure of location for your floor plan). You should have a box that has fuses and solenoids; slide out circuit fuses are here also.
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Well... First we need to know what kind of slide out the couch is mounted on.. However I"m going to take a guess.. It's a Power Gear rack and pinion type and the shear pins (May be bolts or roll pins depending on the model) are sheared.

If this is the case you may hear the motor run. but it won't move

You can, however push it out by hand.. do so, about half way... Now look under the slide (outside) you should see two large toothed bars.. These are the "Racks" of the rack and pinion.. Just where they enter the main body you should see the pinion gears.

Now if you look 'Center-wards" of the pinion cears (Center of the slide) you shoudl see a square shaft.. Have your partner touch the in/out button, just a second, you may see this square shaft turn.. If it does, but the gears do not, then the pin, or bolt that holds the shaft to the gear shaft is sheared.

If a bolt it is a Grade 8, 1/4 inch diamater, by 1 1/4 inch long as I recall

If a roll pin.. I can't help you with specifications.
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Hi all, we just bought a 2003 Damon Intruder 375W with two slide outs. The bedroom works fine, however, the living room doesn't seem to work.
When you turn the key and push the slide out button...nothing happens!
One time I pushed the slide in button (while it was in) and it just jumped. I guess because it was already in. Now it does nothing on in or out! Am I missing a relay or something? Please help!
Just curious...does your slide work yet? If so, had did you fix it? Was it a fuse, relay or sheared pin/bolt or none of the above?
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No, the slide is still not working. I really appreciate all the input from everyone though! I'm going to try location the battery control center as suggested. The motor doesn't make a sound since the last time it moved.
Yes it is a Power Gear slide. Everything looks ok according to the Power Gear diagram I downloaded. If anyone knows where the battery control center is, I would appreciate it. Thanks again for all your help! I have ordered a couple of books on RV electric systems. I hope when they get here that I can figure this thing out. I feel we should be able to know how to replace fuses and the sort before we hit the road!
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Ok, One other thing to check... Have you tried it both with the engine running and with the engine off? On my Intruder there is an ignition interlock, If the engine is running the slide outs (And I might add my Router which gets it's power from the 12 volt lead to the slides) do not work

Some rigs, since the slides suck major amps, want the engine running to slide in and out. And the rest of 'em could care less.

Finally ... One other issue I have had is a bad switch.. The one for my bed-slide is not all that great So you might check your switch

This is fairly easy to do *IF* it is a 3 -wire switch

If it's a 3 wire switch pull the CENTER wire and touch it to either the top or bottom terminal.. Quickly.

If it's the switch the slide should do .... Something (move in or out) if it moves the wrong way.. Try the other terminal. When done restore the wire to the terminal it was on.> Then go get a new switch. Switch need not be exact unless you want it to fit.
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Slideout problem RESOLVED!!! Hey WA8YXM...Thank you SO MUCH for that tip!! This is "Mobildad" and your tip about the "switch" was EXACTLY correct!! My wife (who I have always admitted was the mechanic in this family) took your tip about the switch and discovered (believe it or not) that the WIRES WERE CROSSED!! The moment that she reversed the wires...BAM!!! Slide out works beautifully! Front roof A/C now fully functioning too! Wow, ...you have no idea how much $$$ that saved us, we were literally at our "wits end." Here we have this beautiful Damon Intruder that after 32 years of marriage my wife has ALWAYS WANTED...and yet we were NEVER (until today) been able to see what it looks like with the livingroom set up properly. Wow! What a difference! Thanks to ALL of you for the tips!!!
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Damon slide-outs NOW work thanks to you all!

We are soooooo excited. Thanks Again!
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For mine the engine must be running. You said you bought this unit without ever seeing the living room slide out out?
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Yes, it was one of those take it as it is (at an incredible price) and even if we would have had to put 10 grand into it, we would have been way ahead of the game! So, we feel really fortunate that that was the only thing wrong and NOW nothing is wrong with it! What a blessing this web site has turned out to be!
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