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Old 07-13-2016, 07:56 PM   #1
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Power Gear Slide Question

We have a 2003 Damon Intruder with a Slide System by Power Gear. The Main slide will extend out perfectly, but when retracting it will stop about half way. I release the switch and then actuate again, and it will come the rest of the way.
There are no unusual noises when operating. I checked for debris on the racks and rollers, and could find nothing.

I assume that there is likely a current load sensing circuit in the control box (which I have yet to find) that may be the culprit. Any ideas??
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Our larger slide has always done that. It stops about 6 inches before fully out. I let off the button, then push it again and the slide goes out. I think it's because the slide has to sort of out and down. When it comes in, it kind of moves up and then in.
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I had trouble with our Power Gear slides when I didn't have the engine running. Power Gear said NEVER move the slides without the engine running.
Five years later, I always run the engine and never have a problem with the slides!
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Old 07-14-2016, 09:01 PM   #4
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Our MH has a relay interlock circuit which prevents the slide operation if the engine is running. I know slides will not work if coach batteries are under 12v....ours were at 12.7v

Slide had been working properly for years.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:51 AM   #5
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Found The Problem!

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We have a 2003 Damon Intruder with a Slide System by Power Gear. The Main slide will extend out perfectly, but when retracting it will stop about half way. I release the switch and then actuate again, and it will come the rest of the way.
There are no unusual noises when operating. I checked for debris on the racks and rollers, and could find nothing.

I assume that there is likely a current load sensing circuit in the control box (which I have yet to find) that may be the culprit. Any ideas??
Yes, indeed, the slide control board has a very simple device to sense an increase in current demand when the slide reaches the mechanical stops!
It is an AUTO-RESET CIRCUIT BREAKER on the small relay board.

Finding the board was the hard part.

On our 2003 Damon Indruder, the board is located in the "ceiling" in the first compartment aft of the drivers door. First photo shows it removed from the ceiling-hanging outside. 2nd photo I'm pointing to the Auto-Resetting 20amp circuit breaker which will trip and quickly reset when the current load exceeds 20amps. (the current will rise when the slide hits the 'In" and "Out" mechanical stops)

The original breaker was probably tired from many years of use. I'm sure the other two slides have a similar board. I'm now prepared to replace their breakers, when necessary. The only other parts on the board (beside the slo blo fuse) are the forward and reverse relays (which are soldered in)...new control boards are available on EBay for $75 to $98.

The Slo-Blow fuse beneath the breaker needs to have a rating of 5 amps more than the circuit breaker. I did not replace the fuse, as I replaced the breaker with the same amp rating as the original.

The replacement circuit breaker was obtained from AutoZone for less than $5!
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Just came across this, good info, thanks.
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Great Post, thanks!

ADDED QUESTION:
How can this slide controller malfunction to go RUNAWAY OUT WHILE DRIVING 60 MPH?

2006 Bounder 35E with 55k miles and we were cruising a 4 lane TG when DW driving said "whats that noise" and she spotted her mirror being obscured while I spotted our 17 foot driver slide POWERING OUT!

She expertly navigated to the narrow shoulder and stopped while I jumped up to try commanding slide IN but the IN/OUT switch could not control the slide initially. Once out, IN could be done but once in - runaway OUT!
Next I hit BOTH BATTERY D/C OFF and with engine running the 12vDC is still powered and slide runneth out!
After 30 minutes on the roadside I finally got it to SLIDE IN & STAY long enough to crawl under my slide and pull the motor leads to secure it.

Normal operations require key ON ( Eng on / off) batteries above 12.2vdc (low water made slide stop/start as well as a failed "12vdc convertor(charger on shore power)" and TM=Park. PB=set.

Folks - I feel like I want a BIG RED "SLIDE STOPPETH BUTTON"!!
Anyone else had a slide power OUT at cruise speed????

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Sounds like a possible relay problem, think I would start there.
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