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Old 10-13-2018, 10:26 PM   #1
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Slide Problem

We got along for 12 years with 2 RVs without slides.

I always said, "ALL Slides ARE a problem or WILL BE a problem".

Then we figured because we are spending more time in one place, we need a slide, so... we got an RV with a slide.

It is a 2013 Coachmen Freelander 29QB.

The last time we were out, we tried to put the slide out and the front top corner wouldn't go. While the switch was pressed, I PUSHED hard on the front top corner and the slide went out fine.

Being an engineer, I suspected that I knew what the problem was. I went out and looked and I was correct.

I've got a friend with a mill, so I think that I can cut the tooth pattern in short piece of stainless and after cutting off the damaged portion of the rack, bolt the new piece to the wall.

Anybody else had this problem? If so, how did you fix it?

Tim

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I have always wondered about the side pull, I have been lucky in 25 years I have had 4 rv's with a side or slides, all of them had the old power gear rack and pinion setup from the bottom, had one Monaco that had a broken teeth on the pinion gear, replaced myself after searching and getting the correct gear.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:03 PM   #3
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I would not buy a newer one with the cable pull, way too cheap, it's a disaster waiting to happen. Current RV is a 07 Fleetwood tioga 31m with 2 slides, both power gear driven.
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I would just replace the whole rack with a new one, I think it might be hard to line up and patch it. If you don't fix it your motor is going to skip and get out of sync. Then you will have a real problem. If you eat up that gear sprocket on the motor it's going to cost you more then the rack itself.
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We got along for 12 years with 2 RVs without slides.

I always said, "ALL Slides ARE a problem or WILL BE a problem".

Then we figured because we are spending more time in one place, we need a slide, so... we got an RV with a slide.

It is a 2013 Coachmen Freelander 29QB.

The last time we were out, we tried to put the slide out and the front top corner wouldn't go. While the switch was pressed, I PUSHED hard on the front top corner and the slide went out fine.

Being an engineer, I suspected that I knew what the problem was. I went out and looked and I was correct.

I've got a friend with a mill, so I think that I can cut the tooth pattern in short piece of stainless and after cutting off the damaged portion of the rack, bolt the new piece to the wall.

Anybody else had this problem? If so, how did you fix it?

Tim

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I would just replace the whole rack with a new one,
Ok. How do I get the gear disengaged enough away from the rack to pull the old rack out and the new one in.

How do I access the rack mounting screws that are on the portion of the rack that is within the RV wall?

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I would replace the entire part. There are some videos on the internet on how to disengage the motor.
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Ok. How do I get the gear disengaged enough away from the rack to pull the old rack out and the new one in.

How do I access the rack mounting screws that are on the portion of the rack that is within the RV wall?

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While the rack (damage) maybe the entire problem, suggest you inspect all very, very closely, in case it is (something like) hanging on a screw/ bolt that was not properly driven or that has backed out. The rack damage maybe the RESULT, not the cause?
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I would just replace the whole rack with a new one, I think it might be hard to line up and patch it. If you don't fix it your motor is going to skip and get out of sync. Then you will have a real problem. If you eat up that gear sprocket on the motor it's going to cost you more then the rack itself.
Not sure if what I see n the picture is actually a hole or tear above the slide.

Anyways I had a problem with my slide where it was missing and it wouldn't come out straight. A dealer friend came out and looked at it and found that the rail system on the wall was actually pulled out at the bottom causing it to miss a tooth every so often. After moving the rail over a quarter of an inch its been working fine. That was a year ago and probably about 200 times of it being slid in and out.
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slide problem

I would also suggest,,, If you have the slide covers to check and make sure they are not binding or rubbing at the top. Most every topper/slide cover, over time becomes bent and it causes the roller to rub the side of the slide when opening and closing. I had problem with main slide not wanting to go out and I could push at the top of the slide while the wife pushed the slide button and could get it out. Ended up replacing both covers in Eugene Or. last Nov. problem solved.
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