Originally Posted by tjhchief1935
i brought a 2001 Winnebago Adventurer 35u and and after reading the owners manual,there is suppose to be a ratchet to bring the front slide in in emergency. i have look all over can not find it. Any thoughts and were can i get one?
I have the strap winch mechanism on my 35U. It doesn't really work that good. This is really nothing more than a boat trailer winch with a special hook on each end. The winch end connects to a bracket on the bottom of the basement in the center and the hook end connects to the passenger side frame rail. Because you pull from the center of the slide it's easy to get things cockeyed as you try to winch it in. the bracket on the bottom of the basement is very flimsy and if you winch to fast the bracket will rip right out of the thin steel that makes up the floor of the basement.
I've had a few HWH issues over the years and the bracket on the bottom of the slide basement eventually failed.
Now I use two 1.5" ratchet straps. With the basement doors open I hook the ratchet end of the strap to the very end of the slide mechanism just inside the basement door. I hook the strap end of the hook to the frame rail. If I have a helper we both winch the slide in using both ratchet straps at the same time. After coming in about 1' you have to release the ratchet and unspool the strap and start over. You only have to do this twice. After the second round of winching the slide in the ratchet strap will pull the slide in tight against the side of the coach. Leave the ratchet straps in place until you are ready to repair the slide. You can drive down the road with the slide in tight and it will not try to inch out regardless of the type of failure you've had.
Without a helper you just alternately make a couple of cranks on the ratchet strap moving from front to rear and back. It's still very easy.
As the pumps, motors and hoses get old on these coaches you have to be ready to improvise. These ratchet straps will pull the bedroom slide in too you just have to remove the false floor in the storage space under the bed.
Of course you still have to release the solenoids at the pump to get the fluid moving but that is detailed in the owners manual.
Bottom line is two decent quality 1.5" ratchet straps are a way better option than the boat winch.