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Old 12-05-2022, 03:53 PM   #1
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More Schwintek Woes

I am still fighting with one slide out with a Schwintek mechanism. I tried to get the slide out the other day and one motor stops after about six inches. There are no obstructions that I can see and no error codes on the controller. While looking underneath I noticed that none of the rollers on the interior edge are touching the floor. I don't think it's related but there is at least 1/4 to 3/8 inch gap. This seems like an error to me as all of my other slides have rollers that move along the floor. They are basically hanging there doing nothing and the rollers mounted on the floor at the sidewall are supporting all of the weight. Removing the rollers to add plywood so they touch doesn't seem too difficult but still doesn't help me with my Schwintek issue. I'm still trying to hold out on the Vroom replacement which will set me back $3800. Looking for suggestions...


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Old 12-05-2022, 06:50 PM   #2
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The motors shut off based on amps drawn. So, not having the slide rollers on the floor probably causes the motors to work harder. Is the slide flush with the outside when in? Do the inner rollers hit the floor when the slide is completely in? Do the outer rollers roll on the slide?

If the slide is level, the outer rollers are in contact, and the inner rollers never hit the floor, then it would make sense to add a piece of plywood to get the inner rollers in contact with the floor. But I think something caused it to get that way.
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Does the slide work if you put it in “overide” on the controller? Could mean you have a bad Hall sensor on a motor.
There is also a force adjustment behind the x in the circle on the controller label, you have to poke through the label to adjust it.
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Old 12-06-2022, 02:12 PM   #4
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Does the slide work if you put it in “overide” on the controller? Could mean you have a bad Hall sensor on a motor.
There is also a force adjustment behind the x in the circle on the controller label, you have to poke through the label to adjust it.
There is no Hall sensors on the motors. There are two wires, power + an -, that's it. Putting the system into "override" disables the current sensing (which is what stops the motors, not Hall counters). You can burn up a lot of things and do a lot of damage when the current sense is disabled. I have used the override myself, judiciously, in the past. If things are really stuck, and you are in override, stop pushing the extend or retract button once you realize its not going to do you any good otherwise you face some very expensive consequences.
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Yes, there are 2 Hall sensors in each motor on the Schwintek system. They provide the speed signal to the controller.

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The motors shut off based on amps drawn. So, not having the slide rollers on the floor probably causes the motors to work harder. Is the slide flush with the outside when in? Do the inner rollers hit the floor when the slide is completely in? Do the outer rollers roll on the slide?

If the slide is level, the outer rollers are in contact, and the inner rollers never hit the floor, then it would make sense to add a piece of plywood to get the inner rollers in contact with the floor. But I think something caused it to get that way.

The slide is flush when in. The slide rolls on the outer rollers which are mounted to the floor of the coach. The inner rollers don't touch the floor but to be honest. I did not take a look the last time it was fully out but I still expect it to ride on the inner rollers the entire time like my other slides. I don't think anything caused it to get that way, I think it was just manufactured that way with a gap. I read another thread where a guy had to move one of his rollers because it was mounted incorrectly.

In response to some of the other posts, I have not tried the override. When that one motor stops, I release the button before the slide gets totally out of whack. I have not tried to inch it out from that point, just pulled it back in. This is a large slide and I feel like the motors are underpowered but that is another story. If I adjust the hall sensor I am afraid that one motor will spin at a different rate than the other. Is that possible or does that just control the cut off point?
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The slide is flush when in. The slide rolls on the outer rollers which are mounted to the floor of the coach. The inner rollers don't touch the floor but to be honest. I did not take a look the last time it was fully out but I still expect it to ride on the inner rollers the entire time like my other slides. I don't think anything caused it to get that way, I think it was just manufactured that way with a gap. I read another thread where a guy had to move one of his rollers because it was mounted incorrectly.

In response to some of the other posts, I have not tried the override. When that one motor stops, I release the button before the slide gets totally out of whack. I have not tried to inch it out from that point, just pulled it back in. This is a large slide and I feel like the motors are underpowered but that is another story. If I adjust the hall sensor I am afraid that one motor will spin at a different rate than the other. Is that possible or does that just control the cut off point?
To your expectation: yes. All rollers should be in contact with the slide & floor at all times.

If that slide has been struggling since you got the MH, then I agree it probably is a manufacturing error and I would add the plywood to get those rollers on the floor. If not, I would still search for a reason for the change.

Based on the slide being aligned correctly, I don't see a downside to adding the plywood. I would do that before I overrode the motors.
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My large slide has rollers in the wall and a few just inside mounted on the floor. When the slide is in it is just hanging there on the inside edge. Just like it is when it is extended out. I was surprised to discover this. For a spell I placed air lift bags on the inside edge while driving. Seems that the bouncing of the road puts a lot of stress as the motor is locked to the wall but the slide box is basically floating. So if the slide box bounces the gears and rack are absorbing all that stress. I have had a rack fail.
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I'm on repair #3 of the large Schwintek slide on my 38LL in the first 1-1/2 years of ownership. This time, the techs are telling me there are missing gears in the mechanism. I'd like to see a Tiffin recall on all units with these slides and get them fixed properly. I was told to expect 6-8 weeks for parts to fix it this time. My coach has been in the shop for several months now, just on Schwintek repairs. Never again would I buy anything with this type of slide.
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The slide is flush when in. The slide rolls on the outer rollers which are mounted to the floor of the coach. The inner rollers don't touch the floor but to be honest. I did not take a look the last time it was fully out but I still expect it to ride on the inner rollers the entire time like my other slides. I don't think anything caused it to get that way, I think it was just manufactured that way with a gap. I read another thread where a guy had to move one of his rollers because it was mounted incorrectly.
What you might try is to cut some slim wooden wedges to drive under the inner rollers when the slide is in. That way there would be some support under the rollers.
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Yes, there are 2 Hall sensors in each motor on the Schwintek system. They provide the speed signal to the controller.

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My mistake! Apologies for no t being accurate.

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What were your symptoms? Any flash codes on the controller?

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