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Old 12-24-2016, 06:10 AM   #1
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Generator Slide Will Not Extend

Posted this on Yahoo Country Coach too.

Did a search on Yahoo Country Coach and found that Mark with a 2007 Inspire had a problem with his generator slide that was solved by replacing a load-carrying bearing. I don't think that's my problem though.

My slide does not budge. Flipping the switch to "Out" energizes the motor which apparently rotates, given the clatter of the clutch that drives the worm screw/gear. It's as though you flipped the switch to "In" when the slide is already "In". The noise is exactly the same that occurs when the slide reaches its limit, either extended or retracted.

Talked to Butch Williams and he suggested applying outward tension to the slide while flipping the switch. I did that but the result was the same. If that does not work then it's possible that the gears in the screw drive are bad. They are no longer made but Butch said that Kevin may have a replacement that could be retrofitted with some modification. Sounds expensive.

What gives me hope that the gears are OK is that the clutch is clattering which implies that the gears are transmitting sufficient force to rotate the screw but that the slide/screw assembly is jammed/wedged in place and prevented from moving out.

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Old 01-03-2017, 06:06 PM   #2
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No solution yet but I did get a call back from Winnebago/Country Coach in Junction City in response to a message I'd left requesting information about the generator slide. Spoke with a very knowledgeable and helpful fellow named Art.

The slide actuating mechanism, a geared worm drive, can be obtained. So if the existing one cannot be repaired, Country Coach can get us a new one for $426.00. Given the complexity of the beast, that did not sound too bad.

He confirmed that some coaches had a latch and some did not which explains why I could not find one on mine. I put a car jack under the generator slide and lifted much of the weight off the rollers and pulled out on the generator while actuating the switch. No movement.

Have an appointment with Premier RV in Junction City tomorrow afternoon.

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Good luck! I've been pleased with the service I've received from Premier RV.
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Premier is great, love their service, BUT, how about Eric's RV in Sequim?
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:27 AM   #5
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Premier RV Junction City

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Premier is great, love their service, BUT, how about Eric's RV in Sequim?
We like Premier RV. That Harrisburg-Junction City-Coburg-Eugene corridor has it all when it comes to motor homes. We bought our Affinity through Premier and they've done virtually all of the house related work on it since. Peterson CAT has serviced the engine.

We pass through the area at least four times per year. It's less trouble to swing off the freeway and into Premier than it is to haul the coach out of the storage barn just to take it four miles to Eric's. We did the same thing with our Monacos, taking them to the Monaco service center in Coburg or Elite Repair in Harrisburg.

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Generator Slide Repaired

The guys at Premier in Junction City, got it repaired. They disconnected and removed the screw-drive actuator and bench-tested it. It worked fine.

Even with the actuator out the slide would not move until they used pry bars to leverage the slide out. It was very difficult to move, even with two guys bearing down on it. Eventually it moved about an inch and then popped free. At that point it traveled out and in freely using only hand pressure. Near as can be figured, there must have been a pebble or other foreign object lodged between the frame and the sliding tray.

They cleaned and lubed the rollers, installed the actuator, and tested. All good and all for two hours labor which amounted to $220. Worth every penny to me. We also got two nights free "camping" inside the shop. That was worth a lot right there since the outdoor temps were in the teens at night.

In about 4 hours we'll head south over the Siskiyou's and hope to thread the weather needle.

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Glad you guys are on your way, and very happy to see that Premier found and repaired the problem for a reasonable price. We don't hear positive comments about too many RV services places!
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Great news! And YES, Oregon is downright cold right now!
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