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Old 12-14-2016, 02:21 PM   #1
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Schwintek horizontal gear rack concern

A fine good afternoon to everybody,
I notice that my Schwintek slide track in a couple of places is starting to wear thin.

Has anybody replaced this themselves? Any horror stories in doing this?
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:33 PM   #2
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You are not being ignored. I have not heard of anyone trying but this will give you a bump and me a chance to see. ;-)
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Old 12-14-2016, 05:35 PM   #3
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Don't have that system but, with the horror stories I've heard and seen with that system and the requirement for EVERYTHING needing to be perfectly plum and square, I'd not even begin to think about tackling this job, from what I've seen of the system, I'd almost be willing to bet that the slide-out will need to be removed to replace the rails
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:14 PM   #4
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It sure would help if we knew what make, model number and year your dealing with.

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Old 12-15-2016, 04:15 AM   #5
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Certainly. I have a 2015 Itasca Solei 34t. The concept of how to remove and replace this flat horizontal Scwintek track is probably the same across all makes and models I suspect.

Thanks to all for your interest to this point.
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Old 12-15-2016, 05:17 AM   #6
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Scwintek has a history—in many MH's—of being very problematic. Some MH's however have been lucky and snuck through working fine. If the rails are not parallel to each other and squared to the box within a very tight tolerance, aligned perfectly, and the weight of the slide distributed to the rollers there will be problems. Those horizontal rails your talking about are there to really only operate as guides. They are not supposed to support any weight. With your MH only being a little more than a year old and becoming "thin" in a few places, is a clear sign there are weight / alignment issues. You don't just replace them. The problem has to be addressed at the root level. If you go to the Thor Forum and search "Scwintek slides" you'll see a plethora of information about this system. Or better yet, go the top of the Class A forum page or the Winnebago Owners forum and in the green search box type "itasca swintek slides" and you'll see a ton of links there also. I'd would suspect also that this is happening worse on your larger slide.
IMO, my advice to you is, while it's still under warranty, take it to a good, reputable dealer or better yet a factory service center that can thoroughly go through all your slides and adjust, shim, align and distribute weight correctly and they will also replace those thin rails that are obviously wearing prematurely. If you don't do this now, I suspect you'll have many, recurring problems down the road. Be aggressive and get this fixed correctly now. I did a ton of reading on this system when we were thinking of buying a Thor product awhile back, but decided not to purchase simply because of the Scwintek slide rail system and how the quality control of the factory install is terribly lacking. But whatever manufacturer that uses this system, If they are not—installed correctly—and usually tweaked from time to time they usually fail.
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Winnebago and Shwintek recognize that there are issues on the fixed track system. Depending on the issue the factory service center in Forest City and a limited number of other trained and approved service centers are replacing the fixed rail / motors with a flexible rail and different motors at no expense to the customer even if out of warranty. Just had my large passenger slide done - much better performance.

I second Margoa's advise to contact your dealer / Winnebago ...
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Old 12-15-2016, 11:08 AM   #8
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I had the Schwintek system on my last RV. Thor came and upgraded my system in my driveway, but it took him all day. There isn't just the tracks that have to be installed, but also there are lots of adjustments to the rollers and guides that must be done.

Also, I learned that the dealerships do not know how to work on these correctly. Having a factory technician is key.

I also learned that using this on the tracks, gib, and coupler makes a huge difference. Much smoother operation when lubed. You'll have some that tell you not to use it on the tracks, that it attracts dust and makes matters worse, but I did not have that issue with mine.

Here is how to do it.

Another thing, make sure you hold the button for a few seconds after extending or retracting, this is how the synchronization (time) points are set in the system.
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:28 PM   #9
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Thanks to everybody who has taken the time to respond.

I contacted Winnebago and they recognize there is a problem with the Schwintek system. They have suggested I have the dealer take a look and if they verify i'm on the point of impending failure they may look favorably on extending my new rv warrantee, which expired this past September, by a couple of months to get me over this hurdle.

I very much appreciated everybody's comments.
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