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Old 09-22-2016, 05:42 PM   #1
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HWH Slide nylon guides

I noticed my curbside slide was doing the "herky jerk" when extracting...further investigation noticed the bottom nylon guide on the rear ram was in pieces. I am assuming this is why it is doing the herky jerk...further inspection showed a few more of the guides on the other rams were cracked as well!! AARGH....so I have an appointment next week at 3t's in Lake Havasu...they told me about 2-3 hrs of labor per ram...parts are pretty inexpensive...it just never ends!!
Anyone go through this? Does the labor time seem correct?

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Old 09-22-2016, 07:15 PM   #2
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My understanding is that 3T's has a very good reputation. Don't have any specific info other than that.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:00 AM   #3
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john and tina at 3-t's are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.
3-t's is one of the best service centers in the country.
they are a hwh master service center, as well as an authorized winnebago repair facility. there are not many of those.
they do great work at a reasonable price. that is also hard to find.
if you are wondering if i work there, no i dont. i just like to promote great service where people provide service with a good attitude.
i do work for hwh. thats how i know them.
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AZ Pete. do you have any idea what causes this failure? The view is looking up from the ground to the bottom side of the aft slide mechanism on our 2005 Voyage 38 J. This is the second time this has happened in the last five months. After the first failure I was able to get the slide in and took the RV to the HWH factory. They removed the whole slide mechanism and replaced the bent part, but were not able to tell me why it happened, or how the those "flippers" that caused the damage work.

I concluded that the first failure was from letting the nylon guides wear out, and caused the slide to catch on the floor when the slide was brought in, but with new nylon guides that is not the case this time.

Any help would be appreciated as I am waiting on a return call from HWH.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:36 AM   #5
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It sounds like the posters to this thread know a lot more about repairs to the HWH slide mechanisms than I do. On a recent two week trip out west, my bedroom slide went out only an inch or two, and then started doing "The Herky Jerky", and moaning and groaning like the bottom was rubbing. For the rest of the trip I had to crawl over the top of SWMBO for my nightly trips to the porcelain throne, and although this occasionally had an interesting conclusion, I would like to get the thing repaired before I head south for the winter. Can these nylon glides be replaced without totally removing the slide room? I know that the rest of the hydraulic system is oK as the jacks work OK, as does the big living room slide.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:19 PM   #6
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All done!!

Just finished with 3t's in Lake Havasu....replaced the bottom nylon slide that was missing/pieces on one of the bedroom slide rams...had him do a few more small items and all together it was $380...primarily labor.
I recommend 3t's if you have any HWH issues...spoke with the tech Robert for about a half an hour as he showed me around the HWH system...
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i see from the pic that the outer wrap is distorted or bent. thats an indication of overload. i know most guys dont think thats the problem, but even my own slide did that and i weighed my stuff. i was over by a lot. now that may not always be the cause, but in my case it was, and on others i have worked on, it was.
i think winnebago says 500 lbs for all of the compartments on that slide. maybe someone here knows for sure.
im sure there are other causes, that i dont know of. plastic parts age and break. moving the room without being level, which a lot of dealers do, can also cause the breakage.
i just fix them.
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i see from the pic that the outer wrap is distorted or bent. thats an indication of overload. i know most guys dont think thats the problem, but even my own slide did that and i weighed my stuff. i was over by a lot. now that may not always be the cause, but in my case it was, and on others i have worked on, it was.
i think winnebago says 500 lbs for all of the compartments on that slide. maybe someone here knows for sure.
im sure there are other causes, that i dont know of. plastic parts age and break. moving the room without being level, which a lot of dealers do, can also cause the breakage.
i just fix them.
For some yet unknown to me reason, the "flippers" got locked in the "out" position, and when the slide continued to come out the "flippers" spread the slide rail apart, causing the room to drop down.

This is the same problem we had in March when we were in Quartzsite. I was able to get the slide in and we drove it back to Iowa to HWH, and they replaced the slide rail( the aluminum part that is bent), and things worked well until last week, when we put the slideout out in did the same thing, again. I dont have the time or money to spend $800 every five months.

By the way, the repair shop foreman(I believe that was his title), didnt know why it happened, or how the "flippers" worked, or what their purpose is.
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Looks to be a totally different system than I have. All my slides are HWH too and none have that "flipper" under them.
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Looks to be a totally different system than I have. All my slides are HWH too and none have that "flipper" under them.
You usually dont see the flippers, at least not from this angle, but you could very well have a different design.
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The bottom of the slides are all a flat panel of aluminum. I did have one of the adjustable pad holders break and had to have it reinforced and rewelded. Cost me $45 to have a new piece and adjusting bolt welded on and they did it in one day. I was amazed at the low cost and quick service.
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The bottom of the slides are all a flat panel of aluminum. I did have one of the adjustable pad holders break and had to have it reinforced and rewelded.
That does look completely different than mine looks.
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The front big slide on my mh needs the slide bushings replaced as well. I was ordering some parts from Winnebago, so I ordered all the new plastic pieces thinking of doing it myself and changed my mind. I'm hoping the local camping world is capable of doing the job, not sure yet on how much it will cost


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You will be very satisfied with the excellent service 3-t's provides.
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