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Old 02-23-2017, 08:11 PM   #1
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Schwintek Slideout - Here we go again!

Once again, my slideout is not working properly. Over the weekend, the slideout made two loud popping noises when I extended it. No issue retracting the slideout at the end of my camping trip.

Today, I decided to try my slideout. The slide out extended a couple of inches and stopped. I retracted it and tried it again. This time, the slideout started to extend crooked. I stopped and retracted it again. I went outside the coach and found a metal piece from the awning mechanism over the slideout had broken off and was laying on the ground. It is the piece with a knob on it that rotates when the awning extends with the slideout.

My slideout was repaired two years ago because it would not extend.

So, tomorrow I will going to the dealership for repair.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:39 AM   #2
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Your rig is obviously out of warrantee unless of course you have a service contract. I would be interested to know if Winnebago will be covering the cost of repairs as these slide issues seem to be a design flaw. Also, does your rig have the slim rack power gear or the old style fixed track? Sorry about your troubles and hope they will be resolved for you.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:55 AM   #3
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I had this same type issue happen with our main slide, loud pops.

It sounds like the gear jumped some of the rail 'teeth' while extending, though since you retracted it later it doesn't seem like it was the issue(?)

when this happened to us, the issue became that the rear bottom of the slide was now 'out of sync' of the others - with the slide in, the bottom rear was still out 1 1/2" to 2", or 3 or 4 'teeth'. when the top and bottom of one end of the slide are out of sync, there is no real way to solve the issue other than to either remove the gear to re sync, or replace the gear and column, as Thor did for us at the service center in Wakarusa.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:19 AM   #4
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Your rig is obviously out of warrantee unless of course you have a service contract. I would be interested to know if Winnebago will be covering the cost of repairs as these slide issues seem to be a design flaw. Also, does your rig have the slim rack power gear or the old style fixed track? Sorry about your troubles and hope they will be resolved for you.
Fortunately, I do have a service contact. I have the Schwintek system, so I am assuming it is the standard fixed track system. The only difference with mine is when they made the first repair, Schwintek supposedly upgraded the track and it was black instead of silver. So, the tracks on one side are black and silver on the other side.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:23 AM   #5
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I had this same type issue happen with our main slide, loud pops.

It sounds like the gear jumped some of the rail 'teeth' while extending, though since you retracted it later it doesn't seem like it was the issue(?)

when this happened to us, the issue became that the rear bottom of the slide was now 'out of sync' of the others - with the slide in, the bottom rear was still out 1 1/2" to 2", or 3 or 4 'teeth'. when the top and bottom of one end of the slide are out of sync, there is no real way to solve the issue other than to either remove the gear to re sync, or replace the gear and column, as Thor did for us at the service center in Wakarusa.
Hmmm.... The slide did not "pop" this time, but it did the last two times I used it. The system is obviously flawed. Unfortunately, I have no choice but to take it in for repair. Plus, the piece from the outside awning mechanism broke. Maybe that malfunctioned causing the slide to malfunction???
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:44 PM   #6
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More Schwintek slide issues

On our, bought new April 2013, 2013 Sightseer 33C the large drivers side slide pops and bangs both in and out. Just started about 4 trips ago. This last trip it took multiple times with engine running to extend. It retraced fine, however while driving on right hand curves (freeway on ramps) the slide banged and seemed to jump out a tooth or so. The front lower corner is out about and inch. All other corners are in flush. As it's out of warranty I took it to my regular RV repair shop. Today they called and tell me I need to take the coach to a Winnebago service facility as they cannot find the problem. The repair shop has spoken with Winnebago service who said the slide system was poorly engineered and to take the unit to Winnebago for repair.

Before I do that has anyone had Winnebago step up for the repair cost on these defective slide systems? Any suggestions on how I should proceed.

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Old 02-25-2017, 06:00 AM   #7
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The new solution from Winnebago is New tracks that they are installing. The Schwintech didn't work well either (black color).
We have had the originals (silver) and Schwintech (black) going bad. Pops when extending, gets out of track and that's the end of slide out (full side slide out is just too heavy).
The new ones I think is called Protech
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Correction the new system is Powergear. Only certain dealers in country can install them as not all dealers have been trained to install.
Winnebago is installing these in their new coaches and claim they have not had issues with them....too New to tell. Full side slide sucks.
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Our 2016 Vista LX 27N is now in for repair on the passenger Full Wall Slide. This slide has the new and improved Powergear System. Camping World says that after 7,000 miles that the slide has excessive wear and the column and motors needed replacing. All new parts we're installed Friday and now they cannot get it to work at all. The slide has been noisy since new. The other two slides also pop a lot so hope they break before warranty runs out. Too many things have broke on this rv that I may have to go back to Forest City again for repair.
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Not comforting to hear this about Powergear. After our installation we have the MH in storage and have not been using it. We will be on the road soon and will update.
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Hmmm.... The slide did not "pop" this time, but it did the last two times I used it. The system is obviously flawed. Unfortunately, I have no choice but to take it in for repair. Plus, the piece from the outside awning mechanism broke. Maybe that malfunctioned causing the slide to malfunction???
A jammed slide topper would prevent the slide from operating properly. That broken piece you found is the smoking gun.
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Our 2016 Vista LX 27N is now in for repair on the passenger Full Wall Slide. This slide has the new and improved Powergear System. Camping World says that after 7,000 miles that the slide has excessive wear and the column and motors needed replacing. All new parts we're installed Friday and now they cannot get it to work at all. The slide has been noisy since new. The other two slides also pop a lot so hope they break before warranty runs out. Too many things have broke on this rv that I may have to go back to Forest City again for repair.
Don't wait for those slides to fail. Ours started popping and the dealer repaired. The popping is cracks on the column where the motor mounts.
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Schwintek was absorbed by Lippert. More recently, Lippert bought Power Gear. I wonder if they are just calling the Schwintek mechanism Power Gear now as Schwintek has a poor reputation.
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Schwintek was absorbed by Lippert. More recently, Lippert bought Power Gear. I wonder if they are just calling the Schwintek mechanism Power Gear now as Schwintek has a poor reputation.
Probably, it IS all the same after all. I just hope the Powergear side of the aquisition has the most influence overall if you know what I mean. [emoji41]

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