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Old 10-10-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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We are relatively new motorhome owners and are still trying to figure out how much of the troubleshooting and repair work we do ourselves versus just taking the motorhome to a repair shop.

The last time we took our motorhome ('96 Adventurer) out, the jacks deployed fine, but the slide only extended about 4 inches before stopping and refusing to extend or retract any further. The jacks retracted fine at the end of our weekend, but the slide still didn't budge either way. I managed to get the slide retracted manually. When I tried to troubleshoot the issue a week later, the jacks wouldn't deploy and the slide didn't move in or out. I checked the hydraulic fluid level, which appeared to be fine. I had my wife try to deploy the jacks as well as extend the slide with me sitting next to the hydraulic reservoir. I could hear a click as she pressed the button for the slide and when she tried to deploy the jacks, but I couldn't hear anything else. My first thought is that the selenoids created the click sound, but I expected to hear the hydraulic pump kick in after that. Any suggestions on where to go next from a troubleshooting standpoint?

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Old 10-10-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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We are relatively new motorhome owners and are still trying to figure out how much of the troubleshooting and repair work we do ourselves versus just taking the motorhome to a repair shop.

The last time we took our motorhome ('96 Adventurer) out, the jacks deployed fine, but the slide only extended about 4 inches before stopping and refusing to extend or retract any further. The jacks retracted fine at the end of our weekend, but the slide still didn't budge either way. I managed to get the slide retracted manually. When I tried to troubleshoot the issue a week later, the jacks wouldn't deploy and the slide didn't move in or out. I checked the hydraulic fluid level, which appeared to be fine. I had my wife try to deploy the jacks as well as extend the slide with me sitting next to the hydraulic reservoir. I could hear a click as she pressed the button for the slide and when she tried to deploy the jacks, but I couldn't hear anything else. My first thought is that the selenoids created the click sound, but I expected to hear the hydraulic pump kick in after that. Any suggestions on where to go next from a troubleshooting standpoint?

Thanks in advance,
Kurt
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:58 AM   #3
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if you have an hwh system, call them at 563.724.3396.
my system runs off the starting battery. check your battery voltage. it should be at least 12.2 volts (50% discharged)
if the battery is ok and you hear the solenoid click but the pump motor will not run, you may have a poor ground to the motor. it is grounded by the clamp strap that holds the solenoid.
you might tap on the end of the motor where the connections are to reseat the brushes in the motor while someone else holds the switch energized. that worked for me. i eventually had to replace the motor.
hope this helps.
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Old 10-11-2008, 04:58 AM   #4
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In the control box for the hydralic you will find the curcuit board. You will find a total of 10 fuses. 3 - 5amp. 1 - 7.5amp. 1 - 3amp. 1 - 10amp 4 - 15amp. you might check these fuse. I know that the 15amps blue in color are for the relays to the solenoids. I had to replace the one for my jacks. That's the way mine is set up.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:40 AM   #5
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Randy ...

We also own a 2004 Journey ... I have never had the pleasure of taking the cover off my control box ... is it easy to do?
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Old 10-11-2008, 09:05 AM   #6
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Kurt,
I fought a similar intermittent problem with my HWH system for quite a while. With the help of Randy, an HWH Tech, we found the problem to be a corroded and broken wire in the main pump relay. Check the fuses as suggested by Randy. If they are OK, using a test probe while someone holds one of the slide/jack activation switches, ground out the terminals on the main and pump relays. If the pump starts to work when you ground out any of the terminals, it is a pretty sure indication of a bad relay.

skigramp, that seal around the control board cover can be a real bugger to get off and back on when you check the fuses, just take your time.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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I had the same happen to me and the end result was a bad motor. Start there. You will see a terminal on the back of the pump motor. Put the positive lead from your volt meter on it and the black to a good ground. Have someone press the jack or room switch to energize the motor. If you have 12+ volts it's probably the motor. If not check the fuse that's in line with the motor, cleverly disguised as as lump in the wire and as suggested above check all other fuses.
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