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Old 03-18-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
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Slide issue again!

We got home from our annual trip to Florida and once again the front passenger slide failed and we could not get it in. This is the third time since we purchased this 2013 Itasca Meridian 40U and we are so disappointed in Winnebago. For the money we spent on this coach, which was not cheap by any means, it seems the coach is! We were told they still don't have a permanent fix which is obvious since its been repaired twice before. This slide was so canted it took 8 neighbors to help lift it enough to get it in. Wonder if anyone has though of a class action lawsuit against Winnebago.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-18-2015, 12:27 PM   #2
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I don't have a Winnebago but I do have some thoughts on this issue. I had a similar problem with my Holiday Rambler but not to the extent you have.

On my coach the top of the slide would sometimes go under the wall rather than coming to rest against it. This allowed the slide to then tilt and it would jamb in the hole. I fixed mine by installing a metal door threshold on the upper lip of the slide. This now acts as my upper slide stop and I have had no problems since.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:45 PM   #3
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Sorry for your frustrations. I'm sure I would be upset.

I would work with the dealer or the factory. One of them should step up and fix it to your satisfaction. If no satisfaction with either of those routes, I would then check into your options under the lemon laws. Since this is a documented ongoing issue, I would think you would be better that route than through a class action suit. Class actions usually take many years, and attorneys fees can really add up.

With time and everything else considered, you may be best to just trade out of it into something you can enjoy.

Good luck.

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Wonder if anyone has thought of a class action lawsuit against Winnebago.
For a slide problem? Not worth the effort.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:58 PM   #5
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Sorry for your frustrations. I'm sure I would be upset.

I would work with the dealer or the factory. One of them should step up and fix it to your satisfaction. If no satisfaction with either of those routes, I would then check into your options under the lemon laws. Since this is a documented ongoing issue, I would think you would be better that route than through a class action suit. Class actions usually take many years, and attorneys fees can really add up.

With time and everything else considered, you may be best to just trade out of it into something you can enjoy.

Good luck.

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Not many states have Lemon Laws that cover RV's, and then its usually only for the chassis for safety problems. And a stuck slide, while inconvenient, isn't a safety issue. Now, if the slide went out while driving, that'd be different.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:03 PM   #6
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Sawtelle, What was fixed on the two previous problems? I have had problems with both driver and passenger slide outs. Mine can be manually cranked in or out. Slides are run by Powergear motors. They never found out why the passenger slide only worked periodically. The driver side slide problem was supposedly caused by a loose wiring connection behind the fireplace.
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:47 PM   #7
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the problem is not just with Winnebagoit is with the schwintech (sp) slide system on larger slides but after the problems became apparent Winnebago should have stopped using it on the larger slides I have moved on from Winnebago because of customer service issues ( most likely campingworld)but they do make a very nice Motorhome
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:56 PM   #8
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All motor home manufacturers are at the mercy of the slide out vendors who do not seem to be doing a very good job of providing quality assemblies the past few years.

The dealer can also be a very big part of the problem too. I had to get HWH involved when the Service Advisor where I bought mine just refused to call HWH and get the free repair kit and labor reimbursement from them. After all that they didn't follow the HWH procedure 100% either adding several hours of additional labor due to the dealers mistake and then they charged me out of pocket fees to pay for their error.

It would be nice if service advisors actually knew something about the products that they are advising people on.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:36 AM   #9
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The last fix on our slide included new motors (500/1 ratio), new tracks, and heavier rollers. Sadly when I spoke to the service tech at Winnebago he indicated they did not have a permanent fix for the issue. The Lippert/Schwintek mechanism just can't handle the weight of the slide apparently. Not sure what they will do now-the last fix took CW, Lippert, and Winnebago to come up with current setup. Just so disappointed as we really like the floor plan, storage, and ride. 😥
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The last fix on our slide included new motors (500/1 ratio), new tracks, and heavier rollers. Sadly when I spoke to the service tech at Winnebago he indicated they did not have a permanent fix for the issue. The Lippert/Schwintek mechanism just can't handle the weight of the slide apparently. Not sure what they will do now-the last fix took CW, Lippert, and Winnebago to come up with current setup. Just so disappointed as we really like the floor plan, storage, and ride. 😥
We had a 2011 40u had no slide problems (had powergear) loved the floor plan but the toilet room is tight for those of us over 6'.so since we had great luck with the 40u we bought a 2013 42qd but alas sshwintek was a pandoras box.
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The last fix on our slide included new motors (500/1 ratio), new tracks, and heavier rollers. Sadly when I spoke to the service tech at Winnebago he indicated they did not have a permanent fix for the issue. The Lippert/Schwintek mechanism just can't handle the weight of the slide apparently. Not sure what they will do now-the last fix took CW, Lippert, and Winnebago to come up with current setup. Just so disappointed as we really like the floor plan, storage, and ride. ��
Then it sounds like Lippert may have been a bit optomistic when they rated the slide mechanisms load capacity. I believe they no too long ago did similar with their Lippert fifth wheel trailer chassis which failed at the necks.
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:52 PM   #12
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Winnebago makes a great motorhome, the only reason I would not buy one is because of the Schwintek slides, many problems. I have spoken to a few owners all had slide problems. I cannot believe that winnebago continues to use Schwintek slides
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:31 AM   #13
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I am also not a fan of my Schwintek slideout on my 2013 Sunstar 26HE. The slideout was at the dealership for two months. It was making an unusual noise and would not properly seal against the inside wall when extended. The dealership replaced a portion of the slide rails. The slideout does function, but still does not properly seal against the inside wall. When extended, it is about 1/2 to 1 inch from sealing against the wall. The dealership cannot figure out why it will not seal against the wall and said the slide out is operating properly. Luckily, the gaskets seam to keep the weather out. Winnebago was no help and Lippert said it appears the slideout was not properly installed by the manufacturer. (Photo attached - picture of slide out is sideways).
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All motor home manufacturers are at the mercy of the slide out vendors who do not seem to be doing a very good job of providing quality assemblies the past few years.
Newmar makes their own slideout mechanism and has for many years now.
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