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Old 06-10-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Slide won't retract

I have a 2007 Winnebago Aspect 29. Today my dinette slide won't retract. I press the retract button and the cab doors lock! I can't find the mechanism to manually close the slide. Help please.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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if its a swintech mechanism they have an overide switch somewhere down below.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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Maybe - on my 08 Dutch Star the bedroom would not retract. IN the baggage compartment below was a black box mounted to frame rail and the push connector had come dislodged from the box. Pushed in back on and presto everything worked again. Maybe yous is the same?
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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Low battery voltage??? Try starting the rv to retract the slide...
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:43 AM   #5
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slide resolved

Thanks for your replies re: my non-retractable slide. This morning, the slide came in. Here are the details. One of you mentioned low engine battery, try starting it. I tried to start it; however, the rig wouldn't start, which surprised me, because I purchased a new engine battery in March. I tried to jump the battery from my pick-up but no luck. So I put the charger on it overnight, and this morning, the indicator registered fully charged. All along, I was wondering what the engine battery had to do with the slide not retracting, because the coach was on shore power. Nevertheless, the engine started, and the slide retracted. I'm not sure about the hows and whys, and I'm not sure I'm totally in the clear, but I'm glad the pressure's off! I'm left wondering what might be causing the engine battery to drain. I started it a few weeks ago, and all was well. Hmmmmm.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:17 PM   #6
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Are you sure that your engine (chassis) battery(s) are charging when on shore power... Some do not mine included...Put a voltmeter on them while plugged in...Phantom loads will discharge them over time...Should be a little north of 13 volts if they are being charged...If not you will need a smart trickle charger of some sort to keep them charged...I've had this one for years and it works great...
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Old 06-14-2014, 06:30 AM   #7
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FYI...I did the voltmeter test while plugged in and got a 13.6 reading on each battery. I thought perhaps the failure of the engine battery had something to do w/the coach batteries being discharged. But now I don't think so. For the last 3 days, the engine battery has been fine. So I'm no smarter now than I was earlier!
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:36 AM   #8
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I had a 2008 Cambria and the chassis battery did not charge on shore power. If yours does, someone must have added a Trik-L-start that bridges the house battery to the chassis battery at the charge solenoid. I would check to see if that has been done as there is considerable residual load on the chassis battery when parked. Glad you got the slide in, I believe you have Power Gear slides that are very sensitive to a low voltage. Closing the slides requires a considerable current and can drop the voltage on a battery that appears otherwise healthy, to a lower voltage that won't operate the slide. Good luck with the Aspect - they are a great coach!
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Power Gear says NEVER operate the slides without the engine running!
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Power Gear says NEVER operate the slides without the engine running!
Correct...I have HWH slides and jacks....I always have the engine running when deploying the jacks and extending and retracting the slides...If you don't, low voltage will eventually kill that pump/motor...
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:58 PM   #11
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Keep an eye on your engine battery. I have a feeling that it discharging from something that has been connected to it at the factory. They divide their 12 v power to various items like your steps etc. After 3-4 weeks or more the battery has discharged enough to not operate the different items its connected to.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:54 AM   #12
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Today the slide won't go in again. The engine battery is running fine; engine starts w/o trouble. I charged the 2 coach batteries, thinking that somehow they are part of the problem. I'm sure they are quite old. They seemed to hold their charge and the charger says they are fully charged. Why does my rear slide work fine, but the dinette slide won't retract? If it was only a coach battery problem, wouldn't both slides be affected?
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:05 AM   #13
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Not necessarily, the dinette slide is probably a lot heavier than the rear slide which would draw more amps. And a marginal battery may have enough to start the engine but not bring in the slide. The monitor panel does not show the condition of the chassis battery only the coach batteries. Winnebago converters are not set up to charge the chassis battery. It only charges the coach batteries. They used to but they don't now. A load test should be done on the chassis battery. It may charge ok but under load it doesn't have the capacity to bring the slide in. Even new batteries have failed prematurely so a load test or specific gravity of the battery acid should be checked.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:08 AM   #14
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Ok. That's helpful information. Looks like new batteries are in my future!
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