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Old 01-24-2017, 06:55 PM   #1
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What are the new slides and are they working out?

Was looking at some of the new Winnebago Class A's and they had a different looking slide mechanism that was quite honestly very flimsy looking. Our coach has the rams (its a 2011) not sure the brand but they are flawless. I have read more horror stories on the Schwinteks than I can remember and they have me pretty spooked to be honest! The newest ones dont look any better than the Schwintek's but perhaps they work better.

The new slides have a very narrow toothed profile runner that is not fixed to the slide wall. What are these and are they holding up?
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:08 PM   #2
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Probably a Schwintek from your description.
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:10 PM   #3
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There are two types of slide mechanisms. Those that fail today and those that will fail later. Given time they will fail. NOTHING in life is perfect. We deal with the cheap construction our rigs have. That is just a fact of life.
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:13 PM   #4
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Come on guys, I said its not a Schwintek and anything can break...anybody know if these new slides (I think they are called power gear?) are working out any better?
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Old 01-24-2017, 07:54 PM   #5
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Hi,

Schwintek and power gear are one in the same. They are supposed to be better than the ones that attach to the slide but time will tell. I have the original Schwintek and after the factory fixed the big slide it is so far working fine, time will tell.

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Old 01-24-2017, 08:05 PM   #6
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Slide mechanism update

After three failures with the schwintek slide mechanism on my 2013 Winnebago Tour, we traveled to Junction city Oregon and had the power gear slide mechanism installed on our galley slide. I must admit I was a bit concerned with the new rails, looked a bit flimsy. The tech who did the install assured me that this system was far better than the originals Schwintek system. I have extended the slide over two dozen times and have had zero issues. The motor is a bit louder than the original but the travel time is much quicker. The new rail is designed to flex with the slide movement thus keeping it in contact with the drive gear. I would also like to add that I have absolutely no noise whatsoever while traveling, cannot say the same for the original. Hope that is of some help to the skeptics.

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Old 01-24-2017, 08:55 PM   #7
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Thanks Rick! I haven't heard much about these new power gear slides and that must be a good thing...the things that work don't usually get much attention!
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Old 01-25-2017, 09:07 AM   #8
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We also had the new Power Gear assembles installed at Forest City on our FWS. Major improvement over the old system. Sounds like an industrial press going in and out now.
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Old 01-25-2017, 10:44 PM   #9
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I have a 2016 Sightseer with 3 Power Geat slides. One of the Power Gear slides is an older design similer to the slides on our 2005 Sightseer. The other two Power Gear slides are the new design.

The gear housing on both of the newer design slides cracked causing slide failure. Winnebago replaced the bedroom slide mechanism at Forest City, Iowa. Our dealer replaced the slide mechanisms on our full wall slide. Our dealer showed me the failure and frankly discussed the problem.

My Power Gear slide mechanisms were replaced with modified designs to fix the weak failure point. Hopefully this will be a long tern fix. That said I always wonder what might fail next.

Lippert owns Schwintek and has purchased Power Gear. So some Schwintek slide mechanisms are being replaces with Power Gear.

To Winnebago's credit my full wall slide failed after the one year warranty expired and Winnebago covered the repairs as good will.

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Old 01-30-2017, 07:28 PM   #10
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Was looking at some of the new Winnebago Class A's and they had a different looking slide mechanism that was quite honestly very flimsy looking. Our coach has the rams (its a 2011) not sure the brand but they are flawless. I have read more horror stories on the Schwinteks than I can remember and they have me pretty spooked to be honest! The newest ones dont look any better than the Schwintek's but perhaps they work better.

The new slides have a very narrow toothed profile runner that is not fixed to the slide wall. What are these and are they holding up?
I have had my full wall slide peplaced with the newer Slim rack power gear
and no problems. Meet the LCI man at Tampa show and had a long talk with him about the new system. the problem with the old system was with very little movement the gear and teeth on the wall could come disengaged. that is not going to be able to happen with the new slim rack as they floot together and stay engaged.
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:16 AM   #11
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schwintek slide mechanism - Do all of these new slides make a lot of noise going in and out? It makes me want to Grease something?
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:56 AM   #12
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Our 2016 Journey slides have work flawlessly over the last 14 months. It has the updated Power Gear mechanism that replaced the problematic Schwintek that cause owners and Winnebago so many headaches. We move around a lot. So, the slides have many cycles on them.
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Dave,
The newer power gear slide mechanism works great. At first blush they do indeed appear to be flimsy but not so. No comparison to the Schwintek track slide in terms of reliability. The new version gear and tooth point of contact is "captured" meaning the gear cannot jump teeth like on the Schwintek track. I've used both versions and have had the newer power gear for over a year with dozens of cycles on four slides without incident.

Some may argue the point but, in my humble opinion, I think full wall slides will give any slide mechanism a workout given both the large weight factor and the potential for the large "box" to rack ever so slightly out of square causing clearances issues. Again, just my opinion based on our experience and my understanding of mechanical systems. We traded our full wall slide (Schwintek) for a coach with four smaller slides with the newer Power Gear system. Were happier campers now

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Here are pictures of my Power Gear slide failure.





The housing cracked. The location of the crack in the upper most picture is slightly above the geared track and to the left of the visible spring.

My full wall slide did not fail at the time of discovery of the cracks on both slide mechanisms. The rubber seal was coming loose so I asked our dealer to fix the rubber seal. The dealer was aware of the Power Gear slide mechanisms weakness and they did a courtesy inspection and found the cracks. According to my dealership Winnebago is more forthcoming with them about problems than they are with customers.

My bedroom slide failed at the 2016 GNR. Winnebago fixed the slide but didn't show me the failure. l might be wrong but I suspect the crack progressed to a slide failure. The rearmost Power Gear slide mechanism failed to operate. The working slide mechanism was able to retract the slide, draging the slideout in at a crooked angle. The rear of the slideout was about 2 inches from completely closing. It's good to know that one slide mechanism can mostly close a slide.

According to my dealership the fault has been fixed in the newer Power Gear slide mechanisms.

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