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Old 08-21-2016, 06:28 PM   #1
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Slide out trouble - winch it in?

Some manufacturers like Winebago sometimes even provide a winch that hooks over the step well to pull in an errant slide. A check of the owners manual revealed that the extra seatbelts under the sofa that had no buckles on them were for pulling the slide in using the boat winch.

Has anyone ever done this???
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Old 08-21-2016, 07:55 PM   #2
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That is easy to believe from Winebago, as much trouble as they are having with their slides.
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You're kidding, right?
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On my old 1998 Chieftain, I had a hydraulic hose burst while driving on I-80 through Nevada. The 16' room slide began moving out as I'm going 60mph.. Holy xxxxx! The coach came with a ratchet that mounted into the floor heat vent and connected to a seatbelt bolt. Just cranked it back in.. Very exciting day..
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Must be on a gasser? My step well is no where near the slides.

Cool concept though.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:19 AM   #6
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I have wondered about the feasibility of winching in a slide. Enough that I have a couple of ratchet straps in the tool bay.
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Our rig has 4 HWH hydraulic slides, the rear two and galley can be winched in. The main slide has two allthread rods that have to be inserted and turned to pull it in. Not something I'd look forward to doing since it seems to be a manual thing with an open end wrench.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:42 PM   #8
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Must be on a gasser? My step well is no where near the slides.

Cool concept though.
On the gas models the winch hooks over the top step. On the diesel models you have to remove a register grate across from the couch and hook the winch to the floor board.
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Ah cool - I need to look in the manual to see if I have something like that.
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:17 PM   #10
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Must be on a gasser? My step well is no where near the slides.



Cool concept though.

Actually the winch plate goes into the floor vent - yikes!!
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On the gas models the winch hooks over the top step. On the diesel models you have to remove a register grate across from the couch and hook the winch to the floor board.

Tried doing the winch thing when the mobile RV guy showed up
Pretty scary and didn't work
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You're kidding, right?

Nope! The winch plate actually fits into the floor vent OMG
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On my old 1998 Chieftain, I had a hydraulic hose burst while driving on I-80 through Nevada. The 16' room slide began moving out as I'm going 60mph.. Holy xxxxx! The coach came with a ratchet that mounted into the floor heat vent and connected to a seatbelt bolt. Just cranked it back in.. Very exciting day..

I'm sure it was! My big slide won't retract at all and its big and heavy
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My 2004 Sunrise M30W has 2 slides; although the owners manual claims that a winch is used to bring in the slides, there is actually no place in mine to attach the winch (either end) and the winch is non-existent. According to HWH literature, the front slide can be brought in using a 7/8" wrench on two threaded rods from outside (doesn't look like fun!) after opening the hydraulic valves. The rear bedroom slide is different; the HWH literature makes no mention of it. I've been told that it can be brought in by opening the hydraulic valves and then "pushing" it in (by a couple of big guys!)!! Not something I want to try!!!!
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