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Old 07-29-2019, 02:11 PM   #1
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Lippert schwintek slide mechanism

Front lower corner of my full slide will not go in all the way. Dealer says I have a broken gear onthat motor and suggest I replace the whole unit with a low profile slide at a cost of $3000. Cant i just replace the broken gear?
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Old 07-29-2019, 03:19 PM   #2
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Do you know why the gear broke/stripped? How does the track look?

I would think (dangerous, I know) all you would have to do is replace the faulty parts, but then again I'm not in retail!

Others who are more knowledgeable about this system will weigh in; let us know what happens/what you decide.
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Old 07-29-2019, 03:21 PM   #3
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Howdy neighbor(ish).
It COULD be that he's trying to upgrade you to a less problematic slide mechanism.
It could also be that he's trying to make an 'easy' $3k.
It could also be that your slide motors are simply out of synch and therefore the slide is crooked in the hole. Check youtube for how to synch the motors (it's easy to do, basically you just run it in and out a few times).
Like you, it seems to me that you should be able to replace just the broken part, but without seeing it and know more about it I couldn't say for sure.
Can you get a picture of the broken part?
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Have you called Lippert directly? I just had my slide worked on today at their service center in Goshen, IN. They replaced a motor and lubed everything up and they work great. The service tech said they travel all over the country working on units.
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Old 07-29-2019, 03:27 PM   #5
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Does this help at all?

https://youtu.be/FfUutwwLL7o
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Old 07-29-2019, 03:30 PM   #6
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You can view information on the system thru the Winnebago supplier links on winnebagoind.com I think I would get a second opinion. You might consider making a service appointment with Winnegabo in Forest City IA, they have a LOT of experience repairing Winnebagos that have had LCI Swintek slide system failures. $ 3000 does not sound reasonable for one slide. I would think well under $ 2000.
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Old 07-30-2019, 05:16 AM   #7
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Time to run from that dealer. You probably need a new motor plus install. The motor is $300? or so and the install is $100 or so. You can buy the motor on Amazon and do the install yourself if handy. Go to an independent or drive to Lippert.
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:58 AM   #8
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There is a controller box for the Schwintek. You have to find it, and it could be in a cabinet or even on the ceiling of a bay compartment. The instructions for reset are located on the controller. Once you have the light on the controller blinking you go back inside and run the slide all the way in. Be very careful as using this method over-rides all safety mechanisms for the slide. You can bread something very easily.

I'm not sure if it is in the manual but with Schwintek when moving the slide in or out you have to continue to hold the switch for a minimum of 5 seconds after the slide stops. This is to keep the motors in sync. This is what Lippert will tell you should you ask them.

WIth your 2015 model you could have Schwintek racks which look like a serpantine or you could have Power Gear racks that look like rack and pinion. Some Mfgs switched to the Power Gear rack and pinion because of the schwintek problems, however the synchronization is the same and the motor and controller can be the same,

If you call Lippert they will give you information on the nearest facility and they will give you any information on you system including how to use the reset.

I have both types racks. The big kitchen side had one side not coming or going as it was supposed to. I had to use the reset/override until I could get to a repair place. That slide was rack and pinion with the Schwintek controller. It took the repair facility less than an hour to replace the weak motor.

Some additional info I just found:

Never stop a slide and change directions as it messes up the memory. Always go full out or full in. If you have to stop make sure you continue in the same direction.

The memory program works on RPM’s and if one is at 98rpms and the other motor is at 100 it will only get worse and will require re-learning

This might help:(Just found it) In-Wall Slide-Out Service Manual
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:27 AM   #9
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Another possibility is the shaft between the top and bottom gear is twisted. If so the slide would also be off the same amount when out.
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We had repeated problems with a
Schwintek kitchen slide doing the same thing! One guy came out smoothed a burr(?) off the rail teeth and re-aligned the motors by running it all the way out then all the way in seven times. We were admonished to always go all the way whichever way we were going. Worked till it didn't, again, this time stuck in. We can live with that slide in and we're on our way to the GNR at Forest City. It was #1 on our list to fix. We were going to bite the bullet and pay the bill cuz they don't do extended warranty work during rally time. They replaced EVERYTHING concerning the movement of that slide including the rails No Charge!! Told us it was a bad design. Yeeehaaa! We have not had any issue with it since and we are full time! Goshen or Forest City would be my recommendation.
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I have the schwinntek slides on our winnebago sightseers 30. We also have a failure with the linear track being stripped on both lower slides. The motor and connecting rod were ok. As it turns out winnebago over-specced the schwinntek parts. Our failure was the second failure on our Sightseer. Lee
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:59 AM   #12
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I have a 2014 journey and have 3 of those slides. After having the large kitchen slide rebuilt, i ordered two ‘slide locks’ that prevent the slide from moving, 2 years later and slide still operates as new. I am convinced the gears really move little weight during operation, but to hold these large rooms in place going down the road, that’s where the damage is done. Winnebago provides these room locks with the ‘Tour’ btw. You have literally 2 teeth on each of the four drive gears that hold that heavy slide in place,, add the locks or piece of wood and I feel they will last a very long time. Note: we attach the KEY to the slide lock on one of the locks so it has to removed to get the key(prevent opening with locks in place)
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:35 PM   #13
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We did have one our Swintech slide mechanisms replace at Forest City and it was under $2K. PowerGear unit replaced the Swintech which was not heavy duty enough for our 18ft slide with all the appliances in it. Definitely get a second opinion and definitely call Lippert tech support line. They have always been very helpful and stayed on the line as long as need to diagnose and either resolve the problem or identify next steps. Good Luck
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Front lower corner of my full slide will not go in all the way. Dealer says I have a broken gear onthat motor and suggest I replace the whole unit with a low profile slide at a cost of $3000. Cant i just replace the broken gear?

Hogmad, did you get your slide fixed?
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