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Old 09-08-2019, 07:55 PM   #1
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The slides are freaking me out

Just bought a used 2017 MW 26A in very good condition with low milage. I know having issues with an engine problem or tire issue will allow you to get out of a campground either being towed or tire replaced. But if your slide motor fails how do you fix that easily if the slide wonít retract. I got some info on the type of motor used and location but how to get to it? Got some info from Winnebago but it was sketchy at best. I want to know how to do it if it fails and I canít get any descent info on tearing into this problem. I donít seem to be able to access any videos etc. Has anyone experienced this mess. I know from paperwork I have showing the original owner had one motor fail already.
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Old 09-08-2019, 08:50 PM   #2
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If you want to deal with a bad slide the info should be in your OEM bag of info on how to disengage the motors and push the slide in till you can get to a service center.



Mobile service can be gotten in many places.


It's only one of many issues that may come up on any trip. Relax and take it as it comes or you'll never leave your driveway.
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:56 AM   #3
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I did have info on what appears to be a way to unattached the motor but it’s getting to the location that I don’t have a clue to. It appears almost impossible so there has to be a clue on how to get to the drive easily. A Stanford degree doesn’t help me.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:59 PM   #4
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If your slide motor fails when the slide is in you can still move.

If the slide motor fails while it is out the campground is going to have to wait until mobile repair, or you, fixes it.

No towing company will tow you with the slide out. The do not want to be responsible for the damage, or hire an escort company.

Had it happen to me and I was on a military installation and personnel in the office could not under stand why I could not move so they could honor the next reservation. I had to ask for the manager why extended me and made arrangements for who ever was coming in. I had to order the motor and have it overnight, paid the freight and it was fixed before my time was up.

Do not let them move you if your slide is out and cannot come in. You will break something.

What problems if any are you having and who makes your slide mechanisms.
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:32 PM   #5
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I pretty understand that situation. I know there is the possibility that the motor(s) can be disconnected or removed and the slide pushed in manually. What I’m trying to find out how difficult it is to get to the motor(s) so this can be done. Why hasn’t Winnebago or after market put a video together for this problem? I’m a retired design Engineer and if I would have done something like this my a.. would have been kicked!!
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:39 PM   #6
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By the Wayne you didn’t mention who or how you got the motor replaced. Enlighten me please. Regards jrb46
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My grammar gets worse by the day sorry!
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:19 PM   #8
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You may have solved your problem by now, but if not here's everything I found on the "in wall slideout" that the books show is in your RV.

The motors are in the top of the wall next to the slide, one on each side and can be accessed by pulling the trim back. There are video's on this page that shows exactly what to do, there are also video's on how to place the switch in manual mode and force the slide in as long as it is operational.

This is from Lippert the manufacturer, there are a lot of manuals, and video's on the slides, how to install them, repair them and make them work.
https://support.lci1.com/in-wall-slide-out


this is winnebago's owners manual (might be less specific than the one that should be in your manual pack)


https://support.lci1.com/documents/i...-owners-manual
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By the Wayne you didn’t mention who or how you got the motor replaced. Enlighten me please. Regards jrb46

Well, I got real lucky. I had called a couple mobile repair places and they would not even attempt to get on the military base - said it was to difficult.

On the way into the CG there was a mobile repair truck there and I stopped an asked if they worked on slides. They did. They finished up the job, came to my site and did an evaluation - pulled the motor out. Gears were stripped.

I called Lichtsinn RV in Forest City, IA and had the motor shipped to me. These were HWH motors, but Lippert has been real helpful with this new to us MH when I have called them. There motors are a lot smaller than the HWH I had on the 2008.

Yes, there are mechanical ways of retracting a slide when it is stuck and the manual identifies how to do this. Most times it takes two people and it is not just pushing the slide in, it requires two people working together ratcheting the slide in with wrenches. Sometimes a beefy person can push on the slide while the controller is activated to make it easier for the slide to go in, or even several people. Once in - don't put it out again until fixed.

On this new to us 2015 MH I actually went to Elkhart, IN and Tech Masters and they had the bad motor out and the new one in - in less than an hour.

Lippert has dealers all over the US and they can help also. Unfortunately some of those dealers are RV Sales places and they will only work on RV's purchased from them, That is what happened to us. Guess business is great for them,
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:29 PM   #10
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Thanks Wayne. I finally got a descent attachment from Winnebago today. The manuals I have did not have any info like this in it. And I’m like a person from Missouri I have to be shown how to do it. But I will prevail when I have to. Thanks again for caring and take care, be safe!!
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