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Old 10-18-2017, 04:58 PM   #1
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Something every Winnebago Owner should know

On my Vista, and I believe most other Winnebagos, the leveling system and slideout systems run off of the Chassis battery system, not the Coach battery system. Buried in the Operator's Guide of Winnebagos wired this way, Winnebago formally recommends running the engine when operating the slideout room systems.

No one ever told me this at my delivery walk thru. Personally, I missed that sentence in the manual when I skimmed it first time thru.

I have personally found that operating the leveling system and slideout systems with the engine running makes a HUGE improvement in how those systems perform.

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You can confirm this is true for your Winnebago Motor Home by checking the text in the following sections of your Operator's Guide:

Electrical (Section 6 for my Vista): The chassis battery is used to operate the engine starter and automotive accessories and controls found on the instrument panel. The slideout room systems and the electric step are also connected to the chassis battery.

Slideout Rooms and Leveling (Section 10 for my Vista): Winnebago recommends running the engine whenever you run the slideout rooms in or out, the engine alternator should insure the rooms have adequate 12-volt DC power to operate correctly.
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:30 PM   #2
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Thankfully my PDI tech was very thorough and told us. The only trouble I've ever had was when the engine was running AND the 30 amp cord was plugged in. It could be coincidental, but the slide took a few presses of the button to get going.
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:56 AM   #3
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I was told that I may need to quickly need to press the slide button to "wake up" the motors, then slide them out.

And I believe I have a lock out circuit that requires the engine to be running to utilize the slides.

(BTW: 2016 Meridian 38P)
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:35 AM   #4
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Yep. Told at delivery engine running or at least key in run position. And, slide button might need to be released and pressed again to make work.
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:10 AM   #5
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On my Vista, and I believe most other Winnebagos, the leveling system and slideout systems run off of the Chassis battery system, not the Coach battery system. Buried in the Operator's Guide of Winnebagos wired this way, Winnebago formally recommends running the engine when operating the slideout room systems.

No one ever told me this at my delivery walk thru. Personally, I missed that sentence in the manual when I skimmed it first time thru.

I have personally found that operating the leveling system and slideout systems with the engine running makes a HUGE improvement in how those systems perform.

= = = = = = = = = =

You can confirm this is true for your Winnebago Motor Home by checking the text in the following sections of your Operator's Guide:

Electrical (Section 6 for my Vista): The chassis battery is used to operate the engine starter and automotive accessories and controls found on the instrument panel. The slideout room systems and the electric step are also connected to the chassis battery.

Slideout Rooms and Leveling (Section 10 for my Vista): Winnebago recommends running the engine whenever you run the slideout rooms in or out, the engine alternator should insure the rooms have adequate 12-volt DC power to operate correctly.

Had a Winnebago rep at a rally tell us this also, the more or highest voltage the better. Jacks and slides take a lot of power to operate .
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Old 10-20-2017, 03:13 AM   #6
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I have found that with a diesel motor home you not only need to have the engine running, but you need to wait until the engine intake heater quits going on and off. It will cause the volts to drop real low when it comes on. Watch the volt meter to see when it is staying off. The intake heater will stay off when the engine is warmed enough.
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Old 10-20-2017, 05:26 AM   #7
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:51 AM   #8
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Interesting......

Thanks for that information. I did not know that.

We bought ours used and there was no walk-through. lol) I did know about the steps using the chassis battery because, after pulling the house batteries for winter storage, I noticed the steps still worked.

Guess I'll take a look at the manual and see what it says about that for my unit.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:48 PM   #9
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Thanks for that information. I did not know that.

We bought ours used and there was no walk-through. lol) I did know about the steps using the chassis battery because, after pulling the house batteries for winter storage, I noticed the steps still worked.

Guess I'll take a look at the manual and see what it says about that for my unit.
The most important thing (to me) is to have your coach leveled before deploying your slides. And remember we to take the parking brake off before leaving:(
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:47 PM   #10
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In the HWH manual on my Meridian 36g. Have engine off and key on accessory to extend levelers, to retract - start engine and immediately push auto store.

For the slides, always have the engine running - in and out.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:02 PM   #11
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This is definitely one of those little "gotchas". I learned the hard way to check battery voltage before extending/retracting slides. It can really be a problem when retracting slides after a few days of camping. I've not had any problems when extending slides after traveling. Take a look at the display panel and make sure chassis battery is at least 13.2 v. Anything less COULD result in slide controller error which is a pain to clear. If the chassis battery voltage is less than 13.2 start the engine and wait for the voltage to come up - on my Meridian I watch the dash display to see the alternator voltage go up to 14 v then slides will work fine.
Our previous coach had HWH slide mechanisms which worked always no problems, no worries, but Winnie in their infinite wisdom decided to move to electric motor slide mechanisms. These Power Gear mechanisms seem to have a few little quirks, but now that I know about them it's back to no problems, no worries just an extra thing to think about when breaking camp.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:31 PM   #12
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I also agree with that. I always push the other direction, then the direction. Also holed the botton till it clicks.
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Old 10-25-2017, 06:54 PM   #14
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I think some of your recommendations are confusing. I believe there is no way to level your coach with the engine running. So with that function, you are at your batteries mercy.
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