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Old 03-15-2015, 11:09 AM   #29
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First off, just starting the engine should not cause the suspension to inflate. It should inflate if you 'store' the jacks. I believe it also should inflate if you take the parking brake off (and maybe put it in gear?)--I've never done this since I always hit the jack store button.

If you start the engine and set it on fast idle does the slide come in? It shouldn't matter whether the coach is level or not--if the airbags are supporting the coach then there shouldn't be any twist to the frame. Having the engine running makes a BIG difference, since the hydraulic pump is then supplied with the alternator charging voltage of +/-14V instead of just the battery voltage.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:46 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by snowbirdnw View Post
I've tried most everything that everyone has suggested before I went on this form.
The problem with starting the engine before retracting the slide in is that the air bags fill and bring the coach to an un-level position, I've tried to start the engine and then immediately try to retract that slide and that didn't work well so I then tried to let the engine running and as I've said, the air bags fill up and the coach becomes un-level as the full air bags bring the coach up off of the jacks. I told Winnebago about it and they said it shouldn't do that but they didn't do anything about it. Great service!
We'll keep trying as it's a hassle to sell this and try to find another coach that has other problems. I've considered using a pry-bar inside to give the slide a bit of help in getting up over the hump and if I continue to have problems, now that I've sold the couch and there's less weight, I'll try the pry bar approach.
Thanks for the reply.
Again, I feel for you. Been there. Done that. Removes happy from trails.

I hope you contacted the factory when all of this started after you left. That would preserve their warranty and allow you to return in the Spring.

One last thought I have about that slide. Take a good look at the metal boxes that the rams ride in. Are they both shaped the same on that slide? I had one bend on my old '05 Vectra. They had to replace it. Till the day we traded the coach we never felt warm and fuzzy when the slide started in.

About the bags inflating when you start the engine? Call Freightliner and ask them who they would recommend you go to with this issue. That truly compounds your problem. You can't bring in the slide if the chassis is flexing.

To be honest, I never liked the '05 Vectra 40FD. It was not a good match for me. Besides all of the mechanical problems, it was uncomfortable. I am only 5' 7" and it seemed the coach was built for someone 6' or taller. I found the coach we have now 1200 miles away from where we were. When we got the Vectra out of the shop we drove it FL to complete the purchase of this one. We are now very happy campers.

I hope you can get this issue resolved. It just makes for an uneasiness you just don't need when trying to find a way to relax. I am so sorry that all of our suggestions didn't improve your situation. Keep us posted. If a prayer will help, I'll do that.

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Old 03-21-2015, 03:26 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by snowbirdnw View Post
We just had the coach 40AD to the plant and they installed new pads and did all the adjusting. When we left, the next day, the slide barely came in but that was the norm so I thought it was ok. Next stop and went to leave and I had to go out and rock the coach for the slide to get 'over the hump' and then it went in fine. It's been hit or miss ever since and that's only a couple months and a few times with the slide out. Fluid is fine and we're going to get the couch out of here and bring in a couple of lazy boy's and then clear out everything that's heavy in the compartments. I know after getting it worked on before the Winnebago plant (up in Washington state where they didn't know how to ship the pads properly) it worked ok for a few times but still was a bit slow on the 'hump'. I think at this point, everything out of the compartments will do the trick as that seems to be the only option. Sad for sure as we live here and need the storage space. I had hoped that an increased pump or some other trick would do. I see that there are two opinions of retracting the slide. One is with the jacks up and the other with them down. If they're down and the engine is started, then the air bags fill up and the coach can become un-level as did happen already. With the engine running, and even increasing the rpm's it didn't really help getting it over that hump so I'm figuring the weight is the issue. The designers don't live in these things or they might have discovered this problem.
At the factory, I'd have to say that 75% of those in there we in there for slide issues among other things. Very sad commentary on Winnebago. When I had it in the shop in Washington state, there was another one in there of same year with the same problem, slide was pushing the outer wall out along with the inner wall allowing the ceiling to drop down. I told the factory about that and showed them and they didn't even know what that was all about.
I'll keep a look out for more posts, thanks for all the help.
A factory in Washington State??? Never heard of one there. Are you talking about a dealer? If so--Which one?
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:14 AM   #32
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Here's the latest on this issue from snowbirdnw's husband... I lubed the area in the slide where it has to go up before coming in and it's working like greased lightning now aftere getting rid of the couch to try lightning the load and it still didn't work so the lube does the trick and if it gets clogged or dirty, I'll just spray it with simple green and hose it out and re-lube it. Sad that they didn't tell me that at Winnebago plant!
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