[QUOTE]Originally posted by AdrianLee:
I have a 2006 Itasca Ellipse 40FD. Last week the bedroom slide on the drivers side chose not to retract when the retract switch was pressed. Yes I wanted to hit it with a bigger hammer but I managed to hold onto my sanity.
HWH Tech told me what to do. I read a lot of helpful posts here and decided to give it a try this afternoon since I am heading for Las Vegas to get it fixed Monday morning.
I opened the valve 4 turns with the wrench built into the fluid resevoir cap. The slide slid in about half way all by itself (the coach is level). I then tried pushing on the slide with little effect. Remember - the bottom of the slide is about 6' off the ground and I am 5' 8" so everything I am doing is over my head. I would not trust a ladder. As instructed by HWH Tech, I had DW push the retract switch and I applied about 10 to 15 lbs of force - The slide slud in just like it was supposed to.
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I know this is over two years later but I found your post extremely informative and encouraging. Right now we are "stuck" in Bloomfield, NM with both living area/room slides full extended and unable to retract the bedroom slide. There is a small amount of hydraulic fluid around the front driver side jack. HWH tech support is not available on the weekends so I called Coach-Net. The tech essentially isolated the electrical power to the hydraulic pump to the engine batteries and we were able to retract the small bedroom slide on the passenger side. Coach-Net has made arrangements for a mobile service to show up on Tuesday to help manually retract the slides and off to Albuquerque Camping World we go:-)). I plan to call HWH first thing tomorrow AM (Monday) but I thought I would ask if you or possibly others might have some add'l ideas/solutions/insights to this problem.
Dave and Cris