Hi everyone and Happy belated Thanksgiving. We just got back from a trip to Disney World with the grand kids and met a couple who had a problem with their slide closing. We have a new Suncruiser 38Q. After taling to them my husband started to look around (high and low) for the tool to manually crank if need be and we cannot find it anywhere. Does anyone know where it would be hiden? Greatly appreciated.
Your motorhome should have either Lippert or Power Gear slides. In either case there is no "special tool" for emergency retraction of the slides like there was for the HWH slides. Section 10 of the owners manual covers the slides including the emergency retraction. The only tool required for the Power Gear slides is a 3/4" socket and ratchet. Once the motors are disconnected the slide can be cranked in using the socket and ratchet setup.
The tools necessary for the Lippert slides are a step ladder and a screw driver. In this case the motors are at the top of the slides. You have to pull back the weather strip and pop the couplings apart with a screw driver. Once the motors are disconnected the slides are "supposed to be" pushed in by hand. I say "supposed to be" because I doubt a single person will be able to push in a full wall slide. Our full wall slide is 26' long and weighs several hundred pounds if not more. I've only read about a couple full wall slides that failed and needed to be closed manually. In all cases it took several people to push them in.
Mine is in the attic of my stick house where it has been for the past 15 years. It occupied too much valuable space in the coach storage compartment and was very heavy. I would have preferred spare parts such as water pump, fuses, fuel filters etc. rather that the bulky heavy and almost useless item. The fact that they include the winch doesn't say much for their confidence in their product.