Originally Posted by puttin
I don't really get it...the slide rooms all have the Schwintec tracks installed on the tops and bottoms and yet you say they are Power Gear. I'm sure you're correct so could you elaborate a little? I have a Winne Sightseer with Power Gear slides and you see the rails and rollers underneath...not like yours at all.
I'll give it a shot but unfortunately, Winnebago did not include the slide Operations Manual in their very large owners manual. I requested the OM information for the slides but have not heard back yet.
I understand that Lippert now owns Power Gear. When I think of Lippert slides I think of the toothed tracks that are secured with screws to the top and bottom of the slide side walls. This is the system that has had frequent failures for certain applications, especially full wall application.
I know the style drive that you have, but unlike the Power Gear drive on your coach, the Power Gear slide for this application has a free floating toothed track bar top and bottom of each slide wall. The free floating toothed track bar is only secured with a pin (like a door hinge pin) at the outboard point and a pin at the inboard point. It's not fastened to the slide wall other than at the pinned ends. I do not know the detail of how the drive motor engages with the track. The depth of the track teeth on the PG appears to be deeper than the Lippert track bar teeth. I'm GUESSING that the free floating toothed track bar is driven tightly on the motor drive gear by passing the track bar through a capture device (think thread thru eye of the needle) that maintains a close and constant tolerance to the drive gear. Again... guessing!
I'm sure there are many others more knowledgable about this type of Power Gear slide mechanism. Maybe someone will chime in with a better description and better detail. I'm just hoping that Winnebago did their homework when specifying this drive system. I believe they still use the Lippert slide drive for certain applications.