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Old 11-20-2022, 12:49 PM   #1
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Slide out - preparing for malfunctions?

I will be doing an extended trip in the spring with a lot of one night stops. I would like to extend the slide. How can I be prepared for malfunctions? Especially if it is extended.
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Old 11-20-2022, 03:54 PM   #2
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I like how you were anticipating one of the most common problems that people have on this forum.

I would read up on the manual so that you’re prepared to manually bring the slides in if necessary. You might even try practicing it first. You may need some special tools that should be outlined in the manual as well, so be sure to carry them with you. I also carry two extra slide out motors just in case.
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Old 11-20-2022, 06:01 PM   #3
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Motors.

Where did you find a motor? My last unit was 9 yo when I got her, traveled for 7 years and it had a good slide out. Never a problem. But they don't make things like they used to. I sound like my ma!
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Old 11-21-2022, 03:04 PM   #4
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If it’s a Lippert slide, there are good videos on the Lippert website to educate you on how to adjust the slide, maintain it, and put it into manual mode.
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If it’s a Lippert slide, there are good videos on the Lippert website to educate you on how to adjust the slide, maintain it, and put it into manual mode.
I couldn't find any videos for try SlimRack, only the Schwinteck?
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Where did you find a motor? My last unit was 9 yo when I got her, traveled for 7 years and it had a good slide out. Never a problem. But they don't make things like they used to. I sound like my ma!
I bought the motors from a guy who sold his rig, (we had the same model). His thinking was along my lines. Kinda like having a fire extinguisher. Hope I never need it, but glad to have it if I do...
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Old 11-22-2022, 06:36 AM   #7
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This video shows how to bring in a Slimrack slide manually.
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We can be of more help if you tell us what kind of slide you have. If you don't know, the year and model of your RV will help. There are different types with different problems, hydraulic vs. electric, etc.
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Old 11-27-2022, 07:55 PM   #9
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40,000 miles on this coach and I never considered...... slides
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Old 11-29-2022, 10:37 AM   #10
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I had Lippert Power Gear slides in my winnebagos for 10 years. I always had “slide-anxiety” after hearing all the horror stories. However, I never had an issue while camping. The only issue I ran into was the dinette slide coming out an inch or so while driving. The dealer replaced the motor and all was good. I hope that helps a little, as with good maintenance you will likely never get stranded while camping. I guess it’s hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
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I don't have a Lippert but I would also say to not worry too much. Slides have emergency retract mechanisms that will get you on the road following retract failures. Extend failures won't keep you off the road and, if the failure is a partial extend, the retract mechanism will work.

I suggest you get a multimeter and learn how to use it so you can diagnose switch issues which are pretty easy to work around once you know what's wrong. Another common problem causing the motor to not run is a bad or loose ground connection. This is also easy to fix if you know where everything is. The same goes for fuses.
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Old 12-06-2022, 03:49 PM   #12
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Hello. sorry got busy. I have a 2018 Micro Minnie 2108ds. Probably wont have problems soon but I should find out how to manual close it before trip. Now in storage so....
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There is an access panel to the slide. Controller under the dinette floor. Remove the panel and enter the manual override code. Sorry, I don’t remember the code, but it’s on the Lippert website, and may be in your manual.
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