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Monday, October 19, 2009

Slide 'n Stop

I have a 2004 motorhome with a slideout problem. The slide will only travel 1/2 to 2/3 of the way and stop. It doesn't matter that it's traveling in or out. The panel will indicate a problem but the manual doesn't tell me how to fix it. I would need to back up the slide a few times for a second or two then I able to finish the slide travel. I have used slide lube with no change. Please advise.
Robert, (Brazil, IN)

Robert, in thinking your problem through, the most likely cause is the control board itself or possibly the motor for that slide, but I would recommend you contact the dealer and have them decipher the error code to be sure. 

Also, check to be sure the slideout is not binding or seizing and inspect the mechanism itself for signs of damage or abrasion. Inspect the underbelly of the slideout for damage as there could be something wedged between the coach frame and slideout floor. Make sure the slide is properly aligned and square when it is extended and retracted as well as during its travel in and out. If the slide is out of alignment or binding then the motor may be drawing too much current trying to move it and the controller is sensing this overload and shutting down. The error code will provide the answer. If the slideout is indeed out of alignment or binding have a qualified RV service center make the adjustments as they can be tricky and should not be attempted by a do-it-yourselfer. If the slideout is in correct adjustment then I would suspect a faulty control board, worn motor or clutch.


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