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Monday, October 26, 2009

Slideout Won't Budge

Our bedroom slideout failed to close completely and then would not move at all. The motor was taken apart and found that a holding pin was broken. This was replaced and the slide moved out when the power button was pushed. All of a sudden, a large thump was heard, then the slideout would not move in or out. Could this be a broken tooth on the gear? It is taking us a very long time to get an appointment to have this looked at for repair. Do you have any idea what has happened to the slide mechanism?
Pam, (Franklin, NC)

Pam, unfortunately, without actually inspecting the slide mechanism and drive unit, it is impossible to tell exactly what happened. And a lot depends on the manufacturer of the slide mechanism. There are quite a few variations out there, produced by different makers using different types of slide mechanisms. If you could identify the manufacturer of the slide out unit, not the RV, it may be possible to ascertain some information as to what may have broken. But the best diagnosis can only be made after a visual inspection. Wish I could be more helpful. (This is the most frustrating part about this job).


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