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Monday, February 13, 2012

RV Slideout Manual Override - Where Is It?


We have a 27-foot Gulf Stream Streamlight trailer with a small slideout. The manual states that there is a manual override to retract the slideout in the event that the electric motor fails. We cannot locate the "emergency device." We even had a technician look with no luck. The motor is located in the middle of the sofa but there is no access to it. Any thoughts? John E., (Hartsel, CO)

John, the slideout motor used in the Streamlight brand is produced by Lippert, one of the largest providers of slideout mechanisms. All Lippert electric motors have an extended shaft with a cross pin that can be manipulated by hand to extend or retract a slide room manually. Some models may be equipped with a hex shaft in which case a ¾-inch box end wrench can be used. 

On your coach, below the sofa you'll find a kick plate covered with a fabric. There will be either two or more, medallion-like decorative pieces on that kick plate. They pop off easily with a flat blade screwdriver and then you'll see the attaching screws. Once you remove those screws, the kick plate will come off and you'll have clear access to the slide motor. Lippert ships a flexible adapter with each unit that can engage the shaft of the assembly in order to turn it by hand; probably the “emergency device” you mention. If you don't have that adapter, one can probably be easily fashioned. I'm not sure which direction you rotate the shaft, but you'll be able to tell once you start. Just be sure to only manipulate it by hand.
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