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Old 07-24-2016, 03:18 PM   #1
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2014 GT 351 Dinette Slideout won't retract

We're preparing to go on our 1st trip. Have had the slideouts out and in several times. Now the dinette won't retract. Comes in several inches then makes a loud noise like it is jammed. Tried fully extending it but before it gets all the way out, it makes the same noise. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:24 PM   #2
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It may help you in getting responses if you would state the type of slide that we are talking about here. When I google the GT 351, it is all about the ford falcon with the 351 cubic engine.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:32 PM   #3
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Check your cables. One of them may have snapped and is causing your slide to bind up. (assuming you have this system) You may be able to push on the slide while pushing the button to help it in. This will get you home or to repair facility.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:45 PM   #4
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From the outside the cables do not appear to be snapped. To "clr", this is a Forestriver Georgetown 351DS. The slides are Lippert. Have visited Lippert's site and left them a note on their "Ask the RV Doctor" page. Does not appear to be a timing issue as both the fore and aft of the slide are the same distance from the wall. Do not know where and have not been able to find the slide control box to look at the emergency retract proceedure.
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:06 AM   #5
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Not Lippert, Slides are Accu-Slide

Have determined the slideout is by Accu-Slide. Possibly a cable off a pulley. Will try to remove jamb clamp to investigate further.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:00 PM   #6
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When operating the cable slides, the in and out cable blocks pass by each other. Mine sometimes catch, but release. It could be yours is not releasing.

The reason they catch is because of poor installation. When tightening the cables, the cables have been twisted. The twist in the cable causes the block to rotate. Only when the blocks are vertical do they cleanly miss each other.

If you remove the facia board that is covering your motor, you can see the cables operate. That should give you clues on what is wrong.


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Old 07-25-2016, 10:59 PM   #7
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Well, a RV mobile mechanic came out today and the problem is the drive gearbox. The largest gear in the box had developed a flat spot. Gears don't work they don't have all their teeth. Don't why it happened, the mechanic said these were supposed to last as long as the RV. The part will be here Wednesday and installed on Thursday. Our departure to Maine should happen on schedule. Thanks for everyone's help here.
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