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Old 05-19-2014, 12:17 PM   #1
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Slide(s) question

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Just a quick question for you guys. Catching up on the posts here got me thinking about our MH. Reading about motors going out and slides stuck in the in/out position has me worried and ignorant to what I have.

On my 2013 390BH are my slides all electric motor or hydraulic assisted? The reason I ask is 3 on my slides are quiet and very smooth. The wardrobe/bunks is quite a but louder compared to the others and slower. It definitely sounds like an electric motor. The louder sound is not new and has been like that since our walkthrough. Thanks in advance for the education.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:29 PM   #2
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I don't know about your model, but on mine the 2 bedroom slides are electric and the living room is hydraulic. My model does not have the kitchen slide.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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Your coach is similar to mine. The dinnette and kitchen slide are hydraulic and use the same pump and valve as the leveling system. The bed slide is electric and uses a gear and pinion set up. The bunk slide is also electric but uses a motor and cables to pull the slide in and out.

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Old 05-19-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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I have a 2014 390 BH-60 which is probably the same layout you have. The front two slides are hydraulic and the back two are electric. Funny you should post this but this weekend my bunkhouse slide stopped working. It will move out about 6 inches and the motor starts clicking. I will push on it and it will go out another 2 inches and then stop again and the motor stop starts clicking again. From this position it goes no further out. To get it back in I have to push it from the outside while my wife pushes in button. It is almost like something is jammed up after a certain point. I took off the valance above the TV in the bedroom and I was able to see the motor and the pulleys on the top portion and didn't they did not appear to be broken or off the track. I am sending an email to Randy at Forest River after work this evening to hear his thoughts. I hope you don't have a problem with that slide ours was also louder than all the other slides. Let the fun begin.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:12 PM   #5
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Chris,
I had the same problem with my bunk slide on my '14 coach. The motor/gear box that is over the bunk area (it is 1 unit) is shot and needs to be replaced. Everything will look fine but you will have the problem you are describing.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:12 PM   #6
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For what it is worth, for sure, the Wardrobe (bunk) slide is electric as several noted and I'd like to add that the motor is in the bedroom above the upper dresser cabinets. This slide has pulleys and cables (which gives me shivers). I will for sure be following this one to get educated on this particular slide.

I did previously have to learn about the bed slide, since I did have a problem and FYI, I posted my repair.

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Old 05-19-2014, 02:35 PM   #7
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The bunk slide gear/motor went out just after our first trip (2014 390bh). Once it was fixed, it's been flawless. Still a bit noisy for my liking though, however I attribute it to the movement of the cables and pulleys.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:35 PM   #8
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Looks like FR moved the mechanism for the bunk slide between 13 & 14. In the 13s with the old layout in the bedroom and the TV in the corner against the bunk wall, I believe the motor is above the top bunk and accessible from the removable panel above the top bunk.

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We have a 2012 Berkshire with a large slide that has been in the shop 3 times as it keeps creeping out. Still creeps out alarm is coming on the equalizer system when coach is started. We can not drive as the slide will not stay in. Contacted Forest River waiting for there fix! Anyone with seminar problem. Thank You!
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Old 05-19-2014, 03:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies. Makes you wonder why the wardrobe/bunk slide wasn't put on the hydraulic system because of the size of the slide. Anyone know if the bed and wardrobe use the same motor. Thinking about carrying an extra if they are the same. Pulleys and cables too if they are packaged easy enough to store.
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I assume packaging mostly. With the engine and all of its accessories, it's much harder to find space to put all the cylinders and mechanisms without hitting a hot spot.

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jj,
The motors on the two slides are different. The motor over the bunk is a combination motor/gear box. Take my word for it, you don't want to try to change the motor over the bunk. One of the cables on my '08 coach snapped and it almost killed me when I changed it. If you have to change the motor/gear box, you would need to attach all 4 cables and then adjust them. They have to be adjusted just right because of the pull/push operation of the cables.
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Kherm, I had a similar problem with my sofa slide. Here is the information that Imposted before on the issue: How to burn out the hydraulic pump motor on a Berkshire. As a follow-up, I did get some slide creep occasionally after they fixed the valve and replaced the pump, after I burned it out. I ended using the slide locks through the winter when I traveled. Recently I have found that there is no more creep (hopefully I'm not jinxing myself by saying that) on the sofa slide and I stopped using the locks. I assume whatever air was in the system, left. Hope that helps. Craig
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Overall, I'm very happy with the fit and finish of the Berk. I think FR diesel division does a great job of building a coach and fixing any would be issues. This is by far the best built camper I have owned. Just don't want any lurkers to be scared off due to a few mechanical issues that other products face as well. House on wheels.
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Craig Thank you reds your previous remarks! ours is the full body slide, locks not provided on Coach? Husband is asking where did you set these locks. If we could lock it we could then drive it to have it looked at. Still waiting for Forest River to get back to us.
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Kherm, My slide locks were under the bed. There were two long one and two short ones. I placed them at the two ends of the slide. They are rods with feet type pads at each end. You twist them to increase their length. I was putting them near the bottom of the slide. See pictures: Click image for larger version

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The motors on the two slides are different. The motor over the bunk is a combination motor/gear box. Take my word for it, you don't want to try to change the motor over the bunk. One of the cables on my '08 coach snapped and it almost killed me when I changed it. If you have to change the motor/gear box, you would need to attach all 4 cables and then adjust them. They have to be adjusted just right because of the pull/push operation of the cables.
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Tom- Thanks for the info, Now I know that I won't be fixing this myself. I live a long way from any dealers, so this is a huge pain for me.
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I think Tom will tell you that they came to him to fix it. Right Tom??
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Craig. Thank you! We will go look into getting these locks! So we can drive I would guess Camping World would carry?
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I thought all the Berkshire came with them. I wonder if your dealer kept them. I have never used mine.



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