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Old 03-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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How to manually close slide on 2012 Forester 26q

I just bought a new Forester 2651s and I'm trying to learn where everything is and how it works.

Can someone please tell me how to manually close the slide if I should have an electrical failure?

In addition, how would I drain the fresh water tank. I cannot find a valve anywhere.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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I am sure someone will help, but I have to wonder how useless your dealer walk-through must have been. We keep seeing similar questions pop up, so it seems that many dealers are simply not doing their job.
When we picked up our fifth at Coates of Minneapolis, they spent a lot of time showing us how everything worked, including many things I would have never thought of. Obviously, Coates is a lot better dealer than many.
Is your slide electric or hydraulic?
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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I think the slide is electric. I can hear an electric motor running when I operate the slide and it makes a ratcheting sound when it hits the fully in position. Haven''t been able to run the slide all the way out here at home because it's too close to the fence.

I didn't think about asking these questions when we did the walk through and when I called them the next day their tech couldn't answer my questions. Other than these two things I think we got a pretty good walk through and since this is our third motor home I was able to figure out a few other things on my own. Our first two didn't have slides and they both had visible spigots to drain the fresh water tank.

Taking the motor home back to the dealer for a better walk through is not really an option because it's a 2 hour drive each way and gas is costing us $4.25+ per gallon here in California.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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the rv tech should be able to tell where the manual crank is and where to put it, to crank in the slide.
if he doesn't, he should call the factory and find out.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:14 PM   #5
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I've checked everywhere and there is no manual crank (tool) anywhere in the motor home. I've crawled under it, opened every compartment door, checked under the driver and passenger seats and found nothing. The poorly done owners manual shows a picture of a cordless impact wrench attached to something somewhere under the slide. I can't find that "something" or that "somewhere". I don't mind buying the cordless impact wrench, but I need to know where to use it .
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I would have to go out and look at mine, but there is a hex shaft next to or on the the motor. I believe that a 3/4" or so socket would fit.
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Our propane tank is located under the slide. Inside the propane tank compartment I see two hex shafts sticking down (out of the floor). One has a hitch pin in it the other does not. Is it possible that one of those is the shaft I would turn manually to move the slide in?
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #8
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Probably one or both. Try turning them them carefully.

Hopefully, the tech from Forest River will answer your question, too.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:13 PM   #9
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I went out, opened the propane compartment door, and watched the hex studs while the wife ran the slide out a couple of inches. The hex stud with the hitch pin spun as the slide came out and it spun in the opposite direction when the slide went in. It requires a 5/8" wrench. I think the problem is solved.

Now, if I can find the drain for the fresh water tank..................

Thanks everyone for your replies. You were very helpful.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:02 AM   #10
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Look under the bed for the fresh water tank drain.
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