Georgetown 378 XL Slide drift-out when in
Last October, 2012, we purchased a new 2013 Georgetown 378XL motorhome. Shortly after taking delivery, we noticed that the right front slide would drift out anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 inches when parked in storage. The slide would be retracted and within 2-3 days, would drift out again. We took the unit to the dealer in the early spring time to have it researched and repaired. They stated that it was air in the lines and stated that it had been bled out and every thing was OK. The slide stayed in for a couple of days at the dealer, but when we returned home with it, same drift but worse 2 inches out to 6 inches on a warm spring day. The rig was returned to the dealer to fix it right. Dealer had it approx. 3 weeks and they stated that the problem was fixed and no drift for approx. 4-5 days.
In July, the drift problem again raised it head (2-6 inches). When traveling, the slide would drift approx. 1 1/2 inches in about 45 minutes of driving, thus had to pull off the road and retract the slide. This continued and the rig was again taken to the dealer for repair. The dealer stated that first, it was a ram leak (didn't see any hydraulic oil so puzzled by their statement, later revised their analysis to state that it was valve bypass leakage. It continued to drift out and additional parts were said to have been replaced. This has been going on at the dealer since August 18th.
Went to the dealer to pick up the rig today (October 14, 2013) after they stated that the repair was successful, only to find out that the slide drifted out approx. 1 inch over the past weekend. It is still at the dealer to be repaired!
I believe that this type of issued plagued one of the other members and that they ultimately had to drive their unit from the west coast to the factory in the Midwest to have the problem fixed. Apparently, Forest River covered the costs to get the rig to and from the factory for the repair. Does any one know what that problem ultimately was and how it was repaired or if Lipert had to replace the complete hydraulic unit which had a defect internally.
My one year warranty will be up in a couple of weeks...I don't want to have FR walk away from this problem...the dealer has had the rig in their shop three times now and has had the unit for the greater part of 4 months this late spring, summer and now fall.
Would appreciate any insight that others have had with similar experience.
Just as a note, the other two slides (Left front and bedroom) have not experienced the drift problem, although when operating any one of the slides seems to have an affect on the other when out with slight jerking movement......maybe an indication of a problem with the central unit internally.