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Old 09-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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Manually retracting slides

Today we looked everywhere on my 2011 GT 378 TS to see where I can manually retract the slides but came up blank. We were having a difficult time retracting the front slides (the bed slide came in VERY slowly). Of course the standard GT manual was of no help because it did not say were it was located - just how to do it. Luckily, we finally got the slides to retract.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:21 AM   #2
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Buddy, based on what you said, it appears not enough current is your problem, you need to be plugged into shore power or gen running to operate slides, if your batteries are weak the slides would be slow or not moving. Did you have power?
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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We were running on the generator. When I did put down and retracted the jacks it flashed "low voltage" on the jack control panel. While the slides were out and the jacks down, we could not see any fluid in the resivor. When they finally did retract, a small amount could be seen.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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Not sure about slides but I just bought my Georgetown XL two weeks ago and they told me the hydraulic jacks are powered by the engine battery and make sure the engine was running when leveling or retracting. Maybe I was told wrong but when I used without the engine running it flashed low voltage. And that was with the generator running. Start the engine and the low voltage lamp went off.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:50 PM   #5
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I started a reply post but it disappeared, so let's try again...

From what I know, the earlier posts were accurate, but may not answer your original question, manual retraction of sideouts.

I would suggest going online and downloading a document from Lippert entitled "Lippert Components Inc. Electronic / Hydraulic Leveling and Slideout System Operation and Service Manual"
It gives details of the systems used by Forest River, including manual operations. You should find your systems and how to retract even if you have a total power failure.

There are some differences in given models, so I can't say specifically how your might work.

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #6
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Thanks Jim. I will check it out.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:58 AM   #7
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Thanks Jim. I will check it out.
howdy I have a 2012 378ts.when I get ready to leave a camp, I start engine and turn on control panel and hit all retract, then shut motor off and pull key. Start generator and bring all slides in, this will always work in this order, if you want to check oil level in hyd. tank its when all jacks and slides are in, it should be one inch from top of tank.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #8
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Petey. If the MH is not level should you bring in (or out) the slides?
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:07 AM   #9
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I follow the same procedure as Petey with our 378, except I retract slides while still hooked to power source, then start engine and retract jacks. Has worked well so far.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:58 PM   #10
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These manuals may help.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf LCI Electronic Leveling System.pdf (1.01 MB, 64 views)
File Type: pdf LCI Levelers Troubleshooting Tips.pdf (804.6 KB, 51 views)
File Type: pdf Electronic Hydraulic Leveling and Slideout-Web.pdf (2.68 MB, 109 views)
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