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Old 05-21-2007, 11:48 PM   #11
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I have a 2004 34DS and have no major issues until this Spring. The slides do not extend. when each wall switch is pressed there is absolutely no response.
I have contacted both Forest River and Lippert components(the manufacturer of the electric/hydraulic system that moves the slides - thus far they seem to think it is the wall switches. It will be a super coincidence if that is the case.

I am hopeful someone has a suggestion.

Lippert says the switches are wired directly to the Trombetta relay in the pump area. There are no in-line fuses and the slides have operated perfectly for three years.
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:58 PM   #12
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I'll just add this little bit from another thread... something to think about when asking others for their opinion... we're all subjective in some way.

The problem with most on-line reviews is they come from customers. And a customer's review of the line depends on his/her own personal subjective experience. For instance on http://www.motorhomeadvice.com/mhreviews/ I see 7 reviews for the FR Georgetown - 4 good 2 bad and one so-so. For Newmar, which is reportedly a high quality MH, there are 13 reviews - 5 good, 4 bad and 4 so-so. For Monaco, another premium brand, 15 reviews, 7 good, and so on. Who can tell what to think from that?
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RE the slide not working, I take it you get nothing when you hit the switch - no sign of life at all. Here's what one of the the Lippert manuals says for troubleshooting. It's off a PDF, so the paste is the best I can do. Most of their owner manuals are on their website.

TROUBLESHOOTING CHART - SLIDEOUT
The following troubleshooting chart outlines some common problems, their causes and possible corrective actions. When reference is made to a “Power Unit,” the term includes the motor and the actuator as a complete unit. All Power Units are shipped from the factory with a serial number and date code, which should be given to the service technician when asking for assistance.
ROOM DOESN’T MOVE WHEN SWITCH IS PRESSED
PROBABLE CAUSE CORRECTIVE ACTION
  • Restrictions both inside and outside of unit Check for and clear restriction
  • Low battery voltage, blown fuse, defective wiring Check battery. Charge battery or add auxiliary power source. Check battery terminals, and all other wiring. Look for loose or corroded connections
  • Power Unit not functioning See “Power Unit Troubleshooting” page 22

TROUBLESHOOTING – POWER UNIT
  • Before attempting to troubleshoot the Power Unit, make sure an adequate power source is available. The unit batteries should be fully charged or the unit should be plugged into to A/C service with batteries installed.
  • Do not attempt to troubleshoot the Power Unit without assuring a full 12V DC charge.
  • The following tests require only a DC voltmeter (or DC test light) and a jumper lead.
  • Step 1 - Attach voltmeter (or test light) leads to the negative and positive terminals on motor solenoid (See Fig. 7). Does the meter indicate 12V DC?
  • If YES, see Step 2; if NO see Step 3.
  • Step 2 - If YES, at the motor, check the incoming leads to 12V DC (if necessary, disconnect leads at wire splices). Does meter indicate 12V DC?
  • If YES, Power Unit needs to be replaced. The motor is not field serviceable. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPAIR.
  • If NO, Inspect all wires and connections between the wall switch and the motor. Repair connections as necessary. Recheck as in Step 1.
  • Step 3 - If NO, Inspect all connections between battery and solenoid. Inspect 30A Auto-reset Circuit Breaker (See Fig. 7 for location). Recheck as above in Step 1.
  • Since there are no field serviceable parts in the motor of the Power Unit, electrical troubleshooting and service is limited to replacing only those components as previously outlined. Thorough inspection of wiring and connections is the only other electrical service that can be performed.
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Wow, nice troubleshooting guide welshman!

And to think I was gonna suggest hitting the controll panel with a hammer!!
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That's on page 23.
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:10 PM   #16
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Thanks for the input. I actually got all the tip sheeta off the Lippert website. As the jacks worked we knew the hydraulics and pump worked.
I used a test light to determine the wiring continuity - it was the wire from the battery to the switch. As it is all enclosed there was no way to find the break or bad connection. So after some thought I tied the slide switch output side into the water pump wiring. Everything works like normal again.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:29 PM   #17
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Its not easy to find other Georgetown owners. Looks like this forum is quite slow to.

Anyways. We have a 2006 Georgetown. We are somewhat happy with it although we have had some problems. This is our first Motorhome so we dont what the normal list of problems should look like in the first year.

We have had some minor stuff go wrong but all in all it seems to be a good motorhome. Runs great.

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Old 08-12-2007, 11:08 AM   #18
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I have a 2004 370TS XL. It's our 1st MH, previously had a pop-up. Overall, we love the floor plan, it is very comfortable, drives extremely well (very stable) and suites us very well. Had a few issues early on, some of which were the result of my own inexperience/lack of knowledge, but have an excellent dealer with good service and all were resolved without much problem. Biggest complaint is the Apollo microwave/convection oven. I'm on my 4th unit now, luckily all replaced under original/extended warranty. Not a very robust design. Just this week had to have the steps replaced. Control board and power supply failed, but again replaced under extended warranty. Wife and I still work full time, so only have about 14,000 miles on it. I will say, though, that I recognize it is an "entry level" MH, and wonder if it's the coach I want to do extensive travel in once we retire. Have a few years yet before we cross that bridge, so time will probably let me know yea or nea. Hope it's a yes, because buying another coach will really be a stretch. Anyone doing significant miles in theirs??
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We are retired and live in ours 4 months of the year and do about 5000 miles annually, so far no major problems with the unit.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:51 AM   #20
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We are still happy with our 2007 370XL - has some of the same minor problems ya'll had (slide, screen door latch, bedroom drawers), but had great service (though not fast & we missed camping time).

Guess the big test is next - warranty is over & we'll have to see what goes wrong & what it will cost us.

For now - we are still glad we made the dicision to buy it & are considering becoming full timers in the near future.

ANY COMMENTS AND/OR SUGGESTIONS FOR FULL TIMING IN THE 370 XL?
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