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Old 09-25-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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Slide woes

We have a 2010 Georgetown 300 FWS that we picked up in April of this year. If your not familiar with this model it has a slide that is full width across the driver side from just behind the drivers seat to a couple of feet from the back bumper. The slide is made so that it drops down so that the floor is even when the slide is out. To do this they bevelled the leading edge of the bottom of the slide and it basically rides up on this bevel to floor level when you take it in. The slide has 4 cables that pull the slide in and 4 that pull it out that all work together.

The motor for the slide doesnít have enough power to pull the slide up the bevel in one motion but it stalls out continually (4 or 5 times) until the slide reaches the top of the bevel and then it is ok.

The other issue and the most alarming one is on my last trip 2 of the brackets that hold the slide on were ripped right off the slide. One on the upper back side and one on the lower front side. What a noise that made. We were able to get the slide in with the help of some other campers pushing the slide in by hand.

A lot of the Georgetownís have this setup on their slidesÖhave any of you had similar problems?
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Old 09-25-2010, 01:30 AM   #2
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Ours are all hydraulic and so far no issues with them other then 2 of the 3 weren't adjusted quite right at the factory before the body paint was applied. It doesn't effect their opening or closing however just their open state (outside wall not plumb). Adjustments made to remedy this make it right but then when closed none of the paint stripes match up. Oh well. Since yours is under warranty I would sure hope that they will get it take care of as it obviously isn't working correctly.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:12 PM   #3
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This is my first post also, and I'm brand new to RVing. I have a 2010 Georgetown 300fws with the same issues. I have to "bump" the switch 8-10 times to get the slide to close. Every time I'm worried that something is going to break! I have had it in several times to the dealer and they tell me everything is OK and that is just the way it was designed. Did you get yours fixed? There must be more people with this issue.
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:25 AM   #4
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The dealership has had the MH for over two months and is still awaiting parts from ForestRiver. When the brackets broke one of them damaged the outside molding which will mean that it will have to be painted as well once replaced.

The service guy explained that the cables were set too tight at the factory which was the root cause of our problems. The cables were in a constant state of over tension which resulted in the failure of the screws that hold on the brackets.

Once the slide is operational again I hope that the stalling will be addressed as well but as of right now it remains a problem that the dealership has not been able to look at yet.

The dealership has been most helpful and professional in all their dealings with me and should the stalling be a problem I am confident that they will make things right.

I have a couple of question for you.

Did you receive a spare tire with your unit?

In your kit that you received with your MH you were given a tool that would retract the slide if you lost power. Do you know where to insert the tool to do this? I havenít been able to find the location to do this.

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Old 12-15-2010, 01:15 PM   #5
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Getting parts from Forest River has been a problem on a few warranty issues with my RV, also. Wish I had known some of this before I bought, but being brand new to this stuff, I didn't even know what to ask, much less when I was being lied to.
I was told by a service tech where I bought the RV that Georgetown has fixed the slide issue on new models by redesigning the system. Unfortunately, they haven't done anything to fix the 2010 models.
Guess we need more people complaining.... when I'm on shore power I only need 4-5 bumps to close the slide, but when I'm not it takes 8-10 or more bumps.
I did not get a spare tire, and I haven't been able to find where to manually close the slide, either.
Good luck on your repairs!!
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:58 PM   #6
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Try some silicone spray on the slide out track, it should glide over that much easier.
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:43 AM   #7
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I spoke today to the service manager of the dealership that is repairing my Georgetown and he and his techs have been frustrated in their efforts to fix the stalling problem of the slide. They have been in close communication to a Forest River rep and he has recommended trying various things to fix this problem and all of their efforts so far have failed. The one time they received a bit of success was when they greased up the wedge with silicone and thus reducing friction seemed to really help but recognized that this was merely a bandage on the problem.

Finally today the rep asked if the lead in wedge shape in front of the rollers is a 2-inch wedge or a 4-inch wedge. Mine has the 2-inch wedge.

The service tech was very confident that once the 4-inch wedge is brought in and replaces the old one the problem will be considerably lessened. Note that I didnít say solved but he assures me that I will be very pleased with the results.
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I was told about the 2" vs 4" wedge, unfortunately I was told mine has the 4" wedge already. I guess I need to look and verify that myself.... but once that fix didn't work, the dealer just gave up. Guess the ball is in my court to keep pushing.
I also tried the silicone spray, but as you said that doesn't fix the problem. It did help a little.
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:51 PM   #9
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slide woes

Just wondering if your 300FWS was repaired yet and if your slide was fixed by the 4" wedge being put in.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:11 AM   #10
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suggestion

Don't know where you bought the RV but FL has a "Lemon" law which requires mfg to replace coach if problem is not fixable.
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