Originally Posted by scarlton46
The dining room slide on my 2010 Solera was grinding and popping as it went in and out, so I took it to RV Specialists in San Diego. They replaced the gears, but it did not fix the problem. Forest River tells them that parts for the slide system used in the 2010 are no longer available. So they contacted Lippert, who manufactured the slide and were told again that parts are no longer available.They said, "It was a short run of a Forest River slide, and they didn't keep it going, so there are no replacements."
I'd be interested to know if anyone else has encountered a similar dilemma and what if anything can be done.
First, you need to isolate the popping. If it's not the gears (which you had replaced) then it is some friction point. Older posts in this subforum, talked about welds breaking where the drive motor attaches, causing the track to bind on the drive gear. Seems the repair shop you went to, was clueless.
Second, can you, or anybody reading this post, find out what lippert refers to in saying "short run". What was the slide used in by the various companies supplied by lippert and when did the design change.
Third, if you can determine which part failed, Lippert will have the technical drawings for that part. The easiest way for you would be to get those from Lippert, and like others said, take them to a fabrication shop for build.