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Old 08-25-2019, 07:39 PM   #1
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Slide motor location? Freedom Express 257BHS

Hello All,

I'm having a problem with the slide on my 2016 Freedom Express 257BHS.

While packing to return home from a trip today and still plugged into shore power my slide stopped part way in. A few clicks of the switch and it moved again for a few inches. Each time it stopped I would click the switch until it started again. Each time it started it would move the slide a few inches. We played this game until it was fully closed.

Now I'm home and trying to figure out whats wrong and I cant find the motor. My unit has an enclosed underbelly. Is it a safe guess that the motor is up in the underbelly someplace along the track? If so where? I only want to cut a minimal amount to access if that's what I need to do.

I believe it is a Lippert through the frame system. The slide seems to work smoothly if I manually crank it open and closed.

Thanks is advance for any help!
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:44 PM   #2
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be sure your house battery is good before you go crazy like me. My house battery were junk and I looked at every thing else first your house house battery's are the heart of you slide outs believe me look at the easiest first.
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:06 PM   #3
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I believe the house battery is good. It was fully charged before the trip. Only used to run the fridge during the 5hr drive and the front jack during set up. Three night trip and plugged into 30 amp once leveled to put the slide out.

I was also plugged into shore power so I assumed the slide would be running of that and not the battery?
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Old 08-25-2019, 09:07 PM   #4
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You should have a hole in the frame and body trim on the opposite side of the trailer from the slide. The motor is directly inside the frame from that point. Here is an example of what it should look like if you have the through the frame slide. May not have a hole in the frame. May have the little piece for the manual crank to attach. In the picture you see that I was measuring how far in the motor would be. Just in case I needed to know later.
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:19 PM   #5
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Thank you for the visual. Now I have an idea where to look. I do have the hole in the trim with the attachment for the manual crank just beyond the hole. I will need to cut the under-body plastic to access the motor, I just needed a good starting point to do so.

Does anyone think a low battery could be the issue even if I'm plugged into shore power? I thought the power for the slide room motor would be coming from shore power once plugged in but now I'm questioning that. I did run the power jack up and down quite a few times when we arrived before plugging in as the hitch would not release from the ball.

Thanks again for the reply's!
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:31 PM   #6
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Yes - I think you may have a battery problem, based on what you wrote. Did you check the voltage?
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:36 PM   #7
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I will be checking it tomorrow!
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Old 08-25-2019, 10:53 PM   #8
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Don't just go by the voltage of the battery. Take the battery and have it tested. Most likely that slide unit will draw 20-30 Amps. Your charger is most likely not able to support everything if the battery is boarder line.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:16 PM   #9
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The slides on my Freedom Express draw around 7A. The converter should easily be able to provide enough power.

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Don't just go by the voltage of the battery. Take the battery and have it tested. Most likely that slide unit will draw 20-30 Amps. Your charger is most likely not able to support everything if the battery is boarder line.
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Old 08-26-2019, 03:42 AM   #10
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If you have to cut the underbody stuff make sure you only cut 3 sides of a square in it then you flip the part you cut back up and secure with gorilla tape or something.
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