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Old 03-01-2015, 01:56 PM   #1
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2014 Trilogy - 3850RL - Roadside Slide

Has anyone experienced issues in opening/closing their roadside slide (kitchen)? It seems my forward gear drive is not working and the slide will not move at that end. The aft and middle sections start to move but then bind up due to the forward one not moving.

Not sure if the gear is broken or the drive shaft for the gear is the cause. It's all encased in the belly. Maybe a shear pin somewhere...

Argh! Always something...

John
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yikes! I had a little trouble with mine but some additional hydraulic fluid cured it. No problems since.


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Old 03-03-2015, 09:43 AM   #3
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After trying numerous avenues to get someone onsite to look at the slide, I did it myself. Cut an access panel in the belly where the forward gear pack is located.

I used the remote control to open/close the slide to see what was happening. The drive shaft (my term for the linkage between the three drive gear/rail assemblies) was not turning. I could also see the one for the middle track was not moving. This means the problem must be with the gear pack at the aft end of the slide (one next to the hydraulic cylinder).

Cut another access panel in the belly so I could get at the aft gear pack. Sure enough, when I dropped the panel down, teeth from the gear pack fell to the ground. Here are a couple of pictures of what I saw:

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The attach bolts are ok, I took the picture as I was removing the gear pack assembly.

So, I worked this through Dynamax & Lippert to have a new one sent out overnight. Should be here tomorrow.

Argh!

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Old 03-03-2015, 11:02 AM   #4
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Man, that stinks! Had the same issue with a long slide on a Cameo. Thankfully it was before Carriage went down and the warranty covered it.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:27 AM   #5
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Is there any indication of what actually caused the failure? Just wondering if there is something I can do to prevent it from happening. That would terrible to deal with while traveling. Hope you get it resolved soon and that it doesn't hamper your plans too much.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:44 AM   #6
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Is there any indication of what actually caused the failure? Just wondering if there is something I can do to prevent it from happening. That would terrible to deal with while traveling. Hope you get it resolved soon and that it doesn't hamper your plans too much.
do you lube the track when extended. use a dry lube to do it only. those are moving parts and need a lube. I found graphite to be the best, but any will work, Napa carries a CRS white brand.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:04 PM   #7
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do you lube the track when extended. use a dry lube to do it only. those are moving parts and need a lube. I found graphite to be the best, but any will work, Napa carries a CRS white brand.

This is a really good question. I was in the same camp on lubing the slide, that was unitl my Trilogy PDI. The tech told me to only use silicon on the chrome guide poll (my words) but not to use anything on the external teeth. His thought was that the grease would actually collect dirt which would cause greater damage.
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do you lube the track when extended. use a dry lube to do it only. those are moving parts and need a lube. I found graphite to be the best, but any will work, Napa carries a CRS white brand.
I do lube them. When I went through the PDI last year the dealer gave me a spray can of Thetford premium slide out lubricant. They stated to spray depending on use but at least once per month. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 03-03-2015, 02:50 PM   #9
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I lube mine but I also clean the lube off with Varsol to get rid of the dirt attraction after the first trip. I am more looking at it like seasoning a cast iron frypan, coated the surface but no actual grease left.
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I got no instruction on lubbing tge tracks during the pdi. My one year warranty just ran out and I still have items that fun Town has not fixed in over 6 months.
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