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Old 02-13-2012, 11:24 PM   #1
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Dexter center drive slide motor

I have read about the procedure of manually closing a slide out if the motor quits working on this Dexter center drive. (I know to check the 30 amp fuse first and make sure that the battery is fully charged).

Manual cranking apparently involves first putting a 9-12 volt source on the slide motor brake wire leads (which must release the brake) and then manually turning the 5/8 bolt on the motor to move the slide.

Has anyone had experience doing this with this specific drive unit? Are there photos available? Do I just hook up a 9 volt battery with alligator clips to the motor's brake + and - leads and then crank away? Is it obvious where to put the alligator clips on the brake unit?

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Old 02-14-2012, 01:21 AM   #2
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It would help to know what trailer you have, year, model, etc. Also since most of the Forrest River trailers use Lippert slides, have you looked for Dexter website and been able to find anything?

2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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Dexter no longer has a web site up. I found some info elsewhere that describes the procedure, but it does not contain photos or specifics of where to make the voltage connection.

My TT is a 2010 Rockwood 2604 Ultra-lite. It is not a Lippert slide.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:59 AM   #4
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There are 4 wires coming out of the slide motor. Choose the 2 smaller gauge wires to hook up to your drill battery (or similar). The larger wires are for operation of the motor.
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