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Old 10-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Forester 3171 Bedroom slide slow going out

I've noticed over the last year or so that when putting the slide out it seems to get slower and slower even when plugged in to shore power.

Coming in is fine, the rig is going on it's 4th year of use, is it possible the batteries are getting weak or do I need to adjust the motors? I've sprayed the rails with slide lubricant and it seemed to help the first time but that didn't last long.

I believe the bedroom slide is the Schwintek InWall Slide.

Any ideas?

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Old 10-25-2013, 10:44 AM   #2
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I just posted this site on the forum. Not sure if it helps, but I see there is a troubleshooting flow chart.

Even plugged in, I think the slide is running off of batteries. That may be the issue, since it needs the proper voltage....but maybe the info here will help give you a better answer.

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Old 10-25-2013, 12:05 PM   #3
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In preparation for a dry camp hunting trip, I added distilled water and put a reg battery charger on my battery overnight. The next day, after removing the charger, my slides were noticeably faster than ever before. Maybe add distilled water and charge battery. Good luck.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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thanks for the replies. Battery voltage is like it's always been when plugged in, around 13.6 volts but I know from experience that just because a battery has the proper voltage doesn't mean they are at peak power. The factory batteries are no namers so I'm guessing just cheap group 27's. Probably replace them this winter, not sure with what yet...wish I could fit 6 volt batteries.

Prior to any boondock trip, I always top the batteries off with distilled water and charge them with a regular car battery charger.

I sprayed the rails AND around where the motors gear meets with the rail with dry lubricant and this seemed to help. It's still slower going out then coming in though.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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thanks for the replies. Battery voltage is like it's always been when plugged in, around 13.6 volts but I know from experience that just because a battery has the proper voltage doesn't mean they are at peak power. The factory batteries are no namers so I'm guessing just cheap group 27's. Probably replace them this winter, not sure with what yet...wish I could fit 6 volt batteries.

Prior to any boondock trip, I always top the batteries off with distilled water and charge them with a regular car battery charger.

I sprayed the rails AND around where the motors gear meets with the rail with dry lubricant and this seemed to help. It's still slower going out then coming in though.
Try cleaning cable connections both at the power supply source lugs (circuit breaker or resetable fuse) and at the input to the Swintek controllers. Remove cable clean fittings and reinstall with electric grease. Do the ground lugs also. Can loose a couple volts to corrosion and heat loss.
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Try cleaning cable connections both at the power supply source lugs (circuit breaker or resetable fuse) and at the input to the Swintek controllers. Remove cable clean fittings and reinstall with electric grease. Do the ground lugs also. Can loose a couple volts to corrosion and heat loss.
Definitely sounds like low voltage. Battery has tested good on voltage. Bad connectors, shorted ground. I'm with you. These simple checks should solve the problem unless slide is dragging.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #7
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If RV batteries are like auto ones, you don't get the best. Even though they are not the same type of batteries as auto, knowing what I know of RV makers, I would bet that we are getting something less then top of the line. After four years, I would repalce then. Good Luck
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If you check voltage when plugged in you are reading converter voltage. Turn battery switch off and recheck at batteries
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