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Old 05-13-2016, 07:40 PM   #1
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Manual slide operation

Hey all, I ran into an issue with my dinette slide on my Rockwood 2304DS camper today. I was getting ready to start loading the camper for a trip this weekend, but when I went to deploy the slide, nothing, no noise, nothing but the sound of me pushing the button. My kitchen slide worked as expected and all other power was working fine.
I found that the fuse for my slides is on my A frame hitch up front and one had blown. Simple fix, but what if it had not been the fuse? I grabbed my trusty manual rod they gave me and located the pin to manually crank out the slide. Problem is the tool does not fit! The rod coming out of the frame is oval shaped with a pin thru it for the tool to fit over. BUT, the tool end is completely round. It is as hard fitting an oval rod in a round hole as it is fitting a square peg in a round hole. I have one more tool and that is to manually lower or raise my stabilization jacks.
Has anyone else had problems with the tool sent to manually deploy the slide? I have talked to my service guy who is supposed to get back with me, hopefully to get the proper tool.

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Old 05-13-2016, 08:41 PM   #2
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After we took delivery I went to educate myself on the manual operation of the slides and landing gear on our 5th wheel just in case the need should ever arise. I first found that the 'special tool' needed to manually operate the bedroom slide was missing. Dealer found us a tool from another unit. Good to go.

Next, the provided crank handle tool would not fit over the pins for the living room slide. Dealer first ordered another crank handle but the new one had the same issue. Dealer then widened the slots in the tool so it would fit the LR slide. Good to go.

However, the same tool is used to manually crank the landing gear but it wouldn't go far enough onto the landing gear shaft to engage with the pins. Dealer finally used a cut off tool to remove part of the shaft end on the landing gear and all is well!

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