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Old 07-08-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Slide clutch adjustment?

I have a new 2011 Roo 23RS (sat on the lot for 2 years) with a rear slide out queen bed. The rear slide tilts as it's moving in and out because it is only supported at the frame/slide point with a set of rollers. When we first used it the motor would push the slider frame tight against the trailer frame right at the end of the slide run which would help get the bed back to level. When the clutch kicked in we would stop and it seemed OK if maybe just a little tilted down.

We just made a good road trip with many slide in/out cycles and now the clutch is kicking in way too early so the bed never gets close to level. It even kicks in at times in the midle of the run in so I have to help push on the slider while someone holds the button.

Looking at the mechanism what appears to be the gear box says "Thomson Saginaw Performance Pak" on it. I don't know brand of the rest of the slider mechanism, but I'll look tonight at the paperwork and see if I can find a brand.

Does anyone know if there is a way to adjust the clutch so that it won't kick in as easily? Otherwise I'll have to take it to some place for warranty work (which is always a painful process). Thanks.
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:00 PM   #2
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Slide-Out Owners Manuals - Lippert Components, Inc
lci1.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id...‎
You can try this link and it might help you. I had to adjust mine and it's not to hard to do if I can do it, better then a trip to the dealer....
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:33 PM   #3
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Thanks gljurczyk. Can you try that link again? It didn't come through correctly somehow.

Is this the generic page of owners manuals? I found that from another post and poked around but didn't stumble across the one that matched my unit. I'll poke some more in hopes of finding it. Maybe the clutch mechanism is the same on all of them and I can find that adjustment help under a different model.
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OK, I've peeked at all the manuals and none of them match exactly, but the electric motor models have some similarity. The adjustments I see discussed have to do with getting the slider square and appropriately positioned, but I think that's OK in my case.

Even stranger is that I haven't seen any mention of a "clutch" in any of these cases. The implication in these manuals is that the room will stop moving when it gets to one end or the other and then you stop pushing the button. So it's possible that the clicking noise I've been hearing and assuming it was a clutch is realy slipping gears.

Do these things even have clutches? If not, then there's definitely some gears slipping and they have been from the day we bought it. Sounds like I should call Rockwood.
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Lippert Components, Inc Try that link. If your unit has a round tube maybe about 2" round on it that is where you adjust the in and out. I'm not sure if you have that one but I also found it on You Tube which shows you how to do it, in and out and left to right. I hope this helps. Mine was slipping the gears then I spayed some lube on the teeth and roller and the readjusted the setting. It should click once it is all the way in, you can change that by where you set it.
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Thanks. That helped. going from that point I found the exact model; the "X-9 Electric Bed Slide": http://www.lci1.com/images/Flyers/co...emAssembly.pdf or X-9 Electric/Hydraulic Bed Slide

They have the correct drawing, but all the "manual" links go to a generic electric manual. I mentions that it does have an internal clutch, but doesn't indicate anything about adjustments. I've found a thread on another forum that included pictures of the clutch mechanism, but it really looks like it can't be adjusted.

I think maybe I'll call the lippert if I can find the right number and see what they say about it all. Let me know if you have any helpful ideas. Thanks.
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OK, I called Lippert and they said that the clutch is not adjustable and that I needed to take it into a dealer for any work. They said it could be an alignment issue that is causing the clutch to slip all the time and that the dealer would work with them on any warrantees or problems.

I'm going to try moving it with the hand crank tonight and see how things go. I really think the alignment is good and that it's really just a clutch problem. Sounds like I'll be bringing it into the dealership soon :-(.
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OK, I called Lippert and they said that the clutch is not adjustable and that I needed to take it into a dealer for any work. They said it could be an alignment issue that is causing the clutch to slip all the time and that the dealer would work with them on any warrantees or problems.

I'm going to try moving it with the hand crank tonight and see how things go. I really think the alignment is good and that it's really just a clutch problem. Sounds like I'll be bringing it into the dealership soon :-(.
Well I'm glad that they will work with your dealer and get it done, the hassle is you have to take it in. Well good luck and safe travels.......
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I always thought that "ratcheting" sound the slide motor makes was indeed the gears slipping (and chewing each other up).
From what I understood, one has to be careful when moving the slides to not let it "ratchet" too much when the slide reaches fully open/closed.
Is that incorrect?
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I always thought that "ratcheting" sound the slide motor makes was indeed the gears slipping (and chewing each other up).
From what I understood, one has to be careful when moving the slides to not let it "ratchet" too much when the slide reaches fully open/closed.
Is that incorrect?
bakken, you are correct as soon as you hear that it is in all the way in and let off the switch, or you will wear it out.....
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