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Old 01-23-2019, 02:01 PM   #1
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Slideout issue

I bought a 2014 294BH Cherokee with two slides. The slide control toggle is one switch only for both slides. I used the camper for the first time this past weekend. When I attempted to run the slides out they would go out a few inches and stop I could stop pressing the button and do it again and they would do it again. I finally got them all the way out. Keep in mind I was also plugged into power of the campground with my 30A cable. I figured it was maybe where they had not been used for a while. On Monday I was going to depart the campground and attempted to run my slides back in and they did the same thing but it took longer.

The motors are working and as long as I continue to toggle the button from off to on they eventually go in and out.

I did find out the onboard battery was dead and would not hold a charge.

My question is would the battery cause this issue even though I am on 30A power?

If not would someone help me that is educated on this or has had the same issue.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:36 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem with one of my 3 slides. It would go out maybe 6" to 12" and stop. I would release the switch and push, it would continue going out but stop, I would then release the switch again and push. It would finally make it all the way out. It turned out to be a bad switch.
Try pushing on the switch, and when it stops continue pushing a little harder or wiggling it back an fourth while pushing it. That's how I realized It was the switch.
Just a thought.
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:53 PM   #3
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If I am not mistake most slide work off of the battery. So a bad house battery does hamper the operation of the slide. Have you tried it again after replacing with a good battery?
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:26 PM   #4
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My directions for my slide state, fully charged battery/batterys and connected to shore power. Batterys have the amperage required to get started and run with the converter assisting with the operation. That is for optimal operation.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:46 PM   #5
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I bought a 2014 294BH Cherokee with two slides. The slide control toggle is one switch only for both slides. I used the camper for the first time this past weekend. When I attempted to run the slides out they would go out a few inches and stop I could stop pressing the button and do it again and they would do it again. I finally got them all the way out. Keep in mind I was also plugged into power of the campground with my 30A cable. I figured it was maybe where they had not been used for a while. On Monday I was going to depart the campground and attempted to run my slides back in and they did the same thing but it took longer.

The motors are working and as long as I continue to toggle the button from off to on they eventually go in and out.

I did find out the onboard battery was dead and would not hold a charge.

My question is would the battery cause this issue even though I am on 30A power?


If not would someone help me that is educated on this or has had the same issue.
Yes, a bad battery will cause the symptoms you describe. The converter in your RV will not have enough amperage available to run the slides in/out.

Good, properly charged and maintained batteries will operate the slides without assistance from the converter.

See this link New to RV's helpful hints by wmtire for more info regarding many aspects of your RV.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:01 PM   #6
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it's like drowning, but near the surface - you can catch a quick breath, but then you are being 'pulled' down under again, and so forth...

when the batteries are at a more 'full' state of charge, like being able to stand on the bottom of the pool, they'll have a much easier time running the slides than when they are constantly being 'pulled down', and grasping for breath!

being plugged into shore power means little, since there's not enough time for the charger to charge the batteries much between slide runs... but that little bit of power gives it enough volts for a second or so... and so forth.
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I forgot to mention my slides are hydraulic controlled. The fluid was at normal levels.


I forgot to look but is the battery a standard car battery or a deep cycle battery?
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I forgot to mention my slides are hydraulic controlled. The fluid was at normal levels.


I forgot to look but is the battery a standard car battery or a deep cycle battery?
You should never be using a car battery in a trailer.
Should always be a deep cycle battery.
You need to determine what kind of battery you have, not us or FR, on a 5 year old trailer.
Trailer batteries are not a manufacturer installed item.
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:05 PM   #10
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I went down to coast and retrieved my battery from my camper. It is a deep cycle and I hooked it to my battery charger and charged it on 3amp until fully charged. I plan on going down this weekend and trying it out. I sure hope it fixes my issue.
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