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Old 06-09-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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HELP!! Living room slide not working

On our way home from 8 day trip. Living room slide goes out 6 inches and stops with a ratcheting sound. This is in an FR3 30DS. Any suggestions would be appreciated. (We are 2 days from home.) Thanks
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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In 2014 models there was a problem where a bad batch of motors had bad sprockets and some would break a tooth. If it's grinding the motor is turning and you have power. I've read that you can human assist by pushing in the room from outside while another person holds down the button. That would get you home. I'd bet you will find its the motor gear tooth. Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:25 PM   #3
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Thanks Technorick. That is what I think it is too. I failed to mention that the motor will bring the slide in. So at least it's not hanging out, allowing us to still travel. I also failed to mention that this is a 2015 model. I'll post the fix when it happens.
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Old 06-10-2016, 12:08 PM   #4
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The gear shears offClick image for larger version

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Old 06-10-2016, 12:10 PM   #5
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I opened up the gear box after my dealer replaced the assembly. It is the gear, not the motor that dies.


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Old 06-10-2016, 01:19 PM   #6
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Dang... I'm leaving for an 8 day trip next Saturday.... I've been dreading to hear the 2015's (like mine) are having this problem too....
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Old 06-10-2016, 09:03 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info JerseyGuy and sorry to darken your day twojump36.
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:41 AM   #8
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The gears in that photo look like they are made from the cheapest material that forest river could find. I'll bet they spent more money to find the junkyest material than it would have cost to just use a standard material that was already in production.
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Old 06-11-2016, 08:44 AM   #9
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Let me ask ya all this... When you drive out your slide or in, when you reach your end point, how much load up are you allowing before you take your finger off the switch? As soon as l hear the motor start to load up l stop!
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:31 AM   #10
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Happened to my brother. He held the power button while we pushed slide in and out. Managed to get by for the week. Good luck.
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