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Old 05-14-2015, 08:36 PM   #1
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Manually operate slides?

2015 FR3 30DS. Does anyone have any experience manually operating your slides with a motor problem. What tools are required? Was it an easy process? My main slide stopped working and the dealer replaced the motor. Problem is they were a bit clueless on how to manually operate the slides. I want to be prepared if this happens again. Thanks.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:11 PM   #2
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I have not done this but it was explained to me by my dealer. There should be a metal tool that came in a ziplock bag. Pop off a little round circle on the inside of the slide out put the tool in and crank. Again have not done this but that's how it was explained to me. Hope this helps
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:20 PM   #3
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The main slide wouldn't retract on my 2015 FR3 30S last month when I was staying in Death Valley. After confirming that the relay and fuse were still operational, I removed all the fascia trim above the slide to access the motor and gear box. I used the tool supplied with my coach to insert into my drill and manually turn the motor and bring the slide in. It is not an easy process but doable if you need drive your coach. The tool is a flexible bit about 8-9" long with one end which inserts into the side of the slide motor and the other end into a ratchet, rechargeable or electric drill. Once you access the motor it takes about 5 minutes with an electric drill.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:59 PM   #4
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The tool is a flexible bit about 8-9" long with one end which inserts into the side of the slide motor and the other end into a ratchet, rechargeable or electric drill.
Thank you!!!! I've been wondering what that was for!!
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:38 PM   #5
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Thank you. I will have to look around and see if I was given one of those tools.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:31 AM   #6
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Also not if it is a bad tooth on the gear you can also try pushing in the slide while another presses the button. I had a tooth break on my 13 and was able to push it in/out this way until it could be repaired. Also no fun but easier than accessing the motor. Works if its just a gear tooth problem which has been common until fixed.
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
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Where do your used this took to manually operate the slides? Can anyone post any pics of where this location is. Just in case.


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Old 05-15-2015, 01:53 PM   #8
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Wayne ive got the 25DS but it is behind the overhead cabinets above the bed. You unscrew the back panel and its right there. The dinnette slide require you remove the panel above it and it is there. Dont have a pic as rv is in getting basically a new jack system pr i would post pics.
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:20 AM   #9
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Thanks Zippie!! I'll take a look and see if I can find the panel at least. We leave on our 1st trip this week so just in case I'd like to know how to move these slides manually if any bad happens.


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Old 05-16-2015, 04:11 PM   #10
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Here are some pictures for you of the areas where the slide motors and gear boxes are located.Click image for larger version

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The first two are of the bedroom slide. I'm pointing at the area which conceals the slide motor and gear box which is right in the center. Unfortunately you must remove the entire front fascia trim panel and some unfinished pieces of lumber behind it to expose the mechanicals. Lots of screws, staples and nails.Click image for larger version

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The remaining pictures are of the main slide with the front fascia trim panel and all hidden unfinished lumber pieces removed exposing the mechanicals of the slide. On the left end of the motor is an area where the supplied flexible bit is inserted. An electric drill in my opinion is best to use for this job as a rechargeable may or may not have the torque or battery stamina to handle this task. You could also use a socket if you had a week to bring your slide in.


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