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Old 06-28-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Does anyone own a 2001 30" Wildwood?

Thank heaven I found this forum! I am going crazy trying to find an answer to this. I own a 2001 Wildwood which I store at a campground in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is 30' with one slide-out. I just returned home from a somewhat frustrating vacation, due to slide-out issues. When I arrived the slideout would not move. I figured it was the battery, but being in a hurry, I jumped the slide-out motor from my car battery. It went right out. The next day I purchased a new battery. Hooked it up....nothing. Crawled under the trailer and found the little matchbox sized circuit breaker. Took it off and went to Camping World. There was nothing on the breaker telling me what size it was, and of course sales and service at the store where no help. They gave me a new breaker I can't even remember if it was a 20amp or 40amp. Anyways get back to the camper install breaker. Push slide-out button and slide-out moves about 8 inches and stops. Motor and everything stops...no noise. Wait a few minutes push it again and it does the same thing. It appears that the breaker I installed is too small. Can anyone tell me what size breaker I should have for the slide-out. Such a simple thing and so difficult to solve. Thank you so much in advance for any help.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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I dont have the same unit. But I do believe that mine is a 30 or 40 amp breaker that controlls it. I want to say its a 40 but not at home to look right now. Maybe someone else can chime in and confirm.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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Usually they are 30 amp, for electric slides. Might be 40 for hydraulic slides, depending on how many slides. Sounds like you got an "auto resetting" 20 amp, it overloads, then trips, will reset after a few minutes, then overload on the next attempt, and so on.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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I believe it is a hydraulic slide since it doesn't work with shore power. It only works with the battery. I was mistaken about the year, it is a 2000 and the model is a M29RL. In another forum i visited they suggested applying dry lube to the slide to make it easier to slide in and out. I wish I knew what amp circuit breaker he sold me. I do remember him asking about the fuse for the slide in the breaker box, and telling him it was a 15amp. I suspect he sold me a 20amp, and i will probably need a 30 or 40 amp. People in the other forum have said anywhere from 30 to 50 amp. What is the danger in going to a 50 amp? We go down maybe 6 or 7 times a year so the slide goes in and out 20 times max a year.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:22 PM   #5
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The slide should work with battery or shore power. It is a 12 volt DC motor, that is wired through the breaker straight to the battery terminals, which are wired back to the converter, through a normal 40 amp breaker, in most applications. When on shore power, the converter should provide enough amperage to operate the slide whether you have a battery or not. If you have a battery, and connected to shore power, and the slide doesn't work, you need to figure out why. It should work with either, and DEFINITELY with both. You may have something else going on.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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My slides have two 40 amp circuit breakers
Parallel which makes it 80 amps total.
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:28 PM   #7
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just to let everyone know I just returned from the TT. Pulled out the 30amp breaker and replaced with a 40amp. In and out without stopping. Now I have to try and solve why shore power won't move it.
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was that with battery connected or without. The converter alone won't work the slides.
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ok, i was under the impression that it would. I guess you are right cause mine wouldn't move when I had a dead battery....thanks.
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A 30" trailer wouldn't be very roomy! Yeah, I'm a nitpicker - a founder member of
Nitpickers International.
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