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Old 04-22-2016, 01:48 PM   #1
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Manually Extend Slide Out

We will be dry camping at Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon. So I am preparing to ensure we are prepared. I will be installing new batteries (2) for additional amp hours. We really only plan to operate the refrigerator on propane and minimal other drain.

So in prepping setup today I wanted to manually operate the tongue jack (have power version) and slide out. I wanted to make sure everything would work manually and I understood the systems.

Tongue jack was no problem. I was able to insert crank and raise and lower the tongue jack.

Slide out was another story. I inserted the crank to manually extend the slide out. It would not turn and I ended up breaking a cotter pin on the extension that goes to the slide motor. I panicked as the slide then did not work via the control panel button. I replaced the extension and cotter pin and then the slide did operate under power.

So how do I manually extend and retract the slide? I am guessing my error was that the camper was plugged in to shore power. Perhaps it only works manually with no power (shore or battery)?

If I have to use power, what would be the drain to utilize the control panel to extend and retract the slide?

Thanks for your input!
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:38 AM   #2
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We will be dry camping at Mather Campground in the Grand Canyon. So I am preparing to ensure we are prepared. I will be installing new batteries (2) for additional amp hours. We really only plan to operate the refrigerator on propane and minimal other drain.

So in prepping setup today I wanted to manually operate the tongue jack (have power version) and slide out. I wanted to make sure everything would work manually and I understood the systems.

Tongue jack was no problem. I was able to insert crank and raise and lower the tongue jack.

Slide out was another story. I inserted the crank to manually extend the slide out. It would not turn and I ended up breaking a cotter pin on the extension that goes to the slide motor. I panicked as the slide then did not work via the control panel button. I replaced the extension and cotter pin and then the slide did operate under power.

So how do I manually extend and retract the slide? I am guessing my error was that the camper was plugged in to shore power. Perhaps it only works manually with no power (shore or battery)?

If I have to use power, what would be the drain to utilize the control panel to extend and retract the slide?

Thanks for your input!
Shore power should not factor in at all. IICR, if you break the cotter, then the gearbox it disconnected from the extension shaft. The motor will turn, but not run the shaft. The motor by itself is pretty quiet and you probably won't hear it run from the control panel.

The slide takes a bit of power to operate. (it has a 30A fuse). I would try it again with the hand crank. Maybe something was bound up. Run the slide out a few inches on the motor, and try to crank it back in by hand. Then try to crank it back out again.

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Remember you can operate the power tongue jack and power slides simply by plugging the camper into the tow vehicle.
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Also be aware that when manualy cranking the slide, you are really operating the opposite slide. It may have moved and you just did not see it if you were expecting the slide you were working on to be moving.

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Remember you can operate the power tongue jack and power slides simply by plugging the camper into the tow vehicle.
not necessarily. Most TVs cannot source the amperage required to run the jack or slide through the towing connection.

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Only going on past experience. It has worked for me when I forgot to use the battery disconnect and ended up with a dead battery.
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Also be aware that when manualy cranking the slide, you are really operating the opposite slide. It may have moved and you just did not see it if you were expecting the slide you were working on to be moving.

Good luck!

This little tidbit of info got me a couple weeks ago. I was troubleshooting an inoperable slide and broke the above mentioned pin when expecting the slide I was underneath to move when turning the manual crank on that same side.
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not necessarily. Most TVs cannot source the amperage required to run the jack or slide through the towing connection.

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My TV couldn't. Had to use the manual crank.
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not necessarily. Most TVs cannot source the amperage required to run the jack or slide through the towing connection.

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But some can.
Went window shopping with my brother this past weekend.
The dealer did not have batteries in any of the units on the lot.
The dealer raised and lowered the jacks and put the slides in and out on about 10 different units all by plugging the 7 pin connector into his lot truck.
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Only going on past experience. It has worked for me when I forgot to use the battery disconnect and ended up with a dead battery.
My experience is the same as yours. Tow vehicle power has worked for me when the battery was dead!
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