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Old 10-19-2017, 01:31 PM   #1
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2017 MBS 2401 manual slide override

Some may have seen a previous post where we were stuck 3 states from home with a slide that would not go in. (long story, but eventually 6 hours later the slide suddenly worked and went in)

We took it to our local dealer and they "re-set" the module, even though it was working again when we took it to them. We asked if they could show us how to manually override the switch if it once again left us stranded.

Bottom line, according to them, there is no real system in place for manually getting your slide out/in. They said to unplug the module for 3 minutes and plug back in. IF that did not work, they showed a place to "apply power" to the end of two different wires (separately) to make the slide move in one side at a time (obviously not all the way on one side till it binds up!)

Does this sound right to anyone with an mbs 2401 Forrester? Has it happened to any of you and if so, what did you do?

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Old 10-23-2017, 07:29 AM   #2
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I worry about this happening while we are out camping ... I was hoping you would get some responses from other owners!
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:53 AM   #3
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We had a Sunseeker 2400W, the same floor plan as yours, with a "sticky" slide out. I learned two ways to get the slide in, or out, with motor issues.

First, I would have my wife hold the switch in the direction I wanted the slide to go while I pushed it in or out. Sometimes just helping the slide in, or out, by pushing on it would make the slide start working again... Other times I was moving the darn thing with very little help from the motors.

Second, our unit was a 2016 with the original Swintek slide out set up. I found a video that showed how to disconnect the motors, at the top of slide, so the unit could be moved with the motor disconnected. Just make sure to re-engage at least one of them before driving the unit! Check with the manufacturer of your slide out to see if this is an option you have...I know FR has changed the slide out system on new units.

Both of these tips might work on any slide out...

Third, and this option isn't for everyone , we down sized in to a unit with no slides. No more poorly aligned junk to jam or break...
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:51 AM   #4
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We tried to disengage the motors when we were stuck - removed the springs as told to us by "". Our motors are held in place by springs which we removed, but the motors could not be moved upward as described to us - they actually would not budge a 1/16th of an inch!
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