Originally Posted by TitanMike
I have the Lippert "Rack and Pinion" type slide on my trailer. Trailer's relatively new (starting 3rd season) but I use dry lube on the support slide mechanism to keep it sliding freely and don't hold the button down to let the clutch chatter when slide reaches end of travel (in or out).
I also keep my batteries charged so motor doesn't draw excessive current.
I figure if I do my part there's no reason that the slide shouldn't work for years and years. Kind of like the electric tongue hack and electric windows in one's car, etc. Don't abuse them and they won't "abuse you".
I have no idea what brand slides are on our new 2860DS, but I was concerned that it was gear noise when the slide reached it's travel limit. It's good to know it's got a type of clutch. I'm guessing it's a dog type clutch that cams out to disengage, hence the noise.
The bedroom slide motor and gearbox are readily accessible under the bed. I'm not sure about the living room slide.
I too, am careful not to hold the switch once the slide is all the way in or out.
I know these things are built and sold on a narrow profit margin, but I would expect any decent piece of equipment to use limit switches instead of a mechanical limit.
I wonder if high end RVs are equipped as such.