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Old 09-30-2008, 06:35 PM   #1
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Slide Out Issue

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction. We have a 8528RKSS 5th wheel and are in the middle of a 3 week trip. Three times I have had the slide not want respond or move. If I used the manual crank for to begin to move the slide, it will than respond. The last time I just grabbed the motor and giggled it. The Electric motor than responded like it should. Not sure where to start looking. It is like there is a loose ground at the motor, but I don't have any manuals or wiring diagrams for the slide. Very poor documentation on the part of Forest River!

Any help is appreciated. So far I have not had to crank it in and hope to make it though the next 5 moves without having to manually extend or contract the slide.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:10 AM   #2
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I'd start by tightening all the bolts and wiring I could get to. If you jiggled the motor with your hand and it started working sounds like the hold down is loose and that could definitely cause a loose ground.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:50 AM   #3
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and to add to that, if you can jiggle the motor by hand it might be binding as well causing it to not play nicely
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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My guess is that, if the motor makes noise when you depress the button, the electrical part is OK and that you should look for a binding problem. If there is no noise, or nothing happens until you jiggle motor, the you have an electrical problem.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:41 PM   #5
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Called FW and since I was going though Millersburg, In on the way home. They said to bring it in and they would look fix it. Problem was a loose connection inside the motor. They fixed that and said that the header beam for the slide was warped and causing it to hang up on retraction. They installed a New header beam that they said was stronger and would provide a better seal. We left it with them and picked it up four ours latter. NO COST - Great Service by the factory people!!!! For all the bad comments I have read about FW, this one is on the Very Plus side.
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