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Old 04-12-2020, 04:04 PM   #1
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Hydraulic slides

Today I went to open up the rig, plugged in the ext. Cord like I always do went in to the control panel and held the slide out button and it went fine till the last slide (the kitchen slide) it went out then stopped I left the button go and pressed it again and it worked for about 5 seconds I had to keep pressing and releasing the button till it finally opened fully. About 6to 8 times. Left it open most of the day, I just went out to retract the slides and the only way I could get the slides in was to keep pressing and releasing the slide in button. Not sure what it could be. I do show 13.8 volts on the battery. Any ideas?? Thank you. It's a 2020 34IK
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13.8 on battery even after all that draw down? What is battery measuring when the motor is running? The 13.8 sounds like your converter is charging but not necessarily your battery voltage.
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Old 04-12-2020, 04:40 PM   #3
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13.8 is what it shows on the in command screen when I press the slide in button, it drop to 12.8 again that's what it shows on the screen.
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Old 04-12-2020, 04:40 PM   #4
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It might be in that switch. Have you tried another switch on the slide circuit? I have three switches for my slides, inside at the control panel, outside by the hydraulic pump, and the remote control.
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Old 04-12-2020, 04:47 PM   #5
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These switches?Click image for larger version

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Old 04-12-2020, 05:24 PM   #6
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Not those switches. They just close hydraulic flow to the individual slides. See my pics.
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This is what I have .I do have the switch at the pump.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-12-2020, 06:01 PM   #8
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Make sure your battery connections are clean and tight. By the way...I sure like the looks of those pretty new control panels. I guess my unit is showing its age!
You may have a self resetting breaker on your hydraulic pump. My breakers have to be manually reset by pushing in a little button on the side of the breaker. Be aware that the lower the voltage available that is powering the pump, the more current (amps) that it will draw. That is why that sometimes a lower voltage condition may cause a breaker to kick out.
Is it real cold where you are? I have changed my hydraulic fluid to an all synthetic atf which helps a lot during very cold operation.
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It is not cold today about 55 today, I will look for the resettable button and also check battery connections. Thank you
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Old 04-12-2020, 07:09 PM   #10
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These switches?Attachment 226788
Have you turned any of these valves?
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I have not turned any of thos valves
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I have not turned any of thos valves
Ok, then not part of your problem. Those valves control the hydraulic flow to each slide. So if want to control which slide moves you can do this by turning the valves, like a water spigot, to shut off a slide or leave a slide open.

So for instance if you are traveling and you need to open the fridge slide to get to it you can shut down the other 2 slides, righty-tighty, and now only the fridge slide will come out/in. For future reference...
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Old 04-13-2020, 10:48 AM   #13
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Ok thanks for the info
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The kitchen slide is the heaviest slide. The slides typically go in and out based on their weight. The bedroom first, non kitchen slide second and then the kitchen slide last.

Being heavier, the kitchen slide will use the most battery power. Does the motor just stop or bog down? Any clicking sound?

It is a new camper so you surely would not suspect the battery but you never know what the dealer stuck in there.

Do you have a battery jumper? Might want to try it. Also, check all the connections both on the battery but also the wires on the motor and trace the motor wires back to where they connect to the dc distribution and to ground. The picture attached below shows where mine are connected to the resettable breakers.

Pic 1, check these connections on motor.
Pic 2, check these connections on relay to motor.
Pic 3, check the + wire connections on relay
Pic 4, behind this panel in front basement find pic 5 connections
Pic 5, check connections to resettable breaker buss

Hope this helps..
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Old 04-13-2020, 02:21 PM   #15
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Thank you for all the info you have been very helpful. As soon the rain stops I will go out and check everything out and follow up and let you know. Thank you!!!
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Well I got out today to check it out, well turns out it was battery voltage charged it up and works great now. Thanks for all the help!!
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Old 04-15-2020, 02:58 PM   #17
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One of your earliest posts said you read 13.8 volts after you explained you had plugged in and experienced troubles with your slides.

I suspect the readings are from your electronic display panel, and that probably only works properly when your batteries are being charged.

Next time, assuming youíre not plugged in all the time, take a reading of your batteries with a digital meter to get a reading while your batteries are at rest.
You may find your batteries are suffering from parasitic draw from something in your rig.....such as LP detector, or such, and depletes your batteries.

Slides need a lot of power from the batteries, and just because you plugged in, does not mean they had a lot of amps.....to move the slides. Voltage of 13.8 tells me your converter is charging the batteries, but they were being asked to do a lot of work before they got a good charge over a period of time.
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It is a new camper so you surely would not suspect the battery but you never know what the dealer stuck in there. Hope this helps..[/QUOTE]

We picked up our 2020 34ik last April and in January when we went to pick it up from storage (had only been stored for a month) the slides did not work. Pulled the Interstate batteries and took them to a nearby auto parts store and both batteries were bad. Drove 30 minutes to an Interstate Battery store and they provided me with loaners so they could go through theri process to verify batteries were bad. As we were heading to Florida they let me keep the loaners for three months until we returned and then gave me new batteries as original ones tested out as defective.

Before batteries completely failed there were times when slides would not go out if 5er had sat without being hooked up to truck or shore power. In those instances i hooked up to truck to give batteries some charge and slides then worked. Was minor inconvenience but it worked. Hoperully this isn't necessary with new replacement batteries.
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We picked up our 2020 34ik last April and in January when we went to pick it up from storage (had only been stored for a month) the slides did not work. Pulled the Interstate batteries and took them to a nearby auto parts store and both batteries were bad. Drove 30 minutes to an Interstate Battery store and they provided me with loaners so they could go through theri process to verify batteries were bad. As we were heading to Florida they let me keep the loaners for three months until we returned and then gave me new batteries as original ones tested out as defective.



Before batteries completely failed there were times when slides would not go out if 5er had sat without being hooked up to truck or shore power. In those instances i hooked up to truck to give batteries some charge and slides then worked. Was minor inconvenience but it worked. Hoperully this isn't necessary with new replacement batteries.


To your point I have made it a habit to be connected to shore power before operating my slides. That works so much better
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For the most part, we always use shore power when moving the slides.....when arriving at a c/g I plug in and wait 5 - 7 minutes before moving the slides.
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