Dave Solberg

Fix a Camper Slide-Out Making a Grinding Noise

Dave Solberg
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The Accu-Slide camper slide-out has completely changed the game when it comes to maximizing the confined living quarters of an RV. With an Accu-Slide, you can add much needed space to your RV bedroom when you reach your destination, and all it takes is the push of a button. But, like any RV component, there’s potential for malfunction and the occasional troubleshooting.

For any number of reasons, your Accu-Slide camper slide-out might take on an unpleasant grinding noise when being extended or retracted. Apart from the disagreeable sound this causes, that grinding is also bad for the camper slide-out itself, as it’s likely the result of faulty parts and/or debris. So in this lesson, we teach you how to find the source of the grinding coming from your camper slide-out, and show you some expert techniques for fixing the problem so you can get back to enjoying your time on the road.

Finding the grind on your camper slide-out

To help you solve the puzzle of the grinding camper slide-out on your RV, repair expert Dave Solberg walks you through a quick demonstration for determining the source of the grind. First things first, Dave explains why it’s important to stop retracting or extending your Accu-Slide as soon as you hear that unwanted noise.

You’ll need to ensure you position the Accu-Slide properly so you can inspect the cables and gears that move the space. Once there, Dave shows you what to look for, including loose cables that don’t sit flush in their pulleys, ill-fitting gears, and too-taut/not-taut-enough cables. He also demonstrates the best way to remove the jamb from your camper slide-out to check for any debris or screws that might be stuck in the side cables. With Dave’s simple tips, you’ll be able to scope out the issue and get your slide-out sliding in and out in no time!

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7 Responses to “Fix a Camper Slide-Out Making a Grinding Noise”

  1. Daniel Raidy

    Hello Thanks for all this information. But the information I need is. I've done all this and I know the cable is stuck in the wall jam between the pulleys. I don't see anyway to get this cable free. I've loosen the cable and there is no give. I've used picks and screwdrivers to try and free the cable at no avail. To me it looks like the whole slide out has to be removed to get to this pulley. Or is there another way. Right now the outer pulleys I can reach are coming out of the wall and the inter jam pulley has the cable stuck in it. It's going to cost me over $4000 to take it to someone to remove the slide out and fix the upper pulleys and replace all my cables correctly. I joined this club to find out how to fix both problems. Can you help me on this issue and tell me what I can do to fix both problem. If I can get the inside wall jammed cable free I could probably figure away to fix the upper pulleys. If you can tell me how to fix both it would truly be appreciated.

  2. Barrie

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  3. kerley460

    Cable style slide out having problems coming back in. Sounds like it is dragging the battery down hard

  4. Luis Morales

    The cable for my slide out on the top left side seems to have jumped out of the pulley and lodged somewhere behind the cover against the wall. I am trying to figure out how free it without having to remove the whole slide.

  5. Wayne

    My slide out is making a loud grinding and thumping noise

  6. mike platt

    slide out makes a grinding noise

  7. DeeMeyer

    How do you fix a slideout that doesn't slide all the way in? New motor?

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