Slide Room Troubleshoot: Identifying Your RV Slide Out Mechanism

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If you notice your RV slide room is experiencing some sort of malfunction, you may need to troubleshoot to diagnose the problem and figure out the best course of action. In order to pinpoint the proper solution, you have to first determine the type of RV slide out mechanism that’s equipped on your rig. Once you know what you’re working with, you can streamline the repair process.

In this lesson, Dave Solberg introduces some of the most common kinds of slide room mechanisms and discusses the importance of going into a troubleshoot with all the right information. With Dave’s help, your room will be extending and retracting like normal in no time flat!

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16 Responses to “Slide Room Troubleshoot: Identifying Your RV Slide Out Mechanism”
  1. Paul/Cleone
    Paul/Cleone

    We have a 2010 Winnebago Adventurer with a total side electric mechanism slideout. Right now our slideout is about 4 inches out and we cannot get it in. It also won’t go out all the way. The back goes out, but the front is not in sinc with it. Help! At this point we can’t even take it someplace to have someone look at it and work on it because we can’t drive it with the slide not all the way in.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Paul/Cleone.

      To provide more specific information regarding your slide room mechanism, we need the model of your Adventurer. In 2010 they used a Power Gear rack and pinion on the 32’ model and a series of Kwikee models on the 35’ and 37’. Typically if the room does not come in it could be low battery power that is not releasing the brake on the gear, or it has reset the stop position memory on the one side. You should have instructions in your owner’s packet regarding how to manually bring the room in? If not, contact Winnebago Ind Owner Relations Dept. I think either way, you need to get it to a dealer for inspection and proper resync? If you can get the unit most of the way in and it’s only sticking out 4” on one side, you can safely drive that as it will not slide in and out. If you want added piece of mind, cut a 2×4” the length of the space between the wall and the inside room flange and wedge one or two in between.

      Thanks
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  2. Richard
    Richard

    How do I identify the manufacturer of my Alpine Avalanche slide out mechanism?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Richard,

      All slide room mechanisms need a motor to drive the slide whether it’s a hydraulic model or electric. If you can find the motor, it should have the make, model, and serial number. To provide more specific information on your slide mechanism, you could take some photos of the rams or cables and we should be able to assist. Also, please provide the year and model of your Avalance.

      Thanks,
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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Richard,

      It sounds like you have a loose connection that is allowing air to come into the system, usually before the pump which would be a low pressure side of the system. Check all your connections and it would be a good idea to apply a little plumbers tape to the fittings to make sure you have a good connection.

      Hope this helps,
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  3. Jim
    Jim

    I have a 2004 36′ Monaco La Palma with 2 slides. The main slide will retract all the way, but after driving a short distance the lower edge will open up about an inch and a half while the top is all the way in. Can I adjust this or do I have to take it in to a shop?

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  4. Karen
    Karen

    I have a 2005 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. The converter is not working and now the slides will not pull in when I start it. Any suggestions of what to check?

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  5. Terry McFarland
    Terry McFarland

    2004 Winnebago Journey two slides. Neither slide will move all of sudden.
    Not sure how to trouble shoot this ?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      If you have multiple slides not running it is best to start with the batteries. They could be low or weak. Slides take a lot of power and if you have weak batteries they won’t run at all. You can get them tested at local auto parts stores for free usually. If the batteries are good you then want to check the fuses and the wiring. A bad wire connection will prevent them from moving as well. Start at the batteries and check the connections, make sure there is no corrosion or broken wires. After that you would need to check the fuse panel and the voltage to the slide fuse, most likely they share a single fuse. After that it could be the switch. Starting with the batteries is the best thing to do.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  6. Todd Hubley
    Todd Hubley

    I have a 2018 Forest River 2506S and the slide out just stopped working and I can’t find any information on it. When I press the toggle switch there is nothing happening sp I checked and there is no power to any of the 4 wires on the back of the switch. Everything else works fine and battery is fully charged. I don’t even see where to use the manual crank?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      If there is no power to the switch you will want to check the fuse/breaker. The slide will have a protective device inline and it is either at the main power center as a fuse or can be found near the A frame as a fuse or resetable breaker. Usually the issue can come down to a loose connection but could also be a blown fuse or faulty breaker as well. Check all around the battery area and also underneath the camper just behind the A frame, they hide a lot of breakers here too. To manually crank that model you will have to get underneath of the RV and trace back the actuator arm of the slide. At the end of this arm is the motor and it should have an attachment on it to manually crank in. The ends can be different but usually you can attach a socket to it to turn. On your model the motor will be close to the entrance steps so check in this area when underneath the RV. Some models have an access port cut through the frame to manually crank but most have to be done underneath.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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