Troubleshoot a Lippert Slide-Out: Motor Runs But Room Won’t Move

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If you’re having trouble getting the Lippert slide room on your RV to budge, there are a few different things you should do in order to inspect the system and find a solution. More often than not, the problem is a malfunctioning Lippert slide-out motor, which can be caused by poor connection to the onboard battery or an issue with the battery itself.

You may also find that something’s gone wrong with other components of the mechanism, and you can tell whether this is the case if you hit the switch and the Lippert slide-out motor runs but the room doesn’t budge. This is an indication that there’s an obstruction in the hydraulic system.

To help you figure out next steps after you determine the problem lies in the hydraulic system, RV expert Dave Solberg walks you through a quick inspection of the underside of the slide room. He explains that when the Lippert slide-out motor runs but the room doesn’t budge, the the synchronizing cylinder that pushes and pulls the room is likely jammed. He talks about the possible causes of the jam, and tells you how to troubleshoot the system to get it working again. With Dave’s help, your slide room will be moving again in no time!

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13 Responses to “Troubleshoot a Lippert Slide-Out: Motor Runs But Room Won’t Move”
  1. aregoma
    aregoma

    2005 MERIDIAN 36g BEDROOM SLIDEOUT STUCK OUT– LIVINGROOM IN BUT DOES NOT MOVE

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello,

      I would suggest contacting Winnebago Owner Relations as they would be able to identify what slide mechanisms you have. Typically the bedroom slide would be a different mechanism than the livingroom so there may be two separate issues? The first thing I would check is 12-volt power to the motors? Next, if it’s a hydraulic system, check the hydraulic fluid in the reservoir. After that, there needs to be more information on what is happening when you try to run each of the slides. Do you hear the motor try to run? Check these things first and let us know what you find.

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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    • William sitter
      William sitter

      I have a 2004 crossroads ca.per 30 foot with a slide the slide won’t go in or out the motor runs and I can hear the shift spinning inside of the tube nothing is broke with the motor now i took the shift off of the motor and the shaft can slide freely in side of the other shaft please help

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  2. Cindy Powell
    Cindy Powell

    We are also having slid out issues – only one slide out – living room – it will not move. The motor doesn’t engage. WE have checked the wiring, and replaced fuses. its a 97 Jayco, and we are not close to where we can take it to a dealer. Any assistance would be appreciated, esp as to where we can get replacement parts, etc.

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  3. Charlie Turner
    Charlie Turner

    Need help with slide outside. Was intermittent with clicking from solenoid. Put in new battery, 1 slide came in, other half way then nothing. Solenoid no longer makes clicking sound. Check fluids and breakers, all good. 2008 Keystone 311bhs.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Dear Charlie,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      It sounds like either the pump or solenoid is going bad. It could also be low voltage, even with a new battery there could be low voltage from a loose or bad connection. The best thing to do would be to check the voltage at the solenoid and pump while the button is pressed. If there is a lack of voltage to the solenoid, the problem will be before it. Could be a bad connection at the switch or control board if you have one. If the voltage is good to the solenoid but bad at the pump, the solenoid is bad. If the voltage is good to the pump and it doesn’t run, the pump might be bad. Since the fluid level is good and the breakers and fuses are fine, check the actual voltage is the next best thing to do and see what components are doing.

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  4. Don Hartman
    Don Hartman

    – I have a2007 Rockwood signature ultralite which I just finishing a makeover but can’t adjust my MCI slide out.any one out there that can walk me through the steps would be appreciated.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Don,

      Here is the reply from the experts:

      It depends on what you are trying to adjust but those slide out systems have adjustments underneath at the arms to make all adjustments. The end bracket will have horizontal bolts that need loosened and then a vertical bolt that can turn to move a corner up or down. The bolts on the arm themselves can be loosened shift the room going in or out if out of square. If you need to adjust when the slide stops when going in and out this will be done on the actuator arm with the stopping can. The can turns to adjust when the room stops when coming in and the long end bolt adjusts when fully extended. We do have a video showing where all of these bolts are located for the different adjustments needed. I hope this helps!
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/adjusting-rv-slide-out-seal-011521/

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  5. Ron Them
    Ron Them

    I have a 2016 jayco 377 RLBH North Point and the left side of the slide it runs but not the right side where the residential refrigerator is located.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Most likely you have a schwintek slide system or slim rack. These will have two motors in the walls at the top corners of the slide. If one side is moving and the other isn’t, there is an issue with the motor or the harness to the motor. These systems will have a control board that will give an error code. The control boards can be anywhere but typically Jayco puts them in the front basement compartment on the ceiling or behind a panel near the disconnect switch. The control board will flash an error code to tell you what the issue could be. A lot of times it could be a bad connection, the harness is bad or the motor itself is bad. Starting with the error code is the best place to check. It does have a manual mode on this board you will want to try as well. Put it in manual mode and try to operate the slide. It if now works, the issue is with the wire harness most likely. If it doesn’t move still then the motor or connections are bad.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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