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Old 06-20-2018, 01:17 AM   #1
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Slide won't slide

Some of you might remember an earlier post where I told about the main slides on our 38rl would not slide. On Friday were going to bring them in so I could trim our yard which comes right up to the fifth wheel. The company had given us some plastic strips to put down on the floor to protect the tiles from being marred by the rollers on the slides. One of them got caught under the slide and I had to pull it out. So on Friday when I started to bring them in it was the same old story, they would move about 2 inches and stop. We tried several times and could not get them to come in. My wife made the comment that maybe getting that strip caught under the slide might have put it in a bind. So I went out and raised the front of the trailer and put it through the auto-level feature and voila the slides came in without a hitch. So I thought I would pass this on. It might help someone or not, but it would be worth a try as a last resort.
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Old 06-23-2018, 01:54 PM   #2
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on my 2015 RL38 the main kitchen and living room has a common hydrolic piston so if one side or the other was sticking the other would come in. The Bed room has a different style control and drive. it has a gear driven motor that recalls how many turns it takes to pull it in so there are many more possible issues with it. The bed room drive system is much more power hungry make sure the shore power is turned on and the converter has your battery at 90% or better 12.9 volts or higher. make sure the roof is clear and nothing is getting stuck on top. look under the bed and in the draw for any item that could cause it to jam . If all this isn't a issue you may need to reset the drive motors because it thinks it need to stop before it in all the way. as I said its a smart system and it know where all the way in and all the way out should be. look in the owners manual or give the manufacture a all you can explain how to reset travel distance.


the main kitchen and living room slide on mine is a dumb system , it doenst know where either slide is . The pump just make pressure and hits the relief valve at either end of the stroke. Its also possible for the 12vdc breaker to trip with low voltage, there are many owner reporting issue with landing rear and some slides in the winter due to heavy oil.
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Old 06-23-2018, 02:36 PM   #3
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We also have the 38rl, 2017. We started having trouble with ours a year ago about this time. I was able to get the slides in and we took it back to the dealer, twice in fact, and both times they would report that they never had a problem with them. I think they did replace the solenoids. But I truly believe that the kitchen slide was in some kind of a bind because of that plastic strip getting caught. If I'd known what I know now I would have tried the same thing that I described above and possibly avoided two trips to Elkhart and one cancelled vacation. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:39 AM   #4
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To update my situation. I still have the same problem. I took it to the dealer I bought it at twice last year but they were unable to come up with a solution. I just took it yesterday to a different dealer but they were unable to come up with any ideas. My next question is we had no problems with it until the hotter summer weather got here. It worked fine during the cooler spring weather but as soon as the hotter weather got here it quit working. This weekend has been cooler and the slides seem to be working ok. When they don't work the kitchen slide comes in about an inch and stops and you hear a humming noise. Not the type of noise you hear when the pump is straining at the end of the cycle when they have reached their limit. Could there be a breaker of something to do with the pump that changes with the hotter weather? We went to Branson two weeks ago and had to crank the slides in by hand the whole trip. If nothing else I'm developing some good arm muscles.
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