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Old 02-07-2015, 04:38 PM   #1
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Important Slide Information

Here is some important slide information for the newer folks. If your trailer has been sitting either with the slides in or out for a period of time, the slide motors might need lubricated.

I was just reminded of this when I tried to put my slide out after the trailer had been sitting for the last 2 months in winter storage. The bedroom slide would only move about 2 inches and stopped. After several attempts I knew I had to lubricate the motor.

The motors are located on the side of the slide at the top which you can get to on the inside of the trailer with the slides in. If you pull the rubber seal back, you'll see the motor about as big around as a silver dollar and about 3 inches high. Look for a square hole (looks like a rubber plug should be here but mine never had one). I spray a electronic cleaner that can be found at any auto parts store or a silicone.

After doing this the motor will work fine. I believe a little rust builds up on the brushes of the motor from lack of use but I don't know for sure. I have helped a few Redwoods during my journeys around the country with this same issue

If you look at the Lippert web site they have a video on how to do this type of work from the out side with the slides out while standing on a ladder. Instead of the way that they show, I've replace all the trim nails on my inside trim with small cabinet screws so I can remove the trim and get to the motors.

None of this pertains to the newer cable driven slide.
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:00 PM   #2
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Dave,

How about a picture of what the inside view of the area looks like?

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Old 02-07-2015, 09:36 PM   #3
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Dave is referring to the Schwintek slide out mechanisms used for our RW bed slides. Look at this video from Lippert regarding lubrication:


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Old 02-07-2015, 11:21 PM   #4
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Chris, this is the video I was referring to. However I have found another spot that seems to help the motor. There's a square opening toward the top of the motor that is about 1/8 tall and maybe 3/8 wide that I spray electrical cleaner/lubricant directly into. It might be, when when I do this the lubricant drips down to the areas he's referring to in the video.

One year after camping in a blizzard, I had to take a hair dryer to that motor to melt the ice that was around it.
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Dave, good to know. I don't plan on camping too much in the snow or freezing weather.

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Old 02-07-2015, 11:32 PM   #6
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If you blow this picture up, you can see the hole I'm referring to
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:40 PM   #7
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Dave, good to know. I don't plan on camping too much in the snow or freezing weather.

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That's true as far as the freezing goes but I've had to lubricate that motor in the summer too.
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Good to know. Thanks, Dave. The referred to video was helpful to understand how the Schwintek system works.
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I'm hoping this fixes my slide problem. Ordered the lubricant online and just need the motivation to actually do it. Probably later this week...
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Update: I've had slide problems since about 5 months after taking ownership of our new Redwood. It was ordered for us so it did not sit on the lot. Have had rampant problems with the slide not fully closing everytime we move locations. Have had two dealers look at it and claim I'm not holding the button down long enough when retracting the slide (which is BS...).

Well I finally got around to lubricating the slide as the video shows and all my problems have magically gone away, instantly! It now closes tighter than ever and is much, much quieter when moving in and out. Can't believe that the dealership never mentioned this, nor Redwood when I initially called and told them about the problem.

My point it, put this on your list of "to do's" each and every season. I'll probably do it every 6 months since we live in ours and move about every month.
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