Slides are mechanical mechanisms that expand the floor space of an RV at a camping site. Slides are five-sided boxes with one side open to the interior of the RV. The box slides out from the interior and extends like a window box beyond the RV's exterior sides. Slides hold couches, chairs and tables. They can have windows on three sides. The top and bottom of the box can hold cabinets, lights and carpets. RV slides are heavy and intricate mechanisms that can develop electrical and mechanical problems that prevent the slide from extending outward or not sliding back inside the RV.
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Check for large obstructions if you hear any unusual noises. Look for an open cabinet door or drawer that may be caught on the slide.
Check for small obstructions if the slide moves on one side but not the other. There may be small objects caught between the inner and outer seals if the slide is slow and jerky when it moves. Look between the slide and wall openings on the top and under the bottom by the floor.
Check the voltage of your RV batteries to see if they need to be charged if the slide is not moving. Slide out systems require 12 volt DC electricity.
Check the fuse/breaker panel if you are experiencing electrical problems. Look for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. Overload from excessive amp draw can cause a relay to trip on electric mechanical drive systems.
Check the motor/gear box on slide drives that have an electric motor and gear system. Mechanical slide out systems often will fail due to broken shear pins, gears and clutches.
Look for a drive pin in the main gear drive mechanism that may have sheared off. Peer under the slide to spot a loose or broken pin. This is a frequent problem. There are many pins and they often work loose.
Check for a failure in the pump, valve or hydraulic line of a hydraulic slide. Hydraulic slides use a motor/pump assembly to power a slide. Also, check the fluids.
Look for a leak or break in one of the hydraulic lines. Hydraulic lines can wear thin due to friction and heat.
Tips and warnings
- Most slide-out systems provide a way to manually operate the slide to bring it in. Check your RV manual for instructions.
- For complicated problems, contact an RV slide repair service. These service are willing to come to campgrounds to fix the slide on site. Do not endanger your RV yourself or your family.
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