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Old 08-12-2018, 02:59 AM   #1
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Faulty main slide on Voltage

We have a 2016 V series Voltage 3305 with the cable slides. Today, after leveling, we encountered an issue with the main liviing room slide. When pushing the button to extend the slide, the motor engages and for .5 seconds, it sounds normal. But then it gets hung up and starts “popping” like it’s trying to rip the wall off the trailer. The cables and chain are tight after the initial .5 section extension but there is no movement of the gear, chain or cables once the whole setup hangs up.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:07 AM   #2
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I would try and check the pulleys on the wall to see if there still attached and make sure the cables are still in place...good luck and let us know what you find out
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:27 PM   #3
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Gearbox or motor gears?
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Old 08-12-2018, 03:59 PM   #4
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Several possibilities...
  • Cable has come off a pulley
  • Something way out of adjustment, cables too slack?
  • Something has pulled off it's mounting point, pulley, motor, cable attachment, etc.

Get a visual inspection of all the parts and you should be able to spot the problem pretty quickly. Cable slides are some of the easiest to work on, but they do require occasional maintenance and adjustment.

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Old 08-12-2018, 04:02 PM   #5
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We had the same issue a few years back. Ended up being a broken tooth in the gear box.
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I have had to change both gearboxes in my 2015, V3605 for the main and kitchen slides. Almost exactly one year apart from each other. Prior to gearbox failures the slides moved in and out smoothly. I suspect, like mine did when the gear fails, you say the slide pops. It's because of a bad main gear in the gearbox. I have two broken gear boxes sitting on the bench with the same gear broken from each slide. The newer gearboxes have been upgraded. I opened up the replacement gearboxes and confirmed that but I couldn't not tell you when the upgrade took place. Hopefully you are still under warranty. It's not a real hard job to replace the gearbox but it does take some time.

(SAFETY TIP, IF YOU DECIDE IT IS THE GEAR BOX AND YOU ARE GOING TO REPLACE IT YOUR SELF, BEFORE YOU RELEASE THE CABLES YOU MUST USE A BOARD ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SLIDE AND A JACK TO SUPPORT THE SLIDE TO KEEP IT FROM DROPPING. ALSO, KEEP YOU FINGERS AWAY FROM PINCH POINTS AND CABLES UNLESS YOU AE OKAY LOOSING A FINGER OR TWO UNTIL YOU KNOW THE SLIDE IS SECURE)

Again, it's not a hard job but it does take some time get it all lined up. Take a lot of pictures of how the cables are lined up and their adjustments.
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Grearbox I bet. I've replace three.......
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Update

Well, now in addition to the main slide, the Kitchen slide on the opposite wall is doing the exact same thing, a day apart!!!. (It appears it is pulling the top of the slide better than the bottom). We managed to get the kitchen slide extended last night but not without a batch of pops and wall shimmies on its way out. I have a mobile RV guy coming to take a look today. I confirmed all pulleys are on the wall and all cables are in their respective pulleys (these work in a closed loop like my aircraft controls so it all makes sense to me....except the inelegant geometry they use to transition to the lower slide.

Any idea how much new gear boxes should cost? I understand the big slide has a higher torque motor with a hold anodized finish. The motors seem OK. Are they separate parts?
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Well, now in addition to the main slide, the Kitchen slide on the opposite wall is doing the exact same thing, a day apart!!!. (It appears it is pulling the top of the slide better than the bottom). We managed to get the kitchen slide extended last night but not without a batch of pops and wall shimmies on its way out. I have a mobile RV guy coming to take a look today. I confirmed all pulleys are on the wall and all cables are in their respective pulleys (these work in a closed loop like my aircraft controls so it all makes sense to me....except the inelegant geometry they use to transition to the lower slide.

Any idea how much new gear boxes should cost? I understand the big slide has a higher torque motor with a hold anodized finish. The motors seem OK. Are they separate parts?

Mine had a loose motor and was slipping on the cables.
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Had my gearbox replaced under extended warranty. It was under $200. A while ago, so I'm not sure on exact price. I guess the gears are just pot metal so they are prone to failing. Same issue with gear in the motor.
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