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Old 02-25-2014, 01:30 AM   #1
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schwinteck slideout concerns

I've been reading dozens of reviews on the schwinteck ... while I dont know anything about them really... I do understand how they're supposed to work. Most all reviews are very negative. Is there any good comments on them or is this just something thats messed up and we're all doomed to have serious problems! Good grief .... anybody! Mine seems to work as they should... but they sound scary. ?. But my Wanderlodge didn't have slides. RV tech says they all sound like that.

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I've been reading dozens of reviews on the schwinteck ... while I dont know anything about them really... I do understand how they're supposed to work. Most all reviews are very negative. Is there any good comments on them or is this just something thats messed up and we're all doomed to have serious problems! Good grief .... anybody! Mine seems to work as they should... but they sound scary. ?. But my Wanderlodge didn't have slides. RV tech says they all sound like that.

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I have three of them on my unit. I have owned it for about 9 months now and have had the slides in and out numerous times. All are working but the large living room slide makes kind of a popping noise both directions. I am going to try the lubrication method azdryheat posted. Will let you know the result after I find the lube.
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I've been having intermittent issues with my bedroom slide. At first I thought it was the motor on one side. That's not the case because it will go out if I "assist" it by pushing it a little on the initial start out. I think I just need to adjust the overload.

I'll be honest, the slide system on my Voltage has me crossing my fingers each time I go to bring in the slides. On occasion, they seem to struggle ever so slightly.
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Do we know if we all have the high torque motors.. mine moves at a snails pace! Kinda like watching a car rust.
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Do we know if we all have the high torque motors.. mine moves at a snails pace! Kinda like watching a car rust.
I don't know about the motors. But I would not expect them to move to quickly considering the size of those things.

I would be all about gear reduction to move a large mass like that with two small motors.
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I understood the gearing changed and not motor size. I do not have the new gearing and mine runs about the same speed as a friend with a new Voltage.
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Sooooo.... maybe the gear ratio is an option? Lol. I'm very maintenance savvy, hands on, repair myself, ain't scared, blah blah.... but after owning a real bus... I figure this can't near the the headache? ? But I maybe singing a different song after a year or so. I'm hoping the slide was installed correctly.
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There was an update on the motors last year. There's not much room in the cavity where the motors live so increasing motor size would be difficult. Gear change maybe but doubtful because of space again. More torque in the motor is possible through a few different things. More torque doesn't mean more speed normally so newer motors won't make them any speedier.

Nothing will humble one more than a stuck slide. Even if one does one's own stunts. PDI won't reveal anything more than a slide that doesn't retract/extend thoroughly or doesn't work at all.

Popping and cracking shouldn't be the norm for these things. Mine cracked and popped and ate itself within 10 months of use. I now have two new of everything and no cracking and popping and a big slide that moves smoothly both ways. Not the fastest thing in the world but what's the rush?

Techs says he thinks the system was installed wrong. Camper2b's system scares me after looking at the picture of the rubber seal being consumed by the gear and rack. The seal should be placed more outboard to seal the slide to the rig body when closed. I would fight to have that problem remedied because that just isn't a correct install.
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There was an update on the motors last year. There's not much room in the cavity where the motors live so increasing motor size would be difficult. Gear change maybe but doubtful because of space again. More torque in the motor is possible through a few different things. More torque doesn't mean more speed normally so newer motors won't make them any speedier.

Nothing will humble one more than a stuck slide. Even if one does one's own stunts. PDI won't reveal anything more than a slide that doesn't retract/extend thoroughly or doesn't work at all.

Popping and cracking shouldn't be the norm for these things. Mine cracked and popped and ate itself within 10 months of use. I now have two new of everything and no cracking and popping and a big slide that moves smoothly both ways. Not the fastest thing in the world but what's the rush?

Techs says he thinks the system was installed wrong. Camper2b's system scares me after looking at the picture of the rubber seal being consumed by the gear and rack. The seal should be placed more outboard to seal the slide to the rig body when closed. I would fight to have that problem remedied because that just isn't a correct install.


Sundancer, what did you have to do? replace system with new? did they remove slide to perform the task?


I guess I should have added this point.... this picture is inside not outside, sorry for any confusion.

Actually, your looking at two seals here. The one getting chewed up is the bulb seal. Its only purpose is to keep the slide from rubbing on the wall when retracted. I agree it could have been placed a bit further away from the rail to prevent this from happening. the other seal behind it is the inner weather seal and wipe seal it serves both purposes. It is not interfering with the rail and seems to be doing its job.

I looked at other units on the lot which had the same exact thing certainly doesn't justify the infraction. I even noticed a Winnie motor home with a price tag of $230,000 that had the same inside bulb rubber being devoured by the rail.

While I'm new at this... any and all help would be greatly appreciated ... pictures... comments... anything... and I likewise will donate anything I can to help another. I'm hoping to get as much participation on this topic as possible.

Thanks looking forward to your responses...
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The dealer in Tulsa did what they call a 'hyper extend' on the slide. How that works I have no idea. I do know they didn't remove the inside trim to do so so I wonder how the slide can get hyper extended without coming out of its hole.
They replaced both motors and all new racks. One of the new racks is not exactly in the same place where the OEM rack was screwed. Perhaps a misaligned rack caused my problem so I'm glad they had the brains to fit it correctly.
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