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Old 02-05-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Greyhawk 31DS Slide Motor Location

Recently we had a controller for the rear bedroom slide malfunction and we've replaced the controller. FYI, $300 including shipping for the dang thing! In the event, we have to manually extend or retract the slides, can anyone tell me the location of the slide motors on the Greyhawk. I've looked at the diagram but have been unsuccessful. I'm sure no one will believe that it was not covered in our pre-delivery walk through. And we newbies didn't think to ask. I contacted our dealer and their first question was, "refer to your manual". After I blew a gasket, I said, I'll get back to you and hung up.

I'd appreciate any help here!!

Thanks in advance!!

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Not sure if you have the same style (2012 Greyhawk 31DS), mine has two tracks (upper and lower) on both sides of the slide with a never ending S type gear insert pattern in the tracks. I have not located the motors but can only assume they are actually in the wall and would require removal of the slide to access. I am guessing the controllers are the black boxes mounted under the bed with the inverter and the other bed of wires.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:31 AM   #3
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Hey Troy,

Yeah the slide controllers are the black boxes under the bed as you mentioned. But that's not the motor that actually extends or retracts the slides. There is a motor and I did see the diagram in our manuals that indicates "a motor". The diagram infers that it is accessible from under the coach. But I haven't located either the front or bedroom slide motor yet. I plan to look again later this week.

We were fortunate that the slide issue we had recently occurred before we extended the slide and created only a minor inconvenience. I just don't want to be in a pedicament where the slides are extended, we're ready to break camp and head home and have an issue where we can't retract the slide. To me that would be a "fun-sucker" to any otherwise great trip!

Oh and BTW, I'm usually a very laid back person and don't let issues ruffle my feathers. But when the Jayco Service Desk Guy I was on the phone with who was probably about 14, stood me down that the slide controllers were the motors and, "sir refer to your manual" I tripped my happy, easy going, laidback breaker!

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Old 02-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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Look in the compartments located under your sliding sections or wheel wells.. I believe their is a panel you need to remove to access them. I have not done this and I own an FS so yours are gonna be in a diffferent place. It is on my list to locate and see what will be needed to manually retract them... Post info or pic once you find them.
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Did you contact Jayco directly? I will have to start looking for mine. I just made the assumption that the motors were installed in the wall based on how the tracks were and that there wasn't anything under the slide as far as a bar or anything. Will definitely take a good look when I head over to the storage place to check up on the Greyhawk.
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Old 02-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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I just read the Manual for the Greyhawk...Not much to offer, other than "locate and remove access panel for slideout motor".
I need to find mine and ensure I have a socket on board to operate it if needed..
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TX, that's the exact wording in my manual as well. I will take a closer look later in the week. I appreciate ALL you guys help. If we ever get around the campfire together, the cold beverages are on me!
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:19 PM   #8
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warranty

We have a 2012 31DS--never thought to look for the motors. Just one more thing to worry about.

Why wasn't the part covered under warranty? Is the coach more than two years old?
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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Why wasn't the part covered under warranty? Is the coach more than two years old?[/QUOTE]


Pocono1, I have all expectation that it is and could have been covered under warranty. Our MH isn't more than 2 years old. But my situation dictated that I go ahead and handle it myself. The day I diagnosed the problem we were expecting temps to bottom out in the low 20's that night. My top priority was to get the MH back in storage where it would have been protected from the elements. Had I carried it to the closests dealer would have meant a 1.5 hr drive (1 way), plus they would have winterized it due to the cold and there was no guarantee when we'd get it back. We didn't anticipate the cost of the controller to be $300, but I would have spent more than that getting it to the dealer and winterizing. Plus changing out the controller is a simple task that I can do in minutes.

I'm realizing that RV ownership is a continual learning opportunity and we absolutely Love It! I hadn't given much thought about the slide motors until one of them didn't operate.

Just learn what you can, prepare yourself and try to plan for the "What If's"

I'm getting ready to go crawl under mine in search of those "slide motors". Once located and what tool is needed to manually operate'em, I'll post pictures and info.

Enjoy your coach
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
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Kave & Lucky--I know the feeling about the dealer. I have no complaints with our dealer but they are close to 4 hours away from our home. There is a CW closer but somehow I am not sure that I would be comfortable leaving the coach with them. We're going to try and visit some from friends in Chicagoland in the spring and stop at the Jayco factory along the way fo them to handle some minor annoyances.

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