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Old 08-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #11
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Yesterday we brought the big slide in about 6 in. to drain water from the slide topper. The slide started moving on one side and almost jammed we got it back out by pushing on one non moving end.
This morning I removed the access panel and found both bolts that attach the slide motor to the drive bars sheared off. I bought 2 grade 8 bolts and replaced them.
We are back in business. Attachment 14647Attachment 14648
I wonder if the damage happened when you initially extended the slide or as you began retracting to drain it or if one of the bolts had broken earlier and the second gave up during the extend or retract.
Do you happen to recall the bolt size? You've got me worried.
Sean makes a good point too.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:12 AM   #12
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I replaced them with the same bolts as were already there, and they were grade 8. One looked like it just broke, the other had been broken a while but the bolt did not fall out. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-12-2014, 01:31 PM   #13
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Big slide problem

The broken bolts were grade 8, 5/16 x 18x 1-1/2 in. . This is not a Schwintec slide.
Another thing I noticed was the 4 bolts holding the motor in its mount were not tight enough to compress the lock washers. That could have allowed the whole thing to flex some when changing directions. Don't know but it worked the last 3 times flawlessly.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:38 PM   #14
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Had the same problem on the other side slide. Same thing, broken grade 8 bolt on one side.
Replaced, checked tightness on all bolts.
BTW. Grade 8 hardened bolts are what is in there from factory.
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:30 PM   #15
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Big slide problem

Yesterday we had another slide that was not working properly. I knew from past experience that the bolt had sheared again and I replaced it and all was ok. While there I checked the other side of the gearbox and the bolt was loose there also.

When we get home I'm going to replace the nylon lock nuts with a standard lock washer and regular nut and see if that helps. Need to check the other slide anyhow.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:26 PM   #16
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That "not stopping the slides" while moving in or out is for the schwinteks, not the through frame LCI twin rail type. Schwinteks will get out of sync if they stop before fully retracted or extended, the through frame doesn't care. Worked on plenty of them and the design has not changed in years.
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Wow Norty, I'd forgotten about your slide probs. Sorry to hear they're back but thanks for the reminder. We're heading out for a short Memorial Day trip and then again the week after. Checking the tightness of these bolts is now on my "do" list.
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:27 AM   #18
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Not sure about your unit but when we are concerned we lower the rear jacks a little and extend the tongue jack a little to create just enough fall to drain. !/2 to 1 inch front to back works for us.
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Question for BigJohnD- I see where you have worked on these- our LCI slide squeals and squeaks TERRIBLY when going in or out. My dealer says nothing can be done about it- I don't believe them. None of our previous units slides did this. Is there someplace that I can get some lube on to stop this. I haven't removed the access panel underneath the unit yet but I am going to try! It is extremely loud and annoying. Please help me out here!
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:36 AM   #20
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Great info Norty. I'm going to get some spare bolts and keep them in the camper...
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