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Old 08-04-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Front Slide Outs on 2012 Melbourne 29D not working

I was wondering if anyone can help me find the "common point" here.

I've had this awesome RV for a little over a year now and taken 8 or so weekend trips with the camper. So far, it's all I hoped it would be and more.

This past weekend, we hooked up and the front slide outs will not work. Luckily it stopped working while the slide-outs were IN.

The rear slide out (bedroom) is working just fine and all other 120V AC and 12V DC devices are working fine.

I checked all of the fuses (at least those labeled "front-slide outs" in the panel under the bed) and all of them seem fine.

I also hear "clicking" in the panel under the bed when we press the OUT, or IN buttons on both slide outs, so the command panel seems to be "communicating" with the fuse panel and inverter.

Any advice on what to check next ?

I still have time left on the 2 year warranty, so I'm not interested in taking anything major apart but I think there may be another fuse somewhere else that I'm overlooking.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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I know this sounds pretty basic -- but did you doublecheck that there is nothing stopping the slides from moving? Any travel bars or storage items that are getting in the way?
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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That's not really an unreasonable thing to ask. We've all been known to do something like that before. My most famous one was on my previous RV where I left the dustpan back there and then closed it up.

Yes. There was nothing in the way of either of the two slides. I'm not hearing the motors on either one start when I press the slide OUT (or IN) switch on the command center console. If something was obstructing these from sliding, I would at least hear the motors I assume.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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Do you have the emergency brake set? Not sure if it applies here, but there may be a safety involved. Also try them with the engine running in case you have a low battery.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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Interesting...I did not have the emergency brake on when I first tried when I hooked up that weekend. I did though notice the brake was not on the next day and put it on and I'm sure I tried the slide outs again after that. I did not try to run the engine and do it, but I did run the generator and try it. I'm going to head outside here in a little bit and try both of those and report back...

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Old 08-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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I just went outside. Hooked up the power. Parking brake is on (and all the way down). Same symptoms.

Started the engine, same symptom.

I also noticed there are 2 fuses (which I did not see the day I was camping - it was too dark that day) near the secondary battery compartment and tested both of those fuses. They are both good.

And just to re-iterate, the rear single slide-out for the bedroom is working just fine. Whatever has happened is at a common point that the two front slides share.
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It could be a ground failure on the slide out.. enough power getting through to make the motor click but not enough to fully engage the motor and move the slideout.
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Thanks for chiming in.

The "clicking" I hear is not on either of the motors. It from what I assume is the inverter box under the bed which from what I've read is behind the fuses.

I can't find any wiring schematics on-line to determine whether both of the front slides share a common ground and how to even trace that out. I'm following your train of thought here though...Thanks.
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Thanks for chiming in.

The "clicking" I hear is not on either of the motors. It from what I assume is the inverter box under the bed which from what I've read is behind the fuses.

I can't find any wiring schematics on-line to determine whether both of the front slides share a common ground and how to even trace that out. I'm following your train of thought here though...Thanks.
The slide control units may what you are hearing. All 3 slide control boxes for our SENECA are located in the same area as the converter in the bedroom under the wardrobe. I would start my trouble shooting there to be sure that the plugs running from there to the motors have not come loose. You may
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:17 PM   #10
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We had a similar issue on our 2011 Greyhawk. The culprit was a bad slide controller located under the bed. To diagnose the problem, I switched the controller for the rear slide which was working to the front non-working slide. I was then able to operate the previously non-functioning slide. I ordered the controller and installed it since ours what out of warranty. Our slide-outs are operated by the Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out sold by Lippert. Here's a link where you can download product literature if you need it.
http://www.lci1.com/index.php?option...=34&Itemid=278

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