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Old 08-12-2018, 04:33 PM   #1
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2018 29 MVP Slideout Operation When Dry Camping

We do mostly dry camping and without electrical hookup We cannot extend the two slide outs. Is it possible to use the generator to supply power to use the slide outs.
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You should be able to extend the slides off of battery power. My guess would be a bad ground if the generator operates the slides.
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We do mostly dry camping and without electrical hookup We cannot extend the two slide outs. Is it possible to use the generator to supply power to use the slide outs.
Yes, the generator can be used to power the slides to an out position. First start the generator, slides out then (unless you still need the generator), turn it off.

Reverse the process as required. Start the generator then bring the slide in, then turn off the generator. If you have a good battery, the slides can be moved ones (in or out), but there may not be enough sufficient power left in the battery to bring them back in.

I learned that if the house battery is too weak to start the generator, start the engine. Then start the generator.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:59 PM   #4
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We do mostly dry camping and without electrical hookup We cannot extend the two slide outs. Is it possible to use the generator to supply power to use the slide outs.


I think I would check my battery voltage with a battery draw tester. There is no reason, if your battery is charged and in good order, that you should need shore power or generator power to extend or retract your slides. Sounds like it might be a bad house battery to me. Check it out !!
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X2 to what gprapim said. If voltage on battery is good there should be no problem extending or retracting slides.
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Iím assuming since the OP is boondocking and everything else works fine. That would lead me to believe that the batteries are fine. I would be looking for a bad ground.
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Does running the engine help?
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Yes, you should be connected to a 120 volt source so the converter is working to help boost the battery. It mentions this in the manual. This means either generator power or shore power needs to be connected. Look at first dark black sentence below second square box at bottom of this instructions page.

Low voltage can damage the slide motors. The battery alone is typically not enough power to operate 2 or more slides even when fully charged. Slide motors pull the battery down fast!

Running the chassis engine will not help...the slides use the coach battery. Only generator or shore power will work to boost the battery enough for smooth and reliable slide function.
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Yes, you should be connected to a 120 volt source so the converter is working to help boost the battery. It mentions this in the manual. This means either generator power or shore power needs to be connected. Look at first dark black sentence below second square box at bottom of this instructions page.

Low voltage can damage the slide motors. The battery alone is typically not enough power to operate 2 or more slides even when fully charged. Slide motors pull the battery down fast!

Running the chassis engine will not help...the slides use the coach battery. Only generator or shore power will work to boost the battery enough for smooth and reliable slide function.
Correct me if Iím wrong, but doesnít the engine also charge the house battery while running? Otherwise, during travel there would be no ďchargingĒ for all 12V powered things being used while underway.

We power the inverter while traveling, to keep the kids entertained on the TV. Iíve never had a drained battery even after hours of inverter use.
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Thanks for the help on this. I will try with the generator and then with just the motor running.
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