Originally Posted by Radar57
Jayco does not use the Schwintek system on the "big" slide. Is is a slim rack system. Similar in design but it is a bit more robust. You can search the forum and find a number of threads talking about issues with this system. I don't doubt it causes problems and at the most inopportune time. And I will admit after reading some of the horror stories I cringe every time I run the slide in and out. However, this system has been used on thousands of trailers by various manufacturers for years. Can it fail, I think there is evidence it can and will. But so will a hydraulic rack and pinion system and at the most inopportune time. I say this from experience.
With all that said I'm sure there are folks out there that have operated the bigger slides with the slim rack system for years with no problems. Following the recommendations, (level before moving slides, hook to shore power and preventative maintenance) may increase your odds. I'm sure others will provide you with a very different view. This is just my humble thoughts.
Im here to tell you first hand, that putting that weight and width and height on that Schwintek, and that is a Schwintek, is not a matter of if, its a matter of when it will have problems. The other upper deck slides are fine, agreed. Well within the systemís capabilities.
As an owner of two units since 2013 and a memeber of this forum since 2013 I can assure you that the rate of failure of a floor to ceiling large or heavy schwintek slide is much higher than that of a hydraulic system. All are capable of failure, however the schwintek system is out of its range of capability when you put it on slides like this.
Anyway Iím really interested in this unit however, I just cant go down that road of failure with Jayco again. I donít want to have schwintek slideout button pushing anxiety anymore!