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Old 03-02-2016, 06:54 AM   #1
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Continuing Slide Out Problems

I know I have posted about this frustrating problem several times now. And several of you have been as mystified as I am why it continues to occur. After all, the slide mechanics are pretty simple and should be able to be easily adjusted. But with each trip, the slide becomes more and more out of whack. The largest gap has been in the picture below, over 3 inches away from the wall at the bottom of the slide. After this, the dealer and Jayco replaced the entire motor and gear mechanism, and the gear pack. I picked it up from the dealer, it worked smoothly there and went out almost the entire way and was within a 1/4 inch flush with the wall. I drove it 300 miles to see our grandson, and it started all over again. 3/4 of an inch gap in new Mexico, then 1.5 inch gap on our arrival home. I have sent these pictures and 2 videos to the dealer, who is once again discussing with Jayco the next move. What in the world is wrong with this rv that this keeps happening? With each trip the slide gets more and more out of alignment.
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Old 03-02-2016, 06:56 AM   #2
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Are you installing the travel lock when you're towing it?
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probably does not have travel locks. Something is definitely slipping somewhere. Are you traveling really bumpy roads, enough that it would bounce out??? We have a 2014 Eagle 5th wheel and have never experienced any problems with any of the three slides. We also go out every month with it as well so it really gets used. I'm wondering if the adjustment rod is not locked down good when it is adjusted. Seems like something must be turning with all the movement and it is backing out from its adjusted position.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:10 AM   #4
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Only thing I've ever seen do that is a sheered drive shaft pin / bolt or stripped gear teeth. Sheered bolt is pretty instant, gear teeth can do it gradually. However, it's all been replaced. Now I am bumfuzzled big time.
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:30 AM   #5
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Since the dealer is doing the repair it sure sounds like they keep missing something especially, since like BigJohn said, it's all new.
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I do not use travel lock, and according to Jayco they aren't necessary. I should not have to purchase an after market lock when the manufacturer says it is not a requirement for the slide to function properly. Jayco should be able to make this fifth wheel operate properly. I travel only paved roads, mostly state highways or the interstate. When the drive shaft was replaced, the problem persisted in spite of a couple of teeth being broken on that shaft when it was replaced. They then replaced the gear pack, which they also said was loose. When I picked it up at the dealer, the slide worked smoothly with no popping sound it has when it is out of alignment. But when I arrived at my New Mexico destination, the first slide out hung at the top, then loudly popped, and did not go out all the way. I am beginning to think I got a lemon trailer and the frame or walls of the fifth wheel are not true, which causes the slide to bind and not operate properly.
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With great hope, perhaps the Lippert Industries rep has gotten to the bottom of my slide problems. I received a call from Lippert on Friday of last week. He asked for a picture of the tube on the slide room as it entered the female receiver. I took the picture as he requested and posted it below. He immideately said this is my problem. Notice the "crown" at the top of the receiving tube. That should not be there. And it means that the tube that slides out is crowned, or bent, and when it goes in and out it causes the top of the receiving tube to bend in order to receive it. He said you can adjust the slide a thousand times, but if that tube is not straight, it will continue to get out of alignment. Lippert is sending a rep they have stationed in Texas to repair this problem at my residence.

While they have not actually done the work yet, at least they seem confident they know what the problem is, and that it can be fixed. What a breath of fresh air Lippert has been, after Jayco ignored my initial complaints, then told me they would do nothing more since this was "not an issue" and I basically needed to get over it. The dealer has been great and very upfront that they had never encountered such an issue and did not know where to go from here. And Lippert knew exactly what the problem was the moment they saw a picture. Why did Jayco downplay it, then tell me to pound sand? I had to ask to speak to the head of Jayco Customer Service in order to get a referral to Lippert.
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Great to see Lippert stepping up. Good luck with the repair. Please keep us posted.
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LegalEagle,

I suspected back in the beginning that this was a timing issue. There are a couple reasons that cause it to happen. This is the worst case issue that causes it and I was hoping this was not it. But, I am very glad it has been discovered.

This is Lippert's inboard flush floor system. Don't be surprised if the Lippert tech doing the repair needs to take the underbelly loose in that area to gain access to the gear pack assembly to adjust or, replace it.

Another thing he may be doing is placing a shim inside or, above the head of the plastic wear tab shown in the picture located at the the top of the receiving tube, as you call it. It's technical term is outer tube. The tube with the gear rack welded at the bottom, which is in contact with the gear pack, is called the inner tube.

Never-the-less, any issue with these systems is easily repaired. This is a case were it took a trained eye to find the problem and I am hoping, training is going to happen with a tech from your dealer which, would be very valuable knowledge!

This is the worst case scenario that can happen! Just sorry it happened to you.
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Odd of Jayco, and odd of Lippert at the same time. Just glad it's probably going to get fixed. This is actually pretty rare and odd.
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