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Old 04-20-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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Our 07 36RLTS fifth wheel had a slide motor conk out yesterday. The manual says I have a means of manually moving the slide, but gives no indication where this might be located. Does anyone know? Fortunately, the slide was in, so I could take it to a repair facility, and it was Friday, so they were open. I think they took off a panel underneath, but "due to insurance" I couldn't watch in the service area. I can only imagine if I had to lie on my back in the gravel/grass/mud, take off a panel (perhaps in the dark by flashlight) and how many turns of a 1/2" drive ratchet it would take to move the slide completely in or out. Anyone had experience with moving one manually? Thanks for the responses, in advance...david
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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You can move it if the gear box is not stripped. Take off the access panel and look up and see what size socket it is. It moves slowly with a ratchet wrench because movement is limited.

I had on go and we had to manually push it in to lose it, then secure it with poles inside to drive to the dealer.
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my repair place will order the motor on Monday, and install when it comes in. I'm waiting on them to call monday with a cost, but gotta have it anyway. On a related subject, I see you have an 06 PSD SRW. What is the weight of your 351RLTS? Do you ever wish you had a dually? I bought a package from friends and have not been sorry for the dually when towing, but parking without the fifth wheel is something else. I park way out in the lot because it's so wide and about 25' long, takes a city block to turn around, haha! Any thoughts, norty1?
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I had a Ford F350 CC dually prior to this rig. I did not like driving the dually as a daily driver or when we were traveling w/o the rig. The 06 is not over loaded in any area and has done the towing job for me for 6 years nicely. It is a pleasure to drive. The Ford PSD is not known for it short turning radius.

I can pm you the actual wts if you are interested, the weight tickets are in my truck.
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Thanks, no need, I just wondered if the dually is too much truck for this fiver. I weigh about 12K not heavily loaded and about 20K with the truck, on farm scales at our local mill. thanks, again, david
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There's no such thing as to much truck
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There's no such thing as to much truck
Well, our old 17z had a sticker up front warning not to tow it with a 1 ton or higher.
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Beg to differ. Try negotiating any typical parking lot they build nowadays or walk a half mile from the outer edge of the mall to get back and forth to a truck that can't be pulled into a mall space.

I know that I will never need a bigger rv or truck so what I have is perfect.
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I like my dually and that is all I will own to tow with. Had single wheel not as stable. Each to there own.
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X2 I don't have any trouble driving in tight spots with my dually. You just have to be careful and remember she's fat
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