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Old 01-06-2019, 09:52 AM   #1
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Schwintek slide question...

I've seen such horror stories about the Schwintek Slides!!!

We have a 2017 Eagle HT, and I'm wondering how to identify those crummy slides? What do you look for? I have no idea who made the 3 slides on my Eagle.

If my Eagle has them, I'm inclined to get rid of it near the end of the warranty. Way too many "stuck-out and no way to retract" comments here.

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Old 01-06-2019, 10:09 AM   #2
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They will have a track like this on each side, top and bottom. You should always completely open and close them each time you move them. Also hold the button for a few seconds afterwards when it's stopped to keep motors in sync.
They work pretty well on smaller slides but from what I've read are problematic on the really big heavy slides.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:30 AM   #3
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I posted one of those threads last week regarding the big heavy slide. I wouldn't discount the entire RV just for the Schwintek slide system. I have it on 4 out 5 slides on my Pinnacle FW. They have worked flawlessly until I had my issue with the heavy slide in the kitchen. What I learned from the responses I got on this forum is I did it to myself. The heavy slide as the residential fridge and there have been many times that we would only open this slide far enough to open the fridge door and then retracting it again. Doing this is most likely what got the motors out of sync. A 3 minute procedure which has been described here in many threads and is in the Jayco manual (I now found) and the Lippert Schwintek manuals will re-sync the motors.

Of course any moving part can have catastrophic failure. If man built it, it can break! By the time you get through your 2 year warranty period, you will have already resolved most if not all of your major issues if you have any. Why start over if you are happy the other 98% of the RV?

By then, all you have to do is sit back and relax!

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Old 01-06-2019, 07:39 PM   #4
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All of mine look like those tracks in the pics. Thanks for the ID, even though it's not what I wanted to see.

I should mention that we've had zero problems with the slides on our almost new Eagle HT...but we've only had it out for one season.

My dealer told me nothing about not stopping mid-way with the slides, and I haven't been especially careful about that...but I will in the future. My slides aren't especially heavy. No residential fridge or anything. Perhaps they didn't wish to spook a new customer, or perhaps they just don't know.

My largest (dining area) slide makes a pretty ugly sound when it reaches the end of it's travel, so I haven't stayed on the button for fear I'd break something. Perhaps that was a mistake.?. The other two don't make that sound. Does anyone think that's the sound of the motors syncing-up? Do they make a popping/growling sound when syncing-up?

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Are you sure that one is a Schwintek? That sounds like the dining slide on our pinnacle that has the large gear tracks underneath. Totally normal and when you hear the gear jumping sound just let off the switch. My understanding is on lighter slides the schwintek works fine, ours is on our bedroom slide and itís never had an issue.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:23 AM   #6
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I'll check the dining area slide again. I know the Kitchen has the same tracks shown in the earlier pic. That only holds the RV fridge, and stove/oven. I assumed that they all would be the same, but I'll check.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:48 AM   #7
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I'd guess you have an electric through frame slide system on the Dining side. You will likely have no tracks on the side of the slide but two large racks with gear teeth underneath the slide. I don't think these have the same issues with timing but I still don't stop my half way out or in.
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I would agree that most of the time the issues are self inflicted. If you are thorough in your use of them meaning you always hold the buttons down 3-5 seconds past in or out that eliminates 90% of the issues. Also if you identify early on if a slide is not moving square you should perform a reset function that squares the unit up before it gets progressively worse or bound up.

That said there is an override to get the slides in or out if you have an issue that you should familiarize yourself with so when and if you do need to perform this function you know exactly what to do.

All my issues to date (5 yrs) have been broken wires at the motor which has been re-engineered by Lipert to help eliminate the constant breaking. This was right at the motor from road shaking. I also repaired one and keep as a spare now. I also had a few out of sync issues early in ownership before I new better.

Is it a perfect system, no. Can you repair it, yes under most cases it is a an easy fix as long as is it not structural.
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I'd guess you have an electric through frame slide system on the Dining side. You will likely have no tracks on the side of the slide but two large racks with gear teeth underneath the slide. I don't think these have the same issues with timing but I still don't stop my half way out or in.
X2. Your dining slide should be a different system than the Schwintek slide. As you move it to its full extension either fully out or in, it will make a wratchting sound which is normal. As soon as it makes the sound, let off the switch.
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We have a 16 Eagle RSTS no issues with any of the slides, knock on wood!
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