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Old 12-31-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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We recently traded to a 2014 338RLTS and I have a question about all three slide outs. The system is different than our old trailer so I am not sure if this is correct or not.

Sorry I do not now which system it is but each system has a rail with a gear running on it and when the slideouts are fully extended or retracted the motor continues to run and there is a gear to gear stripping sound, so you have to be very aware and quick on the switch.

The large slideout in the living area will skip gears 2 or 3 times when you put it in or out.

The dealer wasn't sure this was normal or not but said not to worry as it would be covered under warranty.

Is this normal or A.B. Normal?
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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I have a different slideout than you have, so I cannot say absolutely. In our HTT slide out it is normal, I was told there is a clutch in the gearbox. I try to only let it pop a few times as it sounds bad. In two years we have not had any issues.

It is funny that the dealer did not know if it was normal or not. They should do enough PDIs to know. If they were not sure they could walk out onto the lot and try a few.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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DKRITTER,

I asked a similar question on the ultralight board:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...the-way-out-in

Are you getting the popping sound as you are moving or only at the end of travel? If there truly is a clutch, then maybe yours is slipping while the slide is moving and not just at the end of travel. Might be a sign of something not moving freely causing too much resistance for the clutch. Maybe a question for the dealer armed with all the tips you get from the slideology experts here on the forum. I'm a newbie too so definately not an expert.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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The popping will happen mainly with the large slide, it has the couch fridge and stove.

If it's a clutch I would assume this is normal, but if it is gear on gear I am concerned.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:32 PM   #5
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Let me add that these slides do not have the silver pieces top and bottom of the slides.

This has a piece of square tubing underneath the slide with teeth attached to it.

Not near the trailer our I'd post a picture, sorry.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:16 PM   #6
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The main slide style you are describing is very common, and the "ratcheting" noise you hear when the slide is fully extended/retracted is the internal clutch (within motor assembly) reacting to the added torque (load). As soon as you hear the noise begin release the switch immediately. The internal clutch mechanism consists of springs and they can weaken over time if the clutch is allowed to "ratchet" for longer periods then necessary.

On the same subject, this would be a good time to check that the slide product manuals in your TT have instructions to manually override the slide(s) in the event they loose power. It sounds like you have two different slide styles manufactured by Lippert, so confirm you have manuals for both styles (they operate differently). If you are missing the manuals, contact Jayco or the slide OEM.

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Old 12-31-2013, 02:07 PM   #7
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Like others have said don't worry about the 'ratcheting" sound. Just release the switch when you hear it. We had our Jayco Eagle all over the country for 7 years and it always made that sound at the end of travel. Now that we have a Keystone Cougar HC trailer they use the "ACCU SLIDE" unit with S.S. cables- all you hear is the motor running.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone, the "ratcheting noise" is new to us and quite honestly a little unsettling when you hear this grinding noise for the first time, but it is good to know this grinding sound is normal.

Getting the timing down honestly shouldn't be the issue should it?
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There shouldn't be a "grinding" sound only a clicking of the clutch in the motor when it hits full extension or retraction.... Perhaps your using the words interchangeably but "grinding" sounds are NOT normal.
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Our Eagle's slides also do this and it's always made me nervous. DW extends them while I stand outside watching for clearance, etc. Finally got her to get her paw off the switch as the first or second click hit her earball. And could they have made it any more difficult to move them manually?
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