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Old 09-09-2016, 08:56 AM   #1
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slideout won't come out.

I store my airstream with the slide out. When I got home from my last trip the slide won't come out. No noise when I hit the out switch, no nothing. I would think a blown fuse, bad switch or bad motor...... maybe a weak battery. Any ideas?
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:39 AM   #2
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Are you plugged into your house? Or your tow vehicle? I would think your slideout would need plenty of power!


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Old 09-09-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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I store my airstream with the slide out. When I got home from my last trip the slide won't come out. No noise when I hit the out switch, no nothing. I would think a blown fuse, bad switch or bad motor...... maybe a weak battery. Any ideas?
Try pushing (hard) at the top of the slide (in the top middle of the slide) while standing in the interior of the trailer while a helper operates the switch.

That is Standard Operating Procedures for deploying ours on the 34'er.

The electronic slide operating module is located under the roadside couch arm cover is known to be a possible problem. I plan to install a new one and carry the old one as a spare.

What year and model is your trailer?
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:00 AM   #4
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If you have never accessed the motor under the slide, it is done by removing the screws found just under the skirt. You will see the hinged panel. Once inside, check to see if the breaker on the motor has tripped. Push the red button to reset it. While you are there you might as well lube the gears, shafts, and raceways to avoid 87MH's issue.

This the same location where you use a wrench to manually open and close the slide.

Just curious, why store your trailer with the slide in the open position if it is outside? Besides unnecessary exposure of the awning to UV, your exterior gaskets suffer the same accelerated aging. It is more 'moisture proof' in the closed position as the awning barrel redirects the runoff to the shell around the opening.
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I store my airstream with the slide out. When I got home from my last trip the slide won't come out. No noise when I hit the out switch, no nothing. I would think a blown fuse, bad switch or bad motor...... maybe a weak battery. Any ideas?
The first rule of troubleshooting is, check the easy things first. Partly because checking the simple things first minimizes the "boy, is my face red" feeling when you find out that the answer was something simple.

The easiest thing to check in any 12v electrical problem is the store/use switch. So make sure it's in the "use" position as a first step in any troubleshooting exercise.

The next easiest thing to check is the fuse, so check the fuse once you know that the switch is in the "use" position.

Once these two things have been taken care of, THEN proceed to more complicated potential fixes.
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I'm not at my trailer but I think the fuse for my slide is one of the auto reset types.
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:05 PM   #7
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I would look at the controller under the arm of the couch. If you are not sure what its function is or how it works, find some one who does. First see if it is getting power when you push the switch. If it is either learn how it works or get a tech on it. It is a common controller so any RV shop should be able to trouble shoot it.
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If you need a controller call Power Gear and get the newest part number from them. Then Get Camping World to order it for you. Don't order thruough an Airstream dealer. You will save a bunch of money.
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You didn't say what year or model your trailer was, but on my 2002 Classic 30 the power goes into the controller through push-on spade luge connectors. The push-on connector failed between the crimp and the push-on part inside the heat shrink tubing when I was moving some of the wiring around. That was hard to find. Find your controller and listen to it when you press the switch. You should hear relays clicking. IF not, probably a bad connection somewhere.

On another note, when I was gathering information for stuff on my trailer that wasn't available from the PO, I got the service manual and a bunch of stuff from power gear. Apologies to SeeMore for the contradiction, but the manuals say not to lube the rack and pinion actuator, just keep it clean.

You do have the stabilizers deployed, right?

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Ours did same thing but on one side only-sofa side was not operating. Bob removed the panel above dinette where a wire was disconnected. Once he reconnected the wire, the slide worked fine. Good luck
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I store my airstream with the slide out. When I got home from my last trip the slide won't come out. No noise when I hit the out switch, no nothing. I would think a blown fuse, bad switch or bad motor...... maybe a weak battery. Any ideas?
Do the the slide out locking mechanisms have power? If so it's not the battery. Not sure what year yours is but my 2005 Airstream manual has a surprisingly good troubleshooting guide. Check the fuse first, if not the fuse check the controller under the sofa arm. Use a volt meter to check if you have power into and out of the controller. It's probably not the motor. I had to replace the controller on mine last year.

Here's a linky to some info on the controller I posted last year...http://www.airforums.com/forums/f302...ml#post1727939
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Just a point of clarification - the metal runners will rust despite the manufacturer's indication that lubrication is not required. I use this 'dry lubrication' product which inhibits that from happening and provides better operation:

http://www.crcindustries.com/ei/prod....aspx?id=03044
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Well, what did you find was the problem. S/O owners would like to know.
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I also had a similar occurrence. It turned out be a loose ground in the inside of the locking mechanism box on the rear wall of the slide.
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