Having a slide out on your RV is a great feature as it can quickly expand the living space that you have available once the RV is parked and set up for your trip. Of course, in addition to being a great feature, a slide out is also another moving part that has the potential to break down. While modern slide outs are impressively reliable the majority of the time, there still is a chance that yours will give you problems on a trip. If you find that your slide outs won’t slide back in when you are ready to head for home, you will have a serious problem on your hands. After all, you can’t hit the road with the slide outs extended, so they need to get tucked back in as soon as possible.
Before you assume that something has broken or is stuck within the slide out mechanism itself, check to see if you are getting enough power from your battery to run the system. You obviously need sufficient voltage from your battery to make the slide out move properly, so an old or worn out battery may be the underlying problem. Also, this is the easiest potential solution, so it makes sense to look here first. If you determine that the battery is the problem, replacing it could get you up and running quickly and easily.
Other Electrical Problems
If the battery has plenty of juice, the next place to look is in your fuses and circuit breaker. Is there any noise coming from the motor that runs the slide out when you hit the switch? If not, you may have this sort of electrical problem. If there is a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker, you won’t be getting any of the power you need to move the slide out back into place.
Check for a Manual Option
When the first two points listed above fail to take care of the problem, the next thing you can do is check for a manual option to close the slide out in order to get on the road. Consult with your owner’s manual to see if there is a way to close the slide out manually when the mechanism that is supposed to handle the job has failed. Most RV’s have some form of manual override to allow you to get back on the road successfully. To be as prepared for your trips as possible, it would be a good idea to learn about this option before you even head out for vacation. Knowing how to close your slide outs manually will offer you peace of mind if you happen to run into a problem along the way.
Call for Help
As a last resort, you may need to call for help to have your slide out repaired right there at the campsite. If you are far from home, ask around at the campground to see if anyone can recommend a local dealer or mechanic who may be able to assist with the problem. Obviously you would like to avoid this outcome if at all possible, but the slide out has to get back in one way or another before you can go home. Once at home, you can have the RV inspected to figure out what went wrong and how you can prevent it from happening again on your next vacation.
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