5th Wheel Slide Out Problems
In April 2008 I began having living room slide problems with my 2000 Alfa Leisure fifth wheel and I have attempted to repair it on several occasions. In October of 2010 the living room slide out finally a quit working altogether. Since I like to go RVing and take my canine, feline friends and sometimes even a grand kid with us. I had to to get this problem finally resolved I was rather surprised at the the RV shops in my area who were afraid to tackle this problem. I do realize that every fifth wheel manufacturer has probably a different way on how to get there slide outs extended and retracted some are hydraulic and others are electric motor. Alfa Leisure when out of business about the same time I started having trouble with my slide out. I have gotten a lot of bogus information from a lot of different sources on slide outs and especially because the Alfa Leisure is now defunt . I bought this fifth wheel when it was brand-new I did have the owner’s manual and in the owner’s manual I got some key information. The information that I did find is where you could buy a motor replacement for your slide outs. My 2000 Alfa fifth wheel doesn’t have a electronic brake nor a limit switch. The slide out does not have to be removed from the fifth wheel in order to replace the motor the series of gears and from the motor is called the transmission in the slide out must be fully extended the transmission and the motor must be removed together. The slide out in the bedroom area is totally different and will be covered later on. I found my slide out motor very close to the port or the hole which you put your crank to manually extended your slide out I had to take out some of the sheet metal underbelly to expose this area. Below is some key information for certain manufacturers for slide out information. They can also provide the gears if you have a broken one in your transmission. I have noticed that if you have an older RV especially a fifth wheel trailer etc. trying to get work performed on your rig it’s getting tougher and tougher even for the repair shops who specialize in your particular manufacturer. I guess this is understandable since parts eventually are no longer available in manufacturers who make third-party parts aren’t as prevalent in the RV field. If you have a problem with your slide out I would suggest you do a lot of research if you have an owners manual go through that with a fine tooth comb I would also go on the Internet and do a lot of research. Talk to several RV repair facilities in your area and see what they say but remember they may not provide you the correct information. USE COMMON SENSE!
What was wrong with my main Slide Out? It was the motor and the in/out switch both were defective. We are in the process of checking out the bedroom slide out. This slide is starting to hesitate and this is not a problem to have on the road. Thanks to RBW for all of the help in this problem.
Living Room Slide Motor (No Brake) for my 2000 Alfa Ideal
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