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Old 08-11-2012, 03:49 PM   #1
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Hi All

Well we just home from 4 weeks in our Sunset Trail 26BH. We live in Alberta and made a trek all the way down to Florence Oregon and came up the coast looking at all the sights, WHAT a BLAST.

In the last RV park the trailer was not level when I tried to run the slide in, I had done this before, not quite this crooked but the slide had operated. This time absolutely nothing, like no power, I checked all the electrical, read the manual and was trying to determine where the manual crank point is/was. I was actually thinking I needed to remove the entire bottom covering, then I thought I would try levelling the trailer, or at least close, when I did this and pushed on the slide itself, with the help of a fellow camper the slide did manage to come in. I was very relieved, although had much trepidation every time I needed to extend and retract the slide for the rest of the trip, another 4 days, plus emptying the tanks.

So my question is:

Where would the manual crank connect to?

Is it hidden under the bottom cover? Surely no engineer would do this as a "best practise".

I have seen other campers using a manual crank to extend and retract their slides.

I also know that I will not be caught in a camp ground in a pouring rain storm, or a +90 degree day wondering where the crank point is.

Does anyone know?


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Old 08-11-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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Unless they have changed there should be a small plastic access door/cover on the outside of the slide you would open and insert the crank handlethrough to get to the manual crank point.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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If I remember right---There is a hole on the off side on ours that the crank is inserted into.

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Old 08-12-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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On my '08 30BH the crank handle attaches to a point through and back of the stairs when they're in the down position. Easy access and easy to see.Maybe yours is too?

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Old 08-12-2012, 03:30 AM   #5
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On all of the Lippert slides I have seen, the access hole is just below floor level, approximately in the center of the slide andon the opposite side of the trailer from the slide.

This is not true for beadroom slides on 5th wheels, they are under the bed.Edited by: BipeFlier
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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The above comments are all true for the standard Lippert slide with the electric actuator and the rack and pinion gear racks. If you have a Swinteck slide it is a whole different arrangement. Gear tracks on upper and lower portion of each side of the slide and two drive motors, one on each side at the top. I think Lippert has a video, or someone posted info for what to do to mannualy operate a Swinteck slide.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #7
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I would be concerned with trying to push out the slide when not level, and especially when twisted. We always set the trailer level before we push out any of the slides. Failing to do this could put undo strain on the slide mechanism and lead to some hefty repairs.
The manual crank is great for when a motor dies, but if the mechanism is binding, you can easily cause more damage by manually cranking the slide.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:31 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the help, with your replies.
Let me tell you what steps I took with your replies.

1st </span>Istarted to look for the 2 manufacturers of slides,,, Lippert and Schwintek. I believe through my searches I discovered that Lippert has purchased the Schwintek company or at least their technology.

2nd </span>I searched further, mostly You Tube, for more information on the 2 manufacturers, primarily Schwintek as I discovered a video that talks about their technology and the "worm rail" I think the link below is the one that I am referring to:

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:57 PM   #9
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just wondering where was your manual crank handle located?
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:00 AM   #10
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Inside the front outside storage cupboard, right along with the manual crank for the stabilizer jacks
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