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Old 09-27-2011, 05:27 AM   #1
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Hi folks,
2008 CF32BL - was parked in a visually level parking lot, put out the LR slide to get to something and then a bit later tried to retract ... nothing. No noise or anything. Pressing in/out on the switch made no noise. Tried the bunk slide a bit and it worked fine.
I got out the manual crank and retracted the LR slide about 1-2" and then once I did that it worked fine by pressing the switch.
A little disconcerting, for all the problems I had with my Wildcat the slides weren't one of them.
It did move kinda slower than normal, but always has (in the month that I've had it). But it wasn't connected to short power. Battery is supposedly new from the dealer I bought the 5er from.
Is there anything that needs lubrication that I should pay attention to?

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Old 09-27-2011, 06:39 AM   #2
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A light amount of dry lube is permissible on the rollers and drive shaft. If the battery was down that could have caused it as it takes a lot of juice when first closing the slide because it has to raise up the floor ramp. Check the battery voltage.



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Old 09-27-2011, 12:09 PM   #3
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you will find the same issue with the landing gear if your battery is low.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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Has the trailer sat for a while? Do you turn off the master power switch when not usingas there is slow leakage from detectors, etc. As other said, check your battery with a VOM. Should read 12.2 - 12.8 volts idle, 12.8-13.4 when charging.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:27 PM   #5
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At 12.2v the battery is basically dead.You never want to take the battery below 50% sate of charge which is 12.2v. Below is a chart for typical lead acid batteries..

<table border="1" cols="4" width="100%"><t><tr><td>percentage of charge</td>



<td>12 volt battery voltage</td>



<td>24 volt battery voltage</td>



<td>specific gravity</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>100</td>



<td>12.70</td>



<td>25.40</td>



<td>1.265</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>95</td>



<td>12.64</td>



<td>25.25</td>



<td>1.257</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>90</td>



<td>12.58</td>



<td>25.16</td>



<td>1.249</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>85</td>



<td>12.52</td>



<td>25.04</td>



<td>1.241</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>80</td>



<td>12.46</td>



<td>24.92</td>



<td>1.233</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>75</td>



<td>12.40</td>



<td>24.80</td>



<td>1.225</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>70</td>



<td>12.36</td>



<td>24.72</td>



<td>1.218</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>65</td>



<td>12.32</td>



<td>24.64</td>



<td>1.211</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>60</td>



<td>12.28</td>



<td>24.56</td>



<td>1.204</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>55</td>



<td>12.24</td>



<td>24.48</td>



<td>1.197</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>50</td>



<td>12.20</td>



<td>24.40</td>



<td>1.190</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>40</td>



<td>12.12</td>



<td>24.24</td>



<td>1.176</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>30</td>



<td>12.04</td>



<td>24.08</td>



<td>1.162</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>20</td>



<td>11.98</td>



<td>23.96</td>



<td>1.148</td>

</tr>



<tr>

<td>10</td>



<td>11.94</td>



<td>23.88</td>



<td>1.134</td></tr></t></table>
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:58 AM   #6
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Interesting chart hhh. I stand corrected. I did though, just go check my truck and car batteries to compare. Almost new battery showed only 12.5v, with and older one at 12.3v on digital VOM. Maybe a new one needed soon? I hope not.

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Old 10-01-2011, 10:58 AM   #7
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Thanks folks, I'll keep an eye on voltage ... I checked today, but it wasn't a good comparison to when the slide question occurred. Before I posted the question I had taken the 5er to storage. Today I brought it back to the house and then remembered about the voltage question, so I checked after I had run the jacks and disconnected. Voltage read 12.47V. Seemed slow when running the landing gear. It's very possible the selling dealer didn't give me a new battery. I'll be watching it.

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