3912 Update - we did our inspection on Thursday. The slide is fixed and we walked the unit to find only minor repairs needed. Our technician was very thorough with the walk-thru and explained how the Schwintek system works and the do's and don'ts of working the slide outs. He was extremely helpful. Here are a few pointers that I will share with the forum: When putting the slide(s) out, hold the button and DO NOT STOP
pushing it until fully out. Once out, DO NOT LET GO
of the button, continue to hold for 3 seconds once the unit stops. Do this when pulling the slides in as well. IF you have to stop in the middle of putting the slides in or out, don't worry just push the button again in the same direction (but just know, this will put the alignment of the two tracks offline a little). If your slide gets stuck in or out, push the button twice (quickly) in the opposite direction and then push in the right direction (don't let go, keeping holding like instructions mentioned above). This will send power to the motor. I can't remember how he said to fix your track alignment if your tracks are offline, I will have to get another demonstration of that. I will post once I know.
He recommended changing all the lights inside the trailer to LED's and said the cheapest place to find them is on www.miniinthebox.com
. He said the lights get really hot, especially over the mirror in the bathroom.
1. Use CRC to lube slides every 2-3 months. Spray along top of track and within the snake looking grooves. Make sure to do top track and bottom track on each side of the slide.
2. Spray the rubber part of slides with Rubber Seal Conditioner (foam) at the same time. Extends the life of the slides. Is a UV protectant and repels water.
3. Spray decals on the outside of RV with 303 Aerospace Protectant to keep them from peeling. This a vinyl-safe UV protectant. Use this before waxing your RV.
4. Use 303 Aerospace Protectant on all of the skylights to protect the plastic covers from cracking. It is a UV protectant. OR buy the MaxAir2 covers for all (best solution). www.303products.com
but can be purchased at Wal-Mart.
5. If purchasing a satellite, WinGuard is the best and to get a portable one, not a roof mounted.
6. Use a silicon lube on the awning.
7. Add a pizza stone (round or square) to the bottom of the oven to distribute the heat evenly. Leave it in there all the time.
8. If you have the night shades (continuous blinds), pull all the way down and spray with Starch and then roll up to dry. This will hold the crease. And if they get out-of-whack, tighten the string at the bottom.
9. If purchasing a washer/dryer, do not get the all-in-one...get the stackable ones. They take up more space, but are better in the long run.
I hope all this helps you! And feel free to share any tips that you know of!