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BB_TX

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Posted: 12/23/19 06:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most likely the auto reset circuit breaker. Look for something like this near your battery. Likely more than one so you will need to figure which one is for the slides. Cheap and easy to replace.

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Wjohns02 wrote:

Sorry, one more question on the battery. Battery is probably original to the unit, so could it be weak even if panel board shows it as fully charged? At this point it is pushing 5 years old.


The panel is just a rough voltmeter. A full battery is 12.7v, but your converter does 13.6v on shore power, so even if the battery is dead, but the converter is on, the panel will show "full" by "seeing" the converter's 13.6v.

If you have low 12v on the panel, AND you are on shore power, then you have a converter problem.


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Posted: 12/23/19 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your battery is weak, it will not show it on the monitor, when plugged into shore power. Shore power alone usually won't operate slides. I would check/replace the auto resetting circuit breaker I mentioned earlier. Follow the red wire from battery.

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Posted: 12/23/19 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the 5er with the 13.5 ft slide, no trouble running it on the 55 amp converter alone, no battery. Just had to connect the two red wires that normally met on the pos battery post with vise grip pliers to make a positive path from converter to slide motor.

Lippert specified a 30a fuse for that motor. On Trimetric coming in, it showed 25 amps at most coming up over the hump at the edge of the main floor, dropping off in amps once it got level with the main floor.

No clue though, how it all works with three slides at once.

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Why 4 slides on a single switch? My little Rockwood with 2 slides has a switch for each slide. Even my folks old 2005 Challenger 5th wheel that has 2 slides has 2 switches..

No help, I know, but just curious about all 4 slides on a single switch. Have never heard or seen that before.

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Hydraulic slides have a single hydraulic pump actuated by a single switch. Slides go out one at a time in sequence. Some models have switches to actuate valves to isolate individual slides if you do want to operate all slides.

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Converter will run slide. What you have is the classic sign of a weak auto-resetting breaker. Might even find that it's loose or corroded.
Either way, replace it.


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BB_TX wrote:

Hydraulic slides have a single hydraulic pump actuated by a single switch. Slides go out one at a time in sequence. Some models have switches to actuate valves to isolate individual slides if you do want to operate all slides.


Thanks for the clarification on that... That makes sense. Mine are all electric motors, so didn't even think about hydro slides..

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At least two common slide out systems use a current sensor controller What happens is this.. For reasons I've been trained to understand when the slde out reaches end of travel and the motor stalls. CURRENT increases. and the controller shuts off.

For some reason CURRENT is increasing mid-slide. can be many things including lower battery voltage (Believe it or not that will increase current) bad connections. lack of lubrication and several other things.


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The battery is probably the culprit in this case. If it's old it may be weak and unable to deliver the steady amperage required to operate slides. Even with shore power on the converter in most RVs deliver from 6-10 amp/hours of charge to battery which takes maybe 3-6 hrs to completely charge the battery. The battery depending upon its reserve capacity has to be able to allow maybe 20-30 amps to operate the slides therefore drawing down on a weakened battery with the amperage required to operate slides cannot be compensated even by having it connected to shore power. Most good or new batteries can deliver their full amperage for whatever the reserve capacity is at 12V without a drop in this voltage. As the amperage is increased the voltage will fall on a weak battery which causes it to heat because of the required amperage demand. If this be the case your slides will move slowly. The other issue is the current through your slide motors will be less causing them to get warm or heat up which is not good. Sounds a little technical but in another life use to be an electronics person.)

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