In any size RV a slide out can make the biggest difference. Although slides must stay shut while driving, when the RV is parked and level slides can add extra feet to various living quarters in the RV. At times the slides can break, but any do-it-yourselfer can often fix the problem. Before sending your RV in for expensive repair, troubleshoot these problems first.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrenches
Replace the control switch and check for 12-volt power if the pump doesn't work when the button is pushed. Check for power at the switch. If there is no power you need to replace the key switch.
Check the retract valve if the pump runs but the slide doesn't move. The retract valve is located near the bottom along the slider mechanism. If it is broken it will appear broken in half or worn to the point that it does not seal. To replace you must unscrew the valve and screw in a new one.
Check if the solenoid valve opens if the pump runs but the room fails to open. If the valve does not open it may need to be cleaned or replaced.
Extend the retract valve to see if it is bad if the pump runs but the room will not retract. Also check the wiring; if the wire or valve is bad, the piece must be replaced.
Check the control box to see if it is functioning if the pump runs but the room fails to open. If it is not the control box, retract the solenoid valve to see if it is functioning properly. Make sure the T-handle is closed on the solenoid valve. If either the control box or solenoid valve has no power, it must be replaced.
Check the solenoid valve or manifold check valve if the room creeps out after being retracted. If these parts are not functioning properly or leaking they must be taken out and replaced.
Check if the RV is leaking oil or if the solenoid valve is bad if the room creeps in after being extended.
Adjust the room stops if the room doesn't seal tightly when fully extended or retracted. This is done by tightening the screws or bolts (depending how it is attached). Doing so will raise the stops and make the room seal tightly.
Check the rack sensing valve if one side of the room will not move while trying to extend or retract the room.
Tips & Warnings
- If the room moves from side to side there are some structural problems that will need to be repaired by a professional.
- If the ends of the room do not move at an equal distance the sensing rack valve is bad.
- "Trailer Life's RV Repair and Maintenance Manual"; Bob Livingston; 2007
- RV Road TRips: RV Slide Out Guide - The Pros & Cons Of RV Slideouts
- RV.net: Slide Out Extensions
- Photo Credit rv on highway image by jedphoto from Fotolia.com
RV Electrical Problems
RV electrical problems arise from a number of sources, but the most common cause of RV electrical system failure comes from expecting...
How to Fix a Leak on Camper Slide Out
A slide outs adds extra feet to living areas in a camper. However, a harsh storm or excessive traveling can take its...
How to Level Slide Outs on a Camper
Slide out rooms have become a standard feature on modern recreational vehicles (RVs), adding extra floor space at the touch of a...
How to Adjust a Travel Trailer Slide
Certain types of travel trailer are equipped with slide-out sections. These slides are adjustable. When the slides are retracted, the trailer is...
How to Remove a Camper Slide Out
A camper slide-out is an extendable unit built into a main vehicular side wall, equipped with a top and bottom, two sides...
How to Add a Slide Out to an RV
A slide out, sometimes called a glide or bump-out, is a box that extends out from an RV room to increase the...
How to Troubleshoot Slides for a Travel Trailer
Travel trailer slides provide additional living space inside a camper. A section of the camper slides out to make additional room by...
How to Add a Slideout to Your RV
Slide-outs, colloquially called bump-outs and glide-outs, are moving room sections which extend the living space of recreational vehicles, or RVs, when deployed....
How to Adjust a Jayco Slide Out
Jayco trailers and RVs are available in pop-ups; small, hard-shell, towable trailers; fifth-wheel-style campers and motor-home coaches. Certain models of Jayco trailers...
Problems With Lance Campers
Lance Camper produces a line of travel and truck campers. The campers come in a variety of sizes and configurations, running in...