Our Jayco caravan comes with a bedroom slide out. This increases our internal space a lot by being able to extend the side of the caravan when parked up. But what happens when it doesn't want to play nicely and gets out of sync ?. Well luckily or unluckily depending how you look at it we have experienced this issue.
While miles away from a Jayco dealer we ended up having to deal with it ourselves. The upside with having to deal with random issues is you gain more knowledge about the everyday things. This also leads to being less nervous about operating something gently because it might pack up and you don't understand it. So below is an outline of what i came across in today's issue.
The Jayco slide out:
To save you a fair bit of googling. The mechanism used by Jayco and a lot of other RV dealers to run the slide out is a system called the Schwintek in wall slide out. Created by Lippert components in the USA. It comprises of surprisingly very little considering the work it does. Two small motors, 2 x aluminium rails a couple of gearboxes and a synchronizing electronic controller.
Slide out rail
Important operational note:
It's recommended from the manufacturer
To continue to push the in or out button for 3 to 5 seconds after the motors have stopped making noise.
You can't cause the slide out to end up on the ground if you hold your finger on the button for too long. The electronics will take care of shutting the system down once the slide out is in place. The trick is, once you've started to operate the slide out DO NOT take you finger off the button unless the slide out is either fully extended and the motors have stopped by themselves or completely retracted.
If you happen to start moving the slide out then stop operating it mid operation this is how you will cause the motors to get "out of sync".
If this happens you will find the slideout doesn't close up or extend evenly. Such as the case we ended up with this morning. Although in our case it wasn't due to stopping in mid operation, it just happened.
To re sync
There is no adjustment of a cable to play with. You don't have to remove the gears and put them a couple of further notches down the track. If you're striking the same issue with syncing the motors here's how to fix it.
Fully extend the slide-out. ( Once the slide out stops moving continue to hold your finger on the button for up to 5 seconds
Retract slide-out roughly 1 inch. Take your finger off the button despite previouslybeing told never to do that 🙂
Repeat steps 1 and step 2 at least 3 times
By completing these above three steps your slide out should re sync itself. So now fully retract the slide out to test the operation and see if it's come right. ( Remember to hold finger on the button until after the motors have stopped)
Are you stuck in the outback and it just won't do anything ?
Don't panic, there's a couple of things you can do to bring your slide out back in if it's not budging at all.