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Old 12-03-2022, 01:48 PM   #1
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Cable Slide

Really not looking forward to repairing the gearbox/ kitchen slide out on my 2018 Keystone Outback....
It has been in storage since last August with zero issues other than an out of stride auto leveling jack pad. That was an easy fix.
I went out 2weeks ago to check her out. That's when I noticed that the kitchen slide seemed to sound a little different...like it was dragging?
Checked all cables & pullies which looked fine. Chain was still tight. Everything looked normal. Except for the clacking sound when trying to bring the slide in which won't budge?
I pulled the trim away to monitor the gearbox & motor.
Doesn't look like something I want to tackle?!
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Old 12-03-2022, 02:19 PM   #2
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Many times after sitting, everything sticks. I spray a dry teflon lube on all the seals and under the slide so everything stays freed up. I would try standing on the outside and pulling on the slide a bit while someone works the switch
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Old 12-03-2022, 02:28 PM   #3
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They're easier than they look to replace. Just don't disconnect all of the cables from the hardware. Just loosen/remove the 4 center nuts at the cable end and mark the chain so it goes back on the same links around the gears. Once cables are loose enough to remove the chains from the gears it's pretty easy. Remove the gearbox and motor, install the new one. Reset the chains and tighten the nuts...don't over tighten.

I did this on our kitchen slide and it's worked fine. Ours had a broken gear and wouldn't move either.
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Old 12-03-2022, 04:01 PM   #4
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take a bunch of pictures from all angles before you disconnect anything
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Old 12-03-2022, 04:30 PM   #5
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All great points for sure
I guess that's a lot of weight to move on a large kitchen slide vs the tiny gears in the gear box?
I've seen videos about propping/ jacking up the slide from outside before taking on the task?
PS.....I was checking the cables and pullies on a regular basis ; hitting them with some silicone spray etc> ohh well.
Yes on taking plenty of pictures before tackling
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Old 01-30-2023, 02:36 PM   #6
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Update on the cable slide repair. I replaced the gear box myself after getting quotes from several mobile RV specialists and the astronomical labor/ parts cost?
I can tell you that it was not as bad as I first thought. Pulled the old gearbox & motor; replaced gearbox used same electric motor, reinstalled, adjusted/ tightened the cable tensioners and ran it in and out numerous times to test it!> worked perfect and even the movement was smoother
The PITA is actually replacement of all the trim pieces....Click image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2023, 08:14 AM   #7
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Meaze93*....

I've done my own repairs on my slides and when I replaced the top facia I did it such a way that it was easily removable. Actually, the top just lifts up and out. The side covers are simply screwed (not nailed or stapled). Here's how I did the top. It rides just fine when traveling and very, very easy to remove at will. The principle is simple, it's a cleat attachment. The same principle used for hanging kitchen cabinets.













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Old 01-31-2023, 08:53 AM   #8
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Nice mod to the trim!
I have some strong double sided tape I will try first and just press it back onto the finish nails already there.
But I like your thinking
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Old 01-31-2023, 09:14 AM   #9
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Nice mod to the trim!
I have some strong double sided tape I will try first and just press it back onto the finish nails already there.
But I like your thinking
I would "second guess" using strong double sided tape...

Why? The chances of having to remove the fascia again are very, VERY good. Double sided tape can hold "too good" under some conditions and damage or split the fascia when you next remove it...

And, most RV's are stored part or most of the year. The heat/cold and uncontrolled (for the most part) humidity will take its toll on most adhesives used with double sided tape that can be removed without damaging the structure and most tape that would withstand the storage conditions without "falling off the wall" are so strong that getting the fascia off next time would be nearly impossible.

Screws with wooden plugs to cover the countersunk screwheads or as David suggested, some means to make it easier to hang and remove in the future.
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Old 01-31-2023, 11:38 AM   #10
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You both have made a good case against the double sided tape. I think a couple aesthetically strategically placed screws would make better choice because who knows when and if the electric motor decides to fail.
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Old 01-31-2023, 11:51 AM   #11
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Did you add the gearbox drip tray when you replaced the assembly?
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Old 01-31-2023, 12:16 PM   #12
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Did you add the gearbox drip tray when you replaced the assembly?
That is trick, but no I didn't even know it came like that.
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Old 01-31-2023, 12:37 PM   #13
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If you look at the TPO roof under the gearbox, you can see the bubbles from the adverse reaction from the oil that seeped out. There was a TSB and “soft recall” because at one point they overfilled the gearbox with oil and when it got hot the oil would expand and leak out. I called the slide mechanism manufacturer and they sent me a free tray. Even if it isn’t an issue with yours, it is still cheap insurance against a damaged roof. Interestingly enough though, your motor/gearbox assembly is installed upside down so I don’t think that tray would work for you.

I left that area as-is since it is on the inner edge of the slide roof and never exposed to anything, but the outer edge I had an approved repair completed since it was exposed to the elements and moved past the upper seals when moving the slide in and out.

I used recessed screws to reinstall the upper wood valance and covered the holes with raised wooden buttons. It looks decent and it’s easy enough to pop them out and remove the screws to pull the valance off again if needed.
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Old 01-31-2023, 01:36 PM   #14
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Ok so I couldn't wait-lol....no double sided tape
I backed out the finishing nails and reapplied
After that job you feel like you can tackle anything problem that comes along!?Click image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2023, 01:49 PM   #15
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But of course my gearbox is setup...upside down?
Well that's how she went back on!-lolClick image for larger version

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Old 01-31-2023, 04:06 PM   #16
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Did you add the gearbox drip tray when you replaced the assembly?
Hopefully that leaking problem has been addressed.
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