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Posted: 03/21/12 03:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just purchased a 2010 Fleetwood Jamboree 25G and I am new to having a slide. I was wondering if ever the slide should fail is there a way to manually crank the slide back in? I believe its an electric slide if that even matters.


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Posted: 03/21/12 03:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From my limited experince with slides on my father's 5'er, there is a way to manually operate the hydraulic pump with either a drill or hand crank. My father's is in the basement area and he needs to remove a small panel to access the pump.


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Posted: 03/21/12 03:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most if not all slide mechanisms can be operated manually....usually with a crank or wrench on the motor.

Here is the Lippert Manual that details how...(scroll to pg. 6)
Slide Manual CLICK

We have a port in the skirt that I stick a crank through...very easy.
Here is the rear slide port.




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Posted: 03/21/12 03:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mine came with a crank and has a hole in the slide at the bottom, you just stick the crank in and have someone hold the slide button in manual and crank away. The bedroom slide you raise the bed hold the button in manual and turn the shaft attached to the motor. It should be in your owners manual.


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I'll have to keep my eyes peeled see if I can find the actuator/motor

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Posted: 03/21/12 04:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe that MOST slide rooms have a means of operating them manually but not all manufacturers furnish a handle for the purpose. Fortunately mine came with both the means and the crank because the motor quite about a week before we returned from Alaska and had to hand crank twice a day for that week. 200 revolutions from full in to full extended and 200 more to get it back in. Fortunately it turns very easily. Mine is a 44" deep slide room but smaller ones would be much easier to hand operate.

Forest River puts the crank connection on the DOOR side of the trailer between the axles but inside the fender well.


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It really depends on the make of the slide mechanism. Some have a manual method, some don't. Our 98 Pace Arrow does not - the front slide can be moved manually relatively easily but still requires disconnecting the hydraulic arm and fastening it somewhere out of the way, the rear slide is nearly impossible to move manually.

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