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Sue Bee

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Posted: 06/17/13 08:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last week, my husband was closing the slide on the TC, it got about 18" in and then went "clunk". The motor still runs, but the slide doesn't move, nor will it move when trying to close manually. He and our son were able to push it back out to full extension to try to get access to the underside.

he says:

"The motor turns, but there is no connection to the drive line. The ratchet tool fits into the gearbox, so the effect is the same: no movement of the drive line. Something has broken that I cannot see. There is mention of a drive pin and that makes sense, but it is hidden. It could also be the gearbox drive shaft has sheared. I think I can release the slide box from the tracks and jack it upward If set to mid position. There appears to be clearance to angle the room box upward and get maybe 8-12” of access. That is all I need to get tools in and pull the motor. The motor / gear box R&R should be straightforward, if you had access which I can’t figure out yet.

I can put a ratchet on the non-motor side (forward end of the camper) and move the entire slide as both drive gears are solidly connected to the drive line. The problem is that you cannot close the room from that location as access is only from underneath and that closes up. I am way too large to slide in or out under the slide floor."

He was able to access the roll pin, as he thought that it might have sheared, but he can run a wire through it, so it seems to still be intact. He is loathe to bring it in to pay to have it fixed, as he can pretty much fix anything, he just needs to access the motor, which he hasn't figured out how to do yet.

Any ideas? It's a 2007 Bigfoot 3000 30C1002 with a Happijack Secur-Track system.

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Posted: 06/17/13 08:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

He needs to start taking things apart until he finds the problem. I would suspect the gear box on the motor or one of the drive gears. Yea, they all have pins holding them on the different shafts. It aint rocket science. You have a motor, a gear reduction box of some sort, a gear and a gear rack. Broken tooth on a gear, or a broken gear box or pin is about all it can be.





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Sorry, apparently my question wasn't clear, he is trying to figure out how to get ACCESS to the motor/ gears, he is having an issue reaching anything in the space below the slide from the inside of the TC, there is a very small access port to get to the manual ratchet, but that is just about enough to get the tool into, and not much more.

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I don't have the Bigfoot. On my Arctic Fox there is a switch that engages the motor. On my manufacturer it's accessible from a small access door on the outside of the camper. My switch is a lever.

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Posted: 06/17/13 10:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your question was plenty clear, and the answer is still the same: He needs to start taking things apart until he finds the problem. That includes the camper itself.

Frankly, though, life's too short. Take it in and pay to have it fixed. It's only money.


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I am looking for information on how to access the motor without dissassembling the dinette, or cutting holes into the body. One can't take things apart that one cannot reach. I would rather my husband fix it than pay someone, since I know that he will do it right, and not in some half baked manner. I know life is short, but I would rather not run out of money paying others to do what we can do (better) ourselves. Thanks.

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Posted: 06/17/13 11:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may or maynot be of help but on ours, an '01 Elkhorn, in front of the refer on slide floor are buried several screws, much like the water tank lid.
At any rate ours has a panel under carpet that covers hole thru slide floor. With the panel removed and when the slide is OUT it is directly over motor. TO verify without digging thru carpet for screws (that may not be there) on ours with slide in, I can see the acess cut out laying on the floor.


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You might want to look at this link and pictures

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Thanks Sleepy. It looks like your access is under your dinette? I can't quite tell how you got to that.

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Posted: 06/17/13 01:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With the slide in

I open the outside storage access door...

THe carped floor area had a "plug"

pull it out

and look down into the gears and motor.

I have helped many others with the motor/gears located different places...
from inside the camper, with the slide cranked in (using the hand crank after turning off the electric switch in my rear Passenger side cabinate), a flash light, a mirror, and some good knees or laying on your back you can usually find the gear box


Take pictures as you start to take it apart...it'll help going back.

PM me for a phone number if you need... sometimes extra eyes help even blind eyes from afar

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