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Posted: 01/03/19 04:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm camping with a friend who owns a 2004 Adventurer 38R (Class A Motorhome) that has a hydraulic bedroom slide and an electric living room slide. When she departed from her destination yesterday, the slides retracted normally. She drove about 3 hours and when she arrived yesterday, both slides wouldn't go out. The engine was running and the parking brake was engaged. The dash radio and phone USB port wouldn't work either. Today, Took the RV to have the two 6 volt house batteries checked by an auto mechanic and they were fine. The slides wouldn't work at his shop. After she drove back to the RV park, the slides went out with no issues. The radio also started to work again along with the phone USB port. I had noticed yesterday that there was a lot of corrosion on the battery brackets and they were a little loose when I looked at the battery.

What could be causing this intermittent problem? Could there be a loose wire/ground that is causing this and where would it be located?


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Posted: 01/03/19 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would say the ignition switch is worn and not making good contact.


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You mentioned corrosion and loose battery connections/terminals. If that is on the chassis battery, it is most likely the problem. The slides are generally operated of the chassis battery, (dash radio/usb port) can be operated off either battery system depending on the position of the radio power switch. The corrosion and loose terminals can prevent enough power from getting through.


I have a friend who was told she needed a battery replacement in a Honda Accord. The car would suddenly shut off while driving and the radio wouldn't work for days, sometimes even a boost wouldn't start it. I cleaned the battery terminals and the inside of the battery cable connections, no problems now for a couple of months and using the same battery.


While cleaning the chassis battery connections, also check the coach battery connections, they may have been neglected too.

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Posted: 01/04/19 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the replies. Interesting about the ignition...wouldn't that also affect the starting? We tried the battery boost switch to get the slides out and it didn't make any difference when the slides first wouldn't extend. The battery posts are all clean with tight connection. It's the battery brackets that have the corrosion on them. I did clean it off.

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Lakejumper wrote:

Thanks for the replies. Interesting about the ignition...wouldn't that also affect the starting?.


No, different set of contacts internally in the switch. When the slides start to act up, try cycling the ignition switch off and on a couple of times to see if that fixes the problem. If so, then you need a new ignition switch.

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lryrob9301 wrote:

Lakejumper wrote:

Thanks for the replies. Interesting about the ignition...wouldn't that also affect the starting?.


No, different set of contacts internally in the switch. When the slides start to act up, try cycling the ignition switch off and on a couple of times to see if that fixes the problem. If so, then you need a new ignition switch.


The room extension and the levelers work independent of the ignition. I can extend and retract and level with out the ignition switch turned on. The op should perform a complete battery maintenance before he wastes any money or time.


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What D E says.

Then if it has manual switch for the slides, I would cycle the hey out of it and see what happens. Good time to exercise the switch would be when the batt cables e off for service. [emoticon]

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Posted: 01/05/19 07:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi:
Pop the slide switch/switches out and check them with a meter for continuity.
Could very likely be the switch is wearing out.
With your meter check for voltage at a wire. You could then just jumper the wires and see if that works. Start with the simple stuff first.

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Posted: 01/05/19 10:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP here. Thank you for the ideas. The batteries have been maintained and checked as previously posted. I don't think that the switch is the issue because the radio and USB port also didn't work. My friend has made an appointment with a repair shop to get this checked along with another issue.

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First let me say I have read the Operators Manual for the 2004 Adventurers and according to the manual both slides are hydraulic. The manual says that the manual parking brake must be set, then turn the ignition to the accessory position, turn on the leveling system first, then the extension system will work.

An easy check to determine if the ignition switch is working is to note if the power on light on the leveling system is lit. If it does not come on start looking first at the chassis battery then the ignition switch output.

If the leveling system light comes on it's else where and there are trouble shooting suggestions in the manual.

After rereading your original post and the manual, I would say that there is a problem with the accessory part of the ignition system. It could be the ignition switch, it could be the interlock in the brake system or the leveling system panel it could be a loose wire but it is not too likely the battery. It is a great idea to maintain batteries and hers seem to need maintenance but that is not likely her problem.

Now how did you determine that the living room slide is electrical? The hydraulic system is powered by a motor but the slide has hydraulic rams for extending and retracting. If the system has been modified, then all bets are off as to the cause.

By the way, here is a link to the manual, pages 2-17 and 2-23 or the pages to look at.

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