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Posted: 10/07/19 07:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I look for a new TT I see a few different types of mech. Schwinntech with 2 tracks top and bottom, A cable system and, I believe, the old gear and gear bar under the slide. Any thoughts on which is the good, the bad and the ugly? Thanks


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My original gear and bar gearbox just died. Looks like it may cost close to $1000 to get it fixed. Just sayin'.
BTW I would not select a camper based solely or largely on the slide mechanism. Liveability would be my main criterion.

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I have only had rack and pinion system, but have read about other systems, and seems the gear driven bar type has the least issues/needing less adjustments. However you can get good/bad with most anything.

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I've had good luck with the rack and pinion system. It's easy to adjust and simple to repair.
Our current rig has the latest Schwintek system (top and botom rails) and seems to be doing great. I did a lot of reasearch before buying an RV with this system and from what I read, the latest incarnation works well. It's hi-tech and Lippert - two terms that dont go well together but it looks like they've finally got something right.

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Posted: 10/07/19 09:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had the Schwintek system in my camper for the last 6 years. So far , it's been fine.


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This is a picture of my brother's trailer with a Schwintek slide. The slide was a mechanical disaster from day one and was replaced entirely twice before he gave up and traded the trailer. I would run from any trailer with a Schwintek slide.
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Never choose this type of slide for a full 3’ slide. Just fine for smaller slides but for the main full slide, always rack and pinion.


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Schwintek was designed for smaller, less deep slides. Some manufacturers, especially early on, did not read and understand the design notes and used it in inappropriate applications. Today most problems and mis-applications have been resolved. Cable driven systems have some packaging advantages but at least some recent designs have had problems with oil leaking from the drive system, and unfortunately dripping onto the roof of the slide leading to damaged rubber slide roofs. Rack and pinion is generally the most robust system but can not always be accommodated in the desired packaging. Overall most systems in place today are fairly robust as it's not in anyone's interest to have major mechanical systems breaking.


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I have 2 Schwintek slides. The large one always strains to open or close. I noticed Grand Design went to a rack system on the larger slides on new trailers.


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afidel wrote:

Schwintek was designed for smaller, less deep slides. Some manufacturers, especially early on, did not read and understand the design notes and used it in inappropriate applications. Today most problems and mis-applications have been resolved. Cable driven systems have some packaging advantages but at least some recent designs have had problems with oil leaking from the drive system, and unfortunately dripping onto the roof of the slide leading to damaged rubber slide roofs. Rack and pinion is generally the most robust system but can not always be accommodated in the desired packaging. Overall most systems in place today are fairly robust as it's not in anyone's interest to have major mechanical systems breaking.


Absolutely. I can't imagine a Schwintek on a large slide. The slide on my TT is fairly small and light. Works great, but I wouldn't trust it on a large slide. Also, people need to remember to hold the retract button in for a few seconds after the slide stops to ensure it stays in sync.

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