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mr61impala

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Posted: 10/28/20 04:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone had experience with the Schwintek slide system on a superslide. I always heard and believed that they were designed for smaller, lighter slides but now I'm seeing them on larger slides. I'm just wondering if anyone has them, and if they've had any major issues.


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Applying my observations from what I know to things I don't have any direct knowledge about, this is what I would surmise.
1. I would assume Lippert designs their slide systems for certain weight ratings (with a factor of safety built in).
2. Manufacturer's wouldn't install a slide system into a rig that would exceed the manufacturer's weight rating for that slide system. There is no upside to doing that and could be very problematic (along with getting someone fired).

Beyond that, I don't know what your definition of a superslide is, but my TT has a schwintek slide in it that has worked flawlessly for 6 years, and it's a pretty big slide carrying a lot of weight.

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Posted: 10/28/20 11:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes. Avoid it at all costs on a super slide!

It’s fine on smaller slides.
My Super slide 3.5’ x 15’. The system was rebuilt at the factory twice. Just had it rebuilt for the 3rd time, out of pocket, at a cost of nearly $5,000. I tried to upgrade to the new 3-track setup, and ORV agreed it would help with longevity, but Lippert said they would not warranty the hardware since it didn’t come with the 3-track setup originally. So... I’m stuck with the 2 track setup.


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We have a Schwintek slide in our FunFinder. The mechanism has worked without incident for almost 10 years. I wouldn't describe our slide as a "superslide" though. It has a sofa in it so it is probably a little over 6' total length. We did have one issue with it that I was able to resolve myself: Under the slide are three rollers attached to the main frame of the trailer. The slide rides in and out over these rollers. One of mine was impacted with caulk during the manufacturing process, and so, did not rotate. As a result the slide skidded in and out over this immovable roller. The accumulating damage went un-noticed for a time because it was all under the trailer. When I finally discovered it there was some damage to the floor of the slide. I managed to free up the roller and repair the floor and have had no problem since.

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Posted: 10/28/20 12:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wing_zealot wrote:


Beyond that, I don't know what your definition of a superslide is, but my TT has a schwintek slide in it that has worked flawlessly for 6 years, and it's a pretty big slide carrying a lot of weight.


The slide in question has a 7' u-dinette and a sofa, probably 12 at least feet long with a lot of storage space.

This brand also offers a heavier trailer of the same floor plan, it's also taller to accommodate the conventional rack and pinion slide mechanism. There is very little difference in the price.

We plan own using this trailer extensively and will go with the more heavily constructed slide system if the Schwintek would be problematic.

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Posted: 10/28/20 01:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dutchmen liked the Schwintek so well they quit using it in favor of cable. I've had nothing but problems with my main slide. I've seen plenty of full-wall slides using Schwintek in motorhomes. Spoke to a Tiffin rep who tole me the slide itself needs to be properly built first.


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Posted: 10/28/20 08:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On the other hand......in my 2021 Grand Design Reflection, I have a Schwintek bedroom slide and one of the motors died after putting the slide out/in four times and had to be replaced. You take a gamble no matter what kind of system a slide-out has. If a manufacturer puts a specific type of slide system in, it can handle it but in my other three bigger slides, I have rack and pinion slide systems so there's reasons for that too.


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Posted: 10/29/20 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both the slides we have use the Schwintek system. Interestingly, on the next model year the manufacturer went to a Lippert system on the large slide. And our large slide has always run slow.


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Posted: 10/29/20 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have this slide system on our Outdoor RV. The slide is about 6.5 feet wide. Two years of use and no issues.
A neighbor up the street has a motorhome (I won't give the name, but it rhymes with "Roachman") and he's had fits with the slide. The slide is a biggie, and I don't think there is enough mechanical advantage to move the slide safely.

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Posted: 10/29/20 10:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The big problem with the heavy slides is the tracks wear out. Eventually it’ll jump a tooth, or worse, snap the pinion shaft, which is what did mine in the last go around. It’s great from a packaging standpoint, but it’s simply not suitable for moving and supporting lots of weight. Next summer I’ll be adding extra tracks and support arms under my main slide. Like I mentioned a above, it’s been ok on the small slides, although I did lose a motor on one of those as well.

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