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    Manual operation of an electric slide

    Is there a way to manually operate an electric slide i.e. the bedroom slide on my Bighorn. I don't have a problem, but I like to be well armed when I do.

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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Dave, locate the drive motor (it may be under the bed platform). There should be a 1/4" hex socket on the end that you can insert a bit into and use a drill to run it.


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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDar View Post
    Dave, locate the drive motor (it may be under the bed platform). There should be a 1/4" hex socket on the end that you can insert a bit into and use a drill to run it.


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    Thanks John.
    After digging all last night that's what I believe also. It's first thing on my to do list today.
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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    If it's not there, look behind the molding/trim above the bed. Some electric slides had it up there.


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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Check the owners manual. There may be a brake/drive disconnect that may need be disengaged prior to manual operation.
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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDar View Post
    If it's not there, look behind the molding/trim above the bed. Some electric slides had it up there.


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    Found it under the bed. Tried every hex socket I own, both us and metric and I have the all. Nada. 😡 Called Heartland and he said something about a simple release and the move it by hand. I'm still looking for this release. He sent me a copy from the Lippert manual, which is what I have which shows the 1/4 inch hex drive. A little more looking and then me and Heartland are gonna have a heart to heart talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYJunkie View Post
    Check the owners manual. There may be a brake/drive disconnect that may need be disengaged prior to manual operation.
    thats what I am looking for. HELP please 😁
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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary521 View Post
    Thanks Gary

    Now I need Heartland to send me one of those supplied flex tools. I've been on the phone with them again and they still believe it is a 1/4 inch hex drive. Service rep said he'd never seen anything but. This video makes complete sense as to why it's not a 1/4 hex i.e. one can remove the motor and drive the gear box directly.
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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Wellllll based on all the information I've gathered from the Bighorn community and a couple of calls to customer service, I now believe that someone owes me the proper flex tool that should have come with my unit. I did buy one at Home Depot to run the hydraulic pump in an emergency situation, but i still don't know what the drive for the accu slide drive motor requires. I have a fairly good idea, but I'm tired of guessing. According to everything I can find and read the Rv should have been delivered with this tool.
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    Re: Manual operation of an electric slide

    Quote Originally Posted by CoveredWagon View Post
    Wellllll based on all the information I've gathered from the Bighorn community and a couple of calls to customer service, I now believe that someone owes me the proper flex tool that should have come with my unit. I did buy one at Home Depot to run the hydraulic pump in an emergency situation, but i still don't know what the drive for the accu slide drive motor requires. I have a fairly good idea, but I'm tired of guessing. According to everything I can find and read the Rv should have been delivered with this tool.
    Can you stick your smart phone in the area to take a picture. Maybe someone can help you identify the drive that's needed. Then you can have a more productive conversation with Heartland.


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