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    Broken Main Slide

    We have a 2016 Big Horn 3875FB which has been trouble free from day one other than several little things.

    On a camping trip last week Sharon was letting the slides out and there was a very loud metalic bang and the main slide kind of cocked sideways top to bottom at about 3 feet out. I crawled underneath and could not see anything. Luckliy the slide came back in and closed so we could get home.

    As usual it will be a couple of weeks before my repair shop can take it in.

    So now I am wondering the extent of what will need to be done to repair it and of course the costs - has this happened to anyone else?

    I am sure slide repairs can be extensive and expensive and involves a lot of labor - hoping for the best
    Larry & Sharon Jenkins - Covington, GA

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    Re: Broken Main Slide

    There are a couple of things that might have happened.
    You might have broken a part on the rack and pinion system such as a tooth on the gear or a pin or small bolt on the shaft.
    You might also have broken a weld on a place like the hydraulic ram mount.
    If your handy it might be a DIY project, maybe.
    Keep us updated.

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    Re: Broken Main Slide

    As Dave mentioned, check the cogs for broken/missing teeth. Sounds like the same problem we had and, if so, the fix is not real technical. If it is your slide gears, and if I did this right, here is a link to my fix.

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    Re: Broken Main Slide

    From your model and year I would guess that you have a Lippert hydraulic slide system. Here is a link to all of the Lippert Hydraulic slide manuals in the Heartland Owners Forum library. The 2016 Lippert manual might be the most applicable for you: https://manuals.heartlandowners.org/.../Rooms/Lippert
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    Re: Broken Main Slide

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou_and_Bette View Post
    As Dave mentioned, check the cogs for broken/missing teeth. Sounds like the same problem we had and, if so, the fix is not real technical. If it is your slide gears, and if I did this right, here is a link to my fix.

    https://heartlandowners.org/showthre...highlight=gear

    Dave-

    I bow down to you and your work on your slide repair - great job! I am afraid that is a little over my technical ability but, I learned a lot reading about your repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdk450 View Post
    From your model and year I would guess that you have a Lippert hydraulic slide system. Here is a link to all of the Lippert Hydraulic slide manuals in the Heartland Owners Forum library. The 2016 Lippert manual might be the most applicable for you: https://manuals.heartlandowners.org/.../Rooms/Lippert
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    Re: Broken Main Slide - Update

    We had our slide failure back in October 2020 and has been at Apalachee RV Repair since November 3rd. Apprantly this was a catastrophic failure and we still don't know when we will get it back - soon I hope! There has been delays in getting parts and arguments between the repair shop and the extended warranty people over labor coverage. There was no prior warning the slide would fail - it just broke loose.

    My wife and I are totally sick over the whole thing and I am just "venting" because all I can do is grin and bear it.

    This had been a trouble free unit up until now - at present the subtotal bill is app $8500. and I still don't have it back
    Larry & Sharon Jenkins - Covington, GA

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