The Caravan Slide out
The Jayco slide out:
Photo: The Slide Out On Our jayco Starcraft Caravan
To save you a fair bit of googling. The mechanism used by Jayco and a lot of other RV dealers is a system called the “Schwintek in wall slide out”.
This system is created by Lippert Components in the USA. It comprises of surprisingly very little considering the work it does.
- Two small motors,
- 2 x aluminium rails
- a couple of gearboxes
- and a synchronizing electronic controller.
Photo: Slide Out Rail
Important Operational Note:
You should continue to push the in or out button for 3 to 5 seconds after the motors have stopped making noise.
If this happens, you will find the slideout doesn’t close up or extend evenly. This is what happened to us although in our case it wasn’t due to stopping in mid operation, it just happened for what ever reason.
How To Re Sync Your Slide Out
Fully extend the slide-out. Once the slide out stops moving continue to hold your finger on the button for up to 5 seconds.
- Retract slide-out roughly 1 inch. Take your finger off the button despite previously being told never to do that 🙂
Repeat steps 1 and step 2 at least 3 times
By completing these above three steps your slide out should re sync itself.
So now fully retract the slide out to test the operation and see if it’s come right. Remember to hold your finger on the button until after the motors have stopped!
Are you stuck in the outback and it just won’t do anything ?
Don’t panic, there’s a couple of things you can do to bring your slide out back in if it’s not budging at all.
- Enable the manual over ride on the control unit. ( ours is under the bed) see this link on how to do it
- Disconnect the motors which is easily done. See this video here
- Trouble shooting guide LCI video
- Download the slideout manual
Photo: Slide Our Motor
If all’s good , time to pour a drink and relax. If not you’re going to have to get in touch with a dealer and have them look into it.
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