Well, first keep your engine running while you bring the slides in or putting them out. When I was searching, it took me two days as I over looked this in my manual. Happy camping. Now if you’d like you can read my experience.
During our monthly stay, we always brought in the slides before we left just in case of bad weather and when we got there for the weekend we bring them out. Well on this particular weekend my son and I went out on Saturday and we opened up the rv, my wife and daughter were at a country music festival and we decided to have a boys night. First always remember your keys when you head out otherwise you’ll have to drive all the way back to get them so you can get into the rv. That was my first duh moment that weekend. When I moved out the driver side first like always no problem. Then I moved out the passenger side and noticed it was slow. Not so slow that I panicked I just noticed it was slower than usual. We had a fantastic weekend and we stayed till Tuesday night. We did the usual clean up of the rv and packed the truck. We pulled in the driver side no problem and then started to pull in the passenger side and it went in about two inches!!! What the H! So now what!? So we grabbed the manuals and looked through them (in a hurry because we were about to leave) and we just kept overriding the system by pressing the test button near the out and in buttons. Finally got it in and went home. I always think the worst, dying motors, a squirrel chewed through a wire etc. I went on the internet and a lot of people said batteries. Of course the one year I forget to pull the batteries they’re toast. Jenn and I headed out on a Wednesday and grabbed the batteries and I picked up two new ones. Still kept looking online for more info on plans of attack, b,c,d,e, and f. You get what I mean. I just wanted my family to have a good time and not be inconvienced with this stuff. We brought the batteries out the next weekend hooked them all up and went to pull out the driver side NOTHING! We went to bring out the passenger side NOTHING! Might be a loose wire might be a fuse or a relay switch maybe........Time to grab the manuals. We got the slides out by hitting the reset buttons over and over and walking them out. The code on the panel read not getting enough volts. 16 blinks slamming me in the face every time . There’s new batteries in here! We decided to stop and breath. Jennifer mentions we should try to start the rv and see what happens. I grabbed the keys and that battery was dead, nothing. Come on man!!! I headed over to my parents to grab my battery charger and charge the battery. When I got back to the site it was time to eat and let the brain rest. When it was time time to go to bed I was up and I just wanted something to work. I learned a ton online about fuses, relays and how to manually get my slides out if all else fails. So on Saturday I came across a discussion board where someone asked, all my slides won’t go in and it goes on and on and then one guy wrote, I have to start my engine to bring my slides in and I was like what? I grabbed the manual and slooooowly started reading about the slide operation. Before I continue here’s how we’ve been doing it for 5 years. We pull up, we level the rv, we hook up water and electricity and we pull out the slides. Then on Sunday two days later we pull in the slides, we dump and unhook water and electricity. We head home. I got the manual in my hand and I look at Jennifer and say we’ve been doing it wrong all this time.
Here’s how to pull out or in your slides in a Winneabago Access 2008
1. Make sure rv is level
2. Make sure emergency break is engaged
3.Leave the motor running so alternator keeps all the batteries charged and keeps the right voltage to the slide motors for smooth operation.
When the battery was fully charged, we started the rv and made sure nothing was in the way of the slide then we pushed the button and it never worked better. Both slides came in smooth and quick! We were so relived we didn’t have to bring it into the shop.
What did we learn? Well, read the manuals slowly, don’t be in a hurry or you might miss something. We’ve been doing it the wrong way for 5 years, why did it work? Because we bring the slides out once and bring them in once and we start the rv and go then it charges the batteries. What was diffrent here at the monthly stay we didn’t start the rv and kept bringing the slides in and out for three weeks and it killed all the batteries. The positive, we know how to properly operate the slides and we got new batteries. I share this story for the new person who may have had an experience like this or if you’re having the same problem and are looking for an answer.
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