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Old 09-23-2016, 10:01 PM   #1
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Thor Ace Slide issues

Just bought a thor ace, already in the shop for a slide motor/track replacement when it made a loud banging sound - and slide did not retract all the way. Is that a known weakness on the schwintek system, or is this just a bad luck case ?
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:42 AM   #2
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happened on ours last year, the tracks on the rear of the main slide got out of alignment and had to be repaired at the factory - this was after 40,000 miles and almost 1 1/2 years of travel.
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Old 09-24-2016, 02:54 PM   #3
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Same thing happened to us we had to get the whole track replaced. It's not a fluke
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:34 PM   #4
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....cut..... Is that a known weakness on the schwintek system, or is this just a bad luck case ?
How about both?

If you do research, you will likely find data that slides or slide-related issues are the number one reported problem with RVs requiring repairs or service.

Having said that, not all slides have problems so it's a little bad luck for those that it happens to.


This has been the case before the Schwintech design so it's just an inherent issue with making anything more complicated or with greater numbers of moving parts. Not judging slides, just saying there is a risk to owning them. Some owners are obviously luckier than others.
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:45 PM   #5
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slide issue

mine ate the track, waiting a month now for replacement parts, dealer states that it has to be custom built and lippert is slow, any feelings about what causes this ?? how level does the unit need to be ? perfect? or is off a bit safe?
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:43 PM   #6
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Slides

Schwintek mechanisms are all under engineered, then poorly built with the cheapest, crummiest junk Chinese parts available, in China.

The slides and the support mechanisms and rollers are then, more often than not, installed incorrectly at the factory. Typically, the support rollers are not shimmed up enough to support the weight of the slide properly. As the slide operates over time, the weight of the slide not being supported chews up the motors, the tracks, and the connecting shafts.

There is NO QA whatsoever in the typical MH manufacturing plant. NO ONE ever inspects the slides and mechanics for proper operation. It is shipped as is to the typical RV dealer, who also does nothing other than operating it a couple of times to confirm it works at delivery.

You only get a one year warranty with an RV. It typically takes several dozen operation cycles of the slide to destroy it, so typically it might take 2-3 years for the slide to fail in typical use.

Out of warranty, a repair to a slide can be $3500 and up to $8000. Nice piece of service revenue work for the typical RV dealer. Another reason they aren't too quick to inspect them when new. The factory won't pay them nearly as much to fix a slide, as they can gouge you!

The whole RV industry, from the manufacturer, to the dealers, is one huge corrupt enterprise. It's the reason the industry is not growing. Millions of new people buy RV's every year, but millions also leave, fed up with being ripped off by unscrupulous manufacturers, dealers, and salespeople. We won't even talk about how many campgrounds now resemble Grapes of Wrath homeless camps.
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