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Old 04-26-2018, 07:47 PM   #1
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Schwintek slide screws

Have a full side slide on my ACE. Word to the wise here. Check all the screws used to attach the gear brackets to the slide. There are about 8 or ten screws holding the two top brackets on both sides of the slide
If you havenít done it, make sure they are all in tight. I had one start to back out which caused the slide to stop about 4 inches from full retraction. It bent the screw head, which made it a bitch to get out. Had to use manual override to get it closed. Probably will have to replace a motor soon. Making a grinding noise.
I think when I get to my next stop Iíll spend the whole day going over every screw, but and bolt I can find. Probably should have done that a year ago.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:55 PM   #2
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i have one or two that seemed to be stripped- one was loose so i glued in some toothpicks and then set screw back in. the track still seemed to be solid as a rock. the others i have not screwed w/. Anyone else solve this problem? is that rail also glued on?
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:12 PM   #3
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Toothpicks and glue. Now youíre talking. Iím going to use that method tomorrow when I replace the screw. Thanks
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:23 PM   #4
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:24 PM   #5
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:43 PM   #6
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Toothpicks and glue. Now youíre talking. Iím going to use that method tomorrow when I replace the screw. Thanks
I'd rather just fill the hole with 2-ton epoxy, and then put the loose screw back in place... it'll NEVER come out!
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Old 04-26-2018, 10:32 PM   #7
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I don't know about you all, but I bought my rig brand new with the screws already rusting out. I've been replacing them with stainless steel ones as I have time. I see they addressed this with the 2018 models along with a better entry door lock.

Now this has me a bit concerned, I'll need to go through and check all my slide screws to ensure they are all in before retracting the slides now. Thank you for the heads up!
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:18 AM   #8
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:21 AM   #9
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Donít know why they loaded twice but you can see where I had to remove the bent screw. Right now the only way I can extend and retract the slide is doing a manual override. Any ideas?
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Old 04-27-2018, 12:32 AM   #10
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Toothpicks and glue. Now youíre talking. Iím going to use that method tomorrow when I replace the screw. Thanks
Hey, it works doesn't it!? Thanks for the heads up. I'll check mine here in a couple days when we get it back from the shop.
Oh, I see slide motors on Ebay for way reduced prices. Depending on which motor of course. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...motors&_sop=15
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Old 04-28-2018, 02:13 PM   #11
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I don't know about you all, but I bought my rig brand new with the screws already rusting out. I've been replacing them with stainless steel ones as I have time. I see they addressed this with the 2018 models along with a better entry door lock.

Now this has me a bit concerned, I'll need to go through and check all my slide screws to ensure they are all in before retracting the slides now. Thank you for the heads up!
2017 Challenger here. We have the same rusting screws. Will have to start replacing them soon. What's your source for the stainless replacements?? Could get pricey for the number we have to replace. For all the complaints of poor Thor quality, that's the one that bugs me. Seriously??
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Old 04-28-2018, 03:47 PM   #12
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2017 Challenger here. We have the same rusting screws. Will have to start replacing them soon. What's your source for the stainless replacements?? Could get pricey for the number we have to replace. For all the complaints of poor Thor quality, that's the one that bugs me. Seriously??
I bought a 100 count box of them at Ace Hardware for about $12-$15 if I recall. The Ace I go to also has the colored ss screws to match some of the trim screws.
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Old 04-28-2018, 08:15 PM   #13
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I bought a 100 count box of them at Ace Hardware for about $12-$15 if I recall. The Ace I go to also has the colored ss screws to match some of the trim screws.
Awesome, thanks!
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Old 04-29-2018, 01:16 PM   #14
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Couple of years ago, on my Palazzo had the same problem with the screws coming out. I replaced them all with stainless steel of a bigger size and also used lock tight on them. It solved the problem.
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Old 04-29-2018, 03:07 PM   #15
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I donít understand why they donít use stainless steel screws to begin with, itís just a no-brainer...
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:07 PM   #16
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2017 Challenger here. We have the same rusting screws. Will have to start replacing them soon. What's your source for the stainless replacements?? Could get pricey for the number we have to replace. For all the complaints of poor Thor quality, that's the one that bugs me. Seriously??
Similar to Travelin' Texas, I took one of the screws out, went to Lowes and Hom Depot and picked up a box of 100 stainless steel screws as well.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:02 PM   #17
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Thanks for the tip! I'm gonna check mine this weekend!
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:17 PM   #18
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Checked mine today. Several needed to be tightened. Thanks !
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:31 AM   #19
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I found several that seem to be stripped out !
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Old 05-01-2018, 04:32 AM   #20
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