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Old 01-30-2022, 11:48 PM   #1
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Slide Issue

I just set up at a campsite and the slide on my Axis 24.2 failed to extend. No juice at all. I checked the error code and, at first, it indicated a battery overcharge. Now is indicates a short (red light blinking 8 times).

It is not end of the world since the slide is not extended, I can continue down the road. But it would be nice to have a little more room.

In any case, am I correct that I can't check the wiring with the slide closed and flush against the side of the motorhome?

I suspect this is something that will have to wait until I get home in a few days.

Thoughts?

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Old 01-31-2022, 12:52 AM   #2
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Lippert Error codes.
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Old 01-31-2022, 12:53 AM   #3
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If itís not readable. Go on Lippert a slide error codes.

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Old 01-31-2022, 12:58 AM   #4
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If itís not readable. Go on Lippert a slide error codes.

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Looks readable on my PC. OP may want to try the Electronic Override procedure on the first page.
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Old 01-31-2022, 04:42 PM   #5
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Just checked in. Grumpy, Thanks for the code summary and other information. I have the code summary for my unit. Code 8 indicates a short between the controller and the motor.

I did the override procedure. Since it is intended for under or over voltage situations, it had no effect.

For now, I do not intend to operate the slide until I find the problem. It would be nice to know if I can chase the wires with the slide closed - I kind of doubt it.
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Old 01-31-2022, 09:05 PM   #6
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I found the problem between the two stowage areas under the slide. Three wires pass thru the areas and under the floor between them. They have been ripped apart right at the point they exit the first stowage area toward the second. I can't imagine the force that would require but can only assume it was the result of something snagging the wires as it was pulled out. The wires ripped at the point they pass through the wall of the stowage area which is rather sharp.

Each wire is the same type so it will be a challenge to figure out which pairs match up.
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Old 02-01-2022, 05:33 PM   #7
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Old 02-01-2022, 05:56 PM   #8
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I found the problem between the two stowage areas under the slide. Three wires pass thru the areas and under the floor between them. They have been ripped apart right at the point they exit the first stowage area toward the second. I can't imagine the force that would require but can only assume it was the result of something snagging the wires as it was pulled out. The wires ripped at the point they pass through the wall of the stowage area which is rather sharp.

Each wire is the same type so it will be a challenge to figure out which pairs match up.
Good detective work!

You gotta wonder how that happened. But the good news is: it should be an easy fix if you are handy splicing wires. The cables have color-coded wired so matching them up from one end to the other should not be an issue.

If you mis-match the cable your slide will still work as designed, the only difference is the cable end plugged into the "right" side will go to the left motor and vice-versa; easy enough to remedy by switching cables and plugs.
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Old 02-01-2022, 06:25 PM   #9
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Just me, but I would definitely solder/shrink tube those wires. Using crimp connectors could lead you back to a loose wire down the road.
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Old 02-02-2022, 12:51 AM   #10
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If you mis-match the cable your slide will still work as designed, the only difference is the cable end plugged into the "right" side will go to the left motor and vice-versa; easy enough to remedy by switching cables and plugs.
Looking at the controller, they are numbered 1 and 2. If I get them backwards, I can just count from the other end.

There is a third wire (set of 4) that I don't know where it goes. I emailed
Lippert and whether or not I get a response, I will be verifying the routing.

Something to do when I get home.

To add insult to injury, someone cut my lock and stole my ebike last night.
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Looking at the controller, they are numbered 1 and 2. If I get them backwards, I can just count from the other end.

There is a third wire (set of 4) that I don't know where it goes. I emailed
Lippert and whether or not I get a response, I will be verifying the routing.

Something to do when I get home.

To add insult to injury, someone cut my lock and stole my ebike last night.
Man, you're on a run of bad luck.
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Old 02-02-2022, 04:37 AM   #12
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Good job finding your issue.
Did they steal the bike off the back of the coach?
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Old 02-02-2022, 12:17 PM   #13
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I found the problem between the two stowage areas under the slide. Three wires pass thru the areas and under the floor between them. They have been ripped apart right at the point they exit the first stowage area toward the second. I can't imagine the force that would require but can only assume it was the result of something snagging the wires as it was pulled out. The wires ripped at the point they pass through the wall of the stowage area which is rather sharp.

Each wire is the same type so it will be a challenge to figure out which pairs match up.
The wires have a different tear pattern on the sheath so if you haven't already stripped the wires, that's the clue to which wires pair up.
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Old 02-02-2022, 02:00 PM   #14
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Bill - be sure and check for wire breaks since that type of failure placed a high strain on the wires and may have also cause damage a bit up the cord. So be sure to cut some ways back. I would also make temporary connections to determine what wires go where. And, of course, use the self-sealing butt-style connectors. Good luck on the repair. It looks to me to be a two-beer repair (post final repair test assessment!).
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Old 02-03-2022, 02:24 AM   #15
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Good job finding your issue.
Did they steal the bike off the back of the coach?
No. I had it cabled to the MH through the rear wheel openings with a steel cable. The police officer that took my report said that the thief's have portable tools that fit in backpacks and make short work of cutting through cables. I think that if it were secured on the bike rack it might have been too big a job for them to cut and run.

My best advice is to avoid steel cables and get the U-locks. Problem is that I need (or think I need) more flexibility in the lock mechanism.

Due to old injuries, I find it difficult to walk long distances and used my bike as a mobility device. Consequently, I cut this trip short and am back home.
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Old 02-03-2022, 02:28 AM   #16
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The wires have a different tear pattern on the sheath so if you haven't already stripped the wires, that's the clue to which wires pair up.
Agreed, one pair is clearly a match and my best guess is that I will be able to resolve the other fairly quickly. There appears to be a fair amount of slack in the area of the controller so I don't think I will have to splice in new wire. I will get into this deeper in the next couple of days.

Thanks to all for the good advice.
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Old 02-03-2022, 02:35 AM   #17
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I hate to say it, but most locks and locking mechanisms are more or less worthless if there is ANY level of privacy. I had occasion to defeat my own system after I lost the key. I used a battery powered Drexel with a cut off disk and it was practically a hot knife in butter. With an actual cut off tool itíd be even easier. Itís still worth the effort but barely. IMO
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Just me, but I would definitely solder/shrink tube those wires. Using crimp connectors could lead you back to a loose wire down the road.
My experiences with this are it has always come back to haunt me if I did not solder it together.
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Looking at the controller, they are numbered 1 and 2. If I get them backwards, I can just count from the other end.

There is a third wire (set of 4) that I don't know where it goes. I emailed
Lippert and whether or not I get a response, I will be verifying the routing.

Something to do when I get home.

To add insult to injury, someone cut my lock and stole my ebike last night.
What e bike brand?
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