Slideout Questions

Slideout Questions about your RV slide

Slide Question

by Rhonda (E Texas)

Question: We are new to this and have a 2006 Fleetwood Discovery 39′. The full side slide is never level with the main area of the coach, is this normal?

Answer: You should check with Fleetwood, and/or maybe consult your owner’s manual or brochure. The slide operation varies across different brands and models and floorplans of RVs. Some slideouts are raised from the level of the main floor, some are relatively flush. It really depends on your floor plan and model.

If something is out of alignment, you want to have it repaired as soon as possible, to avoid further damage to the slide or other components of your RV. So we suggest you contact Fleetwood to get the specific right answer for your motorhome.


Battery Powered RV Slideouts

Question: I have a 1999 Sandpiper with two slide-outs. Why do I have to slide them out using the battery when I have access to electricity?

Answer: You posed an interesting question so I did some investigation and have confirmed what I thought: that RV slide-out rooms are powered by a 12-Volt electrical motor. This is true whether the slide-out is electric or hydraulic.

In the electrical slide-out, the motor directly does the work of moving the slide out room. In the hydraulic slide-out, the 12-Volt motor powers the hydraulic pump that then provides the pressure to move the slide in or out.

On my rig that is the way the engineers designed the system. I think most, if not all, RV slide-outs are 12-Volt systems. Some might even be 24-volt systems but I have not come across any definitive mention of this.

Other input welcome.

Comments for Battery Powered RV Slideouts

Apr 20, 2012

Reserve amperage

by: Anonymous


I believe, that the cranking power of the battery is needed because the 110 to 12-volt converter would not have the amperage needed to energize the 12-volt system for that long. So the motors are tied into the battery and not on the normal 12-volt system. A diode is probably in line to keep the voltage spikes out of the rest of the system.


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Slideout Weight

Question: I have a Jazz by Thor fifth wheel and I need to know how much the kitchen & living room slide outs weigh. If anyone knows the answer to my question, please let me know.

Answer: We suggest you contact the manufacturer to see if they can provide you with specifics for your particular model of RV. We are also posting your question in case someone has an answer. As a frame of reference, it might be helpful to know why you are asking.

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