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  1. I understand that it is not a god idea to idle a diesel rather than driving it, but, for the next while, I will be unable to move my Excursion, 350 Cat. Is it less worse to leave it sit or to run the engine once a month or so?

  2. Last weekend, my (four 6 v wet cell ) batteries died. I tried to start the generator, but it seems to use the very batteries that are dead. I tried using the switch that connects the chassis batteries to the house batteries to help start the coach motor, but that didn't work. I guess it allows the coach batteries to help the starter, but not the other way around.

    Do you think that is the way it is supposed to work (it is a 2005 Fleetwood Excursion, Cat 350, Spartan chassis) because it seems illogical.

    I was able to get the generator started by running the coach engine for a while to charge the batteries I was trying to charge. Ironic.



  3. Thanks for all those who responded. The access to the slide motor is, in fact, behind a board below the bedroom drawers. It was not much fun getting to it. The motor is getting power, but not responding at all. Funny thing, I was just commenting how well all the slides were working. There was no indication of a problem - it just stopped. Usually, if electric motors are dying, they do so gradually.

    About the fact that I have had to replace two motors to this point - the first was about 12 years ago. The second was about 3 years ago, when a gigantic storm blew one of the slides out of alignment, and when I brought it back in, the chassis of the motor itself cracked.

    I am hoping that this issue is a limit switch or something beyond my comprehension (which wouldn't be hard) so I am taking it to a repair facility.


  4. Herman, the kick plate is not easily removable, and I can't tell what is holding it in place - there is only about a foot between it and the end of the bed, even with the driver's side out.

    The motors burning out have each been on different slides over the life of the vehicle.

    Yes, the slide can be cranked manually - but you have to be able to get to the motor to do so.

  5. Thanks for the manuals, Rich.

    Ross, I suppose that the motor must be behind the toe kick, or it might be accessible by taking out a drawer. Unfortunately, with the slide 'in', I can't get the drawers out, and I am reluctant to rip the toe kick off - although it may come to that.

    If the motor has burned out, it will be the third, but I have never been offered more powerful motors.


  6. Thanks, Ross. I checked the fuse, and it is O.K. Also, I can hear a slight click, which sounds like a relay, but no suggestion of the motor getting power.

    I looked under the bed, as Herman suggested, and the motor for the driver's side slide is under there - but not the one for the passenger side. I just wish I could find the motor!!


  7. I have a 2005 Excursion 39R, on a Spartan chassis. It has four slides. The passenger side bedroom slide stopped working (fortunately in the closed position) and I can't  find the motor or the mechanism.

    I can hear a relay clicking, but the is no motion at all from the slide. The other three work fine.

    Can anyone tell me how to get to the motor?


  8. Yes, I have the two-way valve, but I have only used it a couple of times, since I use gravity to fill the tank. I always fill the coach prior to leaving home since we can't count on getting a water hook up when we park, so we are almost never hooked up to city water.


  9. kaypsmith,

    My hearing is good, but I may be a little slow. What am I listening for from the fill valve? It is an 86 gallon tank, so it would take about a year to empty from the drip, right? The tank is full, but I drained about 20 gallons out yesterday and the drip continued.

    I fill it using the gravity fill by sticking a hose in the opening. Sorry I don't understand about the 'backfill valve'



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