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Old 07-22-2018, 08:10 AM   #1
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Electric Slide systems on 2018 Montanas

Hi,

On the MHC's the electric slide system Is a BAL cable system.
looking at a 2018 Montana, they have a "track' a the bottom that I am assuming is where the drive gear runs it in and out. Anyone have information on it?

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It's a Schwintek system. Lots of video on You Tube.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:43 AM   #3
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Thanks some good videos on troubleshooting. gives a good idea how they work.
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Bal cable slide

I have a 2018 381th high country mine tore up today we were leaving Destin this morning I got it in but can't get it back out I have found no manual way to operate it motor and gear box are at top of slide behind the facial trim on slides can't get to bathroom or bedroom to unpack have had lots of problems with this trailer have several problems every time I use it so back to dealer again with 6or 7 things to fix now
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Just talked to the Norco (parent of BAL) while they were replacing our motor and gear box on our '16 SOB. Seems that had a couple of years, like maybe '16 & '17, of bad gear boxes, but might depend on how quick Keystone put parts in.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:54 PM   #6
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We'v had Bal cable slides on are SOB and now are Montana and (knock on wood) have never had a problem! I carry spare parts just in case that day comes. I have done repairs for others that have had problems not hard to fix and adj at all.
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I have a 2018 381th high country mine tore up today we were leaving Destin this morning I got it in but can't get it back out I have found no manual way to operate it motor and gear box are at top of slide behind the facial trim on slides can't get to bathroom or bedroom to unpack have had lots of problems with this trailer have several problems every time I use it so back to dealer again with 6or 7 things to fix now
The BAL Service Manual in the "Files" section ( http://www.montanaowners.com/forums/...?do=file&id=19 ) has directions for manually moving the slides when the motor is INOP.

If the gearbox breaks then you have a different problem. If only a couple of teeth have failed, you might be able to push the slide (with the aid of a couple of people) while someone runs the switch.

A total gearbox failure (which seems to be what is most common with the recalled gearboxes) requires a different approach. I read this somewhere but I am darned if I can find the source. So use it at your own risk. As I recall, loosen the cables and disconnect the chain drives from the gearbox. Now you and some help should be able to push the slide in or out. You want to reattach the chain drive and tighten the cables after moving it so the slide doesn't wander.
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Carl is 100% correct on how to move the slides in the case of a gear box failure. you will need lots of help if its a big slide. make sure you keep square in the hole when you push in or out to do the repair. Not hard to do if you have the service manual from the file section. Done them on some other units.
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