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Eagle Cap 1165 slide out problems - side wall cracked
#11
Right you are Mr. Rgodfrey4 ! Preaching to the choir, you are! But the reality of the Eagle Cap brand slide outs are such that if you depend on the Schwinteck motors to continuously do the job, you will absolutely eventually get stranded somewhere. If there was a way I could install manual slide out operators, I would. That's why I was wondering if you really had manual cranks for your slides because in my unit, I surely do not but surely wish I did.

Best and Happy Trails.
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#12
Hi RGodfrey4 and Coffeethecat. I have been studying the 1165 for the past 2 years and delaying partially due to concerns of slide reliability, and the options if failure happens when my wife and I are boon-docking well outside of any dealer service coverage. From my standpoint, for large, heavy, multi-slide truck campers, the 1165 has the best floor plan, equip layout, storage potential, water/LP capacity of all the campers available, so I really would like it to work out. After much consideration about modifying a 2017/2018 F350 to handle the beast...I am currently considering throwing my retiree Econ 101 sense out the window and going with the F550 with a Douglass service body (I know, crazy economics, but at least it won't be overloaded).

As far as the underpowered slide operation, like you Coffeethecat..., I would always help things out with muscle power to reduce the risk of failure in the field.

1) Any update on the manual (crank) operation question? The current manual on AMLRV website implies "NO".

2) If not, any performance upgrade (or stronger replacement) available for the Schwintek slide motors?

3) Do either of you think that the slide support (rollers, etc) are also underdesigned for normal off-highway operation (not rock crawler stuff, just washboarded dirt roads, normal up/down hills, etc)?

EagleCapOwnerOne - Seems like there should be other owners chiming in than the few on this thread...any other resources out there you can suggest?

Thanks - Steve
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#13
Amazon carries Schwintek motor replacements.
This one seems to be the more costly one and has several reviews:
Replacement in-wall motor

Lubrication of the slide track and roller wheel (and anything else you can reach) is VERY important.
This one: CRC Power Lube
I think lubrication should probably be done monthly when the camper is being used frequently.

My current camper has a large Schwintek driven slide out.
(The camper is a used 2014 Lance 1181 model)
Lance screwed up the slide installation and got the gear drive installed wrong - off by one or two gear teeth on the front lower track. I did not detect the problem during time of purchase. Result: lower front slide corner does not full retract - it's off by 3/4 inch.

Even with the alignment problem, it will operate smoothly when properly lubricated.
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