Probably need to have the cable tightened. Haven't had to do that on mine.
New to this forum and have a 2011 280 RS (front side load toy hauler). I have wondered about the cables that drive this system as well. Have you found any documentation from the manufacturer of this and how to service this? I am very curious about what would happen if the electric drive motor that drives this slide were to fail.
I have noticed that it just "sounds" strained when going out or in and I am very careful to release drive swtitch quickly when it reaches full extension or retraction. To make life easier on the motor (at least until I find out if the slow operation is normal)r I will often help it in or out by giving it a push while wifey manages the switch. It speeds up considerably when doing this and does not sound as strained.
1. Do this normally operate slowly and sound strained? What is approximate time to retract or extend with full battery?
2. Is there a manual extend/retract procedure if motor fails? At one time I did peek inside and found a PN for the motor, it was quite expensive so I was not inclined to order it until I understood the system and if it was normal.
I am a fan of preventative maintenance and learning how to repair critical systems before you need to. It would be a major disruption to have to learn how to repair or jury rig system when arriving at the races or packing up to go home. Better to learn ahead of time or service to prevent. I tried calling Forrest River but just got bounced around and nowhere fast so I found this forum in search of answers.
The tool is as you described…. Flexible drive extension. It is zip tied to a piece of wood and I did not remove it yet. It shouldn’t be hard to source. I’ll see if I can get a pic of tool.Can you describe what the tool is? Is it a 1/4 drive socket type extension except flexible or some other form factor? Might try to order or find one somewhere. I also wonder about slow or labored sound while operating if that is an adjustment or just the nature of the mechanism. For now I "assist" by pushing it while wifey operates the switch and the speed ad sound of motor changes significantly with a small push or pull.