Repairing My Bedroom Slide-Out Room

Recently, my 2000 Alfa 5th Wheel upper bedroom Slide was stuck in the fully extended position. Unfortunately, unlike my living room slide out, there is no crank to pull it back inside the coach when the mechanism fails. In order to take it in for repairs, it is necessary to disengage the screw drive shaft from the motor. With this disconnected, you can then push your slide back into the slide compartment by hand. Once the slide room is back in the closed position, you will need to wedge the slide room in with a couple of 2X4s to keep it so you can continue on your journey or take it in to be repaired. If you have enough time and some mechanical skill you might be able to fix it yourself. The slide must be in alignment and the drive shaft must be fully disconnected and lubricated otherwise problems will arise. For example, it the motor fails, you may be able to replace that without much trouble. Some of the repairs are easy to do but without an additional person to help you, some of the work might be better done by your local professionals. The basic steps of this process are outlined in this video. Please note that these directions are for an electromechanical slide out and not for a hydraulic slide out room. My system is the Barker system which was frequently used in the late 1990s and early 2000 model 5th Wheel units.