Winnebago does a great job in providing manuals, documentation and maintenance, I have a black briefcase full of the stuff. Plus Winnebago has all its plumbing diagrams, electrical schematics and parts catalogs for all of its models for the last ten or so years posted on line for owner and technician references.
However, with all the complicated systems, sometimes a detail is overlooked and how to maintain something gets left out. That detail can cause a bit of trouble down the road.
On Winnebagos with large slides built after 2006, the slides have locks installed so the slides will remain tight against the motorhome body when the slide is in. Winnebago has designed the locks to be built into the top of the slides under the awnings. When the slide is in, the lock pushes a rod up into a cavity to hold the slide tight, and the rod retracts down for the slide to go out.
The lock works good, but the placement leaves something to be desired. The lock rod resides in a small depression on top of the slide. Despite the slide being covered by an awning, water and dust can and do get under the awning and pool in the depression. Despite there being a seal on the rod, if the water is allowed to pool in the depression, it will (and does) leak into the motorhome.
Winnebago came up with a solution to drain the water out of the slide lock depression, the installed a drain tube and a hole to the outside of the slide body. Looking up at the middle of the large slides, you'll see a little round thing about the size of a quarter.
This was overlooked in my manuals, it has to be cleaned periodically. Dirt and dust can clog the drain and allow water to back up. When the water backs up, it overwhelms the seals and enters into the lock mechanism inside the cabinets. The locks are covered by black plastic covers and will drain into the cabinets.
It takes a high tech tool to clean the drains.
Yes, that is a pipe cleaner. Push it in until it stops and pull it back out. Several passes is all it takes. If you look closely at the picture, you can see little pieces of dirt on the pipe cleaner. The last time I did this, I did get a little water out of one side, this time just the dirt.
It doesn't have to be done too much, once every couple of months suffices.
Hopefully, Winnebago has corrected the oversight of not having the drain cleaning item in the newer model motorhomes owner's manuals. By the way, the drains are only on the large slides, smaller slides like bedrooms are not equipped with the locking mechanisms.
Now, back to visiting with our special little Anabelle, also known as "Little Miss Ruffle Butt". ;c)
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