Slide Out Problems In Our Carriage 5th Wheel

by Karen
(Palmyra, PA, USA)

We have a 2004 Carriage 5th Wheel with 3 slides, 40'. We are having some issues with our unit. Recently, we have had problems with putting out the bedroom slide. Now we cannot get the bed slide and our entertainment slide to go in and out using the power buttons. The slides are fully extended, but will not move in either direction. We are full-time RV'ers, and have to move in a few days. We cannot move it.

We are also having problems with our Norcold refrigerator--it is a double door with ice maker. We were told to adjust the doors as they become uneven while towing, which we did. The left inside of the door, the buttons that look like bolts are very hot like something isn't cooling properly. We have tried contacting Carriage, but were told our warranty has expired after 2 years. We did purchase the unit new.

We hope you can shed some light on how to repair, and without a high tech bill. We did check the fuses, and that seems to be ok. We do love our unit, but are frustrated with the problems we are having. We hope to hear from you. Thank you for your time and assistance.

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Aug 12, 2010
Slide Out Problems In Our Carriage 5th Wheel
by: robbie

I'm going to need a bit more info to assist you with the slide outs.

A. Are they electric or hydraulic?

B. On the control panel, is there a name and can you describe it to me?

C. Do you hear any noises/clicking when you try to close the slides?

Also, I am a Norcold Service Center and have never heard about adjusting the doors. The heat you are feeling in the left door is a heater installed by Norcold to prevent sweating, I'm not sure what model you have, but some have a switch to turn the heater off if it bothers you.

Hope this helps a bit. Good luck and feel free to add some more details so we can possibly be of more assistance.

Robbie Warford

Sep 02, 2010
Slide out issues
by: Dean Compton

Look under your Carriage in front and/or behind the wheel areas and you should see some "zippered pouches" looking like they lead up into the floor area. Inside those zippered areas are the mechanics of your slide outs. From there you can manually crank in and out the slide outs after releasing the break catch on the motor. Without additional information, I can not effectively help you in the right direction in diagnosing your problem but since "Carriage" slide outs are primarily electric over mechanical, your problem lies with one of those issues.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Good luck.

Sep 30, 2010
landing gear motor
by: fred

I have a 1997 carriage--carrie lite 36ft. I recently tried to buy a coupler for the landing gear. It goes between the motor and the gear system. Our dealer in Brandon, Mb used to be a carriage dealer but are no more. They couldn't find the part---couldn't even find the manufacture of the landing gear motor or didn't care. I emailed the main office of carriage, but no response. Roger at the service end refered me to some other company. And they can brag about there products? I won't buy another carriage.

Oct 01, 2010
Landing Gear
by: Dean Compton

I'm really sorry to hear about your unusual experience with "Carriage." They have always been very accommodating and helpful and have sent me information, repair products and even called me on the phone to assist me in assuring I got the right part while I was on the road. It is very strange that you would have such an experience with them. I really can't say enough great things about their support and their products. I have had several different 5th wheels, and read the pro's and con's on many others as well as the manufacturing companies and I again, have to support "Carriage" as being one of the best.
You might try calling Sandi (service) @ 1-574-642-1487
or Dave (Parts) 1-574-642-1481 (EXT 1481)
Again, I am truly sorry to hear of your experience with Carriage.
I would give them another try.
Safe Travels.

Nov 04, 2011
carriage full wall slide will not go in
by: Anonymous

Our 20ll cameo 36fwslide will not go in the motor does not make any sound. The bedroom door is completely open. Is there any way to get it in? There is powerto the switches. Need help quickly as we are on the road

Nov 13, 2011
Carriage full wall slide issues
by: Anonymous

The Full Wall Slide (FWS) system has several micro switches which must "all" be in closed loop before the FWS will function.
There area two of them inside the lower area where your kitchen trash container is next to the cabinet wall next to the floor.
One of them provides the "Stop position" when closing and the other provides the "Stop position" when opening. There is also one more micro switch behind your bedroom door next to the bathroom wall which will only allow the FWS to operate when the bedroom door is full open and locked into the open position position. This prevents the FWS from closing in on the bedroom door in the event you forget to close it.
I helps this helps. If not, please feel free to contact me at:
Good luck and happy travels..

Nov 13, 2011
Carriage Company out of business
by: perfect-5th

To all Carriage owners.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT "CARRIAGE INC" IN INDIANA USA IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. You may have to contact your dealer for parts and service.
I was told by our dealer that those who did purchase the extended warrantee will be covered by each Carriage Dealer as agreed per the contract. Too bad since Carriage builds one of the best 5th wheels on the market. We can only hope some reputable company will purchase the company and maintain the high standards Carriage has worked so hard for....

Nov 28, 2011
Slide-out issues with Cameo FWS
by: perfect-5th

One more thing. There is also a "master" switch inside the cabinet door where you check your water and sewer levels. This switch must be "ON"(in the up position) in order for the slides to work. I have accidently bumped this switch "off" when checking fluid levels. Be sure it's ON.

Aug 02, 2012
2008 carriae domini slide out
by: donald wyrick

I have a 2008 carriage domini when they manufactured this trailer they did not cut the hole in the trailer for the slide out room correctly they cut it to small. So now I have to have it repaired for a cost of 6,000.00 dollars. I believe that this should have been caught by quality control and fixed before it left the factory. The reason that I bought a carriage is that I thought that they were a quality coach, boy was I fooled!! Not a happy camper!!!

Jun 20, 2013
Carriage FW Slide micro switch
by: Jerry in Colorado

Do you know the brand of the micro switch? Where can I buy a replacement switch.

Jul 17, 2014
Micro Switch behind bedroom door
by: Bruce and Barbara

The micro switch is actually located on the door stop, not the wall, as we understood.

If the door is not locked, the micro switch will not engage and the FWS will not deploy or retract.

We never found this in the owner's manual.

Thank goodness for message boards!

Carri-Lite 2011

Sep 16, 2014
Slide out
by: Jimmy

my 5th wheel slide out , not coming out evenly , what can i do.

Sep 16, 2014
Open Road LS 2006 Slide Out
by: Jimmy

I have a problem with my slideout , it will not come out evenly about 3 inches off from one side than the other side. no problems with the electrical systems. my slideout leans down some also , about two inches . how can i fix this problem.

Mar 05, 2015
slide problem on Carriage 37RESLS
by: Rich D

37RESLS Long slide bottom does not come in tight, drove in very wet weather and SME water wept through. Can't seem to find a diagram on how to bring bottom in tight.

May 20, 2015
Slide problems on carri lite 2008
by: Anonymous

Thankyou all for your input!!! This is great you are taking the time to help others!!

My livingroom slide only comes out about 1 ft and then starts to make a clicking/stuttering rubber sound. Now it will not go in without a little help from outside. It is not electrical and all other slides work fine. could it be off track?

thankyou so much.

karl k.

May 25, 2015
Carriage Slide Issues
by: Anonymous

Logon to Carriage-Lifestyle-owners-forum and search for slide repair issues. Would be a good idea to join as a member and owner, which allows more info.

God Bless

Jun 21, 2015
Slide Out does not operate
by: Anonymous

I have a Sprinter 2004 RV with 2 slide outs, one for the bedroom and one for the living area. The slides are Lippert Systems. There is only one button to activate the slides. The living slide is extended along with the bedroom one. When pressing the button to close the slides, the bedroom one closes and then a clicking noise is heard. The living area slide does not move. After I pressed to open and the bedroom one opens and then clicks when fully open, but nothing on the living one.

Sep 19, 2015
Slide Problems Fixed!
by: Anonymous

I recently purchased a Carriage CW374 from a private individual, expecting to have a great time on the road. Much to my surprise 3 of the 4 slides did not come in or go out properly. I also learned quickly that one of the landing jacks wouldn't go down all the way... I was totally disappointed. So I called UltraFab, the maker of the motors for the jacks and spoke to Randy in the service dept. He told me to check the 3 nuts that held the slide motors in place, and the 4 nuts that held the jack motors in place to make sure they were tight... Low and behold, the nuts were loose on every one of them. I used a 7/16 wrench to tighten the nuts and everything is working great. Thanks Randy! Hope this helps.

Sep 19, 2015
Waste Tank
by: Jerry

I have a 2010 37MSTR Carri lite. The Black tank is cracked where the special designed tank goes over a cross member. Attempt to patch the tank was unsuccessful. Any know where to purchase a replacement tank. I can have one installed but the penetration pipes would have to be modified. Also the spring loaded hinges on the pantry door, one needs replacing cant find the like type. Thanks,

Feb 28, 2016
Noise under my 5th wheel slide when operating.
by: Bob Burden

When I extend or retract my slide there is a popping noise the entire time its moving.
What would this be? Its a 2012 and we bought it new, and the problem just started.

Jun 10, 2016
cameo slide
by: Anonymous

I purchased a 2008 Cameo 35SB3 and the large slide would not do anything but click. The dealer was no help so I decided to look at it myself. I unzipped the access panel and the gears were jumping on the motor. I removed the motor and lubed everything and when I put the motor back in I made sure I had the gears and motor up all the way. Repaired and works great.

Jul 11, 2016
Cameo long slide
by: Larry Rydberg

I don't know if my other comment went through. Long slide didn't come in. It's 77 miles away. We have made phone calls and on the Internet. No luck where motor is or solutions. We are going down with information we have received. Here are three numbers I have. 269-503-3783, 269-503-0542, 269-270-1425. We are going down to change out switch and fuses along with checking micro switches along with checking voltage. I'll keep you posted. Larry Rydberg. 253-249-1779

Nov 20, 2016
by: Anonymous

I have a 2004 carriage cameo fifth wheel.the right side Electric does not work.from the power box

Jan 08, 2017
Domani Slide Heartaches
by: Mary Valerie

We purchased an 08 Domani by Carriage thinking we had a high quality coach.
It looked wonderful but soon we had problems with the large slide getting stuck and chains breaking. Next the cushions started peeling off, the top layer of the cover just cracked and peeled in sections that were used more.
Anyone have problems like this?

Feb 11, 2017
Carriage Domani issues
by: Anonymous

Did you have an inspection done prior to purchasing your 2008 domani?

Jun 22, 2017
by: Anonymous

Did you figure out why it kept breaking??

^^^ responding to above comments

Jun 24, 2017
Slide Out NEW
by: Rodney Galloway

We have a 2008 Domani Carriage 5th wheel. The large slide out will not slide in and all the cushions have also peeled. We need help fixing the slide out. The local RV repair center tried to fix it but did not. Any information?

Sep 21, 2017
Wall Slide - Won't NEW
by: Dave

Bought a 36 Max1 new in 2011. Have had our issues but love the unit. Wall slide has seemed to have gotten "draggy", sometimes "stuck" open or if we didn't open all the way it "stuck", "clicked" under the steps. Eventually got it to close with shore power, or waited a while and retried with success. Now open and will not close. Thought it was the batteries, 1 yr old RV special, tested under load, fine. (Can't understand why they don't show as fully charged in the control panel,a 2nd issue.) Slide "clicks" in the area near the motor under the steps. Bedroom door open all the way. In May, repair shop said slide went in and out several times couldn't find a problem to fix. Where are the micro switches to check and how can you test them? Is there more than one motor? Where are these 3 bolts to tighten that was mentioned?

Oct 10, 2017
Wall Slide-Won't "Fixed" NEW
by: Dave

Found the problem, slide was not all the way out. Located the access to the motor through the wall in the basement. There is a hole in the backer board. Find the soft spot in the fabric or remove part of the wall to see the hole across from the motor. Cut a hole in the fabric. Flip the manual switch off (above entry door), a few turns with ratchet and socket to took it all the way out so the micro switch by trash hit the wall and closed. Turned on the manual switch and the slide worked fine.

Jun 07, 2018
by: Anonymous


Feb 08, 2019
Wall Slide -Won't, update
by: Dave

Still issues with the Carriage Carri-Lite wall slide. Would not retract again. Clicks only. Broke the nut on the end of the motor off, too much torque - 0NLY use hand ratchet or breaker bar on this nut. I NEED HELP WITH MOTOR REPLACEMENT INFORMATION. Solution for slide: there is a brake on the end of the motor to prevent the slide from moving during travel. The brake is about the size of a hockey puck held on with 4 screws. It is an electromagnet that should release the brake when the slide switch is activated. In an emergency remove the brake, the slide moved in easily REPLACE the brake before moving the RV. The brake is attached by 2 thin wires. Carefully remove the 3 small screws and clean the surfaces inside the brake. Notice that on the steel plate there is a larger notch for the wires. I was not able to compress the spring with one hand and hold all the layers together. I found I was able to install 2 screws and slide the black disk in to reassemble the brake. Note there seems to be a "green" side to the black plastic disk that faces down. I am not a mechanic, just a problem solver, I found a brake on for reference. This motor does not have a manual override. I NEED HELP to get a new motor any numbers or manufacturer is really appreciated.

Jun 19, 2020
Domani bedroom slide not working
by: Bill in MontanaAnonymous

We have a 2008 Carriage Domani 5 th wheel. The bedroom slide stoped working half way when sliding out. No motor noise, tested fuse with a volt meter, everything good. Power in and power coming out. Checked breakers everything good. Just went dead. Is there a micro switch for these units? How do we fix it?

Oct 02, 2020
1994 carriage Carrie lite NEW
by: Master k

Good thought s all around, would this old of a model have the hidden micro fuses for the 16 ft kitchen slide?

Feb 07, 2021
cannopt close slide out 2008 NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a 2008 Carriage Cameo and the slide out will not close... Where is the break catch release on the motor itself so that we can manually close it? and what if it is a gear tooth?

Mar 29, 2021
2009 Carriage Cameo 38 ft
by: Anonymous

We are having problems with our kitchen slide. It will go out with no problems but when bringing back in it sounds like it is slipping and won't move. Any ideas on what to do are greatly appreciated.

Jul 22, 2021
Carriage Cameo LXI NEW
by: Jeremy

I was wondering if you figured out the answer to your post about finding a replacement motor or part numbers? Does your motor have the mounting posts right on the face of the motor that the bolts run through to attach the motor to the gear bracket?

If yours does then my motor is the same and I'm having a hard time finding replacement parts. Any help would be appreciated


Jan 31, 2022
Motor for Carraige LXI 5th wheel NEW
by: Anonymous

Im looking for the same motor for mine I think its a Von Weise bolts came loose and broke from houseing
where to get parts is my problem does any one Know reply to thanks Carl

Nov 27, 2023
Slide out NEW
by: Anonymous

Slide out gears don't mesh well

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