How Do I Reset My RV Slide Out (3 Simple Methods)

RVs are your home on wheels. They are especially convenient while going camping, hiking, or fishing in the summer or spring. And some RVs even have slide-outs, to make the living more spacious. 

You can do a lot while the slide-outs are open. Move around more, have guests over for a party, and simply feel more like your home. But sometimes the slide-out jams, malfunctions, won’t open properly, or leave you stranded halfway. 

The only solution in this situation is to Reset the slide out. But how do you reset your RV slide-out? Well, a newbie or a pro RVer, we all have had this question. The simplest way to reset your RV slideout is to use the reset button, the power switch, or the breaker switch, disconnect the slide-out motor and reconnect. 

Don’t worry! We’re not going to leave it for you to figure it out but walk you through it. 

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3 Easy Ways To Reset Your RV Slide Out

You might feel a bit overwhelmed thinking of resetting your slide out, but it’s mostly simple as 1,2,3. You can reset your slide out by following any of the following methods. 

Method 1: Using The Reset Button

Most RVs, if not all of them, with a motorized slide-out, have a manual reset button. It might be inside the RV or outside. And sometimes right next to the slide-out motor. Just flip it and let it sit for a few minutes. Then try retracting or extracting your slide out. It will now work naturally. 

Method 2: By Fliping The Power Or Breaker Switch 

Another way to reset the slide-out is to cut all power to your RV. If you remember, this used to be the same method to reset any of your home appliances back in the day. Simply flip the power switch or breaker and let it sit for a good 5 minutes or so. This will reset all the settings. Turn the power back on and check if your slide out. 

Method 3: Disconnecting The Slide Out Motor

If both of the previous methods fail, it is time to be the handyman. Grab some pliers, screwdrivers, and torch light. Turn off the power switch and proceed with taking off the slide-out motor cover. Then disconnect the power cables to the motor. Sometimes the motor latches on to some power and doesn’t reset with button flips. This is why you have to disconnect it completely. Then plug and screw everything back. Remember to check if it is working before putting on the cover. 

Know When To Call A Professional 

When everything fails, you might need to call a professional. It can be the lever hydraulics or anything stuck between the slide-out gap. Also, the electrical circuits might be fried or the wires are faulty. A professional can guess the problem in a few minutes and fix it promptly. So make the wise decision to call them. 

Pro Tips

  • Always clean and lubricate your slide-out mechanisms. 
  • Check for any weird sounds and take it for its yearly maintenance. 
  • Don’t put too much pressure on the slide-out cabin. 

(FAQs) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Why is my slideout not opening?

There can be various reasons why your slideout is not opening. The lubricant might wear out, motor problems, the motor getting stuck in a loop, wiring trouble, or something stuck between the slideout. If you have previous experiences, then you can check it out yourself. But we suggest getting more professional help if it is more than resetting of the motor switch. 

Where is the RV reset button?

Different RV manufacturers put the reset button in different places. It can be in a power outlet or beside the main power breaker. If you can’t find it anywhere in these two places, we suggest consulting with your manufacturer to get a clear idea. 


Slide-outs make a whole lot of difference from a regular RV. You get more space to roam around. And if you are a family and friends person, you know it’s far better. But make sure to take care of it properly as it does for you. And always ask for help rather than do some DIY and cause more damage. We don’t need to be good at everything. 

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