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Old 01-01-2015, 07:29 AM   #1
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Checking hwh fluid level

I don't have my manual, but was wondering if the jacks needs to be up and the all the slides in to check the HWH fluid level?
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Slides in and jacks up before checking fluid. Otherwise, you'll get a low false positive and you'll overfill.
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you wouldn't happen to know what kind and brand of hydraulic fluid to use would you?
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YUP--conventional wisdom says: "jacks up and slides in!" Suspect that since the jacks are one-way cylinders and the slides are two-way, only the jacks really affect accurate reservoir readings but probably best to check it with everything closed--just my habit.
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From the HWH website:


What kind of fluid should I use in my system?
The use of HWH Specialty Hydraulic Oil is recommended but Dexron or multipurpose transmission fluids can be used if necessary. DO NOT use hydraulic jack oil, brake fluid or power steering fluid.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:07 AM   #6
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Transmission fluids are strongly discouraged, as they contain a dye that will stain if they leak. The HWH fluid does not have the dye.

I carry a quart bottle of the HWH fluid with me. I got it at Camping World.
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We use Dexron III (subs for the Mercon referenced in my HWH manual). \ken
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The 2006 Alpine Apex 40FDQS is checked with the passenger slides extended and the jacks up. The tank should be filled to approximately one inch from the top. It should have a sticker that says this right on the reservoir tank.
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All Alpines which have a slideout(s) on the passenger side must be checked with the passenger side slideouts extended and the driver side slides retracted with Jacks up.

The reason for this is the passenger side slideouts are extended by pulling the slideout. HWH hydraulic rams retract when the slide opens. The drivers side push open the slideouts extending the rams.

I hope this explains how the HWH system works.
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OK--push or pull, the slide cylinders are two-way, meaning fluid moves the cylinder pistons in both directions....Do whatever the book says, you should do it, but frankly, I think you are sorting the fly specs out of the pepper at this point.
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