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Old 03-11-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Electric slids w/pullies or hydraulic

In my new Berkshire I have a pullie system that moves the slides ....what does the vet say on which is better .....cables or hydraulic
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Hi jponyboyace,
You'll find more Forest River Berkshire owners in the Forest River Owners Forum. On the iRV2 main page, scroll about 1/2 way down the page. There you should see the Owners Corner and the Forest River Owners forum. I suggest this because your question is very Brand and model specific. Nobody knows your coach like somebody who owns one just like yours.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:27 AM   #3
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jponyboyace,

Very hard to answer your question with a simple answer. Maybe there is no answer...

There are 3 types of operating systems
1. Cable
2. Electric
3. Hydraulic

The type of slide operator that is installed depends on several variables.
1. How long is the slide.
2. How much does the slide weigh.
3. How far will the slide travel outward.
4. Is the slide an above the floor model.
5. Is the slide a flush floor model.

Some are good and some are bad.

They all have their pros and cons. From a tech's viewpoint, I look for smooth and positive movement. No herks and jerks, no fits and starts, and no jaming or binding. And, of course, does the RV come with a complete set of Installation/Service manuals for the slides.

I also check out the operation of all slides from the inside AND the outside. And don't forget to look under the slide outside for indications that the slide is rubbing something wrong and grinding off paint or metal. And based on my last slide job, I will never buy any RV without some kind of a limit switch on the slides. A slide that goes out too far can crack the outside wall, while a slide that comes in too far can easily break something internally.

Hope this helps.
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Wow Dale ...how bout the berkshire has both hydolics and cable....hmmmmm hope this is a good thing...there is a single piston that pushes the full wall slide out along with cables.....but some very good points as u posted....rhanks jim
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jponyboyace,

Very hard to answer your question with a simple answer. Maybe there is no answer...

There are 3 types of operating systems
1. Cable
2. Electric
3. Hydraulic

The type of slide operator that is installed depends on several variables.
1. How long is the slide.
2. How much does the slide weigh.
3. How far will the slide travel outward.
4. Is the slide an above the floor model.
5. Is the slide a flush floor model.

Some are good and some are bad.

They all have their pros and cons. From a tech's viewpoint, I look for smooth and positive movement. No herks and jerks, no fits and starts, and no jaming or binding. And, of course, does the RV come with a complete set of Installation/Service manuals for the slides.

I also check out the operation of all slides from the inside AND the outside. And don't forget to look under the slide outside for indications that the slide is rubbing something wrong and grinding off paint or metal. And based on my last slide job, I will never buy any RV without some kind of a limit switch on the slides. A slide that goes out too far can crack the outside wall, while a slide that comes in too far can easily break something internally.

Hope this helps.
I have a 09 Astoria and have two cable slides and one hydraulic. It did not come with any manuals but have them now from online sources and with those can travel armed with a little knowledge if something malfunctions with them.
Thanks for the information, it applies to all of us.
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My personal preference is for a electric gear driven slide mechanism. It's pretty reliable and relatively simple to fix if needed.

Hydraulic works fine too, but the mechanism (at least on the one hydraulic slide I had) took up quite a bit more space than the electric rack & pinion gear system.
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