Originally Posted by TXiceman
My general opinion is to avoid anything made by Lippert...LCI. This includes frames and slide systems. But they have made inroads with lots of manufacturers.
With that said, having had both hydraulic slide systems and mechanical gear driven systems, my preference is for the mechanical gear driven system. My first preference is to have no slides, thus no problems with them.
The Redwood is a showy trailer, but you will be disappointed after your King of The Road as for build quality.
Warren Buffet buys all kinds of companies, the he places highly experienced people in those companies products to "oversee them" and "improve them" if needed. I don't belive the Lipperts follow the same model.
As was said before, any mechanical system can fail, hydraulic or gear driven. I had two fifths with hydraulic rooms, etc, did repairs on both, nothing out of ordinary, leaks, chafed hydraulic line, adjustment. I like the speed of actuation in hydrailics, gear systems take forever.
I had three fifths, two of high quality and a (new) junker in between. Once you owned a high quality fifth like a KOR, you will never be happy with a glitzy "value junker". It will be like an arranged marriage where she looks good in a wedding dress and a full vail. Once you take that dress and vail off, you will discover buck teeth, halitosis and body hair. And a fact that with that marriage "that bride" will be around for a while.
My suggestion would be that you send you current "bride" to a plastic surgeon, do a chin lift and maybe a little botox. Remember "divorces" can be very expensive.