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Old 12-30-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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Best Slide out Drive Systems in new 5r?

Of the 3 5rs we have owned, were either Hydraulic or Mechanical Motor driven systems.

Never had a lick of issues with the Mechanical Motor driven systems.

The Hydraulic however did develop a "wet" no drip in line that seemed to never be controlled 100%. Granted it was not severe and only required maintenance a couple times.

The DW really liked that Redwood we looked at but one of my concerns are all those hydro lines running all over the place. Just makes me a little concerned.

DW likes what's inside the rig. I look at axle, wt, tires, insulation, build, mechanics of it all.

Think our next rig we will tour as many plants as possible to see first hand that process. What are your thoughts on the slide out drive systems in new 5r's?
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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.

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Problems with slide outs are rare really. I have had 0 problems with the DRV and it is hydraulic. 4.5 years
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I think either mechanical or hydraulic works fine. What I believe is the problem is the quality of the installation of the hydraulic system.
Have you considered remodeling the King?
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Had a 36' HH. CE. IN less than 5 mo. Of purchase , both motors on the
bedroom slide and the awning motor went out. Took it straight to the factory
For rep. Was fixed right but a pain.
All can have problems.
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Anything mechanical can fail. It isn't common though.
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Mechanical systems can fail gears, shear pins and motors. Hydraulic systems can fail hoses, seals, pumps and motors. I don't think having either is a deal-breaker; just a matter of preferences.

I would look strongly at sinking some $$$ in your KR - it's a better-built 5th wheel than a Redwood.

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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.

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Almost impossible to avoid Lippert. They make pretty much make all the slide out mechanisms.
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I agree. Redwood would be a large step down from your KOR. It is basically another Erhart mass produced unit. I looked hard at them as I was in market for larger unit. We found this Teton and honestly I have found nothing on market today to compete with it. Custom built units may but that is over most people's budget.
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I totally agree that we have found nothing built like our King. It is in excellent shape!! As clean as the day it was new. If we had to change any thing would be to add more cabinet space in the kitchen and install a dishwasher, really that is all.

I don't know if a kitchen remodel is worth the cost. Would certainly want the woodwork to match up. An island might be a good option. When I cut the hole in SW for the dryer vent, I saved the plug from it. You should see it in comparison to the Redwood. Ours is nearly double. Yes it is built very well and comfortable.
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The Redwood would not be as comfortable, lacking in insulation, etc. My intentions with this Teton, although it is as good as new now, is to remodel it when time comes unless I get rich and order a custom unit. lol. Units made to these standards, if you keep the water out, will last long time. Yes, appliances will need replacing, but that not large expense compared to a new unit. DRV's are good units. Teton is better, KOA better. I selling my DRV Mobile Suites and the Teton is upgrade. Teton is 3 years older also. I know of several who have repainted, remodeled their Teton and wouldn't part with it for anything current. You know the condition of your KOA. I believe you will be happier to fix it up and keep it if structurally sound. These are my opinions though. God bless
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Somewhere on the forum a while ago a guy posted photo's of his MH paint job referb. I think it was in TX? Man did they do a fantastic job on it!!! I will have to see if I can find it again and where that shop was at. The price might be high but that paint job was great. Any one else see it?
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If you google "Plug It Right" Dutch and Di remolded their Carriage, and it looks great.
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I finally found the referb photos by Saint...take a look

I will see if this will work, if not you can see photos done on this referb job under Just Conversation, Full Body Paint, by Saint. Wow!! Xtreme Paint and Graphics did a fantastic job!!

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