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Old 10-22-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Hydraulic Pump Problem..Please Help

I have a 2003 38' fifth Montana. It has three slides. The Lippert hydraulic pump has a leak at the O-ring where the fluid reservoir bolts unto the pump. I have replaced the o ring but the leak comes back. I did not use a sealant when I replaced the o ring. ( will fill the catch pan over time..2 qts) A friend called Lippert and they want $1200 for a new pump and tank. They suggested a new o ring with sealant applied under the o ring and on top of it. Then put a swimming pool noodle under the tank to cushion the tank while traveling. Iím willing to try this, but if it will not stop the leak, is there not a pump and tank I can buy for around $ 3 to 400 dollars that will work. Lippert says the pump is obsolete. I see no cracks or flaws on the tank or pump. Surely there is another brand name that will work for thisÖ
Please help.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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Replace mine on a 04 Cedar Creek about 3 years ago. Go to RV Upgrades.com and buy new unit for under $400. That is what I did and it is easy to install. I had the same problem as you. The plastic can warps and can't be fixed. Good luck.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:43 AM   #3
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Thanks Retis...I went there and ordered. You have saved me alot of money. Again, Thanks so much!!
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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There are big problems with them. Official response we got (we're a dealer) was put in the new oring with Blue RTV silicone and support the reservoir.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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Did the O ring and silicone thing that was recommended by Lippert. It did not last very long and It leaked again. I have had this new pump installed for over 3 years and lots of miles and no issues.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:04 PM   #6
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Same problem

YOU CAN REPLACE THE TANK I BOUGHT JUST THE TANK FROM THE NEW MANUFACTURER $80.00 , THE ORIGINAL COMPANY WENT UNDER THE NEW COMPANY IS HERE IN SOUTHBORO MA I WILL FIND MY INVOICE AND SEND TO YOU




QUOTE=JohnnyJohnso;1776405]I have a 2003 38' fifth Montana. It has three slides. The Lippert hydraulic pump has a leak at the O-ring where the fluid reservoir bolts unto the pump. I have replaced the o ring but the leak comes back. I did not use a sealant when I replaced the o ring. ( will fill the catch pan over time..2 qts) A friend called Lippert and they want $1200 for a new pump and tank. They suggested a new o ring with sealant applied under the o ring and on top of it. Then put a swimming pool noodle under the tank to cushion the tank while traveling. Iím willing to try this, but if it will not stop the leak, is there not a pump and tank I can buy for around $ 3 to 400 dollars that will work. Lippert says the pump is obsolete. I see no cracks or flaws on the tank or pump. Surely there is another brand name that will work for thisÖ
Please help.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Lippert doesn't make anything, they just gobble up companies that do and then "manage them, not" and take their "corporate cut" to gobble more companies.
I'm not surprised that the "corporate edict" came down to charge $1200 buck for that unit. I don't know anything about the Lippert system, but I designed and built hydraulic operated products and fixed hydraulic rooms system on my rig (made by HWH) and can buy complete pump and tank unit for around $300 all day long Hydraulic Power Units, cylinders for $100-200 and any length hose with fittings for under $50.

Lippert has an interesting corporate strategy of ensnaring a manufacturer. Start with a cheap frame and then we will sell you everything to hang on it and stuff in it. One stop shopping. And then like in that song "Sixteen tons" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "You can owe your soul to the company store".
You want to become an RV manufacturer, buy an empty building an call Lippert.

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