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Old 04-02-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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hydraulics for slides on 2003 cardinal 5er

I have a 03 29ft Forestriver cardinal . The hydrolic hose for the slides leaks at the pump . the hoses go up and looks like into the front closet ,not sure I would like to know if anyone can tell me how to get to the other end without tearing out to much unneeded things so I can take it out and have the leaking end replaced . I think it is under the bed some where not sure.
I just bought it used in Dec. in Fla. I am now home in Michigan and there is no manual for the unit.

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Old 04-02-2011, 10:09 PM   #2
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Does this service manual help http://www.powergearus.com/documents...ideout_Sys.pdf
Where exactly is the leak, at the threads or in the actual "rubber" hose? If the threads are leaking, a small tightening might stop the leak.
If the hose has a hole, you are correct; replacement is your only option. Did you locate both ends of the leaking hose? If you did, tie a small rope securely to one end before pulling the hose out. This leaves the rope to pull a new hose into place.
FWIW, an owners manual would not contain diagrams of hose routing.

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Old 04-03-2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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That's where the leak is i'm wanting to know how to find the end inside the trailer without tearing a lot of things apart to find it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:44 AM   #5
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Not for this problem but i will keep it for future use thanks so much.
I'm trying to locate the end inside the trailer without removing a lot of unnessasary panels etc. The leak i tried to tighten the leaking end and that didn't work it looks like it is the collar that is crimped to the hose that is leaking . As soon as the weather clears this week i'll just open the slides and start with removing the bed see what is under it.
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It depends on which slide is leaking. If it is the bedroom slide then the cylinder is under the bed. Lift the bed platform, remove the panel and you will see the cylinder. If it is one of the other slides, then you will need to start taking off the under belly panels to expose things. The hoses will probably not be hidden, but likely will be strapped to the frame or other structural parts. If tightening the hose connection does not stop the leak, then I see two options. First, find a hydraulic shop that can do a repair to your existing hose while still on the trailer. Second, remove the offending hose and have a new one made. Option one will be the cheapest. Option two would be the best.
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Thanks that's what I wanted to know. As soon as the weather warms up this week I'll take a look.

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