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Old 11-15-2012, 07:08 PM   #15
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but then a decently designed system with well made hoses and connectors will operate trouble free for many years. The hoses and connectors are not really an issue. Just pump/reservoirs and cylinders. A hydraulic pump is not subjected to the same stresses as an electric motor. I don't guess I understand that.
-A good hydraulic system will allow you to operate one slide at a time by activating a solenoid which drives the selected ram. The most common are just one pump with valves to manually shut off selected rams.
-all hydraulic motors/pumps have a backup drive system: a hex head bolt in the pump, which can be manually driven by a hand held electric or battery operated drill. If you can get in there to it. I've seen some that were a pain. Motor manual over rides are always accessible.
-in the event of a failure with an electric system, there is a hand crank to move the slides. I think I would rather be able to use an electric drill to manually crank a hydraulic pump than to have to hand crank an electric system.
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Half Dimes, thank you. Very well stated. Our last fiver was a 2003 model of your 2008. Had the same slide system. The 2 years we had it never had a bit of trouble with it. Had 3 fivers prior to it and had to have at least one electric motor replaced on each of them due to the gears breaking and that causing the motor to get in a bind and burn up very quick. Have had to one replaced on our current rv. See sig.

I've rarely seen electric motors have issues on regular trailers.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:47 AM   #16
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for what it's worth...
I just got my 2012 4 slide 5er back from the 4th trip to the dealer for the schwintek slide issues... each and every time we've taken the rv out (except for the first time)
this slide mechanism has given us issues... fyi, none of the 3 hydra slides has been an issue, only this NEW schwintek has

this last time we had to drive home with the front of the slide out 4 inches and the back snugged up...

The dealer had to work with lippert for weeks to replace rollers, add rollers, put more powerful motors in and do God knows what else that he says will make it work....

we'll see.. as I too had watched all the videos and determined I just want it to WORK, I don't want to become a Lippert tech !!!!

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Old 12-13-2012, 12:56 PM   #17
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Cable is ok for smaller slides, I don't know how it is on larger ones (I have two cable cars) But if a cable breakes in the wrong place (mine did) it is a real job routing the new one. Trust me on that. PAIN IN THE ANATOMY.

Between Hydraulic and Rack & Pinion, I have R&P,, I would like to try hydraulic..

With any system there can be problem. if you know how to handle them. They are less of a problem.. I got rather good at replacign shear pins in my Rack and pinion system.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #18
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The other type not mentioned is an Acme screw drive by H&H Industries, Barker mfg. One motor drives the 2 screws. Motor turns 34 revolutions to 1 turn of the screws. Very slow compared to rack and pinion, but very powerfull. Comes with a hand crank if motor fails. Lubed the acme screws after 17 years.
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Personally, of the 3 systems mentioned, I'd rate them as follows:


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I'm with Rusty - - never had cable, but sure had the others. Nothing so calming and relaxing than to empty your hydraulic fluid all over the basement. Constant problems on two motorhomes. This fiver has electromechanical - - not the first problem. Some units now have a single full-wall slide that are the same style.

Oh yeh, forgot - - popped a bolt on one about four years ago. Took about a half hour to fix it.


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