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Old 07-18-2017, 08:30 AM   #1
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HWH Hydraulic Slides, 2002 Winnie DL

Hello all,

Have read many posts regarding the inadequacies of HWH pressure lines as mine had a leak at the crimp on the LR slide. I removed the hose and replaced it with a better quality one. However, I had great difficulty as there doesn't seem to be any way to bleed the air out. As a result, the slide got jammed with one side stuck out and the other side in a bit. We had to do several things you are not supposed to do involving chains, a tractor and push bars but the slide is now going in and out and seems to have synchronized itself.

Immediately following this repair, I stopped for fuel 200 miles down the road to discover that the rear BR slide was kicked out about 2 inches at the bottom. I attempted to run it back in and discovered that a rear line had now failed and I had a gusher of hydraulic fluid puddling under the coach.

The rear slide only has one cylinder so I don't need to worry about have the slide cocking itself sideways as before ( I think). The problem I am worried about is that there will still be the problem of bleeding off the air in the replacement line. I have read my manual and there doesn't seem to be any info on removing air from the system.

Does anyone have any information that might help me complete this line replacement without the agony I went through on the other slide? And is there any way to change out a hose on a two cylinder slide and remove the air?

And of course, none of this would be necessary if HWH actually provided reasonable quality fittings and hydraulic lines in the first place.

Thanks to any and all that can help,
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I had a 2002 Journey DL 36 and had a hose to the bedroom slide leak. It was a long hose that went from the manifold under the LR slide to the synchronizing cylinder under the bedroom slide. Replaced it with a better hose from a local hydraulic shop.

I called HWH and asked if I needed to do anything special to bleed air but they just said it would self bleed after operating the slide for several cycles. Perhaps that was related to that particular hose and not hoses that go to the main cylinder under the bed. I did what they said and had no issues.

That was in about 2006 when HWH had sufficient technical support staff to actually answer the phone. Nowadays, you call and someone may call you back several days later.

There is a forum member with the forum name azpete who works for HWH. He is gracious enough to give helpful info to forum members. You might want to send him a private message and ask your question.
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Old 07-20-2017, 04:22 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip, I sent a message to that member a few days ago but have not rec'd a response. I guess I will get under there and muck around until I get it right. I think that is going to be one awfully long hose as you said.

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