I have had both and they worked good. I would never get something that one button does it all! With my hydraulic system if I have a problem I can isolate the bad area and fix it with out effecting the others. And there is a spot to hook up a drill so the system can be used.
I've had both, both worked well, I prefer electric. I have two separate up/down switches for each front jack, I have 4 separate extend/retract switches for my 4 slides...easy to isolate any problems and I have a crank that if a motor fails, I can still crank the slides in or out, can even use a drill to do it if I want to..also being electric, If I have to fix a problem, I can do so without affecting any other slides, just the one I'm working on. I don't have to lock the slides down when towing to keep them from coming out.
Again, both are fine, sure wouldn't be a deal breaker. I've worked on both, no big deal, hydraulic moves everything faster and that's about it......Having had both, I prefer the electric.
Jim & Kathy
2013 Dodge 3500DRW Longhorn 4X4/CC/LB/Aisin tranny/4:10/Cummins: 385HP/850TQ
06 HR Presidential Suite 37RLQ/ 4 slide/ dual pane windows/Winegard SK3005 Satellite/Splendide XC2100 W/D
Boxers;Buddy& Sheba II
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I have had both and would never get hydraulic again. Fluid leaks make a real mess. I had problems with solinoids and rams that were really hard to find. Many techs involved each with ideas on what was required to fix the problems...few of which were successful. With electric you replace motors or trace lines. You will get various opinions but this is mine.
I agree,my previous 5er had hydraulics and leaked all over the bedroom floor and the basement not even a year old.My current has 4 electric slides and is 5 1/2 years with no problems.
What brand was your last rig?
A 2004 Forest river sandpiper 28RK 2 slides and both of the rams leaked and the pump in the basement leaked.Also had the bad axles that had to be replaced.Otherwise it was very nice just too small for the wife to fulltime in.
Most persons on this site buy their toy and use it aggressively the first few months but soon leave them parked for months at a time. Persons like us who use their rigs every other weekend and monthly during the summer, every year seem to have less problems.
We have had our Sandpiper since new in 2004. I have tried to wear it out over the last few years. Axle issue was a problem fixed by the axle manufacture AL-KO Kober. Have hydraulic slides that have functioned for several years without fail. Hoses and fittings original without leaks. We did have a shear pin break which I fixed in short order. There is one solenoid, ours has never been replaced, which is an old Ford part and can be purchased at any Napa Store. I think others think electric are without problems but they too have their spotlight moments.
What I have replaced, all PVC vents on the roof, 2 new rooftop refrigerator vents, the main awning, and I am on my 4th set of tires.
Even if you had a leak, usually o-rings, it can be repaired cheaper than buying 1 electric motor.
Buy what you like at a price you can afford and use it regularly.
Our Hitch Hiker has both types of slides. The bedroom and kitchen slides are electric and the entertainment area and big dining room slide are hydraulic. Each slide has its own control so they can be deployed one at a time. Would not like it if they all deployed at once.
the bedroom goes out 1st, them kitchen,them dining, but we can eat, get to the fridge, and even camp with all slides in.