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Posted: 06/09/12 10:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MPI_Mallard wrote:

donn0128 wrote:

Hydraulics are fine. Only issue might be a bad hose, costing you $. Whereas with electric slides you can loose a motor and it will cost you $$$.
YUPP!!!!Plus the hydraulics on my fiver run both slides and front and rear jacks which means instead of several electric motors with all their moving parts built by the cheapest manufacturer (China) i only have one simple electric fluid pump so if something goes haywire i know where to look!


On my Cedar Creek 34SB, the slides work on hydraulic pressure. The stabelizer jacks and landing gear work on electrical motors.

If you are set on a particular 5th wheel, you pretty much have to use the motive power that is on the unit.

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Good question, but don't let this issue be the deal breaker. Cardinal is a VERY good quality RV, if you like the floorplan over all others, go with it! Most probable leak issues with Forest River comes from the hydraulic fluid tank being unsupported. Check to see if your hydraulic reservoir/tank is supported by an anchor strap. If not, request dealer too add a simple fix to tank.


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I have had both and have not had any problems with either one. Would not be a deal maker if I was purchasing a new fifth wheel.
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Look for knobs on top of the pump. Theses are the manual selector valve for the slides. They were optional on my 04 Cardinal.

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Cummins12V98.....Rig with hydraulics was an Elite Suite by DRV. Electric (jacks, slides etc) is an Escalade by KZ.

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Cummins12V98 wrote:

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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.


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I have a FR Sandpiper, hyd, with single button for slides, (wish they were seperate), but never no problems with them, no leaks/breakeage what so ever, now my brother has a sunnybrook,(2006) he has went thru 3-4 eletric motors, and his labor to install now, even at campgrounds doing repair, he has it down pat now though. ours is a 2005, we use it alot. I like the hydralic ones, but if I liked a eletric slide model I would buy it, and have my fingers crossed.


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Hydraulic slides are still electric. The motor drives a pump rather than the drive motor for the rack and pinion. Hydraulic add the possibility of leaks.

Some of the newer hydraulic systems have isolation to allow control of a single area rather than all slides.


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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.


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netjam wrote:

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. I worked on too d*mn many tractors and implements over the years, and had too many "hot oil baths", to want to deal with hydraulics on something I use for recreation. :-)

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