I'm an old refrigeration guy, so I know when a system is low on refrigerant there is a leak. Letting my slides out yesterday when they go almost all the way out and stopped. Found out it was low on fluid. Researched it and discovered it was a dark murky color and Lippert recommended changing it. Further research seemed to indicate that fluid needed to be added at times. I'm almost positive I don't have a leak, so where did it go?
Thought it rather strange that there was no way to drain the fluid, so had to pump it out with a hand pump.
Interesting this just came up. I messaged Chuck my slides were slow and I thought cold weather. Found oil under the carport & dripping from under the coroplast and running back on the frame. I'll be digging into that in the next few days, hoping it's just a loose fitting.
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I will be keeping a close eye on the level of fluid now. Maybe there is a small leak somewhere, I've just seen nothing under the camper. We have really used it since we got it last spring. 10,000 miles and a lot of working of the slides and level system. I read also that air can be trapped in the lines that will eventually purge out causing some drop in the level of fluid. The system is open to the atmosphere as it allows the fluid to push in and out.
Not sure if I want to do such, that's going to be a real pain in the backside besides the cost of the hydraulic fluid ... To do it properly your going to have to drain all the lines an possibly all the
rams to get all the fluid out an then bleed such to get the air out ... Ugh !!!
I wonder if they mean just drain the reservoir of fluid, if so that wouldn't mean to me replacing the
fluids ... As I stated I have hydraulic fluid in some of my tractors that are years old an still are
ok as far as I am concerned ...
This is something that maybe we need to address at the rally this year, I wonder if they are worried
that the oil will loose it's viscosity after three years, I wouldn't think so, in my way of thinking it's
not like a car engine were the oil is being used constantly in a hostile enverment, hummmmmm
I think the issue is that, over time, the hydraulic fluid can become contaminated with moisture (from condensation) and that water in the system will cause corrosion. That's the aircraft answer ... but as has been pointed out, this ain't no airplane. ;-). I will say that if oil can get out, dirt can get in ... so if there's a leak, a change of oil might be a good idea.
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I have a 2016 G372BHF, purchased new in 2018. I had a leaking hydraulic valve and a bad ram on the living room slide that was replaced this year. We only use the trailer 2-3 times a year. It took 9-10 months at the dealer to fix. They never ordered parts then owner died and dealer couldn’t buy anything until the dealership was bought out. I wasn’t happy to say the least.