Adding a Second Hydraulic Ram to Kitchen Slide
I have a 2008 FR Berkshire 390QS. After purchasing it used, I realized the kitchen slide had been repaired at some point. It uses one hydraulic ram and a system including a transfer shaft/rack and pinion gears to transfer the motion from the rear slide post (with the hyd ram) to the front post. It's nearly impossible to explain in words. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, don't worry...probably only Berk owners can understand...maybe others use this method (I have no idea).
ANYWAY! The front end of the slide moves unevenly--the gears sort of pop and bind a little..it works, but I'm very nervous every time I use it.
I'm considering asking me local RV repair shop to put in a second hydraulic ram to push/pull on the front end. I'd leave the gears and transfer shaft in place so that they move in unison. My thought would be to Tee off the existing line to the rear ram, and just have the second ram be fed by the same pump line...it would probably move slower and take a bit longer, but we're only talking 30 seconds. I'm not sure you can run rams that way...maybe each ram needs a specific line direct from the pump (?).
Anyone done or had similar issues/problems/solutions?