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Old 12-11-2014, 11:26 AM   #11
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The angle at which the cylinder shaft is at when extended all the way out it is closer on the outside of the beam while the inside of the beam has a slightly larger gap. When i jiggle the shaft it still does not hit the beam. One difference may be the position of the hole in which the cylinder shaft bolts into on the plate mounted on the slide mechanism. I tried to adjust the 2 bolts on that plate that restricts the travel to better it try to align the slide so the bottom of the slide does not stick out as far as it does versus how tight the top is. I had Randy look at it and he said leave well enough alone otherwise it will start to wear the paint on the side of the coach. I am not going to futz with the slide anymore and just leave it alone as ling ad it doesn't start to creep out again.


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Old 12-11-2014, 04:41 PM   #12
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Marty; you are right. I got the angle on the beam backwards, I'm good with the new cylinder and will wait to see what happens. I got into this thread for the person that started it and is now having drifting problems on the dinette slide.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:11 PM   #13
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I've been fighting this for some time now and thanks for the info!


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Old 10-11-2015, 12:55 AM   #14
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The same thing happened me this summer just as I was getting ready to leave on a long trip.

Was told my Forest River dealer that the wait for a new ram was between 1 and 2 weeks.

I ended up calling in a mobile hydraulic specialist. These rams are somewhat prepiortory due to the fact that they are welded at both end..... FR does not want to give the option on rebuild.

The person that did my work is used to working in the oil industry and is very comfortable with making rams from scratch.

After cutting the end off of the ram, he saw right away why it had failed. Masking tape that had been used in the original painting of the ram was left on the rod. Over a period of time this masking tape had shredded the internal seals. The had also.caused the rod to bend and the inside.of the cylinder to become badly scuffed.

He and his helper ended up making.me a new ram from scratch. The total.job took almost 8 hours with a cost of slightly more.than $1000. This is a fraction of the cost of.repair thought FR.

The part through FR was over 1000 and the shop rate is 200 per hour.

Kitchen side is still functional however the end of the rod is bent
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:50 AM   #15
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I had the same problem we had the slide cylinder replaced on my unit by Lazy Days in Tucson .My extended warranty covered everything but the shipping of the cylinder.If you ever need work done on your unit while in Tucson they are the best I have ever dealt with..
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:40 AM   #16
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My problem is this is my 3rd ram in 1 1/2 years... It's looks to be resting on the beam when out and not when its in...


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Old 10-12-2015, 08:59 AM   #17
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My problem is this is my 3rd ram in 1 1/2 years... It's looks to be resting on the beam when out and not when its in...


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Oh yes, you bring back bad memories. Before I replaced the ram, one year ago, I noted that particular ram was the longest one. Also noted that it had trouble threading its way between the frame attachment point and the slide. The ram goes in and out, but I found that the slide end makes it move vertically during the travel. The interference points of the ram is the Freightliner rail, the slide's timing shaft and the coach's body.

Like you, I found that the ram pressed on the chassis rail. This pressing could be huge, because the slide end when going vertically down acts like a pry bar. Maybe the ram did not dent, but this prying action probably put a huge toll on the piston's seal.

After I had the ram replaced, I believe that they had gotten some clearance off the rail.

I advise that after you once again have the ram replaced that you get in the cargo bay and have someone move the slide in and out. Check that when putting a piece of paper on the rail, that you can freely move it with the slide in or out. Also check that the piston does not hit the timing shaft, chassis body or the press heavily on the plastic timing shaft guard.

Once again, I chalk this up to bad FR design and not workmanship or the supplier. - Hank
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