Originally Posted by jcowles3
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