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Old 07-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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Lippert hydraulic system? Really?

First road trip in our new ride goes south.

After doing a little forum reading I see I've got more problems to come with this hydraulic system. This weekend the family and I went to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Check it out the mesquite camp site...beautiful!

But things went sour after arriving, the jack leveling system would not lower and the slide outs would not move either. Being a newbie, with little to no knowledge of how everything is control hydraulically and electrically. I was helpless and needed to figure it out, fast. The manual had limited information, there was no cellular service in the canyon for internet and daylight was running out.

Eventually I found one of the culprits. A fuse in the AUX battery area had blown out, but it wasn't until I got home did I find the other, an unknown strange looking circuit breaker switch that popped. Needless to say, we never got to fully enjoy it.

New problem. Why is this new rig leaking hydraulic fluid at the pump area? Where is the reservoir sight gauge so it can be serviced to the proper amount? Is there a quality service manual available? Isn't it weird a $100k machine comes with a generic xerox copied operators manual?

Perhaps you experience RV vets have worked out these delimas.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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The first problem most people find out about is generally something made by Lippert. I have a few issues with anything Lippert has their fingers in but I'm working them out or around one by one. Good luck in finding all the Lippert problems in an expediant manner.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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I'd like to respond to your particular problem, but it'd addressed ad naseum in the thread.

Generally, if you have enough trans fluid in the system, it works pretty well. I it' bseen sitting on a dealer's lot for a while, it may need cycling and a bit of fluid.

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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I think the two senarios are related. Otjers had the same problm. Oil seal allows oil in windings motor will fail. The breaker rated 80-120 amps. More than enough. Suggest you involve yr dealer, may not be this bad, but you will need parts regardless.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:26 PM   #5
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If battery voltage is low and you try to operate the slides it could trip the breaker or fuse since you will draw higher amperage if the voltage is low. The jacks will not operate if the emergency brake is not on. The leak by the pump may be from the vent on the pump reservoir cap, if you search the forum you will find its a common problem.
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Thanks for the tip on the vent, I did not notice it, I'll look close to see if it is leaking also.

By-the-way, here is a picture of the leak.

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Old 07-12-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tip on the vent, I did not notice it, I'll look close to see if it is leaking also.

By-the-way, here is a picture of the leak.
I expanded your VG picture up to full size. I see oil on both sides of the pump motor and both top and bottom. Appears to be oozing from the positive motor connection even. I've only seen dripping off the foundation plate prior. Usually the two vertical studs have a drop hanging on each, none in your case.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:04 AM   #8
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Yes, the greater part of the leak is coming from that big nut with the drop on it. It leaks only under pressure while operating and eventually stops after a day. Puddle size is usually 6-7 inches in diameter. At this time I don't have the luxury of a FR repair service center near by. It's under warranty, suppose I could live with it for a while. What do you think about nt getting it fixed right away?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:49 AM   #9
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Hyd leaks can be a real pain to find the actual source of the leak. Buy a can of "Brake Clean" at any Auto parts store. Spray down the entire manifold & pump area. Wipe it down until no trace of oil is seen. Get in a safe position with flashlight & mirror (to see top of manifold) and have someone operate the slideouts. You will then see the true culprit. Mine was a hyd fitting for the Passenger side leveling jack, easy fix (o-ring). Your leak appears to be coming from the main pressure adj screws, but it may be leaking from above. It does not look like your motor to pump seal.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #10
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I have a 2009 Georgetown Mdl 374TS. I have a problem with the hydraulic system also. I bought the unit new in Sep. 2009. Put 9000 miles on it over a period of 1.5 years, no problem. In 2011 at Campground in VA slides would not work, found out no fluid in resevoir. Now have problem when try to lower jacks or use slide outs, Circuit breaker under steps will trip. I think fluid has gone into motor. Still don't know where the leak is coming from. What is solution?
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