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Old 04-04-2019, 06:44 AM   #1
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Hydraulic Slides not retracting

We have a 2015 Forest River Blue Ridge 3125. It has 3 slides that operate off 1 switch and the system is hydraulic. The problem is that the slides will not retract. It was working fine and we had the slides open for a week as we were getting ready for our first trip of the season. There is plenty of fluid in the reservoir and no leaks. The pump seems to be working. The self leveling system is working. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:48 AM   #2
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When you push the button, does anything happen? Any sound from the pump? If not, check for a breaker on the wall near the pump. It should have a little button on the side that may need to be pushed back in to reset. If the pump is making noise (going in or out), then it could be the valve solenoid. Check to see if it has voltage.
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:37 AM   #3
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sounds like i lippert hydraulic system that runs the legs and the slides. am i correct that you can use the system to extend and retract the legs but it will not retract the slides? this would be a solenoid or control valve in the hydraulic lines. if legs are operating the pump in running and making hydraulic pressure. one pump powers both the legs and the slides. there has to be a control valve in the hydraulic lines that directs the pressure to either the legs or the slides. this control valve would get its instructions (open or close) via a wire from the control board. there are several fuses on the control board. you might want to pull them and check them. hopefully it is just a fuse. or a wire could have come loose. or of course, the valve could have failed.
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Old 04-04-2019, 09:06 AM   #4
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We have a similar setup. There is a fuse in our main fuse block that will blow if the batteries are too low. It is only for the slides. There is also a resettable fuse near the hydraulic pump that is for the slides. My bet is a fuse, perhaps combined with low batteries.
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Old 04-04-2019, 12:31 PM   #5
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Are you sure about the fluid level? With the levelers down and slide outs extended that can use significant volume. Do the levelers come up? If so fluid isnít the issue.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:16 PM   #6
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The pump is working. The self leveling system is working perfectly. I was able to push the bedroom slide in about 12”. Then pushed the switch to open and it also moved outward. I’m wondering if it may be the solenoid isn’t working in the closed position.
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Old 04-04-2019, 06:17 PM   #7
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The fluid level should be ok. And I even added a quart just to be sure. And the self leveling system is working perfectly.
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this is just a stupid thought but i thought of it when you said you added fluid. by any chance is there a leak in the hoses that would get pressurized when you try to move the sides in? are you just pumping fluid out a leak so it is not moving the cylinder. again, just a thought?
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:28 AM   #9
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No sir. I’ve checked and there aren’t any leaks.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:31 AM   #10
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I’ve checked all fuses. I even went ahead and replaced all fuses just to be sure. I checked the resettable breaker. My bet is it’s either a solenoid or a bad valve. Going to check them today.
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