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Old 08-14-2015, 12:44 PM   #1
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Electric vs. Hydraulic

We are looking at Cedar Creek 5th Wheels and another brand and one thing I noticed was the CC had hydraulic slides and leveling systems.

The other brand uses electric to achieve the same purpose.

Why would one be better than the other?
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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I have the electric on my 5th wheel I'm sorta happy with it a friend of mine has the hydraulic leveling system on his. I think the hydraulic is faster and stronger both systems have pros and cons
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:35 PM   #3
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X2 Hydraulic is much faster.
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:43 PM   #4
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I would say hyd. Only one pump and I know hyd are strong.

Just guessing the electric would have to have a motor on each jack to level. To me that would mean six motors and gear packs. I could be wrong, have know experience with electric.

Everyone that I have met loves the auto level. All have been hyd.


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Old 08-15-2015, 02:25 AM   #5
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Hydraulic IMO is the way to go.
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Old 08-15-2015, 08:20 PM   #6
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On my XLR, I had three electric slides and electric landing gear. Each slide used a different type of motor to drive it in & out. I had to have one of the slide motors replaced (a schwintek slide) and I had two relatively minor problems with the electric landing gear -- the interconnect broke between landing gear and there was an electric short in a connection. All issues were fixed under warranty.


On my Cedar Creek Silverback, I have hydraulic slides and hydraulic level up. The system has worked great. I much prefer the hydraulic now that I have had both types.
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We are looking at Cedar Creek 5th Wheels and another brand and one thing I noticed was the CC had hydraulic slides and leveling systems.

The other brand uses electric to achieve the same purpose.

Why would one be better than the other?
I was almost already to purchase a brand new Jayco Pinnacle 5th wheel in Feb 2015. In discussing the unit with the salesman, I found out each leveling leg was electrically driven vs hydraulically driven. I asked why and the salesman explained that Jayco did not use hydraulics because as far as Jayco was concerned electrically driven components were more reliably.

As a retired design engineer who dealt with electrical over hydraulic components every day at work I informed him that I did not see it that way. We always had more issues with the electrical side than the hydraulic side of the system. Loose connectors, corrosion of the electrical terminals, power surge failures and broken wires due to flexing when the component was moved and so forth.

Will we did not purchase the Jayco because of the electrically driven components. We went with the Cedar Creek model.
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The one thing I like about electric over hydraulic is that with electric, you have separate switches for each slide. Unless extra plumbing is added for hydraulic, I think most of the time- you don't have control over which slides go out and the order that they do.

(But, that's just been forum reading and I could be wrong.)
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CC hydraulic slides each have an individual switch. I use them all the time when I want a particular slide to go out or in. I personally would not buy a coach with electric jacks. That to me is the cheap way out. My 2015 are very very easy to turn. 1/2 turn for off or on and they are very smooth. My last coach 2008 had hydraulic slides with switches from keystone and the switches had been a little harder. I have actually not seen a coach with hydraulics that could not be switched.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:28 AM   #10
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Part of the issue is simply cost. Higher end trailers are almost always Hydraulic because that's what buyers want. An exception is the electric Schwyntech which is desirable for sldeouts in the bedroom or where space inside the slide is at a premium.
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