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Old 11-07-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hydraulic slides coming out a few inches while driving

First long trip with our 2015 38fl and all the hydraulic slides are coming out a few inches while we are driving. Drove about 500 miles today and stopped a few times to bring them back in. The front living room slides are fine.

Is there some sort of locking mechanism I'm not aware of? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Still have another 800 miles to go and was hoping for a quick solution.

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Old 11-07-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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You need to check fluid level it might be low if it is you could have a leak !


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Old 11-07-2014, 08:02 PM   #3
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First long trip with our 2015 38fl and all the hydraulic slides are coming out a few inches while we are driving. Drove about 500 miles today and stopped a few times to bring them back in. The front living room slides are fine.

Is there some sort of locking mechanism I'm not aware of? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Still have another 800 miles to go and was hoping for a quick solution.

Thank you!!!
No "locking mechanism". The hydraulic valves do the job. They are on the manifold attached to the pump.
Low fluid not likely for retract. If it's low with everything retracted, you probably
do have a leak. However, if it is more than one slide, a leak is unlikely.
The most likely culprit is air in the system. LCI hydraulics are self bleeding. Soooo, the first thing to try after checking your fluid level is to bleed the air out.
Try fully cycling the effected slides 3 or more times. You will want to be plugged into shore power when doing this.
Hope this works for you. If not, there are other things to try before you have make a lock (2x4s cut to fit)
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:13 PM   #4
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This should be reported to national highway traffic safety administration, this is a danger to you and those around you, Forest River should be informed about this ASAP.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:03 AM   #5
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Thanks Duckogram and cowboy52. Fluid level are good, no signs of a leak. We will check for air in the system.

DDC, yes safety is my main concern as well, but like I said after a few hundred miles the slides are opening an inch or two. Far from a safety issue for me or other around me.

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My 2015 Silverback has separate control knobs in the outdoor main panel above all of the water intakes. Yours may be in another place. I would put the slides in tight and then go and shut these knobs off ( or closed) position. Then look in your main panel box inside the unit and see if there is a switch for slides operation and switch it to off. Mine has one and you likely do as well.
Once this 5 minute task is done, if you have any reoccurrence you will know you have another issue and need to check more frequently as you
travel towards a repair facility.


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Old 11-08-2014, 08:10 AM   #7
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No "locking mechanism". The hydraulic valves do the job. They are on the manifold attached to the pump.
Low fluid not likely for retract. If it's low with everything retracted, you probably
do have a leak. However, if it is more than one slide, a leak is unlikely.
The most likely culprit is air in the system. LCI hydraulics are self bleeding. Soooo, the first thing to try after checking your fluid level is to bleed the air out.
Try fully cycling the effected slides 3 or more times. You will want to be plugged into shore power when doing this.
Hope this works for you. If not, there are other things to try before you have make a lock (2x4s cut to fit)
I would just cut some 2x4's and after your trip take it in but they will not open with the brace installed after you retract them.
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Most likely a leak or low fluid
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I would check for air first. The shut off valves might help isolate the system and see if they are creeping when all the valves are closed.
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Thanks for all the replies. Tried everything and the same occurred today. It's strange that the top of the 3 hydraulic slides stay tight and the bottom opens an inch or two. We stopped at Home Depot and now have 2x4's as braces.
Made an appointment near our destination and they can fit us in on Nov 20th. Kind of crazy how long we have to wait. Really glad it wasn't an emergency.
Really appreciate all the suggestions. Thanks again!!
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