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Old 03-07-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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Hydraulics of Silverback 29RE

Thinking about buying a Silverback 29RE. My TV is 2012 Ford F250 Diesel. Never owned a 5W. My last trailer was a coleman tent trailer. Salesmen in the Dallas/Fort Worth area do not seem to know much about the Silverbacks. Salesman did not even know whether the 29RE is hydraulic or not. I am assuming it is.
I do not know where to get information on what type of hydraulic assembly the 29RE has, and how to maintain it as to minimize future issues. Lipert site indicates: check fluid-fill fluid, lube cylinder rods and clean electric connections as maintenance procedures. Repair of hydraulic systems seems to be more costly than cable or electric motor systems. I hate to discount the 29RE just for this reason alone.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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The 29re is a great trailer, of course I say that because I own one. The slide outs are Hydraulic and all the jacks are electric. Hydraulic slides are much more reliable and longer lasting then electric motors. I had a Cedar Creek before may current Silverback for 10 years that had hydraulic slides and never had any issues. Maintenance is not really an issue. Besides checking and changing the fluid in the reservoir every 3 years and lubing the components, which should be done on electric slides too, there is not much maintenance. Repair of hydraulic is more expensive but the odds of you needing any is rare. You will love the 29re. Let me know if you have any other questions about the unit.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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Thank you for reply. I do have a few more questions:
1. Can the slides be operated independently of each other or are they all or nothing?
2. How do you pull the slider in if the pump fails or one of the lines develops a leak?
3. If you could change one thing about the 29Re what would that be?
4. Have you wished you had gotten an option it does not have?
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #4
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We own a 2010 Silverback and love the 5th wheel! The rear living area is roomy! We recently went camping with family and friends and had 8 adults in for dinner and still had plenty of room!

Our tow vehicle is a 2004 F250 and we have not had any issues with it being able to tow the Silverback!

I would highly recommend the Silverback!
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #5
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Thank you for reply. I do have a few more questions:
1. Can the slides be operated independently of each other or are they all or nothing?
2. How do you pull the slider in if the pump fails or one of the lines develops a leak?
3. If you could change one thing about the 29Re what would that be?
4. Have you wished you had gotten an option it does not have?
1. Yes the slides can be operated independently
2. If the pump/motor fails you can use a power drill with a hex attachment. if a line blows you release the pressure and push in manually
3. I slightly bigger bathroom sink but that has been corrected in the 2013 model. besides that nothing else.
4.When we got our 2012 we wished that the refrig had the wood panel inserts which we later bought. The 2013 they are included. We ordered ours with all the available options including the double pane windows except for the washer/dryer prep. We are happy with everything else that was included.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:29 PM   #6
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I agree with everything camper1999 said. We have a 29RL Silverback.

The controls for the slideouts are in the front docking station. Each slideout has its own control valve that has to be turned off if you donít want that particular slide to open.

This is my third fifth wheel since 2003 and Iíve never had to bring a slideout in manually. I just donít worry about it anymore.

Read this thread by prairiecamper about his 29RE. I donít know if Cedar Creek has addressed this issue but it is something to be concerned with. Hereís the link to his thread. Silverback 29RE

Given the tall ceilings in the Silverback and the three slideouts, I would be sure to order a second air conditioner from the factory, If you order it from the factory the second A/C will be ducted.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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Sound like, now I just have to find one for the right price.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:51 AM   #8
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I have the 2012 and the only thing I will change are the knobs on the cabinets. They have changed them in the 2013's already they tend to bite your fingers.
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I have the 2012 and the only thing I will change are the knobs on the cabinets. They have changed them in the 2013's already they tend to bite your fingers.
Yes, I'm jealous of the new handles they put on the drawers and cabinets. Like you, I have the old style that bite your fingers. I've purchased some new hardware that I plan to install on the drawers and cabinets on our first outing this year.
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I was unsure if there was enough counter space when we bought our 29RE, but trust me there is absolutely enough. We have hosted 4 couples for several dinners and we can comfortably seat 10 people with room to spare. There is plenty of space on the sink counter (with sink covers in place) to put out 5 couples pot luck dishes.

The only thing I wish the factory would change is making the stair treads wood, instead of carpet. That is my last winter mod to make this year. I am going to buy oak stair treads at Lowe's and replace the carpet with wood.
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