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Old 05-24-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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VERY Slow front landing gear on Sandpiper 5er....any suggestions?

i have a 2010 Sandpiper 300BH and it has hydraulic slide operation for the 3 slides But the front landing gear is electric. The front landing gear extending and retracting is Painfully slow,it all seems to function fine, doesn't make any noises but it is VERY slow (but it does work)....also it seems to power out fairly quick unless the camper is plugged in when extending or retracting and then it's a tiny little bit better......any suggestions on speeding this up? my last 5th wheel a 2007 wildcat had both the slides and landing gear working on Hydraulics....worked very very well and Fast!

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Old 05-24-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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i have a 2010 Sandpiper 300BH and it has hydraulic slide operation for the 3 slides But the front landing gear is electric. The front landing gear extending and retracting is Painfully slow,it all seems to function fine, doesn't make any noises but it is VERY slow (but it does work)....also it seems to power out fairly quick unless the camper is plugged in when extending or retracting and then it's a tiny little bit better......any suggestions on speeding this up? my last 5th wheel a 2007 wildcat had both the slides and landing gear working on Hydraulics....worked very very well and Fast!

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Old 05-24-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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...LOL, i have many friends with big 5er's like mine and ALL of theirs are much quicker, granted the hydraulic landing gear was great there Must be a better and quicker system then this?....this is junk, i can have 3 beer finished by the time they hit the ground while un-hooking......
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:04 PM   #4
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Hmmm. Sorry about the joke at your expense. I applogize.

Look at your ground connection in the front basement compartment. It might be rusted incresing resistance and therefore dropping the voltage.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:19 PM   #5
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no need to appologize, i do Very much appreciate your help...any reply is a good reply to me....

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Old 09-28-2011, 08:13 AM   #6
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hey guys just brought my 2012 SAQ home and the landing gear is really slow....any advice from anyone, thanks
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:48 AM   #7
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That is a function of gear reduction and motor RPM. It is what it is. If you were to figure a way to speed it up you would loose lifting power. Which could turn out to be a disaster if you then could not lift your fiver.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:57 AM   #8
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Slow Landing Gear:

1) Low Battery Voltage
2) Bad Ground
3) Lack of Lubrication on Jack Screws and Pinion Gear

Also different manufacturers and models have different gear ratios depending on intended use. Landing Gear on larger campers have to lift more weight than on lighter ones and need more "turns" for a given length of travel for strength. More course the thread the faster; more fine the slower lift for a given motor speed.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:15 AM   #9
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They are gear reducted so much for lifting power. In reality you really shouldn't be going very far up and down anyway.
don't you drop your legs on going down? And raise the manual legs going up?
When I set up my 5er my electric part moves no farther than 2 or 3 inches and use manual legs the take bulk of slack up.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:39 PM   #10
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My 345 RET takes about a minute per inch. It takes about two minutes to get it off of my truck and then like the last trip where the site was not very level and the camper being just shy of 40' it had to be dropped about 5". The lowering part ain't bad but the motor is in a bad strain lifting it. I wish they had an upgraded motor because I know this one ain't going to last.
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