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Old 04-25-2020, 07:49 AM   #1
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How do I open slide out manually

I have a 2005 forest river travel trailer. The hydraulic fluid leaks as you can see in the photos. This trailer is permanently parked on our private lake lot. I have removed the tank to see the o-ring. How can I manually open the slide outs so that we can use the trailer until I fix the hydraulic system?
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I have a 2005 forest river travel trailer. The hydraulic fluid leaks as you can see in the photos. This trailer is permanently parked on our private lake lot. I have removed the tank to see the o-ring. How can I manually open the slide outs so that we can use the trailer until I fix the hydraulic system?
Which division of FR made your trailer? Shasta, Wildwood, Cardinal, Sierra, etc.?
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missing photos

I have edited my post to include the photos.
I purchased the trailer used so I do not know which division.
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I have edited my post to include the photos.
I purchased the trailer used so I do not know which division.
You should be able to look on the side/front/back and see something like “Wildcat by Forest River”, etc. it’s also on my title and insurance papers.
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forest river division

It is a Forest River Salem.
I thought that is just the model name for this trailer
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It is a Forest River Salem.
I thought that is just the model name for this trailer
Forest River is the corporate name like General Motors.
Salem is the division name like GMC and Chevrolet.
You have a particular model designation - maybe on a decal by the door. May have numbers in it like my Wildcat 295RSX.


Truth is -- I can't help you but I know from experience SOMEONE here knows something about a Salem's slide-out mechanics.
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Having hydraulic slides with a lippert pump, the manual way to move the slides require you to insert a square drive bit into the end of the electric pump motor using a portable drill.
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Look for an access hole on the side of the coach opposite from the slide you want to manually crank out. Insert the tool and crank your life away ��
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We are talking about two different systems here. The OP has an hydraulic system. Let's not confuse his issue with another.
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We are talking about two different systems here. The OP has an hydraulic system. Let's not confuse his issue with another.
You are correct. They are each talking about a different system. I answered the one with the crank out pictures first and then the OP question. Just don't want to confuse you as well.
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When someone (Lakeman) hijacks another persons (denboot) thread it does nothing but cause confusion unless you click the quote button on the post your responding to. You can use the multi-quote button when you are responding to different posts made in the same thread. You can then basically separate the posts and respond to each in turn.
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How do I open slide out manually

For the OP and others. The picture showing the gear and cog . That is on several different manufacturers slides all it does is keep the slide square. I doesn’t matter if electric or hydraulic. It has shear pins holding the gear to the shaft which can shear. I know because I had to replace both with grade 8 1/4-20 bolts.
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How do I open slide out manually

How do I over ride the system? I don't see anything in the owner's manual.
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How do I over ride the system? I don't see anything in the owner's manual.
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The generic manual for your rv will not cover maintenance, operation, or service of your accessories / appliances.


Here is the service manual and other important documents for the Lippert Hydro-Sync Slide-Out.
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File Type: pdf Hydraulic Operation Fluid Recommendation.pdf (61.9 KB, 32 views)
File Type: pdf REPLACING SLIDE-OUT HYD CYL.pdf (513.0 KB, 27 views)
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how do I over ride the hydraulic system

Thank you for responding to my post.My trailer has the older model hydraulic system. It does not match the pictures in the manual that you posted. I will have to take a closer look at mine to see if the manual procedure is the same.
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Is there a tag anywhere that has the model number? You may need a mirror to find it as it may be hidden out of direct sight. Remember, the model number may not be listed as such. It might be a model name and a part or serial number.
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Can you get any numbers off the tags? I can see 2 partial tags in your picture. One on the tank, the other on the valve body below the red wire. Look on the end of the pump opposite the tank. Is there a plastic or rubber plug which can be removed?
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manually operating slide ous

I am charging a battery right now. I will be going out to the lake lot later today. I will take a look at the tags, etc.

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I have never seen a hydraulic slide system with a completely manual override system. The only options I know of are 1) to use the drill method in the pump, but that still requires a working pump and hydraulic fluid. So that doesn't gain you much. 2) disconnect hydraulic line to the slides and move them in and out by hand. But that has drawbacks as they may be heavy and will definitely be messy. Since your RV doesn't travel, you don't have to worry about keeping the slides in place while traveling (which the hydraulic system usually does).
Is it just leaking at the reservoir o-ring? That should be fairly simple to replace. Just take the old one in and get several that look similar.
If it is leaking elsewhere, I would probably take the whole pump out and take it to a hydraulics shop. If hose fittings are leaking, you can have new hoses made up easily. Looks like one of the hoses has some type of tape around the fitting, so that is suspect.
These systems are self bleeding, so you don't have that to worry about.
Keep us in the loop as you solve this.
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