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Old 01-20-2020, 09:15 AM   #1
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Slides not retracting?

I have a 2000 Forest River Cedar Creek 33 ft fifth wheel that the slides won't retreat . It's the model 33rk BS the slides begin to retreat and then start clicking and it stops now I'm stuck between in and out and worried about leakage . Any suggestions is there fluid in the hydraulic pump or something that needs to be done I'm hooked up to shore power ,the batteries may also need to be replaced I'm a little lost thank you in advance for any help.
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:29 AM   #2
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Hello,

Lippert has a known issue with breakers being undersized. Make sure you have AC power plugged in and batteries turned on. The pump needs all the voltage possible to run the pump with less current.
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:34 AM   #3
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I have a 2000 Forest River Cedar Creek 33 ft fifth wheel that the slides won't retreat . It's the model 33rk BS the slides begin to retreat and then start clicking and it stops now I'm stuck between in and out and worried about leakage . Any suggestions is there fluid in the hydraulic pump or something that needs to be done I'm hooked up to shore power ,the batteries may also need to be replaced I'm a little lost thank you in advance for any help.
The clicking would make me think you have a battery issue. How old are the batteries? Even though you are connected to shore power if the batteries are not taking a full charge they will not operate the slides. Clicking is the usual sign of that..
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That makes sense. Are there certain size batteries I should use ? I have to travel to get to the rv so I'd like to take the batteries with me ? I presume it's two ?
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:24 PM   #5
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Broken slide??

We had the exact same issue with one of the slides. That clicking sound ended up being some of the gear teeth cracking off from the retraction gear assembly. The gears are basically pot metal and not very durable once the slide gets out of alignment ever so slightly. Once they are replaced the slide worked perfectly (knock on wood!). Check the gears and see if they are damaged. Also, there is a bolt that attaches to the slave drive that had snapped and that caused the slide to be inoperative, too! Using a high forged bolt really helped.Good luck!
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Old 01-20-2020, 08:03 PM   #6
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That makes sense. Are there certain size batteries I should use ? I have to travel to get to the rv so I'd like to take the batteries with me ? I presume it's two ?
Iím not sure how many batteries you have. Most 5th wheels come from the factory with a single 12v marine deep cycle battery with ~85aH of capacity. Iím sure others with more battery knowledge will chime in here.

Do you have jumper cables or a jumper box that could boost your battery until you get the slide in/out. Then you can see what batteries you have.

How long have you owned the RV? Ever change the battery? How about maintaining? Good luck..
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Great advice ! I'll try the batteries and check the gears. Could the batteries also affect my duel fuel propane electric refrigerator as well ? Thanks for replying.
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Great advice ! I'll try the batteries and check the gears. Could the batteries also affect my duel fuel propane electric refrigerator as well ? Thanks for replying.
Your batteries would ONLY affect the propane side of the fridge. They provide power for the electronics and to ignite the propane.
The electric side is 120v AC, not 12v DC battery power.
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Based on replies here I checked and replaced battery. Then found it low on hydraulic fluid in the pump. Now it works like new ! Thx.
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Based on replies here I checked and replaced battery. Then found it low on hydraulic fluid in the pump. Now it works like new ! Thx.
Thx for replying back about the successful fix
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Glad you figured it out.
Just wanted to be sure you checked the hydraulic fluid with the slides closed cause if you filled to the fill line with them open , the hydraulic fluid will be way overfilled and run out the cap vent when you retract the slides.

Also, how much fluid did you add?
The original had to leak out somewhere. Hydraulic fluid doesn't evaporate.
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Based on replies here I checked and replaced battery. Then found it low on hydraulic fluid in the pump. Now it works like new ! Thx.
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Yes I have the manual and followed that procedure. 2 quarts of fluid. I agree it must have a slow leak somewhere which I'll research further later. The 5th wheel is my hunting home so I only open close a couple times a year. I never knew about the fluid so it may have been low 4 years ago when I got it ? I'll check it again next time I go to camp. Thank you for your help.
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