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Old 01-01-2018, 01:34 PM   #1
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operating slide outs and hydraulic jacks in below freezing temps

how does the weather affect the operation with slide outs and jacks in weather in the teens?
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:38 PM   #2
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Just now at 22 degrees 1 hydraulic jack hung up I went over and kicked it and it came back up cleaned the snow off the top of the slides and they all came in just fine
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:32 PM   #3
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Really cold weather makes the hydraulic oil thicker and harder to pump. The motor draws more amps to run and the whole system runs slower. Sometimes it will pop the resettable breaker for the hydraulic pump in your front storage compartment.
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thanks for your info
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:08 PM   #5
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It was 18 deg this morning and my level up and slides worked as good as the do in 80 deg weather.
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It was 18 deg this morning and my level up and slides worked as good as the do in 80 deg weather.
You are literally the first person I've heard claim this. Did you change the weight of the fluid used or put in an additive? Maybe heated storage
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Have done front jacks in low teens. Lowest for slides has been in the 20's in Stone Mountain, GA. Groaned a bit but still worked ok.
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Quote "It was 18 deg this morning and my level up and slides worked as good as the do in 80 deg weather."
Unless you have switched over to all electric slides and jacks ... I just can't get this down even with a full cup of coffee. Like Scott asked ... do you have some super fluid in the reservoir?
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Thanks guys...I pop the hydro breaker all the time in cold weather and started to think I was alone
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It was 18 deg this morning and my level up and slides worked as good as the do in 80 deg weather.
John Deere could use your "Secret" on how this works,on both the AG and Ind Divisions! Youroo!!
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:37 PM   #11
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We full time and have never had problems with temp and the hydraulics. When y'all get and answer you don't like you make fun of the person instead of trusting what he says. It was 14 deg in Junction Texas on The morning of Jan 2nd. When I pulled in my slides and lifted my level up it was 18 deg. It worked no different then any other time. They don't put 80 wt I'm in them so why would you notice.
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15 degrees today and used the level up system to change tires on a stock 2013 CC. Everything operated the same as if it was 80 degrees. Will turn heat on to warm up insides before I attempt to open slides. May not be needed, but we have to pack anyway, want to do it in a warm camper...lol.
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Itís a little slower in the cold, but the oil is denser when cold, I also must say Iím a bit slower in the cold and maybe a bit denser too
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John Deere could use your "Secret" on how this works,on both the AG and Ind Divisions! Youroo!!
Amen brother !!
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A well maintained 12v dc hydraulic power unit will not have a problem working correctly in below freezing temps. The hydraulics on your camper are basically the same as what is on a pickup truck snow plow witch operate with the same atf fluid as what is in your camper system. With that being said there are low temp hydraulic fluids that will replace atf and provide better performance in cold weather but they come at a higher cost
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A well maintained 12v dc hydraulic power unit will not have a problem working correctly in below freezing temps. The hydraulics on your camper are basically the same as what is on a pickup truck snow plow witch operate with the same atf fluid as what is in your camper system. With that being said there are low temp hydraulic fluids that will replace atf and provide better performance in cold weather but they come at a higher cost
I think all of us maintain our rigs, or we wouldn't be using them. And none of us has said they don't work correctly in the cold, they just don't function the same, as in they are slow and more apt to trigger pressure solenoids and electric breakers. Under 30 degrees my jacks/slides might take four attempts to bring in, where at 90 they come up/in the first time. I've been looking for a hydraulic fluid that works at 115 AND 20. So far aviation type looks promising.
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Are we all using electrics or hydraulics or a combination?

Forest River seems to use a variety of components for all their products, so no one should assume other rigs operate and are designed the same as theirs.

Letís make sure what mechanism each of us is quoting.
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Are we all using electrics or hydraulics or a combination?

Forest River seems to use a variety of components for all their products, so no one should assume other rigs operate and are designed the same as theirs.

Letís make sure what mechanism each of us is quoting.
Thread title states hydraulic..........
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Ambient moisture may have something to do with varying experiences at the same temperature.
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I put the anti-stiction fluid in from cat because of the jacks making a clunk with differing temps after seeing for a while. This fluid is supposed to help with cold weather operation.
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