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I've seen more posts regarding problems with hydraulic slideouts than I have electric slideouts. Our 1994 5th wheel has a 14ft long by 4ft deep slideout plus a smaller bedroom slideout. Both are controlled by electric motors. The only problem I've had since new was the wire nut came off on the large slideout motor. I put on a new wire nut and all has been OK since.

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I remember when I was RV shopping back in "14-15".. The 1st RV dealership told me that Hydraulic slides were the only type to get.. And by the way, they happen to have those on the floor..

The 2nd dealership told me that electric were the only type to get, and wow, they also had them on the lot.

And the LAST dealership swore by cable slides, yup, you guessed it, thats what they sold !

Anyway, I have had basically all 3 ( including Schwintek ) and really can't complain about any of them.... Just like anything else.. show them some TLC and they will thank you by running


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Electric slides and levelers on my 08 Bounder and still working good except one brake on one levler is starting to go bad..

No need to worry about hydrolic lines leaking with electric..

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WOW my Georgetown with triple slides have hydraulic and maybe be upper scale 2007 and same pump for levelers are for slides.


Change from a c class to a A class Georgetown 07 triple slide

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Hydraulic on 5er for 14 years then both cylinders went out. Had then rebuilt for around $225. each now all is well.

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Our 2012 Forest River Georgetown has hydraulic slides (3 of them). Quieter and smoother than the gear driven slides. Although I am dreading the day I have a hydraulic leak! but for now I am happy with them.


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The schwintek slide units had a lot of issues a few years back. They were under engineered for the task and the solution was to add a third rail (2 at the top and one at the bottom). I know friends that had a THOR with this type of slide and had nothing but problems and a horrible time getting Thor to warranty it. Now you see a lot of these 2 rail units for sale. I haven't read of any issues since the 3rd rail was added to the Schwintek system, but personally I wouldn't buy an RV with it.

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The Power Gear electric slides on our present and previous MHs have been pretty much trouble free and never got out of alignment. Simple and effective - I like it like that.


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way2roll wrote:

The schwintek slide units had a lot of issues a few years back. They were under engineered for the task and the solution was to add a third rail (2 at the top and one at the bottom). I know friends that had a THOR with this type of slide and had nothing but problems and a horrible time getting Thor to warranty it. Now you see a lot of these 2 rail units for sale. I haven't read of any issues since the 3rd rail was added to the Schwintek system, but personally I wouldn't buy an RV with it.


Your analysis is wrong on Schwintek slides. It IS correct as it relates to certain Thor products(3 rail). But, your statement that Schwinteks were not designed/engineered for the task is wrong. ALL the original designed and still used today 2 rail Schwinteks do is move the room in and out. They support NO LOAD of the room at all and are not designed to. The support of the room is done by the Floor rollers. The original Schwinteks got a bad rap because the OEM's designed inadequate frames and inadequate wall support when the hole for the room is cut out. After a few years of problems that had nothing to do with Schwintek, the OEM's beefed up their frames and in wall stud supports. Failure of a Schwintek now is usually related to bad wire routing(wires pinched and cut) or inadequate install by the OEM. Motors rarely fail. Doug

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Sargehut234 wrote:

We are looking at class A gas motor homes, so for just Jayco and Thor Mirmar. we
Plan to include Newmar, Tittin, Fleetwood and a couple of others.
So far the slide outs are driven by electric motors (not hydraulic), could I expect to find
that on all new class A gas units?
Thanks SARGE!

I prefer all electric.
They have less to contend with and work very well.
Longevity of mechanism is very good too or at least with POWERGEAR.


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