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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hydraulic Leaks

I just received a copy of your Woodall's RV Owner’s Handbook; great book by the way! My problem is the oil reservoir on the hydraulic pump for the slideouts. It is leaking. I didn’t see anything in the book on the hydraulic system. Could you tell me where I could find info on this subject?
Les, (Columbia Falls, MT)

In all honesty Les, there are some things on your motorhome that should not be attempted by the average RVer. It’s my opinion the hydraulic system is one of those areas best left to the professional service technician. Many leveling and slideout systems are quite sophisticated and require specialized training for comprehensive troubleshooting and repair to take place. Couple this with the fact that many proprietary systems are so unique that no generalized procedures will truly suffice.

If your system is manufactured by a major supplier, such as HWH, you can order or download data based on your specific model directly from them. Look on or near the control panel or the reservoir itself and locate the brand name. If necessary, give them a call to see what literature is available.


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