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Old 01-11-2018, 02:30 PM   #1
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Suspected Hydraulic Leak bedroom slideout

I have a 2001 Journey 36LD. The slideout in the bedroom (four-cylinder, rear wardrobe) is starting to retract itself albeit very slowly. Seems to do it more during the night than during the day. It appears there may be a leak in the hydraulic lines related to the synchronizing cylinder. I have read another thread about a similar issue on a different model but want to make sure I'm not projecting that problem as my problem. If there is a leak, would that potentially cause the slideout to retract on its own? Is there any resource out there for replacing the hose(s) that I can reference? Wasn't born mechanical but I am learning quickly how to fix things. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:58 PM   #2
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Just got to this thread. For starters, you're gonna have to narrow your leak down. At present, I'm going to assume your bedroom slide is very similar to ours in our '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP. And that is, it's an HWH dual ram driven slide, correct? There's a master ram and a slave ram on that bedroom slide. And yes, they're tied together with the equalizing ram. But, we've had our master ram leak twice. And it's one heck of a bear to get it out of there. Rebuilding it is about as simple as it gets. It's just getting it out of there that's a major chore.

But, I won't go into any of that unless you ask. And as stated, you need to clean things up a bit and narrow your leak down to a specific spot.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:21 AM   #3
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If you discover it does have a leak, why not just pour some ATF Stop Leak in the tank?

I have owned a '02 Journey 36 with the Freightliner chassis and Cat 330 HP for two years now. My bedroom closet use to slowly retract. Doesn't seem to do it very often any more. And when it happens, it's only an inch or two instead of the 4 inches like would happen when I first moved in (full timer).

All I've done is use it more often then the PO.

My next move, if it starts happening more often or starts retracting further in, will be to add Stop Leak. No sense tearing up things unless there's a big problem.

My last RV had a bad leak from the right rear Jack. It would fill the landing pad practically every time I used it. Added stop leak and it greatly reduced. And then it stopped all together. The leak might restart but it wouldn't be as bad. I generally went two years before needing to add more Stop Leak. In the 12 years I owned that rig, the leak was just a 'minor' issue.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:27 PM   #4
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I don't know if a leak would cause spontaneous retraction, but a visual inspection of the hoses and connections should quickly tell you if they're leaking. If so, it could be a leak in the hose itself, at the swage where the compression fitting is attached to the hose, or a loose compression fitting. It won't be a mystery, a hydraulic fluid leak under pressure makes quite a mess.

The easiest fix is a loose compression fitting. The others require hose replacement. I had two hoses replaced on the front slide of my 2002 Itasca 35U and just noticed that two more hoses are leaking at their swages. It's my understanding that some HWH hoses were defective in the early 2000s but based on my conversations with HWH, they are no longer offering free replacements. I suppose this is understandable after this many years.

HWH has some reference material at

My personal preference is to replace leaking hoses with HWH hoses and not have new hoses made locally despite what others have done. I suppose it could also be your synchronizing cylinder. I don't know anything about the stop leak stuff, but I'd rather replace the leaking parts.
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