Replacing hydraulic lines on slides

Big-B

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Greetings campers,

My wife and I spent the winter in Arizona and when we headed back to Michigan I noticed that the slides were opening slightly. I closed all three valves and the only one that opened then was the offdoor slide so I just kept the tank topped off and made it home. Now I have dug into it further and found that it looks like pack rats have chewed the lines in the front compartment so it looks like the lines will need to be taken out and either repaired or replaced.

Has anyone ever had a need to pull a hydraulic line from a rear slide to the front? Can I tie a rope or cable to it and pull it out and then use the rope or cable to pull it back after it is fixed or will I need to pull the bottom off of the frame?

I don't know if there is a hydraulic line repair fitting available but if so maybe I'll bet lucky and be able to pull enough hydraulic line out into the front compartment and not have to take it all the way out.

This is on a Bighorn 3055RL fifth wheel.
 

Dahillbilly

Well-known member
used the rope trick on logging equipment many times, instead of tieing the rope to the hose I would place rope up the hose 8" to a foot & then wrap tape around both. This way if there is a small opening better chance of them passing through the opening. Good luck
 

SLO

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MorRyde had to do this when I had IS installed. He let his plasma torch get away from him and caused a leak in one of the rear leveling jack lines. They had a new line made and he was able to pull the new line through while pulling out the old line. Guess the original line was not strapped anywhere. Good luck.
 

wdk450

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I would start by looking around your area and online for a hydraulic hose repair company, preferably with a mobile service truck. These guys service farm tractors, construction equipment, forklifts, etc. They might just have the correct hose repair coupler in stock.
 

Big-B

Well-known member
MorRyde had to do this when I had IS installed. He let his plasma torch get away from him and caused a leak in one of the rear leveling jack lines. They had a new line made and he was able to pull the new line through while pulling out the old line. Guess the original line was not strapped anywhere. Good luck.
That's what I was looking for. Hopefully it will find it's way through the underbelly without getting snagged on anything.
 
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