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My RV has Four Slide Outs and Only One Switch

by TIA

My RV has Four Slide Outs and Only One Switch

My RV has Four Slide Outs and Only One Switch

How does someone open just one of the four slide outs with one switch? I have a 2007 Challenger 35 CKQ with four slides. One big one on the right side with the other three on the left. Both back slides are 36 inches deep and I could see a problem at certain camp places with the width of unit (14') when both are open.

Could this unit be modified with additional switches and solenoids for individual operation? Would this be cost-effective? Do I worry too much?


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ANSWER: Hi TIA I am afraid that I am not the bearer of good news. The Slide Out system on your 5th Wheel is a hydraulic system. The way your system is designed adding switches and solenoids will not give you the slide-out control you desire.

Your system consists of one hydraulic pump which is connected to a manifold that the hydraulic lines for your four slide-outs are connected to. When you activate the switch the pump starts and the manifold distributes the hydraulic fluid to your slide outs.

On some hydraulic systems like yours, there are control valves you can use to shut off the flow of hydraulic fluid to individual slides so they do not open. Unfortunately, it appears that your make and model Fifth Wheel is not equipped with one of those controllable systems as standard equipment.

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Could your system be retrofitted or modified to make it controllable? Probably but I can assure you that it will not be a cheap process. If you are really set on getting this done you may want to take your 5th wheel to an RV Service Center in your area and see if they will even do the job and get an estimate directly from them.

Sorry that I could not be of more help to you.

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Happy RVing

RVing Al

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