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Old 04-21-2018, 05:53 PM   #1
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I can find no major leaks, yet this trailer continues to settle, I am beginning to think it might be faulty solenoid valves. Has anyone experienced that? We have a 2015 36FB

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Old 04-21-2018, 09:50 PM   #2
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Is it actually settling or just popping/creaking? There is a fix for the popping. With slides in/all jacks up remove 1 qt of the fluid in the hydraulic reservoir & replace with a anti stiction oil, mine has 15w Maxima motorcycle fork oil, filling the reservoir to within 1/4-1/2" from the fill opening with slides/jacks all retracted, cycle slides/jacks a few times & this should do the trick.
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Is it actually settling or just popping/creaking? There is a fix for the popping. With slides in/all jacks up remove 1 qt of the fluid in the hydraulic reservoir & replace with a anti stiction oil, mine has 15w Maxima motorcycle fork oil, filling the reservoir to within 1/4-1/2" from the fill opening with slides/jacks all retracted, cycle slides/jacks a few times & this should do the trick.
It is actually settling.

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[QUOTE=Paul and Holly;79311]It is actually settling.

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If there's no visible leaks then there's most likely air in the system.
With all slides in/jacks up check/top off the fluid reservoir, I'd top it off with the anti stiction fluid, then cycle the slides/jacks a few times to work the air out, then check/top off the fluid level again. If this doesn't work you've most have a leaking valve in the hydraulic system letting the pressure leak by.
Always have the slides in & jacks up before adding fluid, so do this while hooked up to your truck, otherwise you'll overfill & have a huge mess in that front compartment..
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It is actually settling.

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If there's no visible leaks then there's most likely air in the system.
With all slides in/jacks up check/top off the fluid reservoir, I'd top it off with the anti stiction fluid, then cycle the slides/jacks a few times to work the air out, then check/top off the fluid level again. If this doesn't work you've most have a leaking valve in the hydraulic system letting the pressure leak by.
Always have the slides in & jacks up before adding fluid, so do this while hooked up to your truck, otherwise you'll overfill & have a huge mess in that front compartment..
Thanks, I'll give that a try. We are relocating in a couple of days.

Let me get this straight, lippert recommends ATF fluid and what antistiction fluid should I add?

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Paul and Holly,

See the attached Lippert pdf regarding adding the antistiction fluid.

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[QUOTE=Paul and Holly;79313][QUOTE=travelin' texans;79312]Thanks, I'll give that a try. We are relocating in a couple of days.

Let me get this straight, lippert recommends ATF fluid and what antistiction fluid should I add?

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The guys at the RW service center in Topeka Indiana put the 15w Maxima motorcycle fork oil in mine & since then that's what I've used to top off the reservoir when needed. We've had little to no popping/creaking & no settling on ours since then.
If this doesn't help your problem I'm out of ideas.
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Here you go.

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I've got the same stuff as Danny in mine for almost 5 years now. I can probably count on one hand the number of times mine has popped since the Fork Oil was added.
Also, and this is a biggie - use some type of blocks or pads under jacks to both cushion and especially shorten the jack leg stroke. I always try to keep my jacks at 6-8".
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So, setup for a week now and all is good. No popping, creaking and settling. Added 1qt of fork oil.
Thanks for all your help and advice.

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