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Old 10-12-2010, 11:19 PM   #15
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Monty, I too heard the "bad lot" of hoses info, and I also heard that for a while HWH had poor crimping of the end fittings. I don't know how we could find out the truth about that, but the fact remains that some of the bubbled hoses on my rig were not HWH ones.

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Monty- don't be an idiot. Nobody would be stupid enough to grab a polished hydraulic shaft w/Channel Lock pliers. They must have used Vice Grips.

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EM-yeah maybe they did. The damage did errode the O-ring to the point it was leaking several drops every time we used the Smartbed. I would guess once I got into it, I cleaned up maybe a cup of fluid. HWH stood up and paid for the parts, but not the labor. I checked after it was fixed and the tech who did the work cleaned up pretty good once he replaced the part.

JohnLori-hmmmm, I guess it's a moot point as who made them, the fact is they did bubble up, with the inner layer failing and the outer layer not strong enought to take the pressure over time. I guess I will check the ones in the battery and jacks once I am under there again. Have we id'ed a good solid source for the hoses, or are each of us just finding a good local source on our own?

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