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Old 07-26-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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I have taken our 2005, 34 foot Alpine motor home into Fresno, Calif's. only major motor home dealership - initials (P.E.) on four (4) different occacions to have the rear drivers side bedroom slider repaired due to it's creeping OUT from the closed position. This is a very nerve wracking and quite dangerous issue to say the least, especially when traveling down the road.
Dec. 10, 2010 - Replaced 2 solenoids due to "inop. internal short"
April 18, 2011 - Replace solenoid due to "internal check valve leak"
June 5, 2012 - Replaced solenoid due to "solenoid valve internal leak"
July 23, 2012 - Will perform "extensive leak down check"
The extended service policy has paid their share for the first 3 solenoid repacements and we picked up our deductible share.

It is quite obvious that the Dealership is not correcting the problem and the Service Tech now advises me that he will have a "Extensive Leak Down Check" performend. An interesting statement made to me by the repairman who has been working on the motor home - "I wll not work on this system anymore, there is no room, take the motor home to HWH in Iowa for repair". I have been able to keep my "cool" but I don't think I am going to keep being a nice guy if this issue isn't corrected - this issue can't be that complicated to diagnose and correct, just good diagnostic skills and work.

I am open for any comments regarding this issue. Thanks for any comments. --Tom--

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Old 07-26-2012, 03:08 PM   #2
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Tom- I'm guessing there is a leak, probably at a hose fitting just above the radiator. You can access this area by removing the bolts &/or screws &/or wishful thinking that his holding the radiator in place, swing up the radiator, prop open w/a stout coupla sticks cut to the appropriate length. Occasionally you can stop such a leak by tightening the fitting. If the leak is thru/around a hose swage then you need the end of the hose rebuilt or the hose replaced.

You may also be experiencing ESP at your repair joint of choice (Error Some Place), which can often be resolved by replacing the service provider. This is sometimes referred to as an incorrect "tool" for the job.

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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Hello Tom: Sometimes HWH can be a pain in the A@@. I would suggest taking the coach to a HWH Master Service Center as they would know how to repair rather than just hoping to find the problem. Unfortunately there are only two in CA and nothing in Central or Northern CA and only one in OR. Acacia RV in Colton CA, I know they do good work and they are an HWH Master Service Center. Good Luck on your repair
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There is a guy in Sacramento, RV Dr. George 916-927-7837, the lead tech there (Paul IIRC) is great on HWH.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:01 PM   #5
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absolutely acacia rv in colton. greg is a good guy to work with, and he will do the job right the first time.
you didnt say if all the solenoids replaced were from the same operation. the leveling system operates from a different manifold than the rooms, even though it operated by the same pump. its a different set of solenoids. if you are having re occurring problems with the same set of solenoids, its likely in the control box or the wiring. the failed solenoids are a symptom, not the problem. paul maddox
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