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Old 11-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Kitchen Slide Flexible hose cracked

We have an 05 Executive that developed a leak on the 1.5 inch flexible PVC pipe that moves when the slide goes in and out. It had cracked at the top right beside the clamp that holds it to the roller mechanism/carrier. On looking at it closer this was caused by a very poor design because when the slide is in this flexible pipe is actually kinked and over time it finally developed a crack. I have a friend travelling with me with a Dutch Star and we looked at it and Newmar used a 1.5" brass swivel on the solid PVC pipe which allows the pipe to swivel taking all the strain off the flexible pipe. My first question is has anyone else had this problem and if so what was your fix???? My temporary fix was to remove the clamps that fasten the pipe to the roller mechanism/carrier, wrap Rescue Tape around the flexible pipe where it had cracked, wrapped this with a piece of 2" rubber hose about 4" long with 4 hose clamps. The slide will go in and out with no leaks now, but there is a lot of twisting strain on the 1.5: PVC pipe. I have found a PVC swivel connector on the internet for $25.00 which I think I will order and install it on the PVC line. The one that Newmar used is a brass one which sells for $300.00 but it works great. I guess Monaco cheeped out again instead of doing something properly.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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I have a friend travelling with me with a Dutch Star and we looked at it and Newmar used a 1.5" brass swivel on the solid PVC pipe which allows the pipe to swivel taking all the strain off the flexible pipe.
Both our Dutch Stars have had this swivel and have never had a leak, let alone a break in the lines.
Strange that other makes don't use it or something similar? Cost factor maybe?
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:52 PM   #3
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The only tutorial video I've seen is on YouTube. Th user name is rvgeeks. Check it out. It was a newmar mountain air and I didn't see anything special about that connection and he had his break and the tutorial is a replacement. Watching his visor compare to the Monaco carrier, the Monaco carrier seems to be the better setup. Perhaps your hose was too long from the get go. It should not bend to the point of crimping or pinching. If you replace the flex hose, just make sure it's cut to the correct length.

Perhaps your carrier is different than mine? Mine has a large Monaco emblem on it with patents pending etc.
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Drains

Don't know if this is of any help. Our 2001 Discovery has some sort of "Y" pipe that all the grey water drains lead to. This "y" is a PVC black pipe between the bathroom and the kitchen and is accessed through a panel to the right of the kitchen sink. All the flex lines from the shower, washer, ice maker and sinks tee into this. Ours snapped into to. We didn't find this until the carpet on the drivers side came up wet behind the couch. Repair guys said the cause may have been the flex lines getting in the way when the slide went in-out. They tied up all the flex lines so the could not interfere and no problems since. Really poor design from the factory. It's also really hard to access this area to check/repair.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:55 AM   #5
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Ordered the swivel fitting from Newmar(the PVC one they now use for $27.00, not the brass one they used to use for $300.00) and installed it. It now works great and the way it should have been done in the first place. Just another note, looking at the picture on the Newmar catalogue, we could not really tell what kind of fitting it was but I thought since it works I would get it from Newmar. We needed some other PVC fittings to do the repair so we went to the nearest local hardware and building supplier in this small town of Leakey, Texas and on the shelf is the exact same swivel fitting for $9.95.
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