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Old 06-28-2016, 09:35 AM   #15
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I started this post. The slides became a real problem when I was in Alexandra, VA. Called several RV places listed on the HWH website as being able to work on HWH systems. The soonest appointment I could was for mid July so we decided to continue to our trip with slides in (what an inconvenience) and traveled visiting friends a relatives along the way. Azpete (Paul Mattox) suggested I contact Alliance RV in Wildwood Florida. I did and they got me in and repaired the system. That is a huge facility and appears well run. They have overnight parking with 50 amp power and water at the site and a dump near the exit. They moved the RV inside the shop and hooked up 50 amp power so we could run the AC. Out side temps were low 90's. They found seepage on three solenoids and replaced on of the three. Four hours labor and $202 for the solenoid. Seems like a long time for labor but I was there watching and that was a fair labor charge. So all that said I have two suggestions when you have an HWH problem, first contact AZpete and second hope you are near Alliance in Florida.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:44 AM   #16
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I started this post. The slides became a real problem when I was in Alexandra, VA. Called several RV places listed on the HWH website as being able to work on HWH systems. The soonest appointment I could was for mid July so we decided to continue to our trip with slides in (what an inconvenience) and traveled visiting friends a relatives along the way. Azpete (Paul Mattox) suggested I contact Alliance RV in Wildwood Florida. I did and they got me in and repaired the system. That is a huge facility and appears well run. They have overnight parking with 50 amp power and water at the site and a dump near the exit. They moved the RV inside the shop and hooked up 50 amp power so we could run the AC. Out side temps were low 90's. They found seepage on three solenoids and replaced on of the three. Four hours labor and $202 for the solenoid. Seems like a long time for labor but I was there watching and that was a fair labor charge. So all that said I have two suggestions when you have an HWH problem, first contact AZpete and second hope you are near Alliance in Florida.
I am glad to here you got your system fixed. When you say "seepage", was the seepage inside the solenoid, or were they seeping outside, and did they say why they only thought it necessary to replace only one of the solenoids? From what you have posted before it sounds as if at one time all your solenoids had been replaced as they are the newer style. Do you know when or why they had been replaced previously?

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I am glad to here you got your system fixed. When you say "seepage", was the seepage inside the solenoid, or were they seeping outside, and did they say why they only thought it necessary to replace only one of the solenoids? From what you have posted before it sounds as if at one time all your solenoids had been replaced as they are the newer style. Do you know when or why they had been replaced previously?

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The seepage was on the outside, seeps past O rings past the threaded parts of the solenoid and down onto the reservoir. The solenoid replaced was one that had a broken O ring. You can replace just the O ring but that is not recommended. There is a tremendous pressure, 3000 pounds was what I remember so you take a chance if not using the recommended one. Even if the solenoid appears good if it has a broken O ring HWH wants you to replace the solenoid. Two solenoids were pulled and O rings "inspected" and then reinstalled without leakage (so far). Four maybe five years ago I had jacks and slide problems while traveling near the Winnebago factory, I went there and they replaced three of the ten solenoids. The one just replaced was one of the "new" ones. This is a type of repair I could have done IF I had been home and access to the tools in my shop.

I failed to mention in my previous post there was also a bad wire connection and that was repaired.
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The seepage was on the outside, seeps past O rings past the threaded parts of the solenoid and down onto the reservoir. The solenoid replaced was one that had a broken O ring. You can replace just the O ring but that is not recommended. There is a tremendous pressure, 3000 pounds was what I remember so you take a chance if not using the recommended one. Even if the solenoid appears good if it has a broken O ring HWH wants you to replace the solenoid. Two solenoids were pulled and O rings "inspected" and then reinstalled without leakage (so far). Four maybe five years ago I had jacks and slide problems while traveling near the Winnebago factory, I went there and they replaced three of the ten solenoids. The one just replaced was one of the "new" ones. This is a type of repair I could have done IF I had been home and access to the tools in my shop.

I failed to mention in my previous post there was also a bad wire connection and that was repaired.
Hey Bob,
I just wanted to say that, I contacted AZpete, (Paul) and he is an outstanding gent, to say the least. He coached me on some particulars of my system when I had the bedroom slide forward ram leaking. I called him a few times (maybe too many) and he was always there to lend a technical bit of advice. He's not all that far from me and, we're headed towards his area so, I may just have to drop in and give him some reward.
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I just wanted to say that, I contacted AZpete, (Paul) and he is an outstanding gent, to say the least. He coached me on some particulars of my system when I had the bedroom slide forward ram leaking. I called him a few times (maybe too many) and he was always there to lend a technical bit of advice. He's not all that far from me and, we're headed towards his area so, I may just have to drop in and give him some reward.
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Scott, I'm certainly pleased with his responses to me and I'll highly recommend him to anyone having HWH problems.
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