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Old 10-09-2015, 11:46 PM   #1
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2nd hydraulic line failure

While driving on our latest trip, we stopped for lunch, and when I started up, the jack pump started running. I remembered the scenario from the last event and sure enough all the fluid was on the ground under the left rear jack. This is the 2nd hose to fail on that jack. Again, the hose pulled out of the fitting but the jacks were not being used. Kind of odd, because it was the hose that is joined to the right jack which I assume is the raising side of the system.
I had a new hose made at the local NAPA store and fitted it, along with 3 qts of Mobil 1 synthetic trans fluid at the next campground. Took about 1/2 hour.
Wonder which will be the next to fail?
I am thinking that this will be a winter project to replace all the JUNK hoses.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:51 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your hoses. This seems to happen a lot.
Why do you use the expensive ATF fluid. LCI says regular cheap AT fluid is all you need.
Have you been in contact with LCI about the hoses? They usually replace them when the pull out of the fittings
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Best thing you can do is replace all the hoses. Several have done it on those systems. You can get way better hoses for reasonable cost, and have a little peace of mind.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:12 PM   #4
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Iggy, I'm not replacing hoses with LCI hoses because I don't want to do it over again. The system on the rig is 2750psi fiber reinforced plastic tubing, I'm replacing with 3700psi rubber steel reinforced hose. I use Mob 1 syn because thats what FR advised when I called them after the 1st hose failed.
John, the new hose is about 4.50 a foot + the ends, cheap insurance I think!!
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I think you'll definitely be more satisfied and have the peace of mind going that route. I know I would. I was fortunate to not have any failures on our class A motorhome, but it had a HWH system. The fifthwheel we had with the LCI system looked like it was waiting to fail. Definitely cheap hoses.
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Again, the hose pulled out of the fitting but the jacks were not being used. Kind of odd, because it was the hose that is joined to the right jack which I assume is the raising side of the system.



I am thinking that this will be a winter project to replace all the JUNK hoses.

Keep in mind the system operates by keeping full pressure on both sides of the Pistons (jacks) at all times. Once the jack extends or retracts system pressure keeps it pressurized to maintain that position.


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Again makes me to never want to buy another Rv that has anything Lippert on it . This company is ripping off the entire RV industry and giving it a bad name .
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Best thing you can do is replace all the hoses. Several have done it on those systems. You can get way better hoses for reasonable cost, and have a little peace of mind.
while on a cedar creek factor tour I seen a hose kinked off severely in the frame on a unit on the line. when that slide starts pushing and pulling on that line it will fail soon. when I brought it up to the Rep. his comment was they will probably catch it on final inspection.--- My thought was, that will be to late, it will be sealed in by then.
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Dale, You saw one on a tour. Whats the odds that all that model are like that, because that's the way the installer put them in, and they were covered up before final inspection.
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yes; it was on one of the Cedar Creek afternoon tours during the FROG Rally. the one that I seen was the rear line on the drivers side, rear push out. workers were gone for the day they had their quota done.
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