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Old 08-21-2011, 12:11 AM   #11
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If anyone gets them replaced. Please cut into the blisters and see if you find any ATF fluid.

After talking with a an engineer knowledgable in hydraulics, he did not think it was hydraulic fluid leaking out the hose but gas under pressure permeating through the liner getting trapped by the polyethylene cover when it was at a lower pressure. He was quite positive that polyethylene cover on the hose wasn't holding back any pressure (1000+psi) the hydraulic system is under. That gas would have went to atmosphere if the cover wasn't there and we wouldn't be the wiser. He said there might be an oily substance in there but not ATF fluid which would indicate a leak.

I'd rather be safe then sorry but it would be nice if someone could check.
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:39 AM   #12
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Update: My coach is 2yrs. old but FR has agreed to pay for the cost of replacing the bistered hydraulic lines. I would encourage everyone with a late model Georgetown to inspect your hyraulic lines and have them serviced if needed.
I also asked my dealer to save the old lines so we can "operate" on them to see what's under those blisters. I'll update when I know.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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My parts just came in yesterday,and are being installed today. I will check with the dealer, and see if we can open up a few of the old lines. I will let you know. Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:41 PM   #14
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Just checked all the lines in my 2011 360...I have no orange lines and I have no bulges..may FR finally changed suppliers. Hope so.
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:57 PM   #15
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Lovely.... Something for us Orange/Black Hydraulic hose owners to look forward too. Deffinatly post back photos of whats under those bulges!
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:44 AM   #16
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We have a 2010 Georgetown 378, same problem with the orange hoses as stated above. Our rig was purchased 12/2009, out of warrany. However, after contacting FR, I was told to take it to a dealer for service and hose replacement. Just finished the install of new hoses today. Had the tech cut open a few of the blisters and he claims it was hydraulic fluid in the blister. John Armstrong at FR has been fantastic about helping with the few problems that we have experienced, especially this hydraulic hose blistering problem. BTW, the hoses were ordered from Lippert, but who they get them from is a ?. The tech who did the change out stated that he believed the new orange hoses were of a much higher quality than hose he removed.
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #17
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After reading about
Bulges in hydraulic hoses off i went with trusty flash lite to investigate, from looking at picture my hoses look to be smaller an different texture but that could all be in photo, ours is 2012 bought in april an i See no problems, maybe too new yet,but thanks for heads up.as i crawl under this thing it amazes me, as a retire truck driver of 39yrs always looking for problems.. i wonder how many owners know they have steel wheels on inside an aluminum only on out side ...
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:54 PM   #18
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My 2011 360 came with all black hoses..maybe FR has caught on as i hear the problem only happens on the orange lines.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:17 PM   #19
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our 2012 has black an orange so don't know, so far we're good ..
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:24 PM   #20
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Budging orange lines issue

I have the issue with the orange hydraulic lines, I need a number to call at Forest River (Mike Burns?) about these lines. I know some of you have contacted FR and had your lines replaced. Thanks
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