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Old 02-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #21
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One of the senior techs at Lippert said the day before yesterday "there is no problem with the system and it only leaks if the resevoir is too full". My response was "BS" as I watched it leak, noticed my resevoir was low on fluid, added a full litre of ATF, and was still within the markings in the dipstick, so even with a low fluid level it leaks.

Sooooo, no idea how to get this addressed. Their position is that the resevoir is not under pressure therefore there is no way for it to leak.

I'm still figuring out too many other things on the unit to worry about this one yet but mayby some type of screw on neck extender to raise the hieght of the cap a few inches.....
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:12 AM   #22
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thats discouraging when tech says it does not leak, i'm in Ga but i'm not beyound driving it to factory, i can stand there an watch it leak. on first operation it may not leak,but if you have to operate a second time it leaks, what happens is that sponge in filler cap gets saturated an thats when the leaking occurs ... i'll look into your idea , maybe i can find something around home depot to raise the cap up,some type of an extender, thank you for your responds, i'll let you know if i come up with something .. maybe i can help you with other issues, we're coming to end of first year of ownership on 2012, 378 . only had a few minor problems to this point ......
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:28 AM   #23
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Thanks Harley - will take you up on the offer I'm sure.

Not really having any problems yet(other than the slider issue, where we are field testing some new parts installed yesterday). Mostly just crawling around everything to figure out where everything is and getting things set up the way I want. The FR manuals are utter crap seems like they switch suppliers out all the time and the wiring is all over the place with inline fuses all over the place. Just trying to figure it all out. Compiling a list of all the model/serial #/warranty durations for the equipment on the coach took me almost two days cause of course the manuals don't tell you what model actually got installed on the coach.

Installed a shut off valve on the fresh water tank drain so I can bleed off fresh water without having to screw the drain cap back on while its still flowing and take a face full of water. Installed a hardwired surge protector, Maxxair vent covers, lower shower head, siliconed fireplace glass, tacked in rubber shelf lining yadda yadda yadda. This could become a full time job

Very happy with everything but thinking I should go apply for a customer service/documentation job with Forest River cause wow could they make this a lot easier for owners with not that much work.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:52 AM   #24
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lol welcome to motor homing ... understand getting to know your new girl friend .. yes FR could very simply do a video of your model just showing where they put things, would be big help .... shut off on fresh water drain good idea, think i'll do that , learn something new everyday ... like you i like to know where everything is so when i do have a problem there will be know surprises,just decisions .. liquor store first or tool box ... have fun ....
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:20 PM   #25
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I wonder if we should actually over fill the reservoir as to reduce the splashing and lessen the leaking..

I might as well buy some more ATF fluid anyway since were all having leaks...

What brand ATF does FR recommend?
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:02 PM   #26
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Being in the hydraulic industry for 30 some odd years, there maybe some things to look at
1 The reservoir is to small for the displacement of the total system, have you replaced the the power unit recently?
2 The breather on the oil reservoir is not meant to contain oil, breathers job is to allow the tank to breath as your jacks go down or up or the slid goes in and out
3 Reservoirs normally should be filled to 80% -20% is allowed for thermal expansion
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #27
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Very interesting. We have had the same leakage problem with our left front jack.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #28
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An so it goes, i just had a nice long talk with LCI tech support in IN. Nice people, i told them there's forums out there an i'm not the only one with reservoir filler cap leaking from underneath threads. i explain the whole deal, how i can retract levelers an watch cap leap about a teaspoon every time, my bottle is filled just like it should be etc, doesn't matter .. they don't seem to understand the deal, sponge in cap gets saturated an that's when leak occurs, so i got a reference # from them an going to dealer april 2 , what someone needs to do if close by to manufacture is take it to THEM so they can see, i think bottle is too small, or neck not long enough that's all that's going to stop this, an my front two levers come down on there own after sitting a few days so we're thinking an internal valve on them is bad, but there going to tell dealer what checks to preform when i get there, so we're trying an i appreciate that .... i don't like drips...
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:41 PM   #29
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Sounds like they under estimated the system oil capacity and under sized the reservoir
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:33 AM   #30
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I own a 2010 Georgetown 320DS and this Video shows what I believe to be a DESIGN FLAW in this system or a bad reservoir cap. I took the breather cap apart, cleaned the sponge, and put it back together with the same result so I believe it to be the former.



As you can see in the film with the jack retract hydraulic fluid is returned to the reservoir at high speed, hits the back, and curls it way hitting the cap HEAD ON. The result is lost hydraulic fluid EVERY TIME THE JACKS RETRACT.

The Fluid level is right at the full mark when sliders are in and jacks up so I've let you deside what your seeing here...





Very good, try sending that video to LCI, i have talked with them an dealer tech to no resolve, so i took sponge out of cap, try that, you can hear an enormous amount of air coming out of cap, an i have no leaks after operating everything 4-5 times ... thinking i solved the problem.
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