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Old 08-20-2011, 05:43 PM   #11
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SOLERA OWNERS,
Forest River IS aware of the issue, and are discussing it as we type. I get the feeling they are taking it seriously... If I find out anything I'll post ASAP.
My Solera is in for warranty repair of the running lights ( fixed btw thanks Mc Mahon RV ) and I pick it up Monday. Which is good as I'm leaving Tuesday for a 2 week 4 state trip through Nevada to Idaho then Oregon and back doing " Starparties " with amateur astronomers in ID & OR...

John
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I'm glad to hear this! Maybe they'll come up with a solution and reimburse me for my costs!
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:08 PM   #12
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Please keep us posted. I have a 2011, but I bought it at a dealer used. so what ever the fix is. I guess I'll have to pay for it.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:51 PM   #13
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Dbl blowouts

Strange that it's the right rear (is this not correct?)
Yesterday I was checking the tire pressure and noticed that the nuts that hold the extender to the hub cap bracket were loose. Is it possible that the nuts came off the extender threads and then they just flew out taking the valve stems, etc with them? This would not be possible if the caps on the end of the valve stem were still screwed on. Makes me wonder. Your thoughts please.
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:57 AM   #14
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It is possible that this could lead to the problem. I've been checking these also. In fact, after this trip I'm going to remove / re-install using loctite.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:23 PM   #15
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One thing I did notice. The hub cap on the right side is much easier to pull off.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:50 AM   #16
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Just wanted to let everyone know that we have survived our latest trip w/out incident!

When I have more time I'll post some info about the Tire Traker systems performance.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #17
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Update on Blow-out Posting with a couple questions

Hello “Double Blowout” Monitors:

I’m the guy that wrote the message (above or below in this “thread” – I don’t know how this stuff works) regarding my 18 Aug Solera double blowout). The purpose of this message is just to update you all on “where I stand now” regarding the issue and maybe ask some questions.

After the 18 Aug incident, I called Dodge dealer who said “not my problem” take to RV dealer (Ilmor was correct on that). Took to RV dealer (a rather large place in this area, Safford RV, which services Forest River products) and was told “no can do” take it to a tire repair place. Then had to wait til “The Great Hurricane” passed thru this area and could clean-up all the debris from fallen tree limbs in my yard. Be that as it may, today I went to one of the largest and most reputable tire places in the DC area (Albans) and, armed with the info you all gave me, told them I needed all the stems on all the tires replaced with high pressure stems. Which they did -- and which removes the major concern I had, i.e. an inherent safety problem in the Solera engineering by Forest River. But they had, and knew of no place to get, extensions for the new stems (the old extension stems were not compatible to the new tire stems, they said) & told me to address that matter with my RV dealer or manufacturer. (You can see where this is going -- it’s some sort of crazed loop).

So my situation today is: I’ve got new high-pressure stems in all tires but no rear hubcaps mounted (the right rear one having been destroyed in the blowout and the left rear one is unmounted to give me some access to the new stems). And without extension stems it is highly difficult, if not impossible, for me to check the pressures or put air into the inside rear tires.

So, if you have the time and would be kind enough to answer, a few questions:

For Ilmor: How did you solve, or where did you get, extension stems after installing the new high pressure stems? (Also, I intend to get that monitoring system you have.
But I need to solve the extension stem problem first – I think.)

For SoCal Solera: Upon what information did you base your posting to this forum stating “Forest River IS aware of the issue, …..” I ask because last week I called Forest River twice (someone named Mike Jankowski, whose name I got from the dealership that we bought our Solera from) to try to ascertain just what advice FR might have in this matter. Naturally, I had to leave voice message: which I did, but nobody at FR has yet to have the common courtesy to call me back.

Last remarks on this far-too-long posting. You contributors to this forum have been Highly Helpful to me. And I thank you all very much. Best regards, j.c.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:30 AM   #18
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j.c., I see your post here; I'll get back to you on this...
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:47 PM   #19
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You are on the right path, Mike Jankowski is the correct contact. The metal braided valve extensions were given to us by the supplier (not sure who) for that particular setup. I know we use another extension called "Air Flexx" on our Ford product. I helped bring that supplier (Air -Flexx) on board based on experience with a rental account. Too many of their braided valves leaked when they became loose. With the Air-Flexx extension, it is lightweight, rigid, does not need to be secured to the rim and does not pressurize. You can cut the extension in half and it will not let air out of the tire. I cannot confirm that we have switched to that on the Solera, but I know their benefits and it seems a likely replacement.
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Hello, again, “Double Blowout” Monitors:

Just a quick note to let you know: Yesterday I again called Mike Jankowski of Forest River. Got his voice mail. Left another message. But this time he DID call me back. Results of tel. con.: He was aware of the problem, but has not read the postings on this forum. He referred me to Mike Burns (who is the warranty guy at FR) for reimbursement of expenses. Told him that that was not why I was calling and that this is not a warranty matter but rather a safety problem. And, in my opinion, it is a significant safety problem. Told him that what I was seeking was some technical guidance, in WRITING, from FR on how BEST to fix the problem. He told me he would bring up the matter at a “staff meeting” next Tuesday.

Well, that’s all “fine & dandy.” We’ll see what, if anything, ensues from FR. But I’m not holding my breath for a definitive, written, response. By the way, should anyone want to contact Mike Jankowski his tel. nr. is 574 206-7625. If, which you will, get his voice mail it asks you to leave a message that includes the last seven digits of your VIN (so you should have that data handy).

What worries me is: The Solera owners who are privy to this forum are at least witting of the problem. But what about all the other Solera owners who are unwitting? They are out there driving around without the foggiest notion that they might, I repeat “might,” be in some danger.

I went to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) web site to see if there was some form, or whatever, to report such matters. Didn’t immediately find such a form. But I didn’t really study the site – not yet. If you google “NHTSA” you’ll find it, if you wish. NHTSA is part of the DOT and I, in a former life, worked with them on occasion.

For bclemens: Thank you for your recent posting. It prompted me to try to contact Jankowski again. Also the info re “Air-Flexx” is interesting (I went to their web site) and may be included in a “solution” to this problem – if one is forthcoming from FR. But before I act on that, I’m hoping FR will come out with something on “just what to do.”

Best regards, j.c.
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