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Old 10-16-2013, 03:52 PM   #11
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I did the "cut the tip down " thing and it does work, but I think I will go with the metal stems soon. The air- flexx extenders would work fine if stem out of the wheel was metal to begin with.

I did find the other thread concerning the extenders.

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Old 10-16-2013, 06:19 PM   #12
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I goofed. In earlier post I referenced a supplier for the metal valve stems, and stated "ask for Mike"... my bad. I'm an idiot! You need to ask for BILL.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:09 AM   #13
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I just took delivery of my 2013 Solera 24 SLE last week and I encountered the same problem. I conquered this problem just yesterday, let me see if I can explain how I did it. The flexible extension for the inner tires will not thread down far enough on the rubber tire valve stem to inflate. You may notice that the outside tire valve extension threads onto a metal U shaped diverter and not the rubber valve stem that goes into the wheel itself so it can be threaded far enough onto the metal diverter to work. The inner tire valve extension will not thread down on the rubber valve stem that goes into the wheel because it encounters the rubber neck of the valve stem and stops. Take the valve extension off of the inner tire rubber valve stem and look inside the end that threads onto the rubber valve stem. The valve extension has a plastic neck ahead of the threads that actually thread onto the rubber valve stem. This neck ahead of the threads is about 5/16 in long and can be trimmed. I cut about 1/4 in off of this plastic neck with a power saw so the threads inside of the valve extension can fully thread onto the rubber valve stem on the inside wheel and not hit the rubber on the valve stem and it worked! I hope you can understand all of this if not let me know and I will try to post some pictures.

If my Guru Brian sees this you might want to think about selling a motorhome that the inner rear tires cannot be checked or inflated and the liabilities involved with that. Have your boys trim the neck of the valve extension so they will work. Actually this might be an issue for Mercedes I am not sure where the valve extensions are added.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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So, in a nut shell you said: Remove the yellow extenders that feed air to the inside rear tires. Trim off 1/4" of plastic from the tire stem connection end, to allow the extender to actuate the shrader valve to inject air. Am I understanding this correctly.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:09 AM   #15
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Yes you are correct, just be careful not to trim too much or you will damage the plastic threads above the neck and it will be dificult to rethread it back on.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:34 AM   #16
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I really have to agree with patmcwhirter on how this valve stem problem can continue to be a issue. When we brought home our new Solera last November I discovered that I could not check the air pressure on either inner rear tire. After trimming the ends of the yellow plastic extenders I found that the driver side inner tire had 109 lbs. of pressure. This was after we had made the 300 mile trip home from the dealer. I suspect somewhere along the line someone could not get a accurate pressure reading and just kept filling the tire. Fit and finish issues are one thing but I do believe that Forest River has a responsibility to sweat the safety details.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:42 PM   #17
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Patmcwhirter, I noticed the same thing you did when I was working on my extensions. On one I cut the outside tip and the other, the inside. The inside works best.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:49 PM   #18
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FR can't do after market modifications to the flex extenders, due to the liability issues. Shysters would have a field day with FR if they touched this issue. So, we're on our own on this one boys. IMO
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