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Old 06-23-2014, 11:16 AM   #21
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Same here on the loose connections. One leg of our 50a Marinco inlet was stripped and loose. Found that installing the EMS. Definitely worth checking all of them to eliminate the hot spots.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:06 PM   #22
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Is there a preventive measure that we can consider doing to prevent this? I'm thinking (sorry I'm a mechanical engineer) a big fuse added to the positive wire at the battery terminal like 40amp for the 30amp users?
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:17 PM   #23
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Although this is not something we all want to happen and the OP is very lucky to have caught this and not be injured and there's no EXCUSE for shoddy workmanship.
THIS IS a house on wheels!
I don't know about y'alls roads but around here I'm lucky to have a camper behind me when I arrive at my destination.
Thinks WILL loosen, break, fall apart.

Sorry but some if not a majority of problems happen because your house drives or gets towed down the great USA hi ways we have.
OK I'm done with that.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:53 PM   #24
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It was a tongue in cheek comment. Timex was just trying to bring a little humor with his ironic post, which was actually a self- deprecating statement.

I got a chuckle out of it, as everyone else should, as that's how it was intended since he was being sarcastic about himself. It's all good.
I figured that and that why I responded like I did (tongue in cheek).
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:03 PM   #25
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If no one reports these types of issues to the NHTSA then a recall will never get generated and the governing bodies think every thing is ok. When I read some of the stuff people have to do to a piece of property they just payed thousands of dollars for it amazes me that FR does not put 'some reassembly may be necessary' in the small print on their brochure.
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:17 PM   #26
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After taking delivery on our 8289 last Dec I was moving stuff around in the front storage and noticed a wire from the battery to the disconnect was loose. Had to pull the battery to tighten it but also found several other loose connections. Following that I got into the distribution panel, more connections that were not tight, some as much as a full turn of the screw or more. Ended up pulling all the plugs and checking them, plugs had push in type connections, nothing to tighten. It's amazing how many loose connections were in this RV.
With the above being said I am by no means unhappy with Forest River, just think they need "QUALIFIED" installers on things like the electrical. On previous RV's I have and still will check electrical connections and everything else on a yearly bases on occasion finding a terminal that needed to be tweaked, sort of like putting a torque wrench on the wheel lugs before a trip. I feel better doing it.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:02 PM   #27
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Yikes! My slide switch stuck momentarialy this weekend, luckily it was grit or something as I tapped the other side and the switch moved and a black speck hit the counter.

With as much wire as these things have mistakes like this are inexcusable.
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:27 PM   #28
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I'm new to the forum but as far as your non-refundable trips, why not contact the parks, explain the situation [by now you may have some documentation that you could share with them] and as for a special accommodation to re-schedule your visits. The worst than can say is no.

On another note, I'm so glad no one was hurt. I can't even imagine what it must have been like. Good luck.
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Regardless of what many think, FR does NOT monitor this forum. You're gonna have to contact them yourself.
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Is there a preventive measure that we can consider doing to prevent this? I'm thinking (sorry I'm a mechanical engineer) a big fuse added to the positive wire at the battery terminal like 40amp for the 30amp users?
My camper came equipped from the factory with one.
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