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Old 03-20-2023, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hydraulic/Hose Issue

So, this past weekend I was under my 2011 Georgetown (I bought in October) repairing a bolt on the steps when I decided to look at what appeared to be very small hydraulic leak form the leveling system and think I found the culprit.

However, bigger concern is what else I found with the orange hoses and their condition.

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Old 03-20-2023, 12:52 PM   #2
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If you'll do a search on this forum of "GEORGETOWN ORANGE HOSES" you will get a plethora of posts dealing with this issue.
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Old 03-20-2023, 01:05 PM   #3
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yeah, i saw that, most really old so i could not post in them.

Guess my question to anyone in the know, if i let professional make the hoses how difficult a task is replacement? Rv repair shops all back logged. Truck repair shop can get me in, but not sure of timeline. But they have stated making up hoses if i bring the old ones will be an option.
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Old 03-20-2023, 01:22 PM   #4
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Posted it so you could see that there is a history going way back and reading what others had to do. Not to post to. I had Lippert ship my replacements to a local RV repair facility and Lippert paid the bill (2012). I think you may be sol with Lippert help. Someone with self repair procedures may chime in to assist. Good luck.
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Old 03-20-2023, 01:25 PM   #5
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for what it's worth

two years ago I replaced all the hoses on my excavator. I got different color electrical tape and color coded each hose and where it was connected. took all the hoses to a shop in town and had them make me all new ones. kind of a dirty job. took some time to get all the air out of the system. would recommend getting a set of open end crowfoot sockets different length extensions, and a swivel. took a few days but it wasn't that bad. also suggest if your going to leave things disconnected for length of time to cover ends of fittings to help keep moisture out.
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Old 03-20-2023, 10:56 PM   #6
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Had a hose blow out on the road after I hit a very big dip in the road. The MH came down and the bunk slide put pressure on the backside of the valve and blew a hose.
I replaced both bunk slide hoses.
Then I replaced the rear jack hoses the next month and then the month after that I did the front slide and front jacks hoses. I spread them out over the 3 months because the total bill from Pirtek for all the hoses was approx $1600!
Now I have all new HD hoses that I or the next owner will never have to worry about.
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Old 03-21-2023, 05:30 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info. Found friend that changes alot of hoses on heavy machinery through work, etc. He has offered to help remove, take to shop he has make hoses for equipment at work, and then reinstall. Will definetly label everything as it comes apart. Will update with any additional findings when work is done.
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Old 03-21-2023, 08:40 AM   #8
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I've used NAPA in the past when we needed to replace a couple hoses in our 2014 378. They had all of the fittings and made the hoses while we waited. Think it was something like $65 for the longest of the two. Once you have them labeled/identified, it's pretty easy to accomplish.
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Old 03-22-2023, 09:28 AM   #9
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I have changed a couple, itís easy to do. Just make sure you donít mix anything up.
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Old 03-22-2023, 08:04 PM   #10
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The effort depends on which Georgetown you have. I had my replaced last year and the technician had to remove the fresh Water tank to get to the connections for one of the slides, and go in from under the bed to get to another set. Those hoses were running all over the place.
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Old 04-27-2023, 07:39 AM   #11
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Last week, removed all the Orange hydraulic lines, thank God I had small enough friend to get into the areas some of the fittings were in, and took them into get new ones made. Just picked the new ones up (565$)and now begins the process of putting them back in.

With the time it has taken, i cannot imagine at 150 - 200$/hour how much this would have cost if i hadn't took it on myself.

Instead of dropping the freshwater tank for the bedroom slide, was able to lift bed and plywood under the bed to access those fittings from above. Much easier.
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Old 04-29-2023, 03:49 PM   #12
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Replacement of all the orange hoses (8) completed. Actually, went back together easier than the removal phase because we knew where they were and what we were doing by then. Bought 2 gallons of fluid based on everything i read saying it hold 7 quarts. with what didn't drain and was in the cylinders, other lines, etc. we only used 1.5 quarts (ooops), so i guess I will be retuning at least one of the gallon jugs.

Cycled everything multiple times, checked reservoir level with all combinations of slides and leveler positions to ensure had correct amount in.

Glad i tried the work myself. Was not bad, learned a ton and can't imagine how much it would have cost with the hourly rate i was quoted for the work.

Now onto the next discovery and repair that comes with "used rv" purchase from private seller.
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Old 04-29-2023, 04:16 PM   #13
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good job

wait till you start work on the soft floor!
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