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Old 03-06-2020, 03:59 PM   #1
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We have a 2020 Wildwood 26dbud and the water hose is directly above the water heater on the back of the trailer. This caused the hose to melt down over the heater. Forest River did change the design after the fact. Does anyone eles have this problem? It is at the dealers to be fixed, but they donít know how. Only used the camper one time.
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Old 03-06-2020, 04:05 PM   #2
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That doesn't sound like a problem a dealer would be able to fix.
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How do I get it fixed then. Forest River knows about the problem. I sent them pictures. They also
Paid to have camper delivered to the dealer. What should I do now?
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I think I would take however long of a piece of copper pipe that I needed, one 90, one male hose adapter and one female hose adapter and solder up an extension that would connect to the city connection of the camper and drop straight down past the water heater. Done. No dealer or mods required.

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Great idea! Maybe I should tell the dealer that. Dealer is to work with Dean from the warranty Department but I donít believe they are. Thanks for your suggestion,
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Did you come up with a solution yet?
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Get permission from FR and have a real plumber do it.

No need for copper pipe. Washing machine SS flex hose will work very well. Easy fix.
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Get permission from FR and have a real plumber do it.

No need for copper pipe. Washing machine SS flex hose will work very well. Easy fix.
cavie, the stainless steel braided washing machine hoses are nothing more than thin rubber hoses covered by a braided stainless steel sheath. The heat will transfer through the stainless steel to the rubber hose inside which is much thinner than a standard rubber washing machine hose or garden hose.

EDIT/ADD: I will give you a real-life example of what I am talking about: you know those 3/4” stainless steel braided water heater connectors they sell at Home Depot and Lowe’s to make it easy for “anybody” to install a water heater? Well, I have lost count of how many of those I have had to replace due to the heat from the flue of a gas water heater causing the thin black rubber hose inside of the braided stainless steel sheath to deteriorate to the point where they become paper-thin, first sending tiny black specks of rubber throughout the entire hot side of the plumbing system, then finally developing pin holes causing water to spray through the stainless steel braiding. The closer the hose is to the flue, the faster this happens.

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We have a 2020 Wildwood 26dbud and the water hose is directly above the water heater on the back of the trailer. This caused the hose to melt down over the heater. Forest River did change the design after the fact. Does anyone eles have this problem? It is at the dealers to be fixed, but they don’t know how. Only used the camper one time.

The only real way to fix it is to move the water inlet over out of the way . weather they do that and fix where it was is debatable . everything else is just a band aid . you can like mentioned create a copper pipe extension of some sort but will still have to deal with the plastic inlet that could deteriorate over time
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but will still have to deal with the plastic inlet that could deteriorate over time
Which it probably will due to the heat rising from the water heater beneath it.

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It really shouldn't be that hard of a fix (granted I can not see the actual set up) I would think either a type of pipe over the water heater, insulation between the tubing and water heater, or reroute the water line around the water heater.
If FR has already changed the design, then the dealer can simply follow what they did to fix it, albeit that FR did it right.

Let us know how it works out.
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Which it probably will due to the heat rising from the water heater beneath it.

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Which is exactly why i said it will deteriorate over time . poor design from FR somebody wasn't thinking .
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cavie, the stainless steel braided washing machine hoses are nothing more than thin rubber hoses covered by a braided stainless steel sheath. The heat will transfer through the stainless steel to the rubber hose inside which is much thinner than a standard rubber washing machine hose or garden hose.

EDIT/ADD: I will give you a real-life example of what I am talking about: you know those 3/4Ē stainless steel braided water heater connectors they sell at Home Depot and Loweís to make it easy for ďanybodyĒ to install a water heater? Well, I have lost count of how many of those I have had to replace due to the heat from the flue of a gas water heater causing the thin black rubber hose inside of the braided stainless steel sheath to deteriorate to the point where they become paper-thin, first sending tiny black specks of rubber throughout the entire hot side of the plumbing system, then finally developing pin holes causing water to spray through the stainless steel braiding. The closer the hose is to the flue, the faster this happens.

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I though that is why they make plumbers hanger strap. Silly me.
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They are moving the water line. The dealer is working with the Forest River . New parts have been sent to dealer. Iím guessing they will just plug the old hole on the RV. Iím fine with a small cap as long as it is safe. Am I the only one that got a camper like this? You would of thought they would do a recall.
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