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Old 11-08-2018, 09:17 PM   #1
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Holy Jesus... Check EVERY orifice!

No, I'm not a closet forum poster, but Jesus...

This coach is only a few months old (I've had it less than a week), todays find were these leaky turds -

Again, the use of cheap, thin, water-leaking foam gaskets, and poor screw placement is killin' me (and our coaches - no wonder they delaminate so quickly).
The 2 top holes were stripped. I installed the entire housing a 1/4 inch higher, after drilling 4 new holes.

Gaps between 30 amp plug-in, and coaxial cable housings were ridiculous. Sure enough, the 8 retaining screws were rusted like the rear lenses (see rear lense leak repair thead), and all of the inside plywood was soaking wet! Had to repair these via the rear lense attack plan. Spent the whole day sealing anything remotely resembling a hole.

Why hasn't there been a class-action on these RV makers to force them to adhere to at-least a semblance of quality control?

Here are the pics. Again, cleaned the area with 70% ISO, used 3/4 inch extra thick butyl tape, replace with s/s screws, add in a toothpick to trim and your golden. Will last 50 years.

Tomorrow's project is curing. Had to use marine sealant to take up a 1/4 inch gap on the outside AC receptacle outlet housing to wall. More soaking wet wood and poor design/quality "gasketing".
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:21 PM   #2
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congratulations, Pastor! You are now a true RV owner : )
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:39 PM   #3
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I've owned RVs my whole life. Still have my 12 year old 21' Forest River Toyhauler and its rock-solid (for sale if anyone is looking for one). Never seen so many things wrong on anything. lol

The interior warranty fix-list is sizeable. Waiting for new cabinets (screws poking through), sink lid (which was glued to the sink) fridge skin (3 dents) etc...
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Old 11-08-2018, 09:55 PM   #4
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Check the stats on class action suits. Guess who really wins. You get .12 and the lawyers get 12,000,000. And that's only YOU have spent $120,000 convincing one there is enough probability and people to make it worth the while.

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Old 11-08-2018, 10:29 PM   #5
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Yep, you have to check EVERYTHING inside and out if you want to be safe and save money in the long run.

Have you used 100 + zip ties under your RV yet? If not put that on your list. Lots of things (Wires, gas lines, cables etc) that need securing.

Oh yeah, get some caulk or sealer and seal everything (Under the RV) that you can including where the floor meets the walls of the RV and the cargo boxes etc.

Took me months to slowly go though everything - and im glad I did. Lots of loose connections, hanging wires or stuff that needed sealing.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:04 PM   #6
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I did have a hanging yellow wire in the middle of the coach that was dangling, w/ a black end. I just ziptied it when I got home. It was 8/10 gauge or similar. Any idea?

Also, are the HDMI / USB inputs on the dash (round black housing) connect to the radio or wall TV? The USB charges my phone, but that's about it. The USB or HDMI does nothing at the radio when hooked up to my samsung S7.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:21 AM   #7
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Well I was expecting something different after reading the headline...oh wait...

The HDMI in the dash is supposed to mirror your phone on the dash radio but don't bother its really low res compared to your phone and won't look very good.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:38 AM   #8
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:37 AM   #9
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on this note..... went to drain my fresh water tank today. found the valve at the bottom of the under-the-bed electrical. (touching exposed energized romex is always a hair raising experience.) opened the valve and peeked under the rig. the drain only pokes out 1 inch and is directly above the "rear wire loom" where wires enter the slide and the electrical area from the front of the coach. (including the shore power wire )

seriously thor!? you couldn't have added 18 more inches so you could pull the drain hose against the chassis and avoid getting everything wet?
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:50 AM   #10
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I did have a hanging yellow wire in the middle of the coach that was dangling, w/ a black end. I just ziptied it when I got home. It was 8/10 gauge or similar. Any idea?

Also, are the HDMI / USB inputs on the dash (round black housing) connect to the radio or wall TV? The USB charges my phone, but that's about it. The USB or HDMI does nothing at the radio when hooked up to my samsung S7.
The mirroring will not work with your model of the Samsung phone.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:56 AM   #11
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on this note..... went to drain my fresh water tank today. found the valve at the bottom of the under-the-bed electrical. (touching exposed energized romex is always a hair raising experience.) opened the valve and peeked under the rig. the drain only pokes out 1 inch and is directly above the "rear wire loom" where wires enter the slide and the electrical area from the front of the coach. (including the shore power wire )

seriously thor!? you couldn't have added 18 more inches so you could pull the drain hose against the chassis and avoid getting everything wet?
Interesting. On my 2018 there is clear piping going from the tank(under the bed) to the side of the RV. The drain valve is mounted on the side of the RV on the outside. My concern is when I have water in the tank, then I also have water in the line from the tank to the valve. This line is exposed to the elements and thus when I go down the road in below freezing weather it will freeze. I am going to have to install another valve at the exit of the tank.
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:13 PM   #12
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electronic positioning

What's the deal with putting the Converter, ATS the circuit board 12volt and 120 and the bulk of the wiring under the bed with the water tank and pump plus newly added EMS system.With all the storage in this unit I'd gladly loose one cabinet to get the water away for the electrical
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:52 PM   #13
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What's the deal with putting the Converter, ATS the circuit board 12volt and 120 and the bulk of the wiring under the bed with the water tank and pump plus newly added EMS system.With all the storage in this unit I'd gladly loose one cabinet to get the water away for the electrical
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Yeah, i was shocked when I looked under by bed and it had all of the wiring and plumbing mixed together. But I guess as long as all the wiring is connected on each end correctly (and no cut or splits in the wire insulation) they should be Okay if they get a little wet. But I dont want to test mine out.... do you? LOL.

But I guess this is common in the RV world so I will just keep an eye on mine.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:59 PM   #14
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Yeah, i was shocked when I looked under by bed and it had all of the wiring and plumbing mixed together. But I guess as long as all the wiring is connected on each end correctly (and no cut or splits in the wire insulation) they should be Okay if they get a little wet. But I dont want to test mine out.... do you? LOL.

But I guess this is common in the RV world so I will just keep an eye on mine.
This is right up there with the loose wires and cables in the wheel wells flapping around in the wind, blow one tire and you've got some problems.
I need to look at making up some steel covers for the wires to protect them when a tire gives up.
I never thought building one of these things would need a Rocket Scientist to get it right.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:17 PM   #15
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Yep, thats a good ideal. Over even it is was a hard plastic or rubber cover for the wires.

Well its all of the NASA rejects that show up at Thor's door step. LOL

I think THOR shows up at the NASA parking lot with a sign "Lose your job and your a rocket scientist? Apply here"
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:09 AM   #16
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EXACTLY! That was a leak I had when i drove it home. Had to call the dealer when i got home with it. Someone left the fresh water drain petcock open slightly and it dripped from the floorboard area. It needs a 90 degree elbow, approx 6" of tubing, then another elbow and tubing downwards... I'm glad I'm documenting all of this.

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Old 11-18-2018, 02:56 AM   #17
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Unhappy Also Check all wiring!

First winter on the road in Freezing temperatures out black and grey waste water pipes froze and started leaking.
This was not supposed to happen because I turned on the heating mats for each holding tank.
After our trip when we returned to just above freezing temperatures in Texas, I got under the coach to inspect the damage and figure out how to fix it.
I noticed some wires terminals hanging from the bottom of the coach... after a few minutes I realized those are the wires which power the heating pads under the holding tank! no wonder they didn't work!
Won't even bother trying to make Thor pay for my cracked pipes, haven't had positive resolutions on prior warranty claims.
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:05 AM   #18
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That sucks... Don't even get me started on the welds I saw while under mine... And yes,my heating pads were also coming off the tanks. Im going to seal them with my handy-dandy marine sealant.
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Old 11-19-2018, 12:18 AM   #19
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heating pads

I thought the heating pads for the tanks were inside the tanks. What do they look like if they are on the outside?
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Old 11-19-2018, 12:21 AM   #20
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Drain on fresh water tank

I never have found a drain on the fresh water tank 29.3 thor. I have been under the bed numerous times and crawled under the coach looking for it.
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