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Old 08-01-2007, 04:11 AM   #1
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I was at HWH yesterday getting my dinette slide fixed after Winnebago screwed it up. It seems that Winnebago changes the slide guide (1/2" guide for the slide to lower to floor level) by prying and forcing the new guide into position. The HWH tech shook his head and said "here's another one Winnebago screwed up", the tech did say mine was not as bad as others he has seen.

Anyway, I was told while at HWH that Winnebago is moving away from the HWH product line and will be using electric slides and jacks. They were not sure if this would affect the whole product line or just the smaller units. If this is true, along with the move to rear radiators on another post it will remove Winnebago from my list of replacements of my present coach. Here is another example where the "bean counters" are making short sighted decisions to boost next quarter profits and screwing up the long term health of the company.
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:11 AM   #2
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I was at HWH yesterday getting my dinette slide fixed after Winnebago screwed it up. It seems that Winnebago changes the slide guide (1/2" guide for the slide to lower to floor level) by prying and forcing the new guide into position. The HWH tech shook his head and said "here's another one Winnebago screwed up", the tech did say mine was not as bad as others he has seen.

Anyway, I was told while at HWH that Winnebago is moving away from the HWH product line and will be using electric slides and jacks. They were not sure if this would affect the whole product line or just the smaller units. If this is true, along with the move to rear radiators on another post it will remove Winnebago from my list of replacements of my present coach. Here is another example where the "bean counters" are making short sighted decisions to boost next quarter profits and screwing up the long term health of the company.
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Old 08-01-2007, 05:27 AM   #3
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Old 08-01-2007, 05:57 AM   #4
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What are your thoughts regarding HWH vrs. electric slides? I have had both and so far no real problems with either one. I like the positive feel with the HWH, do you think it is better?

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Old 08-01-2007, 06:11 AM   #5
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There are pro and cons for each. Newmar uses an electric motor and a gear reduction system. The key to this system is the controller and a limit rod. The controller is current sensing, so as soon as the slide hits the out/in limit, the current running the motor raises it stops. How do I know... I had a limit rod break. I repaired it myself for about $6, saved a 6 hour round trip to the dealer and at least day in the shop.

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Old 08-01-2007, 07:00 AM   #6
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Also note Newmar has always used the electric motor and I just had a picture frame crushed by the torque from it.
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Old 08-01-2007, 02:13 PM   #7
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When FC screwed ours up with a non fix, it didn't self destruct until we got home. We then had to go to 2 dealers, 1 over 100 miles away to get it fixed. When they couldn't do it, HWH called and walked the tecs though it. No probs since. Wish we had stopped at HWH while out that way. Would have saved a lot of time (6 weeks) and fuel. I don't know what has happened to QC, just as our hi pressure AC line was routed over the turbo, someone shoulda caught it.
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:56 PM   #8
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The Winnie factory service is very, very good, but they certainly don't necessarily get everything right on the first try. Our slow jack retraction was a good case in point. We have lived with this problem for two years and twice FC had a chance at fixing it. HWH factory service almost immediately diagnosed the problem as us having four of a bad batch of jacks from HWH that were being installed about the time our coach was being built.

We were in and out of the service bay in about two hours, problem solved.

My thinking is if you can have the vendor manufacturer work on the part/sub-system, you are much better off for something like the jack or slide mechanism.

However, Forest City is still on my radar of highly desirable places to get the coach worked on.

It is very disturbing to me to find out that Winnie is removing highly desirable functional features that aren't "sexy" like a side radiator in the Vectra/Horizon and saving ?? bucks. My guess is the product planners/designers are trying to increase the interior wow and bling-bling to drive sales and drive the manufacturing expenses down.

Knowledgeable shoppers of something that expensive will be smart enough to consider things like quality of construction, fit and finish, and evaluate the quality and engineering of systems and components used.
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:04 AM   #9
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Add to this a KNOWN slide problem with 01, 02 and some 03 models (Chieftain in this case). This is a NO COST fix due to the supplier error and NOT a HWH problem. The supplier changed the spec with notifying HWH.

While I was at HWH another customer had his slide hoses replaced due to a defect in the hose fittings. This particular customer had his coach in for repairs numerous times at different dealers for leak repairs. It was never repaired correctly due to the difficulty in replacing the hoses. The HWH tech said that someone started to repair it as he could tell they started to take the bay a part but quit and put it back together. They had to disassemble a couple of bays. It took a tech almost 8 hours to complete the repairs.

From what I learned Winnebago knew about the problem. Did Winnebago notify the dealer network? If not why? Why didn't they do a recall?
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:21 AM   #10
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I for one am not in favor of Winnie taking HWH out of the picture. They have been a great outfit to do business with and stand behind their products all the way. My brother has an electric slide and has had a lot of problems. My HWH system has had very little problem. I am sure there are differences of opinion on these systems, but I just gave mine.
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Old 08-02-2007, 04:51 AM   #11
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I think the problem with Winnebago Factory Service is that they need to have techs "certified" on the vendor supplied systems on their coaches. Maybe not every tech but enough of them so they have the ability to handle the problems. HWH became aware of the method that Winnebago was replacing the guides as coaches began visiting the HWH service area. HWH then told Winnebago that they needed to disassemble the slide arm to install the guide instead of prying it into place and in so doing they were bending the side plate that the guide rides on.

I am in general very happy with Winnebago FC, and it was my primary reason for purchasing a second Winnebago product. I asked several HWH techs to rate the quality of the Winnebago FC techs and they wouldn't respond, but they said instead that many Winnebago employees that own a Winnebago bring their coaches there for repair. I guess that tells it all.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">For anyone interested in ordering the electric jacks on their new coach-forget it! If they fail in the down position and the failure is due to a component failure other than the motor the only way to retract them is to remove them! If you are parked on a hard surface-good luck-you can dig a hole a foot deep or jack up the coach a foot. Just dug the hole at the Russian River in Alaska(fortunately dirt underneath)-now awaitng for the new jack from Atwood. The electric jacks are another cost reduction by Newmar(and other manufacturers) that does not work!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I copied this off the Newmar forum... so your not alone.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:40 AM   #13
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The biggest problem that I had with my coach when it was new was with the HWH system leaking. After SIX trips to the dealer, they finally mangaged to fix the problem. What I first assumed was a HWH problem, later turned out to be service techs that did not know what they were doing with the repairs. It finally took the service manager himself to work on the problem to finally fix it.

At one point all of the solenoids were replaced, both in and out solenoids. Now I wonder if they were ever the problem. I had slides that would not stay put, and significant leaks from numerious places. Now I would suspect that over tightening of the fittings damaged many of the threads causing the leaks.

On the second to the last trip all the solenoids were replaced. The tech crushed an "O" ring, and his fix was to put a bigger wrench on it and flatten the solenoid against the manifold.

Needless to say that didn't work. Now I hope that several of the other "O" rings aren't damaged as well

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Old 08-03-2007, 04:50 AM   #14
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I am a firm supporter of HWH as well. I have had HWH Jacks on my last 3 coaches and will not consider purchasing another with out HWH Jacks.

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