Originally Posted by sixkilo
Bought a 2002 Minnie Winnie 430V last week after months and months of filtering and investigating. Yeah! As my buddy says " You better be ready to fix things" and that has been going on since last Friday. My latest discovery was weeping hydraulic lines. I spent a good part of today wiping down and reading HWH part numbers in the hope of getting some ideas from HWH. I know I will be waiting for some time on that one. In the mean time I don't think the leakage just started and we will use the unit anyway. I have been advised to take the leaking lines to a repair shop which makes new lines but I need a diagram of the hose layout. I was planning on starting with the rear slide lines first. Is that smart? On the other hand the backup camera is only working occasionally and I would like to believe it is either camera or monitor. Is it reasonable to hope for a good video cable? The unit was garage kept it's whole life and has 24K. Also I need a 12v socket for my CPAP next to the bed. Can I wire one of these myself nearby? The cord is only 6 ft long. Enough for now and thanks.
Well Sir, first off, congrats on your new purchase. Buying a used RV can, as you've found out, be a tad bit of a gamble. Of course, it's like that on used cars, trucks, motorcycles, submarines, space ships, etc. So, knowing and realizing that, your outlook on repairs/replacement parts, is taken with a bit more ease. Now, having said that, hydraulic lines and fittings, are basically standardized, throughout the industry. That is, with just a bit of studying, you'll know what's involved in a line and or, fitting or, both etc.
I've not had to deal with HWH directly but, I've read a zillion threads on this forum and others about them not being so quick in returning phone calls, helping with customer assistance issues, etc., primarily because they've become so popular, and, are so spread out in terms of equipment on so many motor homes etc. that, they simply don't have the resources available to better respond to customer calls. I don't know this for a fact but, it's what I've heard and read.
Now, if you've got any type of hydraulic repair shop near you, you can take off one of your lines, make it a simple one and, take it to them and they will identify the line size, the fitting end types and, the psi. capacity of the hose(s) involved. It's not rocket science. It's simply a hydraulic system. And, as far as which lines to replace or mend first, in all reality, there is no protocol for that. You simply fix which ones need fixing. A leak is a leak. It doesn't matter if front or back. The system needs all the lines, fittings, manifolds etc. in tact before it's to work correctly.
As for adding a 12VDC power plug at or near your bed, that too is simple. All that's needed is to find either a switched (if you want it that way) or, a non-switched (power hot all the time) line, near the rear of the coach or, near your bed. Then, tie into it, maybe with a fuse, and, fish that line up to where ever you want it to be. Done!
You simply take one problem at a time, logically proceed with what's needed for it's repair, then, head off to another problem. Good luck.