3 of 4 Hoses Unconnected at Setup - What happened?

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  1. kjmpdm

    kjmpdm New Member

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    Life has been happening with our kids, and the last time we camped was last June 2012. Our 2009 Coleman Westlake was having some issues. One of several things, we needed faucet replaced because it wasn't shutting off. Took it back to our dealer and had a big service done (we are not that handy). When we opened it to clean and get ready for winter storage we found the dealer had cracked one bed wedge (which I got replaced about a month ago - thanks to Somerset).

    Set out this Friday for our first trip - set up in rain. DH hooks up to city water, turns on and we hear a sound like water dropping into a big empty tank. Nothing from the new faucet. Tell him to stop - check that he didn't hook up the hose to the holding tank. Same sound - finally look down to the right and out from under the fridge is coming the water! After cleaning up we found 3 of the 4 hoses not connected. In the daylight on Saturday, it looks like the plastic white ring broke on them (we thought the dealer just didn't hook them up).

    What would cause the white rings that screw the hoses on to break like that?
    Thanks for your help - we are fed up with the service department, but I don't want to blame them if there's something we could have done. Thank you for your insight!

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  2. speckhunter80

    speckhunter80 Well-Known Member

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    Cross threaded...tightened to tight...or combination of both
     
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    Starcraft Away New Member

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    I'd say its the techs lack of care, I could see one breaking but for 2 to go...at once ..seems a little sketchy

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  4. kjmpdm

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    Ok - it couldn't have happened by winter freezing? The lines were completely dry.
     
  5. mv520

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    Gross over tightening, as in someone using a wrench and cranking down on it. The 4 little "wings" off of the white plastic part are for your fingertips so you can HAND TIGHTEN them. That is all that is needed. If you look closely do you see any evidence of any kind of wrench marks on any of the 4 "wings"?

    It may well have actually worked (leak free) at the dealers, then the fitting crack sometime later as the plastic yielded to the stress, possibly helped along by heat, cold or vibration.
     
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    So, service on phone blaming not winterizing. They haven't seen it yet. Popup totally dry - stored in covered/zipped up awning shelter. No sign of stretched hoses. Asking for parts and service record. If we had new faucet and never ran water in it - how could not winterizing cause this?
     
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    Do you use a pressure regulator. The fittings may have been the weakest link and the when you hook the city water up a water hammer broke the fitting.
     

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