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Old 03-02-2006, 06:15 PM   #1
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hose reel repair

I have a 1985 345 classic motorhome and the water hose reel no longer winds automatically. (the adjacent electrical hose reel works fine) I can wind it manually, but would like to get it repaired. The service at Jackson Center just said "no" to getting a part or fixing it -- as did another RV service center. Apppreciate any suggestions.

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Old 03-02-2006, 06:33 PM   #2
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Parts have not been available for the water of electrical hose reels, for many years.


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Old 03-02-2006, 07:09 PM   #3
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Andy: Thanks for the info. Have you ever heard of someone finding a used reel from salvage? Or possibly someone could repair it? I think it is just a spring.
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The parts for the orginal reel are no longer available as you have found out But there are other brands of reels out there that may work. They are typically used on service trucks, like what power companies and heavy equipment repair trucks carry. Here is a link to a thread that deals with it. Salvage is another issue but are going to be hard to find. Best bet would be a call to Colaw Salvage they are one of the largest RV salvage yards that I know of.

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Old 06-02-2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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I have the same problem in my '86; the product looks like Reelcraft but may not be. In any case John M. Ellsworth Co., Inc. Sells reelcraft products which are safe for drinking water. But offers several items of like kind which are cheaper. The reel can be fixed but it requires a torch and knowledge of tempering. Hope this helps you.

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Old 06-06-2006, 11:34 AM   #6
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It's a mess!

I tried to repair the reels on my 1990 Classic. You have to remove the entire assembly in order to do any repairs. This took me hours and I finally gave up because all of the nuts and bolts were badly rusted. My solution was to take a sawzall to it and just cut the mess out. I tossed all of the parts and now use the compartment for hoses and electric cords. By using the yellow storage reels I can get three hoses and two electric lines in the same compartment. This included one additional 30 amp extension line. This is the best solution and results in considerable additional storage capability. I mounted the input to the water tank on the side wall of the compartment and used a quick release water fitting. The input to the electric line is right there in an electrical box so all you need is a strain release fitting. I can post a picture if you would like.

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Old 06-12-2006, 07:09 AM   #7
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I have tried you cannot get any parts for can buy a new one, but they are really water works, but I had to remove the electric one..looks like PO drove away still hooded up. the prices I found were around a $1000...and I could not see myself spending the same for a reel as I gave for the entire 85 345 and drove it home..good luck

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