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Old 08-10-2009, 06:12 AM   #1
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Smile 2008 or 2009 40TD Model

Has anyone needed to access the Cummins engine from the top on their 40TD model? How do you get to both access panels on top of the engine? The one at the back can be accessed from the rear closet and drilling a couple of holes to losen the bolts on the rear panel. However, I don't know how to access the panel toward the front? Do you need to remove the bed? Or, raise the bed and pull up the carpet flooring somehow? Or, are their bolts or screws to pull up the floor so you can then access the engine?
Anyone been their?

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Old 08-10-2009, 09:48 AM   #2
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Hope the answer applies to the 2007 40TD as well!

I have crawled up next to the engine and seen the access panel from below but cannot figure out how to get to it from the top. Bed frame, carpet and step seem all in the way.

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Old 08-10-2009, 04:23 PM   #3
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There are screws holding down the panels. They are buried in the carpet and take an extreme amount of patience to find. If I ever have to remove the panels for engine access I will gladly pay someone to do it. It would probably be worth a trip to Forest City just to find out exactly how to remove the panels.
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Old 08-10-2009, 04:58 PM   #4
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Hope the answer applies to the 2007 40TD as well!

I have crawled up next to the engine and seen the access panel from below but cannot figure out how to get to it from the top. Bed frame, carpet and step seem all in the way.
They all are. We have had our motorhome about 2 months so I'm not an expert. The bed frame has to be lifted and held up with a 6' 2x4 as in the instructions in the black bag, we took the bed mattress off. Next time I will try and see if the bed frame can be lifted without removing the mattress. The slide has to be out. The top of the step is removed, not easy but it can be moved around and lifted up out of the way. Ours had a screw, not completely in, that had to be taken out. On the closet side of the bed, feel the edge of the board under the overlaping carpeted board, for a screw in the carpet top edge. This is easier to find with the bed frame raised but can be found with the bed down. Once the top of the step is off then you can see the engine cover and will need to remove the 2 metal covers to see the engine.
The metal frame under the foot end of the bed does not have to be removed but the Freightliner tech did remove 2 bolts that protrude down and made the step top carpeted board hard or impossible to remove. Tight fit and takes some wiggling to get it out anyway.
Hope this is not too confusing.
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