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Old 10-23-2008, 03:53 PM   #1
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Coming back from Albuquerque at the first campground I visited (in Oklahoma) I noticed my fuel fiter cover was once again broken at the attachment point. Mind you, this was my second one and after the first mishap I had 4" metal brackets made to hold as a sort of washer against the plastic cover where the knobs attach.

I asked if Spartan (or Newmar) has any modifications for a remedy, but was told no, same old thing. A replacement is on the way to me.

Must have been the rough roads on I 44 outside of Oklahoma City, because they sure beat the fillings out of one's teeth.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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Coming back from Albuquerque at the first campground I visited (in Oklahoma) I noticed my fuel fiter cover was once again broken at the attachment point. Mind you, this was my second one and after the first mishap I had 4" metal brackets made to hold as a sort of washer against the plastic cover where the knobs attach.

I asked if Spartan (or Newmar) has any modifications for a remedy, but was told no, same old thing. A replacement is on the way to me.

Must have been the rough roads on I 44 outside of Oklahoma City, because they sure beat the fillings out of one's teeth.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:04 PM   #3
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Been there.... done that Chuck.

Amazing they've not been able to build a better mouse trap.

At least with your teeth, if you're like Dirk at least, you can just drop your teeth off to be fixed and pick them up later.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:10 PM   #4
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That stretch is amazingly rough. The drawer guides on two of my drawers were broken right off. Had to check my fillings as well. LOL
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:26 AM   #5
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I had the same problem. When I installed the new cover, I drilled holes top and bottom on both sides in addition to the center black plastic knob screw. I used large washers and wing nuts and after two years have had no further cracking of the cover. I attempted to get a shop to duplicate the cover in aluminum but after several attempts they declined due to the offset curvature being too hard to duplicate.
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I did the same thing as Wayne. When I bought my 2005 DS one of the first things I did was drill four holes and installed bolts, lock washers and nuts. The cover is still like new after 3 1/2 years.
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CWG can I ask what replacement cost is?

Mine is currently held in place with multiple self tapping screws. Must be something about Oklahoma

Actually previous owner said he kept dragging it of pulling out of his driveway until they added extra asphalt.
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Jay W,

My replacement cover was free from Newmar. Just call them and ask.

Like some of the rest here, I then drilled 4 holes around the perimeter of the cover and used stainless steel nuts, bolts and washers to secure it. That was 3 years ago, no problems since.
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My original one left me about a year ago in Wisconsin. It dragged and was basically destroyed. On warranty Newmar sent me a new one with extra knob type screw holders. I drilled and tapped the extras. I then had 5 in place of the original 2. No problems so far.

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Old 10-26-2008, 12:09 PM   #10
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Jay W:
CWG can I ask what replacement cost is?

Mine, too, is under warranty for a little bit longer and I have no idea what the cost is. Sounds as though I had better make some extra holes for more screws.
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