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Old 01-04-2008, 06:51 AM   #1
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While cleaning out the basement yesterday I found a round access panel in the front door side compartment. It is the same compartment where a freezer would go.

It is on the back vertical wall about 2' up and is exactly the same screw on cover that is in the wetbay for the sewer hose to go through except it is black.

I opened it and really can't tell what it is for. All I can see are frame members.

Anyone know what it might be for?
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:51 AM   #2
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While cleaning out the basement yesterday I found a round access panel in the front door side compartment. It is the same compartment where a freezer would go.

It is on the back vertical wall about 2' up and is exactly the same screw on cover that is in the wetbay for the sewer hose to go through except it is black.

I opened it and really can't tell what it is for. All I can see are frame members.

Anyone know what it might be for?
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:02 AM   #3
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Scott, I believe it's for access to the fuel tank sending unit.

That's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:11 AM   #4
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I agree with Dirk, I think the fuel tank sendeing unit is behind that opening.
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That's typical of Spartan chassis because they have a side mounted fuel sending unit in that exact location whereas Freightliner has a top mounted sending unit that requires pulling the fuel tank to replace the sensor. My Allegro Bus/Spartan has the same access port.
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:32 AM   #6
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I do see a round silver object behind there w/a wire(s) run to it.

What is a fuel sending unit?
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:34 AM   #7
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I should have said fuel gauge sending unit.
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Can I presume that this means the apparatus sends information to the fuel guage?

Can I also presume that there is a reason to have access to this apparatus?
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:13 PM   #9
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Yes and yes.

Obviously there has to be a float or some way of detecting the fuel level in the tank, and then sending that information to the fuel level gauge on the dash.

If a problem developed in that circuit, the sending unit can be easily accessed through that hole in the compartment.

If there was no access, then the tank would have to be removed to gain access.

I guess the thought that some forethought went into something is a bit startling.

Or some intelligent engineering, as perhaps GaryKD might say.
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Scott,
Your presumption might be that it breaks and this is the only way to get to the part without dropping the tank. I know we'll all have difficulty believing components on our coaches break , but that's for other threads.
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Amen to that Bro.

Gotta believe there were some heavy warranty issues at Newmar around this to get that access panel standard.

That or there is some RVIA standard. Not sure.

Dirk, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Well a scholar at least.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Dirk, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Well a scholar at least. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks..................................I think?
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Scott, I too had the circular panel; but I also have a frezer in that compartmeny so I totally removed the round unit including the circular flange. I cut a piece of plastic pegboard 8" X 8", covered the back side with screening as anti-critter and screwed it in place. Now I still have access as intended; but, also get some much needed additional venting for the freezer, Ken,'04 DSDP...
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GaryKD:
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I know we'll all have difficulty believing components on our coaches break , but that's for other threads. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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