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Old 09-01-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Burl dash panel

Just taking a shot that someone might have one for my 2001 that they would be willing to sell.
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Is yours damaged or just faded. Earlier this year I posted a shop I believe in Texas that refinished the burl. If you want I will try to located name
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No, it is cracked around the ignition switch. This due to the e brake switch having to be pushed in without adequate support. Both are in a support plate on the back.
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Do you happen to know what that burl is called. Maple oak etc?? I'm thinking I might try matching it if I redo the console face.

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Do you happen to know what that burl is called. Maple oak etc?? I'm thinking I might try matching it if I redo the console face.

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No, it is cracked around the ignition switch. This due to the e brake switch having to be pushed in without adequate support. Both are in a support plate on the back.
It sounds like a poor design! I had the same problem on my 2005 Essex. The parking brake release knob caused the dash piece to crack. Fortunately on the Essex it was a smaller separate piece - still around $70 form Newmar! Good luck hope some will come through with a solution for you!
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Search the internet for motor-home dismantle/junk yards. There are a couple that have Alpine coaches. They may have what you are looking for.
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Another option would be to repair the existing panel and paint with a plastic compatible paint (perhaps Fusion) a contrasting color. Something that would go with the other dash components.
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I decided to take things apart and make a new metal backing. The first thing I had to do was remove the roll pin from the e-brake switch. Normally you would use a punch and hammer, but that would not work, since things are not firmly attached. I decide to make a tool. Went to Home Depot and bought the cheapest slip joint plier. Drilled a hole in one end and welded in a length of a hex wrench. The other side I used a disc grinder and cut away some metal, so the pin would have somewhere to come out. Here is my tool:

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This is the front of the dash and the aluminum piece that the factory used. Note that the only support for the aluminum is the ignition switch. The e-brake only mounts to the aluminum. Kind of strange in my mind.

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I cut a larger piece of steel, drilled some holes and used a die-grinder to finish off things. Note that the back of the burl piece has screws attached. These are used to mound to the dash. I used three of these as supports. Should last a long time now. Cost me about $10.

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