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Old 09-06-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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Problem with the Island Bed Engine Cover

While servicing my 2001 Alpine I found that the engine cover (Island Bed) did not fit properly when I went to closed it. Further inspection revealed all of the screws on the hinge for the engine cover had all stripped out of the wooden cover. The cover appears to be still usable I just need to get a new wider hinge so I do not use the same screw holes. The hinge is still attached to the frame and did not come loose.
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I assume there is no way to move the hinge over so that the screw holes are in between the existing holes?
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You could also go to machine screws with kep nuts.


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Dave,
We had the same problem. Shifted the hinge and re-attached it to the board. Over size screws was another choice.
Also the bed was sagging (rolling toward the middle). Installed two- 55" long, 1 1/2 " x 1 1/2" pieces of aluminum tubing and attached them to the bed board. That was when we discovered the cover was constructed the same as a hollow core door.
Used 2x4 wood blocks attached to the sides for support. Wood made for easy adjustments.
While doing this project changed out the insulation and rubber gasket seal.

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Can the whole engine cover be replaced with new wood?
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If I were on the road, I would have cut the hinge so I could move it over to access wood that had no pre drilled holes so I could get home. I would have used a longer screws not inch sheet metal screws in a 1 inch piece of wood it came with.

What I am going to do is replace the hinge with a wider and heavier duty one. I am going to place a piece of 1 angle iron on the bottom side to add stiffness to the wood and use machine screws with lock nuts to prevent the hinge from coming loose again.
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Is there supposed to be any steel on the bottom side of the engine cover. What protection is there if an engine fire occurs, to keep the fire from entering the inside of the coach?
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That's why the tow truck driver who picked up my coach after a battery compartment fire walked up to the front then stopped & stared. I asked him is there's a problem. He declared "First time I've ever picked up up a motorhome after a fire and it still looks like a motorhome." They tend go up fast regardless of what you do to prevent it short of a fire suppression system..
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What I am going to do is replace the hinge with a wider and heavier duty one. I am going to place a piece of 1 angle iron on the bottom side to add stiffness to the wood and use machine screws with lock nuts to prevent the hinge from coming loose again.
Dave,

The existing hinge and the way they mounted it certainly could not be described as a robust design! Not for people our size. I will probably need to do the same thing as you are planning before long.

Did you find a suitable hinge to replace the one on the coach yet?
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I went to the local Steel Supply yard and they had several different size HD hinges, from steel, aluminum and stainless steel. Fortunately better ones were easy to find.

The original hinge had a piece rubber over it to prevent dust and dirt from entering the coach. I went to my local RV service center and pick up a piece of scrap rubber roofing to cover the new hinge.
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I have attached a picture of the original hinge and the replacement hinge so you can get an idea of what I used to repair the Island Bed. I also used a 1 Angle Iron on the bottom, with the bed sandwiched in between, and I used 20 bolts to bold it all together.

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