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Old 08-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy remove box in the basement

I have a 2001 fdds Alpine Coach. In the storage space just ahead of the rear wheel on the passenger side, I have to take the box out that holds the 12v light and I don't know what else. Thinking maybe a warm air vent runs through it. Can't find the bolts but I know they are there somewhere. It's an embarrassing situation that involves moisture and I'm afraid of mold developing. Thanks.

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Hi and welcome to the forum. Hopefully some of our experts will be along soon with advice.

Somehow your post ended up being posted twice so I have deleted one of them.

Best of luck.

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Old 08-08-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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The "storage" compartment in front of the rear wheels is the compartment that holds the black and gray holding tanks, full length across the coach. It likely has a heater duct in it (if you have the propane furnace) that will help keep the holding tanks from freezing.

Also the storage tube holding the sewer hose is in that compartment. If you are really lucky, that is where the moisture is coming from.

Not sure about the '01, but the door on my '04 had two L shaped brackets at the bottom on each side that had a sheet metal screw holding the door closed. You need to look under the coach and you will should see them.

If you find the screws holding the door closed, it is hinged like the rest of the doors, but it does not have the gas supports to hold it open. You will need to prop it open with a stick or something. I use a 1/2" PVC pipe.

Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:37 PM   #4
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We had a 02 and the grey covered box on the ceiling you are speaking of is simply a cover over the sewer line (for visual pleasure only) we took ours out permanently to allow easer access to this bay and mounted the light behind on the ceiling. The cover is held up by screws on the back side near the ceiling and some screws near the front (don’t remember where).

S*** happens!
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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If you have the dometic refrig with ice maker, the plastic ice maker water line goes thru that compartment. It can deteriorate and break causing fresh water loss and leaks. You may want to consider in line shut offs in case further breakage occurs or replace with metal tubing.
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Thanks everybody for the replies. The box I was speaking of turned out to be soggy and rotten. It just fell apart. The contents appear to be the drain and water lines for the washer/dryer. I should come "clean" with the story. I was on the second rinse of my black tank and broke a cardinal rule. I walked away with the flush hose running and the valve on the black tank closed. Spent all day striping out carpet in the bay, and so on. Sweet little wife may start speaking to me by next week.

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i feel your pain.
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You are the second person who has left the black tank valve closed flushing out the tank. The valve is supposed to be open, otherwise excessive pressure is forced into the tank and it could rupture, although it's vented to the roof, the rules are written to prevent accidents, people should not ignore what they say. You are lucky the tank did not explode and then you would have been up the creek without a paddle. I suggest you read the manual that came with the tank flush system and follow those instructions to the letter, to prevent this from happening in the future. In this case your wife is justified in not talking to you, mine would have use a something that left a mark and then a scar.
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Thanks everybody for the replies. The box I was speaking of turned out to be soggy and rotten. It just fell apart. The contents appear to be the drain and water lines for the washer/dryer. I should come "clean" with the story. I was on the second rinse of my black tank and broke a cardinal rule. I walked away with the flush hose running and the valve on the black tank closed. Spent all day striping out carpet in the bay, and so on. Sweet little wife may start speaking to me by next week.

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Don't be so hard on yourself... or listen to others who are too hard on you.

I really do feel your pain because I've done it too. Fortunately, the seal on my toilet held and water was forced out the roof vent. It was also my second rinse cycle so the water was pretty clear but still....

I continue to run my flush hose with the black tank valve closed in order to flush the tank well and add some fresh water when I'm done flushing. I just make sure I don't get distracted during the process anymore.

Good luck. This too shall pass.

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