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Old 05-05-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Now where does this go?

Back the motorhome out yesterday, 2004 Seabreeze F-53 chassis, and laying on the ground underneath was what I would describe as a heat shield. Not exactly sure where it came from though. It is flat, like a baking sheet, about 14"X24" and is two layers. Back of it looks as if it was held on by double sided tape, if so surprised it stayed on this long.

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Will post pictures later if needed.

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Well if it's lying on the ground under the motor home.. Logical place is .

Directly above where it was lying.

Look for residue from the tape.
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My 2003 f-53 chassis had begun making a rattling noise when going slow through campgrounds, traffic, etc. I asked my truck mechanic to check it out when he was doing last summer's safety check/ lube and oil change. He said that the heat shield by the muffler was partially loose, and he welded it back in place. It may be a heat shield, at least yours won't rattle any more. Just don't park in tall dead grass. .. YRMV
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Is it OEM or something a former owner added if your unit is previously owned?
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:55 AM   #5
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Well if it's lying on the ground under the motor home.. Logical place is .

Directly above where it was lying.

Look for residue from the tape.
Hard to really tell since I backed out and wind blew it across driveway.
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My 2003 f-53 chassis had begun making a rattling noise when going slow through campgrounds, traffic, etc. I asked my truck mechanic to check it out when he was doing last summer's safety check/ lube and oil change. He said that the heat shield by the muffler was partially loose, and he welded it back in place. It may be a heat shield, at least yours won't rattle any more. Just don't park in tall dead grass. .. YRMV
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That would be my first guess,a heat shield.
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Really only a couple of places where you might find shielding. One is the exhaust like has been mentioned, the other might be the transmission although my F-53 has none there. Might check to see if there are any gaps in your wheel wells too.
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I have shielding between the exhaust system and the ABS system which lives up in the frame.
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I suggest you park over a depression or put the right side tires on a curb so you can easily get underneath with a mechanic's crawler. Scoot along and look carefully above the exhaust system, front to back. If you don't see a place for the heat shield, then check around generator exhaust. Those are the places you usually find shielding.
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If you exhaust exits to the side ahead of the rear wheels. Good chance it was on the bottom of a basement bin because of the tailpipe proximity.
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Here it is

Here is picts to help, I have looked underneath MH and find no "obvious" spot where it is missing from, judging by the over-spray it was on there from chassis manufacture (I think). Looks like there was cheap doublesided tape, almost looks like cellophane tape. Stuck my foot in picture to give perspective.

First picture is the smooth metal side with paint overspray

Second picture is the foil like side with tape residue

Thing looks like a cookie sheet

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trode, What a curious oddity. The finish on this device looks not to be OEM however the radius on the corners appear to be purposeful and well executed. It's almost reminiscent of some type of a battery tray however trace elements on the device itself should give you a clue of its intention or logical placement.

Is it possible that the device you found actually did not fall from your machine?
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trode, however trace elements on the device itself should give you a clue of its intention or logical placement.

Is it possible that the device you found actually did not fall from your machine?
X2, with a strip of undercoating that long, if this , is , from your rig tracking down it's original location should only be a 5 min. job.
JMHO: If you can't find a location in 5 mins. under your rig , it's off another vehicle.
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trode, What a curious oddity. The finish on this device looks not to be OEM however the radius on the corners appear to be purposeful and well executed. It's almost reminiscent of some type of a battery tray however trace elements on the device itself should give you a clue of its intention or logical placement.

Is it possible that the device you found actually did not fall from your machine?
I guess anything is possible, but it was in my driveway at the time, not storage, and can't for the life of me see how it could have blown into my yard but is possible I guess. Will likely file in the dark recesses of the garage for now.
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