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Old 05-19-2014, 12:14 PM   #1
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2004 PaceArrow dog house removal

I stood my fat butt on the dog house and broke it. Need to remove it to repair, anyone know how to remove it? Thanks in advance for your help.
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I'm not sure about yours specifically, but most of them either have latches or are screwed/bolted down. Feel around the doghouse carpet and see if you can find the hardware. If all else fails, call Fleetwood Customer Service and ask if they can tell you. Good luck!
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My Bounder had three screws ( hidden by the carpet ).
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Most Pace Arrows had a two piece dog house. The top piece unlatched and flipped open. The bottom piece was removed when more access was needed. The bottom piece was screwed to the floor. It has a lip that sticks out over the floor about an inch. The screws are screwed through the lip and into the floor. You have to remove all the screws and slip a razor knife between the floor and the lip to break the weather seal. Make sure you seal it well when reinstalling.
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If I remember correctly (no guarantee of that) mine had a hole, bottom front, that you put an Allen wrench in to unscrew. Hole was concealed by carpeting, but could be felt.

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How badly is it broken? If it is only one place, you might be able to repair it in place. Just cover the engine with a plastic tarp and work through the top opening.
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It is a mess and needs to be removed. The fiberglass guy looked at it today and said it would 4 or 5 times as long to try to do it in place so best to remove it. I may have to call Fleetwood to see how to remove it. I still need to look closely to see if I can figure it out. Thanks to all for continuing to help.
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You could run a strong magnet around the edges and perhaps discover the attaching points.
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There are screws all around your doghouse to hold it in place. You need to dig around in the carpet and locate them and remove.

As one poster said, use a scraper or putty knife to release the seal from the floor. BE VERY CAREFULL, as the black seal goo is sticky and if it gets on your carpet or surrounding areas, it will not come off or it will stain.

Yes it will come off, a PITA, and a messy job. It is best you do the job yourself, as no one will do a better job than yourself. As for the repair, it is a simple job of applying some fiberglass or buildup a support on the inside. Next time………..don’t step on the doghouse……………but I think you know that by now. Good Luck!
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There are screws all around your doghouse to hold it in place. You need to dig around in the carpet and locate them and remove.

As one poster said, use a scraper or putty knife to release the seal from the floor. BE VERY CAREFULL, as the black seal goo is sticky and if it gets on your carpet or surrounding areas, it will not come off or it will stain.

Yes it will come off, a PITA, and a messy job. It is best you do the job yourself, as no one will do a better job than yourself. As for the repair, it is a simple job of applying some fiberglass or buildup a support on the inside. Next time………..don’t step on the doghouse……………but I think you know that by now. Good Luck!
Thanks, I was on the phone with Fleetwood when I read your post, they told me the same thing as you. Again thanks
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Well I pulled some carpet on the right side of the doghouse today and found the screws that Fleetwood installed and more, someone had been working there before. This coach had 2680 miles on it when I got it. I think it was a demo but not sure as it came from a bankrupt dealer. The dealer I got it from got it at an auction. There were smaller screws every inch or two and you could see where it had been sealed with silicone. I stopped as it would be too much of a PIA, and as stated earlier I still would not be able to stand on it. Not being able to stand on it is a PIA. I have decided to build a platform so to speak that will bridge the dog house and be supported on the sides by runners, so I can stand, step on it. It will be wooden slats or solid wood and varnished to look nice. Any other ideas would be welcomed. Thanks to all for your help.
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Well I pulled some carpet on the right side of the doghouse today and found the screws that Fleetwood installed and more, someone had been working there before. This coach had 2680 miles on it when I got it. I think it was a demo but not sure as it came from a bankrupt dealer. The dealer I got it from got it at an auction. There were smaller screws every inch or two and you could see where it had been sealed with silicone. I stopped as it would be too much of a PIA, and as stated earlier I still would not be able to stand on it. Not being able to stand on it is a PIA. I have decided to build a platform so to speak that will bridge the dog house and be supported on the sides by runners, so I can stand, step on it. It will be wooden slats or solid wood and varnished to look nice. Any other ideas would be welcomed. Thanks to all for your help.
Fiberglass is very strong. You could take it to someone who works on fiberglass. A boat dealer would be a good place to call. They could rebuild it and add a couple of layers of fiberglass cloth and it would hold your weight.
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Fiberglass is very strong. You could take it to someone who works on fiberglass. A boat dealer would be a good place to call. They could rebuild it and add a couple of layers of fiberglass cloth and it would hold your weight.
Actually I was taking it off for the fiberglass guy. I am having some painting done and the guy is also a fiberglass guy. He said he could fix it in the coach but it would take him 4 or 5 times as long. I take it to him Monday so will show him what I have.
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Once you fix it, cut a 3/4 inch piece of plywood, cover with carpet and place it on top of the dog house. We had the same issue and this $10 fixed has worked great for the last 2 years.



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