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Old 04-28-2015, 06:05 AM   #15
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The 2003 Endeavor that we had, did have decent access to the engine compartment, but not great. I do agree that the side radiator MH's do have better access, and wish I had the same. Our current MH does not have great access to the engine and I am not looking forward to having to work in there. While we that have MH's complain about access to our engines, it is not just us that have this issue. On a piece of construction equipment that I work on, in order the adjust the clutch travel(about a 5 minute job) there was 10 hours of 'prep' work! Sometimes I think that those that 'design' stuff, need to work on it first! Maybe things would be different.
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I feel your pain. I had the exact same problem!

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Old 04-29-2015, 07:45 AM   #17
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That second part with the smaller opening was totally covered in carpet. No clue there was an edge to it. After some flange removals from around the radiator I saw the edge. Using a pocket knife to probe the carpet I found the outline and started cutting. I would not have been happy removing the radiators to replace the fan blades. Getting the bottom closet track off was another adventure. I have changed the position of the fastening screws now so getting back in won't be quite as miserable.
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Glad I insisted on a north/south bed plan. Other than that, all the choices beltline up were DW's.

When Monaco built those zero clearance models I asked company higher ups at a show/rally how the valves would get adjusted..." we left enough wiring slack to just drop the engine a little". Stupid and expensive were several of my comments. I can sit in my engine compartment...and glad I could when exhaust manifold gaskets needed replaced.
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Looking at 01 Endeavor w/north/south bed. I assume from your comment that engine access is easier. This one has a slide that just moves the wardrobe out. I want to be able to look at important things like belts,etc before leaving out.
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That is because you don't have a bedroom slide.
Actually, it's probably because he doesn't have a closet across the back, which might be common with slides, but is not caused by slides.

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As soon as the bed is turned sideways on a slide, it seems to me that engine access is compromised.
Putting the bed sideways allows a closet across the back, and that is what causes a lot of problems. To put the bed sideways usually requires a slide, but putting in a slide does not require the bed to be sideways. I think people are over simplifying it and confusing cause and effect when they say slides cause limited access.

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Sometimes I think that those that 'design' stuff, need to work on it first! Maybe things would be different.
Agreed. But it may not make a difference: way back when I was in school, my roommate had a co-op work cycle at a manufacturing company that also designed some of their own automation devices. Working in the engineering department, my roommate was working with a design engineer who apparently was having a feud with some the maintenance people. My roommate reported that this particular engineer had at times intentionally designed things so that common maintenance operations were particularly difficult.

Make me wonder how that engineer kept his job...

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Looking at 01 Endeavor w/north/south bed. I assume from your comment that engine access is easier. This one has a slide that just moves the wardrobe out. I want to be able to look at important things like belts,etc before leaving out.
It could be one of the easier access models (even though it has a slide!) Lift the bed and open the hatch to make sure.

I have the access door in the floor in front of the closet, and the smaller hatch under the closet door rails. Once you get that hatch open, it's pretty easy to lay on the floor and reach the engine. For those who have the larger hatch under the bed: it may be easier to open the hatch, but doesn't the bed pedestal have walls that get in the way? Doesn't that actually give you less room to lie down on the floor and reach the engine?

I have some storage space under my bed, plus a panel to remove to access the slide mechanism. If that were an engine hatch, I would think it would be a lot harder to access the engine with the walls of the bed pedestal in the way, and the bed angled overhead ready to fall... Am I missing something?
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