Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-11-2015, 06:31 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 3
Front end "grill" question

I have a 34ft diesel pusher made by Four Winds. On the front I find what looks like a hood or a grill. Basically slots and chicken wire. I open it up and find all the house electrics and 5 or so car batteries. This includes all the fuses, solenoids, wire junctions, and a 110v outlet racing forward. Under that there is another one that does not open.

Why on earth would anyone put all that in what I see as the concentrated end of a wind/rain/roadsalt/bug funnel?

Pros and cons of me sealing it all up?

tfoye is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-11-2015, 06:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
Skip426's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Powell River, B.C.
Posts: 11,950

If the batteries are in there ; you don't want to seal it up. They need to vent the gasses created by charging. Covering up the fuses and other items would probably be a good idea , but a lot of those , solenoids and relays produce heat so the area can't be too small.
Here's a picture of the area above my gen set , fuse boxes and relays covered by plexi glass . Plexi removed in the photo , but you can see the rubber seal.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0006 (640x480).jpg
Views:	82
Size:	199.7 KB
ID:	96957  

99DSDP 3884, Freightliner, XC, CAT 3126B, 300 HP /ALLISON 3060
2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
Skip426 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2015, 06:24 AM   #3
Senior Member
Damon Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 21,176
Rain helps wash the batteries clean of any expelled acid.
Home is where I park it!
wa8yxm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 3

Sealing up the front openings wont actually seal the compartment, it's open all the way down to the ground. I think it would help the MPG too if I did. I will obviously look again before acting, but I think that even if the bottom was closed, vent hoses on the batteries would resolve the gas issue? I just see all that stuff getting wet and ruined. I also thought about putting an inverter there, as both the 110 and 12v systems are all within inches of each other but I know this one wont survive outside.
tfoye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2015, 11:18 AM   #5
Senior Member
mccsix's Avatar
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pensacola Fl
Posts: 667
With the bottom open (just as a propane tank in an open bottom bay) you shouldn't worry about gas build up. And as far as "washing" with rain that's a stretch.
mccsix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2015, 11:58 AM   #6
"Formerly Diplomat Don"
Dutch Star Don's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Moorpark, Ca.
Posts: 7,210
You don't have to seal it, just install an air damn/rain damn behind the grill.
Don & Mary
2014 Newmar Dutch Star - All Electric - 450 ISL
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab
Dutch Star Don is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2015, 08:42 AM   #7
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 3
This is what I'm talking about - not mine but looks just like it. http://cdn-5.psndealer.com/e2/dealer...p4213770_1.jpg

The question is "why does a diesel pusher have a grill on the front at all?"!!

tfoye is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front End Alignment and Wind Noise Tytlfamily Class A Motorhome Discussions 1 06-02-2015 10:56 AM
Front End Alignment DraginRat Class A Motorhome Discussions 13 03-29-2015 09:52 AM
Splotching under skin-like front end protector John Reid Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 5 09-12-2014 06:07 AM
Random Popping in Front End macbeatson Entegra Owner's Forum 9 09-08-2014 04:57 PM
2014 MADP...sounds like air leak at front end? Zak Newmar Owner's Forum 10 06-25-2014 06:30 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:44 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.