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Old 06-14-2009, 02:28 PM   #1
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Need help with Southwind dashboard please

I posted this in the Fleetwood section but no response yet and I need to get this dashboard apart. Does anyone here have Southwind experience?

I'm trying to get the face of the dashboard off in my 2002 Southwind 32V. This is the faux brushed metal piece holding all of the gauges and controls.

I found all of the screws but it is still attached somehow along the very top where it meets the main dash structure. Is this glued or something? I have pushed and pulled but figure I better ask before something gets ruined.

Thank you in advance for any guidance you can give me.
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I think it is velcrowed.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:16 PM   #3
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I have a 1999 southwind and to access behind and under the gauge panel you just lift up and it lifts. It is on hinges. Underneath is a metal rod that lifts up to hold it up while you access wires or the backs of the gauges. Maybe the new ones don't lift that way? I'd give it a try though, just pull up on it and see if it lifts. Then you can see from behind to see if it is attached from the rear side as well.
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The design of mine is not such that it could be hinged. The method used for attachment of the piece I'm trying to remove to the surrounding structure is rather ridiculous but I still can't see how it comes off.

Thank you for your help - I wish it was that easy.
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Is this a Ford chassis, or a workhorse, or??
Many motorhomes were available with either, and it makes a difference casue the chassis manufacturer supplys the gauge panel
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If there is a facia that covers the edge most of them just pull off.
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I have a Workhorse chassis. Any ideas? The piece I'm trying to remove is the fascia but as I indicated, while it appears that it would just "pop off", something is holding it big time.
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I have a 1999 southwind and to access behind and under the gauge panel you just lift up and it lifts. It is on hinges. Underneath is a metal rod that lifts up to hold it up while you access wires or the backs of the gauges. Maybe the new ones don't lift that way?
Correct, they do not, at least for the most part. I know the older Bounders worked that way, very convenient, and was hoping my PA did also, when I bought it - no such luck.
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