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Old 08-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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An Unfortunate and Smelly Incident

Pulled the coach out of the barn last Wednesday night to fill the water tank and pack it for a weekend trip, leaving Thursday morning. It sat out overnight only.

Thursday morning I fired up the diesel pusher and immediately heard some sort of clanking from the fan in the engine. Went out to investigate, and found nothing out of order. The clanking noise stopped.

Being a shop owner, I had the techs investigate the noise before leaving for PA, carefully inspecting the undercarriage of the coach, specifically around the engine. Nothing out of order.

Drove the coach to my destination in PA for the weekend. No problems.

It was a very hot weekend, and Saturday afternoon, a very strong smell began eminating from the rear of the coach. The flies were out in full force. It was so bad I couldn't sleep in the coach that evening.

Checked it out on Saturday, and other than the smell, nothing to be seen from underneath.

Took the coach to my shop Monday morning, and unfortunately we found the carcass of a cat in the fan shroud after a lot of searching. It was ripe.

I have heard of this happening, with the advice to make banging sounds at the rear of the coach before starting the engine to scare any critters out of the engine area. Sounds like it may be good advice.

I don't own any cats. It obviously got into the engine area the 1 night the coach sat outside.

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Old 08-01-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:36 PM   #3
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another really really smelly incident

I saw an RV drive from the street into a bank parking lot.
The sidewalk/driveway into the bank parking lot was unusually high so when the RVs front end started downward into the parking lot the rearend struck the sidewalk area since it was highest.
it struck the septic valve and excrement just went everywhere. The RV kept going and left rather qiickly. the sewage was from front to rear next to the bank where most peo[le had to walk and cross to go to and from the bank and their cars.
I couldnt stop laughing,even now.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #4
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Sad, the cat was probably some neighbors and he may have been saving you big bucks by eating mice looking for some wires and plastic to chew on. We have to worry about the neighborhood cats in the winter, they like to get up in the engine compartment to stay warm.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:45 PM   #5
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Back in 1970 I had a 1966 VW Camper Van. While driving home late one night I happened to hit a skunk on the road. It seems that it took me forever to get rid of that smell. Oh I miss the good old days!

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