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Old 12-13-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Have a 2000 Coachmen Catalina. Bought it used. We mostly bought it for the home football games but hace since gone boondocking a few times. It is in great shape. Have had it 3 years and no major problems except......that darn noise.

soundslike two ballons rubbing together. Right by the windshield,dashboard on the drivers side. Took it in and was told they couldn't find it and charge me $300.

Any ideas ??
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:16 PM   #2
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Have a 2000 Coachmen Catalina. Bought it used. We mostly bought it for the home football games but hace since gone boondocking a few times. It is in great shape. Have had it 3 years and no major problems except......that darn noise.

soundslike two ballons rubbing together. Right by the windshield,dashboard on the drivers side. Took it in and was told they couldn't find it and charge me $300.

Any ideas ??
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Old 12-13-2008, 01:46 PM   #3
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Sounds like some plastic trim rubbing. I had a similar problem which I was able to solve with a judicial application of a silicone based spray lubricant. If you think you can pin point the area, give it a try.
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:00 PM   #4
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GatorDog, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Also I like seeing another Gator member on the forum. While driving, have some one try to use the suggestion mentioned or press on places that the sound is coming from. Many time I have found that a TV trim is the culprit. Good luck and keep us posted. Go Gators!
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We had a similar noise in our Monarch. My bride lowered both of the automatic sunshades about an inch and it went away. Now they stay down about an inch all the time. Hope it's this simple for you.
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Gator...Welcome to iRV2!! I hope the few posts you have gotten here will help you.

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Old 12-14-2008, 07:49 AM   #7
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Could be caused by slight movement of the dash where it's affixed to the sidewall. You might try some 100% silicone spray to apply between the dash & sidewall to see if it helps.

Gary & RV Wizard are probably correct about some trim causing the racket.

Good luck getting rid of the noise,
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:17 PM   #8
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I'll try the silicone spray. The noise is coming from the area where the dash meets the side wall, above the left front tire where the hood latch sits.

Thanks Again

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Gator,

If it helps, we have had that same awful squeaking noise too. Ours came from behind the plastic panel that covers the side window post area from the dash up to the top of the windshield. The panel on ours unscrews, so is easy to get behind. There is quite a bit of wiring behind the driver's side panel and something in that was the cause. Some rearrangement of stuff in there made it MUCH better. Good luck!
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Had a similar problem on an 02 Dolphin. The side of the dash was rubbing against the sidewall and squeaking. The basic problem was flex in the front end moving the dash , but that was too difficult to solve. We forced a softer rubber (like weatherstrip material) between the vinyl dash and sidewall and that eliminated the squeak even though the dash still vibrated a bit.
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Gator Dog, I canít help you on the noise, but I be happy with you about the great upcoming victory of the SEC Champion, Florida, Gators winning the BCS Championship and making it very apparent who should have won the Heisman again this year. GOOOOOOO Gators.
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My class C has so many rattles, I have learned to simply crank up the radio and ignore them when possible.
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:31 PM   #13
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Coachmen had a noise problem in the front caused by air passing over the air intake area or grill. The air would cause the hood area to vibrate slightly causing what you may be hearing. The year 2000, 2001 comes to mind. And it wasn't model specific either.

If all else fails this gives you another area to check out. Good Luck.
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