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Old 07-13-2008, 10:20 AM   #1
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We have a 2004 Itasca Meridian motor home with a 330 HP Cat engine and a 3000 Allison transmission.

During our first extended trip, we noticed a very strong smell similar to transmission fluid or oil that had gotten too hot. It was noticeable throughout the interior of the motor home, but strongest in the back bedroom. It even made our eyes burn.

The smell comes and goes, usually after 50 miles or so, and especially in hot weather. It is never noticeable in any of the exterior compartments.

There are no visible leaks of any kind and the transmission and engine temperatures are always within recommended levels.

Two repair shops have checked this problem out and have not found anything that would contribute to it.

Please give us your experience/suggestions if you have dealt with this. Thank you!
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We have a 2004 Itasca Meridian motor home with a 330 HP Cat engine and a 3000 Allison transmission.

During our first extended trip, we noticed a very strong smell similar to transmission fluid or oil that had gotten too hot. It was noticeable throughout the interior of the motor home, but strongest in the back bedroom. It even made our eyes burn.

The smell comes and goes, usually after 50 miles or so, and especially in hot weather. It is never noticeable in any of the exterior compartments.

There are no visible leaks of any kind and the transmission and engine temperatures are always within recommended levels.

Two repair shops have checked this problem out and have not found anything that would contribute to it.

Please give us your experience/suggestions if you have dealt with this. Thank you!
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
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In all probability, you are detecting a fluid (possibly antifreeze) that is leaking and in contact with a hot surface such as an exhaust manifold. The fact that the strongest odor is in the rear confirms that it's related to the engine.

I would suggest taking it to a shop that has a strong reputation for diagnotics. You do have a leak and the smell will not stop until it's repaired. You may also want to contact Winnebago for some feedback. They may have some suggestions on where to look. Best of luck.

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Old 07-13-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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Do as Jack suggested. Most RV fires are in motor homes, most of those fires are in the engine compartment. Read the details on macthefireguy.com.
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A good visual examination of the engine compartment would probably tell you where the problem is. I agree that a fire hazard might exist. The fix may be simple, easy, and require no professional help.
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