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Old 06-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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I bought a American 27' by cobra. It is on a ford e 350. Everything but hot water heater works has 62 k on it. I payed 2 k for it. Oh and it is a 88.

Questions I have is this. How much up and Down movement is normal of the cabover? I had to rebuild the bunk since it water totally rotted.

Question 2. Since I haven't finished the trim work off inside I noticed there is side to side movement like a twist between the cab and the rest of the coach. Is this normal as well?

Thank you so much for any advice you could give a newbie to rv's

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have a project on your hands.
I'm not sure if your 350 is on a uni-body chassis or has a full frame under it. So I'll just have to say this , the Dodge chassis ; a uni-body should have no movement between the cab and coach , because the floor is continuous , if you can follow the frame from under the cab and see the metal floor of the cab under the coach you have uni-body and should no real movement between the cab and coach. If underneath the cab you have a full frame , like a pick-up truck , with mount between the frame and the cab floor , then the coach will have its own mounts and some movement, there should also be a visible flex joint between the cab and coach to deal with the movement.
Your cab over is attached to the coach and if the coach moves independent of the cab the over head will too.
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I just went and looked. It looks like any truck I have ever owned. It has a full frame. Cab forward is on rubber body mounts. The rear is mounted solid. There is what appears to be a chalk joint between the cab and the coach. Hope this made sense.

What about up and down movement of the cabover? Is that because of the solid frame?
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Yes, because the coach and cab are independently mounted you will have movement , between the two, how much I afraid I can't say. Was there not a cab cushion , on the roof of the cab for overhead support?
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There is a gasket that looks like a door seal gasket, maybe 3/4" thick. I get about 1/4 - 1/2" movement up and down. That would be 1/8" a 1/4" up or down from center. The only thing I have not done as far as fasteners is the screws that go thru the cab into the overhead bunk. Should I maybe put in a bigger gasket so it is real tight. Maybe I replaced the bunk a hair higher than factory.
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Thought about it and I think it is because I haven't screwed the cab to the bunk yet. That should make it move more as one piece. Thoughts?
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Thought about it and I think it is because I haven't screwed the cab to the bunk yet. That should make it move more as one piece. Thoughts?
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A lot depends on the way the original overhead was held to the cab. If the cab moves and the overhead can't , because the coach & overhead is solid to the frame, then your going to start straining or breaking structure. Then there is the possibility that the straining of the structure of the overhead was what caused the leaks in the first place. Could be the leaks were the result of poor design, or the deterioration of the cab mounts. Maybe the cab is moving more than it should. Definitely there is a need to study this , because having gone this far with the repair you'd hate to really tighten things down and have every thing split the seams on your first trip out.
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I agree. The body mounts on the cab look to be in good shape still. There was screws in there so will put some back in and see what happens I guess. I know that for sure the leaks came in on the front corners of the cabover.

I am lucky to at least have a metal frame in the cabover instead of just wood.
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what to do about smelly hot water tank
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I just removed mine.
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what to do about smelly hot water tank
How old is your RV? Have you tried anything to stop the smell ?
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Neracoal , Chama 103 , could you both take a few moments and from your " User CP " fill out a " Signature Line " so anyone reading your posts knows what RV you have.
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