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Old 02-28-2021, 11:30 AM   #1
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Left Rear and Right Rear Access panels

Please forgive me, I think I know the answer to this but having had total knee replacement on both knees, I am not as adventurous as I used to be.


I have no real need to access the left rear and right rear access panels but am not positive as to how to open them. I see hinges at the tops of these two panels and can feel some Phillips Head screws underneath the panel. I believe these would have to be removed to open the access panels, but before I get on my hands and knees (a painful task) to climb under the MH, is this the way these panels are opened up?


I believe the Right Rear give me access to the Basement HP unit and the Left Rear may give me access to some of the engine accessories. Can find nothing about this in any of the various manuals that came with the MH.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Also, is there an after market system that allows easier opening of these panels?
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There aren't and latches on the two rearmost panels--you need to remove the screws near the two lower corners to lift them up. Once they're open you'll need a prop of some kind to keep them open--no gas cylinders either.

You may need to have the next compartment forward open to access the screws at the forward edge of the panel.
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Chris nailed it pretty good. The panel on the passenger side covers the condenser for your basement *A/C*, not "HP" whatever that is. The panel on the drivers side, covers the condenser for your DASH A/C. Yes, there are screws on the very bottom lip of both doors/panels. But, there are also screws on the vertical supports that you can gain access to by opening up the compartment doors in the compartments right next to both panels.

Opening up that panel/louvered door on the drivers side, as stated, gives access to the outside of the condenser. If you want engine access, you WILL have to slither UNDER the left corner. Also as Chris stated, there is nothing to keep those louvred panels open once you tip them up. I used duct tape,(imagine that, another use for duct tape). NO, you will not pull the paint off when removing that tape. Done it many many times in the 10 years of ownership.
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Excellent and quick responses gentlemen. I kind of thought that was the case as I was letting my fingers be my eyes. I do see a fuel filter at the right rear of the MH that is easily accessible, assuming everything else is from underneath.


Will probably let the pros handle fluid changes, and chassis maintenance, but always good to have a visual picture of what is under there.



Scott, "HP" was for Heat Pump which is what I believe I have under there for Electric cooling and Heating.
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Excellent and quick responses gentlemen. I kind of thought that was the case as I was letting my fingers be my eyes. I do see a fuel filter at the right rear of the MH that is easily accessible, assuming everything else is from underneath.


Will probably let the pros handle fluid changes, and chassis maintenance, but always good to have a visual picture of what is under there.



Scott, "HP" was for Heat Pump which is what I believe I have under there for Electric cooling and Heating.
Roger that Sir,
In RV speak, especially in Winnebago and Itasca dialects, that unit is typically referred to as "Basement A/C". But, it IS a heat pump also. So, call it what you like. The fuel filter on your coach at the rear, is the *Primary* filter/water separator. You also have one INSIDE the engine compartment, along side the engine, on the passenger side. Normally, it is one pain in the A.. To get to and service. Most of the time, you have to open up the bed, clear any hatches and then, maybe, you can see that second filter.
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...The fuel filter on your coach at the rear, is the *Primary* filter/water separator. You also have one INSIDE the engine compartment, along side the engine, on the passenger side. Normally, it is one pain in the A.. To get to and service. Most of the time, you have to open up the bed, clear any hatches and then, maybe, you can see that second filter.
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This should be correct if you have the optional CAT engine. I'm not sure how the filters are setup on the standard Cummins engine.

If you do have the CAT engine this thread may be helpful: Relocated Fuel Filter & Added Priming Pump
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I have the 5.9 Cummins
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There aren't and latches on the two rearmost panels--you need to remove the screws near the two lower corners to lift them up. Once they're open you'll need a prop of some kind to keep them open--no gas cylinders either.

You may need to have the next compartment forward open to access the screws at the forward edge of the panel.
Exactly! That would be a Spartan chassis if the cooling "sandwich" is behind the port-side grill.
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It is a Freightliner chassis Ray
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It is a Freightliner chassis Ray
So is the radiator behind the port-side grill panel?
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Radiator is at the rear, I have been told drivers side is the chassis ac condenser coil, and pax side is the basement cooling condenser coil
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