Expect the unexpected
So I pull into the concrete pad at my campsite after a four hour, uneventful journey. Get out to unhook the toad and notice oil drips under the air filter bay on rear passenger side. Thought it was from the previous camper as my oil filter is on the other side. Look under the compartment door and see a small run of oil!
I opened the bay door and see an oil stream coming from around the yellow dipstick port, and the dipstick is still fully inserter and locked. I try to remove the dipstick and the entire plastic port comes away out of the bay panel! Turns out, the guide tube for the dipstick had pulled out of the yellow port and that was the source of the original drip as most of the oil was on the backside of the panel. Reinserted the tube and cleaned it all up. Oil level still good.
Here’s my suspicion. I have an occasional varmit visiting me in the storage lot. He leaves “deposits” on the batteries, on the air cleaner housing in the engine area, and a few other places. From the looks, I suspect a possum. I’m guessing on the last visit, he climbed on the dipstick tube and the weight pulled it out of the yellow port. Then, while driving, oil splashed up the tube and out the gap. Nothing was obvious from the outside, looking from the bay door.
You just never know.
Larry, Eileen, and Finley
2004 Alpine 36FDDS
Third motor home, first Alpine, no need for another.