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Old 01-03-2021, 01:58 AM   #1
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Engine hangs down.... Vulnerable!

My engine oil pan on my 36 intrigue (2002) hangs down and is the lowest point back of the axle.

It is completely beat up from hitting the ground...
This is not good!


Anyone have any sort of solution for this?
I was thinking of a skid plate of sorts, but maybe someone has a better solution???
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As you can see, clearly the engine oil pan is hanging down far too low
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As you can see, clearly the engine oil pan is hanging down far too low
Rollers on your trailer hitch or a custom built removable skid plate.
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Have you confirmed your ride height is set properly ?

Front to high or rear to low will reduce clearance.

Any little bit will help.
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Same as my 2003 CC Allure. My ride height is spot on - with new air bags all around.

This is one of the very few design flaws on the coach

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Not sure if a 2002 Intrigue is any different than a 2000's chassis design per se, I thought they are the same or very similar... When I was to install a Fumoto valve to the oil drain port, I meassured the clearance on multiple spots. The lowest spot was the differential gear box; the next was my drop hitch. I was confident and installed the Fumoto valve, it has been there for 9 years now.

So, has it happened, or you are afraid of that happening?
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A few questions.

Your coach is 19 years old. Just how badly is the pan "beat up?" Pictures of the damage would help, if possible.

Evidence of scraping would be expected, but have you experienced the scraping, and if so, under what circumstances?

Do you drive the coach in a location where the pan is regularly subject to contact with the road, such as exiting your driveway?

I have yet to hear of a DP, specifically a Country Coach, destroy a pan from simple usage. Yes, under certain conditions like an abrupt drop or rise, or driving over road debris, but not from general travel.

If you feel the pan is at risk and the damage is significant, a skid plate or rollers, as mentioned, is probably the way to go.
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I had heard that it was a good idea to replace the pan with plastic? That was a long time ago and have not heard it recenly.
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This how my pan looks. When purchased, it was already beet up at 26k miles. After scraping it myself after I got very careful. Never drive off a curb at a perpendicular angle, always at an angle. If I have to go at a perpendicular angle, I lock out my ride height, raise the rear and lower the front.

Other members here have posted the composite pans are problematic.

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A few questions.

Your coach is 19 years old. Just how badly is the pan "beat up?" Pictures of the damage would help, if possible.

Evidence of scraping would be expected, but have you experienced the scraping, and if so, under what circumstances?

Do you drive the coach in a location where the pan is regularly subject to contact with the road, such as exiting your driveway?

I have yet to hear of a DP, specifically a Country Coach, destroy a pan from simple usage. Yes, under certain conditions like an abrupt drop or rise, or driving over road debris, but not from general travel.

If you feel the pan is at risk and the damage is significant, a skid plate or rollers, as mentioned, is probably the way to go.

I just bought the coach in July of this year.
The previous owner had Cummins replace the pan in 2018.
Unfortunately I do not have a close up of the damage, but it is pretty wrinkly!

I have just been on the highway so far, but I plan to drive a lot on dirt and gravel roads. I am a desert guy.
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I had heard that it was a good idea to replace the pan with plastic? That was a long time ago and have not heard it recenly.

No way would I want a plastic pan. One hit and it could crack sending all oil to the ground.
My pan sits the same way, just be glad you don't have the ISL, their pan sits lower.
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This is my first attempt as designing something to protect the pan.
The "skid plate" would be on the angled, forward facing surface and also under the lowest part of the pan only
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