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Old 11-09-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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04 Windsor, The secret doors

Started to antifreeze the Windsor and 1st up was removing the water filter elements. That has always been a major PITA as I am too big to get into that small space. With the hose reel and the electric reel blocking 1 side, someone has to craw in on the passengers side, go over the inverter and go 3/4 across the small crawl space (the wife) to get to the 2 water filters. Then she, being small had a hard time getting them loose.
Well today after 30 minutes of trying to fight the things loose, she rolled over and noticed a sliding door on the front side of that compartments. Opening it leads to the compartment next to it with a rolller floor that will roll out for storage.
Now I can lay down on the roller trey, slide right in, open the sliding door in the wall and LO, there are the filters within arms reach..
You might say its a lay down, roll in, job, done in 10 minutes. The sliding door on the wall is the same color as the wall and is hard to see, but its there.

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Old 11-09-2015, 07:08 PM   #2
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Mine has 2 dark colored plexi glass type sliding doors which provide great access to the back of the water heater, transfer switch, surge guard (which I recently installed) inverter, manabloc system, and then the water pump.

These rigs are complicated & I am amazed at how much I don't know about my rig but I'm learning every day, or at least every time we take it out.

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Old 11-09-2015, 07:14 PM   #3
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It is a real shame that the manufacturer puts an access door there but does not mention it in any manual. If you took it in to a dealer to have this work done, they would not know either and you'd get a big bill.
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Old 11-10-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
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I found that my doors vibrated open after a day of running so I simply removed them. I really like those doors as I'm both too old and too big to get at the filters any other way. The doors being gone give me the added benefit of not having to heat the adjoining compartment since the heat from the narrow bay does the job. There is an AquaHot radiator in the small bay that keeps everything in there toasty.
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Old 11-10-2015, 03:01 PM   #5
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Those sliding panels keep the heat from aquahot area in the wet bay in cold weather, that makes the bay heater work a lot less.

The next bay forward does not have things that hurt if get too cold. I always empty that bay before trying to do any work on aquahot or wet bay. My filters are just inside the bay door and next to the manblock.

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