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Old 03-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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I have to vent a little. My neighbor has a 2008 Diplomat 40 SKQ. He's not the type to work on his own stuff because he doesn't have the time. He's been bugging me to do some repair work on the coach. I finally agreed and spent two full days fixing and adding things he wanted/needed.

I told him I wouldn't do a full service, but I would change out his filters (air dryer, 2 fuel, air cleaner) for him. Only the air filter had been changed before. I was breezing along on the second day and just about finished. I changed all of the filters easily until I got to the secondary filter located at the right rear of the coach. It was original, rusted on and painted over with undercoating by Monaco.

I'm no slouch and have been doing my own repairs for 35 years. I fought with that filter for 2 hours. I'm also fairly strong and could not bust that thing loose. Finally, I unbolted the entire mount, dropped it out the bottom and used a large pipe wrench and Channelocks to break it loose. What were they thinking when the located a filter that is dang near impossible to get to, when there were sooooo many other places to put it. On mine, its mounted next to the water separating filter in the bay with the air dryer.

I just thought I would whine a little. I was doing all this work for free and got jammed on this stupid filter location.

Since I was washing and rinsing out his air dryer bay, I had the garden hose with a twist nozzle laying where I was working. To top everything off, I accidently kicked the nozzle while I was laying under the coach......yep.....it was pointed right at my crotch and soaked me before I get up and grab it.
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Yep...there is a special place in waiting for you Don. And...the moral of the story is:

"Always make sure the hose is aimed at the owner.....not the good samaritan."
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I have an '07 Endeavor and agree that the secondary filter is in a bad news location, especially if the filter is the factory original install. The original filter was probably installed on the chassis before the body was fabricated around it. I also had to remove the entire filter assembly to remove the filter.
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I have an '07 Endeavor and agree that the secondary filter is in a bad news location, especially if the filter is the factory original install. The original filter was probably installed on the chassis before the body was fabricated around it. I also had to remove the entire filter assembly to remove the filter.
Ditto.

I am not a small guy either, but after having the filter mount unbolted I had to ask 2 young farmer boys to assist.
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The Danes......You keep talking about young farm boys and they may restrict your return again
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Don,

I had the same issue filter issue with my 07 Dip. I purchased large channelock pliers and finally broke it loose. It was painted over with undercoating also.
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hardy1000.....I have a large pair of Channelocks. J had them on the filter with a wood clamp squeezing the handle tight and a large pry bar pushing on the Channelocks.....I still couldn't break it loose. I even sprayed the filter where it met the housing with PB Blaster. I gorilla must have put the thing on.
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YUP...

Don..It took SacsTC and I both to break that thing loose...and it was not an easy feat. It seems like we used a strap that he made sure stayed wrapped while I put all the pressure I could on a big bar that finally broke it loose.

I am sorry about the hose thing ... but I think I would have "accidently" stepped on it with the same results if I had been there helping
...Thanks for the visual... it gave me a chuckle...and I am off to bed...



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I hope your neighbor provided a beverage or 2 ~!
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