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Old 06-02-2021, 04:17 PM   #1
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Engine cover

Not a fan of all the automation on the cornerstone. I want to get rid of the electric rams on the engine cover. Anyone have the part numbers for the shocks that will work on the engine cover?
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:45 PM   #2
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On our 16 Anthem I remove the lift motors and just lift manually and it will stay up if fully raised. When lowered the shocks will provide suffice force to keep solidly down.

I did not change shocks.

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On our 16 Anthem I remove the lift motors and just lift manually and it will stay up if fully raised. When lowered the shocks will provide suffice force to keep solidly down.

I did not change shocks.

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I don’t think I have any shocks or did i overloook them?
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While not a direct answer to your question, I had one motor fail on our 16. I unhooked the other and the door operated just fine manually. I share your concern with the automation. Would be way easier and faster without the motors. I can’t imagine trying to raise engine cover if both motors were disabled. The motors are pretty stout. The replacement motor I eventually got was rated for 150 lbs.
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You cannot raise the cover with the actuators inoperable. The pins must be removed.

I would suggest that each owner practice removing the pins before a problem exits. It only takes a few minutes. Here's the process.

Raise the cover as high as possible.
Identify the top and bottom pins on the actuators.
Place a pole or board under the cover to prop up the cover.
Using the power switch, slightly lower the cover until most of the pressure is off the actuators.
You should now be able to remove and reinstall the pins. In an emergency, the lower pins should be the easiest to remove.
Install pins, slightly raise cover, remove pole, lower cover.
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It has to be the dumbest thing ever besides hot water heated floors. The engine hatch moves so sloooooow! I could have checked the oil before I even get the hatch open. I will be removing the motors and putting in gas struts
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Kert, I agree - a motorized engine compartment cover is a solution looking for a problem.

Good luck with your conversion and please post photos when you're done.
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It has to be the dumbest thing ever besides hot water heated floors. The engine hatch moves so sloooooow! I could have checked the oil before I even get the hatch open. I will be removing the motors and putting in gas struts


I think if you check you will find you already have struts. Take the motors off and see how it functions. Might be surprised.
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Mine does not have struts. You can raise without the actuators but I am not sure I would want to stand under it. The cover will not close smug. Probably need some kind of strut.
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Mine does not have struts. You can raise without the actuators but I am not sure I would want to stand under it. The cover will not close smug. Probably need some kind of strut.


My mistake for assuming Entegra continued to use struts with the lift motors like in 2016. Wonder if the strut mounting holes are drilled for the struts?
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I am just going to pull an actuator out and find a gas strut with the same dimensions
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It has to be the dumbest thing ever besides hot water heated floors. The engine hatch moves so sloooooow! I could have checked the oil before I even get the hatch open. I will be removing the motors and putting in gas struts
I kinda like my hot water heated floors!!! Works real well on those cold days when I walk around bare foot. My feet kinda like it!!

As for the engine hatch, take it easy, the slow moving hatch gives me time to enjoy the day and why I’m opening the hatch. Your all bent out of shape because it’s not working to your satisfaction. Ours, once fixed, has been working for over 3yrs, to OUR satisfaction. Are you under warranty, and if so, get the proper parts to fix the hatch. We did and things are good now and continue to be……
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I kinda like my hot water heated floors!!! Works real well on those cold days when I walk around bare foot. My feet kinda like it!!

As for the engine hatch, take it easy, the slow moving hatch gives me time to enjoy the day and why I’m opening the hatch. Your all bent out of shape because it’s not working to your satisfaction. Ours, once fixed, has been working for over 3yrs, to OUR satisfaction. Are you under warranty, and if so, get the proper parts to fix the hatch. We did and things are good now and continue to be……
We love heated floors as we have had them in most of our coaches. There is a reason other builders use electric floors. I am at hearthside grove and would rather not have to run the aqua hot burner to keep my floors warm. Also with electric when you make an adjustment it takes an hour or so vs a day with hot water.

As far as the engine cover, after 14 coaches I know better. These actuators fail then you have a pain in the butt to deal with. Lifting the engine cover was never on my radar as a problem so no need to have motors on it. They sit around and brainstorm what they can automate in order to sell more coaches.

What’s next, motorized toilet seat??
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No, not the motorized toilet seat, it will be a motorized entry door!!
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