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billyrabbit 07-28-2021 03:22 PM

Dishwasher Conversion to Pot and Pan Drawer
On our 2005 Winnebago Vectra 36RD, the water and drain lines are protected by a thick metal covering which also opens up a moveable flap to allow the slide to retract. There is a large opening to the outside when this happens which will allow all kinds of critters access to the interior.
I intend to disconnect the water and drain lines and remove the metal part that causes the huge opening to take place. I've been looking for a way to get at the mounting bolts for the metal bracket but have been unsuccessful. It seems the power is supplied by an outlet behind the dishwasher. Once the metal bracket is removed I hope to be able to seal off this area from critter entry.

Has anyone else taken this approach?

Any ideas on how to get access to the mounting mechanism for the dishwasher, i.e. can it be pulled out?

How can the metal bracket be removed short of an angle grinder or metal cutting blade in a reciprocating saw?

Looking forward to hearing from the group.

Bill K.

cbeierl 07-28-2021 07:33 PM

There's an opening into the water bay, but not to the outdoors (unless you have the water bay door open).

billyrabbit 07-28-2021 08:56 PM

Thanks Chris, I also saw sunlight in a few other places, so I will check again with all hatches closed. The previous owner had mouse poison liberally spread throughout the unit and we have found mouse droppings (vintage unknown).

Bill K.

cbeierl 07-29-2021 04:14 PM

2 Attachment(s)
See attached Installation and Removal instructions for the FP DishDrawer.

I see NO reason to attempt to remove that metal angle/guard attached to the slide--it has no connection with the outside in any way and I don't think you'd gain a thing, even if you remove the dishwasher.

billyrabbit 07-29-2021 04:37 PM

Chris, thanks for the advice. I'm thinking of leaving this as is and not doing any modifications. Thanks for the drawings as well.

Bill K.

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