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Old 12-20-2003, 05:53 PM   #1
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After a recent service call on our 32v Adventurer, I noticed the engine cover not seating properly with the right-hand,top of cover not seating against stops. Any one had any experience with adjusting this cover? I was told that it is difficult.

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Old 12-20-2003, 05:53 PM   #2
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After a recent service call on our 32v Adventurer, I noticed the engine cover not seating properly with the right-hand,top of cover not seating against stops. Any one had any experience with adjusting this cover? I was told that it is difficult.

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Old 12-20-2003, 06:34 PM   #3
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There have been a few posts about people removing and replacing these with no major difficulties. I believe there are a couple of screws in the rear of it that you need to loosen first. If you have coffee, I have a crowbar

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Old 12-20-2003, 08:02 PM   #4
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Ghost- thanks for the reply. I think I messed up on this post by calling my problem "engine cover"; I meant the hood, front cover. Sorry bout that

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Old 12-20-2003, 10:04 PM   #5
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On my 99 Adventurer, it is easy to get out of allignment if you force it in any way..Mine was not straight along the top. A little bending thisaway and thataway put mine back straight and even all aroung. Finesse is the word when opening and closing. Happy Holidays and Happy Trails...

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Old 12-21-2003, 04:04 AM   #6
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Actually, my front access cover (hood) wouldn't latch properly on the pass. side when we first got our rig.

The latch plate or mount bracket at the bottom was slightly bent. I straightened it out a bit and used some WD-40 on the linkages, hinges, latches, etc. Just like ichn2go said, it does take a little care and finesse to open and close properly. I've found I have to hold the release handles when closing the cover and push them to the closed position for proper latching. It's all a matter of getting used to the little idiosynchrasies. That's no big deal to me and half the fun.

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Old 12-21-2003, 04:07 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by janny:
Ghost- thanks for the reply. I think I messed up on this post by calling my problem "engine cover"; I meant the hood, front cover. Sorry bout that

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Oh - no problem. I have a larger crowbar for problems of this magnitude!

Hey FYI - scroll down to the Four Corners Region section of IRV2, bunch of us are planning a camp out next month or February, something like that.

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Old 12-21-2003, 05:38 AM   #8
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The front access cover on my 03Itasca 33V works well but has never fit right. It sticks out at the top. The factory reps at WIT state rally last March were unable to adjust it and even elongating the holes in the brackets made only a very slight difference. It is just a bad bracket design or a problem with manufaturing tolerances.

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Old 12-21-2003, 12:55 PM   #9
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Had the same problem on our 38G when we picked it up. The dealer's techs worked on it three times but it would still get out of alignment. I wound up bending the bracket slightly and putting nylon stop-nuts on the screws to keep them tight. It takes a lot of patience to get it adjusted properly but it has held for 6 months now so I'm calling it fixed. I agree that it's a very poor design but a minor headache at worst.

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Old 11-08-2005, 05:27 AM   #10
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I dropped my hood yesterday to check fluids, and it wouldn't close properly. It would drop down to rest firmly against the lower edge of the opening, and the top edge, of course, had a corresponding gap at the top.

After attempting unsuccessfully to adjust the hinge brackets with the hood in place, I removed it from the brackets, and made some adjustments. Seems no matter what I do, I cannot get the hood to center properly in the opening.

Right now I have a face towel stuffed under the lower edge of the hood, and will see if I can get some assistance at a WIT campout this weekend.

Just another brilliant design that we have to figure a way around.
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Old 11-14-2005, 06:38 AM   #11
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Got my cover (hood) fixed. I took a look at another Brave while at a WIT campout this weekend, and adjusted my brackets to match that one. Still took a bit of horizontal "push" to make it center in the opening, and once I did that it fit like the proverbial glove.

There are two adjustments on each corner bracket. The nuts are located on the inside of the bracket, making it difficult to get a wrench and hand inside.

I loosened one side, slide the top part of the bracket as far to the back (in direction of engine), and the lower part all the way to the front (towards the grill). Did the same thing to the other side.

Then, I loosened the four nuts holding the cover to the frame, and dropped them all the way to the bottom of the slots.

Sorta confusing to describe, but taking a look at the hood on your coach will be helpful in "translating."
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