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Old 10-29-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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Engine doghouse

I can't figure out how to get the engine doghouse cover off on my 2004 Adventurer. Called Winnebago and the guy said remove a hex head screw at rear and 2 bolts at front. I found the 2 bolts at the front but can't find the hex head. Anybody know how the thing comes off? Thanks.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:23 PM   #2
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You'll have to "feel around" for the hex head wrench insert location. It's hidden in your carpeting on top of the dog house in the center and on the far side from the front of your motorhome. The hex wrench you use to open it is large so if you rub your fingers on the carpet you should be able to find the hole the wrench goes into. If I remember correctly it's not a hex screw, but rather just a latch that a hex head wrench fits into and is turned to release the cover.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:16 PM   #3
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Gavery, if the doghouse has never been removed, you will also have to locate and remove a few screws, that are located in the front of the DH, near the seperation line.. Tough to find, scraping across the carpet with somehing like a putty knife will help ypu. Also, if you will do a search, you will find out alot about the job...rgr...
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:06 AM   #4
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It's not a hex head screw but is a latch with a hex recess that an allen wrench fits into. It takes a quarter or maybe a half turn to unlatch it.
Here is a picture of mine with a marker stuck in the recess.

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Old 10-31-2010, 06:22 AM   #5
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Clay,
Thanks for that great picture-Iwill look in that area. The Winnebago tech rep on the phone had me looking at the very back of the rim of the cover and I can't see anything but carpet. I'm not looking anywhere close to where your picture shows it. Thanks again.
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Gavery, the latch Clay refered you to is the main hold down, and must be released, HOWEVER, as I mentioned earlier, unless someone has removed and discarded them, there are some screws located near the front edge of the cover that also must be removed. You will not find them by just looking, you have to scrape something over the area to feel them...rgr...
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I believe Gavery has already removed the screws at the front of the cover.
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I believe Gavery has already removed the screws at the front of the cover.

Easy, I think you are right, I re read his post early this am, and came to that conclusion too... My Bad...rgr...
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:03 PM   #9
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The hex or allen wrench referred to is 5/16" You might find the Winnebago supplied wrench in the black bag
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:03 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the help-Clay's picture did the trick. I never would have looked in that area without it. Now if I can just figure out what is blowing the 20 amp fuse for the brake lights. Getting ready for a weekend trip and discovered I had no brake lights. Changed brake light switch on brake pedal but didn't help. Cruise control does not work either-feel sure the problems are related. Thanks again.
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As far as the brake light fuse is concerned I would check the trailer hitch socket at the rear of the coach. We had the same problem and discovered it wasn't sealed at the rear where the wires enter. Water had gotten in and shorted several of the wires togrther. It would do strange things like turn on the back camera and monitor when you stepped on the brakes. Allow only one brake light to function, and keep showing NC (no connection) when we were towing a trailer with electric brakes.

Finally it blew the fuse. When I disassembled it everything inside was either rusted or corroded. I replaced the socket with a new one and sealed it. It's been several years and we've not had any more problems
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