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Old 09-20-2010, 03:08 PM   #1
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Unglued Engine Hood

Add us to the list of Winnie owners who are coming unglued.

Got a "check engine" high coolant temp warning yesterday (That's a whole other story!) so we decided to check the coolant level this morning. We unlatched the engine hood and checked the coolant level. (It was fine.) When we went to close the hatch, the metal separated from the fiberglass and fell to the ground (putting a nice scratch in a vent on the way down). We were surprised to see that all that had held it up was several spots of glue. It apparently just popped off.

Called Winnebago. They were no help, really, but did assure us that we could run without the metal part. The technician asked if the metal was painted. It is. He then added that the dealer should ground it down to bare metal. Then WHY, WHY, WHY is it painted in the first place?

Winnebago suggested we take it to a local dealer, but we're saving it for our scheduled trip to Forest City next month. We're still under warranty, so we're adding this item to our list.

I did a search on this forum and learned that this is a common problem. We'll have them check our genny hood, too!

With a couple thousand miles to go between now and then, we're looking for ideas on how to keep the fiberglass part of the engine hood from flopping. It is actually bolted at the hinges. So, it should stay on. We just want to keep it from swinging open and closed. (The latches are on the metal part, which is now stored in the basement.)

All things considered, we're thankful this thing fell apart while we were camped. We'd hate to think what kind of mess it could have made had it happened on the road.

Any ideas? Thanks so much for your help.

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Old 09-20-2010, 03:15 PM   #2
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Would some bungee cords do anything to help you out??
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:54 PM   #3
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I had to repair my engine cover as well. Thought I might fall through when steping on it to get to the drivers seat, cheap as in low quality and low cost for the builders. Winne is OK at best when things are under warranty once the warranty is over watch out you are on your own.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:14 PM   #4
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Had the same problem on my Journey. Epoxy and clamps to put it back together, then two sheet metal screws with washers installed on the bottom.

Maybe for a temp repair, some plastic zip ties?
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:42 PM   #5
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I travel a lot with my brother in law in his 2002 Journey. His front generator cover fell off in Montana and we repaired it on the side of the road. I had some 3M industrial double sided tape and we re-installed the cover with tape. That was 7 years ago and it is still hanging on.

His rear engine cover fell off and Winnebago re-glued it at the factory. A year later it fell off again and a Winnebago dealer re-glued it. When it fell off the third time we decided to fix it ourselves. We used scrapers and grinders to remove all the glue and put it back together with expoxy and clamps until it cured. We drilled holes and installed the hinges with stainless steel screws and it is now much better than new.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:14 PM   #6
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We had a similar problem with our 2004 Itasca 33V when we bought it. We got it reglued and it has lasted. I investigated it thoroughly and found a thread on it. Several folks had fixed it by drilling holes in the front cap and using stainless bolts to hold in the hinge bracket. They had photos and it did not look bad at all. The bolts were SS and very symmetrical. Looked like it was done at the factory. If mine every falls off again, that is what I am going to do.
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:25 PM   #7
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The lower portion of the rear cap and the generator hood on my 2002 journey was glued on with Gorilla glue. Most of the original factory, all the dealer repaired and all the factory repaired re-glue work failed. I tried Gorilla glue and it worked great.
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:52 PM   #8
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The hood is definately an issue here, but I would be more concerned with the "check engine Light" "High coolant Temp". Checking the coolant level when cold does not confirm the coolant did not overtemp. If it was a "low coolant level" warning, it may not appear when cold either.
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The hood is definately an issue here, but I would be more concerned with the "check engine Light" "High coolant Temp". Checking the coolant level when cold does not confirm the coolant did not overtemp. If it was a "low coolant level" warning, it may not appear when cold either.
That's a whole other story
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Old 09-26-2010, 05:01 AM   #10
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stainless steel bolts forget the glue and two hood fanstners from summit racing
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:03 AM   #11
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3M 5200 has held mine, both engine and gen hoods for over 2,000 miles now.
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Old 09-26-2010, 09:50 AM   #12
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Thanks for the suggestions. It's very interesting to see how others have dealt with coming unglued. And, it's too bad it's such a common problem.

For now, we're letting the fiberglass piece hang as is. (The hinges are bolted.) We keep an eye on it in the camera and it's staying pretty still. Looks weird, though, and has elicited a honk and "pull over" wave from one passing motorist. We'll be glad to get back to Forest City in a few weeks and get everything back together.

On the whole other story - the high coolant temp/check engine issue - we had Freightliner look at it here in Gaffney and they replaced the fan clutch. So, hopefully, we're good to go there, too.

Safe travels.
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:49 PM   #13
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Same problem with 05 Journey. Went to local marine store and bought the 3M 4200. The fix was easy, just lay down a big bead of the adhesive with a caulk gun and clamp, cure overnight. The 4200 cures a little faster than the 5200 version.
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Hi Boris & Natasha. I had an issue with our hood also (2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N).
If interested in my solution see photos at: Picasa Web Albums - Terry & Bev + Cookie - Hood Bracket ... . Other projects there also.

Good Luck with your solution choice.
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