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Old 10-30-2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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Dashboard removal 2014 Meridian

Does anyone know how to remove the dashboard from an Itasca Meridian? I need to get to the wiring.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:11 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Winnie owners forum. You need to be more specific as to both your issue and what you are attempting to do. You may or may not need to remove the dash. There is a great knowledgeable user base here that should be able to assist once they have more details. Your current request is akin to asking "how high is up" to myself and I suspect others hence you have not had any replies. I am sure you will be inundated with suggestions with more detail !
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Old 10-31-2018, 07:38 AM   #3
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Does anyone know how to remove the dashboard from an Itasca Meridian? I need to get to the wiring.
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Remove the screws from the windshield and side vents. Pull the raised top pad forward. The rest of the screws will become obvious.

The hold down tabs on mine were not positioned correctly and I had to make some adjustments when putting things back together.
Please post your rig info in your signature, similar to what I have done. It makes it easier to answer your questions more accurately.

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Old 10-31-2018, 12:00 PM   #4
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Joe, What year is this? My-olde-2002 Sightseer is a piece-of-cake. The whole 'container' flips up after removing some screws along the bottom, exposing a ton of stuff.

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Old 11-01-2018, 01:10 PM   #5
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I'm sorry ya'll I have a 2014 Meridian 40U. I am trying to reach the rat's nest of wires under there. My rear view camera stopped working and I think it because I may have pulled a wire out by accident. It was working fine until I stuck my nose in it.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:19 AM   #6
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Hey, I have the same problem on my 2013 Meridian 42e - the rear camera goes intermittently out. I crawled under there but I'll be darned if I can find the switcher to get the part number.

I'm going to pull the monitor and go in with my fiber optic camera to see if I can at least spot it, then decide if I need to pull the dash. I don't think you do. There should be plenty of hand access through the radio hole.
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Old 11-05-2018, 05:58 AM   #7
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I gave up on trying to remove the dash there just too many screws. I called the professionals lol I called a mobile RV tech who came recommended to me. He was able to get in there under the dash. He told me I either had a bad camera or a bad video switch that all the cameras go into. I have to order both and he will come back and go from there. Camera p/n XS91201B Switch p/n CVS300-01
.I will let you know how it turns out.
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Old 11-05-2018, 07:57 AM   #8
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I have the 2014 Itasca Sunstar - small gasser. I also need to remove the dashboard. By dashboard I mean the huge, 6 foot wide, flat plywood covered by vinyl directly under the windshield, a piece about 3' by 6' feet.
There is a rattle under there driving me crazy.

I have come to believe it is permanently glued down to a metal frame of some kind. Maybe your Itasca is the same?

Or am I crazy - Winnie wouldn't do that, right?
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I gave up on trying to remove the dash there just too many screws. I called the professionals lol I called a mobile RV tech who came recommended to me. He was able to get in there under the dash. He told me I either had a bad camera or a bad video switch that all the cameras go into. I have to order both and he will come back and go from there. Camera p/n XS91201B Switch p/n CVS300-01
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Joe, I don't understand why you gave up? Yes, there are many screws but it is not all that bad once the pad is off. Take pictures if need be. Once off what you are seeking is in view behind the entertainment module.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:50 AM   #10
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I've had my dashboard completely out in my '04 Adventuer. It wasn't easy. Front edge is bolted down with the nuts being underhood. The rest of the screws and bolts were accessed after I removed the lift up dash pod, and the passenger workstation. My dash has a forward part, and a rear part that I separated in place, the bolts were really hard to get at, but removing the dash in two pieces was much easier. Not sure that a '14 Sunstar would do that or not.

I have a few pictures, not sure if any of them will be useful though, I need to look. Dan, does your Sunstar look like the attached image? That doesn't look like it would come out in pieces. Maybe the Winnebago parts manuals have some pictures of how it breaks down?
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Yes, it looks just like that picture. It is a huge single piece of plywood covered by vinyl. Thanks for the photo! Under the passenger workstation, there is no access - no hole in the dashboard, no break in the vinyl, the station is just screwed to the plywood and vinyl covering of the dash.

Removing the shroud over the speedo, there are no bolts I can find. Under the hood there are no bolts I can find. There is no movement when I pry on it, as if it is glued to the metal frame under the dashboard.

They wouldn't do that, would they??

I can't view the parts diagrams, as Winnie only allows access by PC. We are all Apple here. Discrimination!! Maybe I will go to the library, or maybe you could take a look for me...

Thanks again.
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Dash removal

That is exactly the same dash as on our 2014 Vista, that I need to remove to get to a squeaking heater blower motor. I have found no screws that appear to be holding the main, flat dash panel down. Am holding my breath until we get an answer!
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That is exactly the same dash as on our 2014 Vista, that I need to remove to get to a squeaking heater blower motor. I have found no screws that appear to be holding the main, flat dash panel down. Am holding my breath until we get an answer!
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I don't think you have to remove the entire dash to get to the blower on a 2014 Vista. There is a carpet covered panel in front of the passenger seat held by screws that are hidden under the carpet pile. I believe that the blower can be accessed from there.
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That is exactly the same dash as on our 2014 Vista, that I need to remove to get to a squeaking heater blower motor. I have found no screws that appear to be holding the main, flat dash panel down. Am holding my breath until we get an answer!
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Yes Bill, just fold yourself into a pretzel around the passenger seat, remove a carpeted board and you are there. You can't get it from above. The screws for the carpeted board are hidden in the carpet, but persevere and you will find them and get it off. Phillips head I think. I just left my board off.

BY THE WAY that heater fan that costs $$$$ ($170.??) at your dealer is actually a very common heater fan available at NAPA for around $35 IIRC. Exact same. When you pull it off, run all the numbers on it through Google, and you will eventually figure out the right part number for NAPA.

The reason it squeaks is the metal squirrel cage is to heavy for the bearings on the motor, and they fail. It's a known issue. You can lube it but it won't last. Motor mfg and cage mfg are pointing fingers at each other, it was interesting to listen to them make excuses.

When you get a new one from NAPA or where ever, make sure you get the PLASTIC squirrel cage model. It will run forever.
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