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Old 03-20-2019, 10:21 PM   #1
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Need help with my 1998 Winnie Minnie

I recently purchased a used 1998 Winnebago Winnie Minnie. It is 22 ft. long on a Chevy chassis with a 454 engine. I am completely stumped on how to get the "Dog House" out so I can get to the engine from the passenger compartment. Does one have to get underneath it to loosen some bolts or what? Any suggestion or advice will be appreciated. I have removed any screws or bolts that are obvious to the eye and it still won't budge.
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Old 03-20-2019, 10:31 PM   #2
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on our '85 and '00 winnies there were flaps on one side of the doghouse revealing a hexkey nut. check carefully around the perimeter of the doghouse.
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:29 PM   #3
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Mine had the ford v 10 motor..access to the dog house was a hidden (carpet) allen..about 3/8" at the rear of the cover ..hard to find so dig deep...
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:46 PM   #4
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Once you get it removed, consider insulating it before re-installing. It's an easy job and makes a big difference in terms of noise and heat:

Insulating the doghouse - iRV2 Forums

I used Dynamat hood liner:

https://www.amazon.com/Dynamat-11905...ateway&sr=8-14
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:29 PM   #5
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My 1999 35C has 454 engine and there is an allen wrench receptacle at the very center of the dog house next to the floor. Probably a 1/4 inch wrench. Unscrew that and the dog house should come off.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:27 PM   #6
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On the Minnie Winnie Class C its the OEM Chevy Van Dog House which is covered in the Chevrolet Owners Manual which is referenced in section 9 page 4 of the Minnie's Owners Manual from Winnebago.



See: https://winnebagoind.com/resources/m...nnieWinnie.pdf


Here is a video showing the engine cover removal process on a 1997 to 2019 Chevy/GMC Van which makes me glad I have a class A with the Allen Key Latch. GM appears to have given up making it any worse and stuck with this poor feat of engineering for over 20 years. What were they thinking making it so you have to remove the passenger seat first if you actually want to remove the dog house? Even if you want to just slide it back you have to remove two dash panels and the rear section of the doghouse first:
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:15 PM   #7
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My 1999 35C has 454 engine and there is an allen wrench receptacle at the very center of the dog house next to the floor. Probably a 1/4 inch wrench. Unscrew that and the dog house should come off.
Thanks for your help. When you say center, do you mean the center of the sides or the center where the glove box tray is?
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:30 PM   #8
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sit on the floor facing the windshield half way between two front seats. dog house is only 2-3 inches high there
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:41 PM   #9
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This is an addendum to what I sent earlier. I have contacted Winnebago and they said I would have to talk to Chevy because they built the chassis. I talked to Chevy and they didn't know what I was talking about, I watched You Tube videos and they show latches near the firewall that have to be unlatched (I have no latches), and I have yet to try your suggestion because the carpet is glued down. Many who responded have said I have to dig in the carpet with an allen wrench to get the cover off. I fellow I bought it from said he never could figure out how to get the cover off, and the Owner's Manual says to look in the chassis booklet which I don't have. I will keep trying to remove the engine access cover with people like you who are trying to help. Might there be a difference because my Winnie Minnie is only 22 feet long? It is built on a 1998 Chevy Express G 350 chassis.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:26 AM   #10
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There should be a hole where I said. Get something sharp and poke around till you find it.
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