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Old 08-16-2007, 01:47 PM   #1
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Could anyone tell me how to access my motor compartment. I have a 8708 floorplan with king bed in a 2007 Friendship. I don't know if it matters but I have a cummins 400 with rear radiater.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-17-2007, 11:50 AM   #2
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can't help ya sorry But couldn't you call the dealer for information

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Old 08-17-2007, 08:38 PM   #3
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This a question that I have had for some time now. I have the T 40A with the King bed. Under the bed is a aluminum frame and under that appears the boards that will have to be removed to access the engine. I believe that I will have to make some supports to hold up the bed and then remove the metal frame. Has anyone done this, or is there a mercenary method?
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:42 PM   #4
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Last spring I was at a Freight Liner service center and asked what they did. The service rep said that the motor home owner provided the access.
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:01 PM   #5
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Auther, I'll be all over this like a cheap suit tomorrow and will let you know. If you have to raise the bed it seems to me there should be some kind of rams to hold it up

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Old 08-18-2007, 09:44 AM   #6
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If the Friendship is anything like the Super Nova there are no lifts to hold the top of the bed up. Altho' we don't have engine access troubles with the Class C, our bed is the kind that jackknifes so the slides will come in and we were investigating how to do the bed by hand if it quit. (we were having troubles with it and wanted to have a back up plan). Ingenious engineering, but it would be hard to move both bed motors at the same time.

Once the mattress is removed the top of our bed will lift to a 90 deg. angle and one of us held it up while the other worked under there. Or we could use a 2x4.
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Old 08-18-2007, 07:24 PM   #7
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On our rear pusher 4 slide coach I must do the following to access the engine from inside:

1) Run both bedroom slides in the out position.

2) Remove the mattress from the bed and stand on it's side edge at the rear of the coach in front of the rear closet. Raise and support the aluminum frame for the mattress. (I made supports from wood for this purpose)

3) Remove the screws that are located at the foot of the frame that hold the cedar chest cross frame and seat in position. Remove the cedar chest liner that just sits in position.

4) Remove the screws that hold the covers over the engine and pull both covers up and there is the engine!!

That is the procedure that I had to figure out for myself, no help from dealer nor Gulf Stream, but in all honesty, I never asked either. It just looked self explanatory to me.

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Old 08-19-2007, 01:08 AM   #8
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Author, Ron and SueMac, long day and your right Ron the engine is under the bed with no rams to hold it in place or up (cut a couple of 2x4s and they did the job).

I got tired of the screw thing so I'll tackle it an other day when I'm not feeling so old. I think I'll put in a call to GS and ask them if they forgot to install rams to hold the bed up, I mean for 2 large I'm sure they should be there. Ha Ha

I'll start calling Monday A M and see just who I can find home. Trust me I won't start with customer service and I'll let you three know how I'm doing.

You all have a great rest of the weekend.

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While we didn't have to access the engine, we did need to work on the bed mechanism. That white cover is heavy! In lieu of a 2x4 we used the step ladder. Here's an interesting item. The rig is at Long View to repair the bed gears and when they extended the slides to work on the system one of the slide topper springs broke. So had we been on the road maybe the slide would not have retracted for us. Well, better them than us! Charlie PS. We're pondering the future......every trip so far has had a debilitating problem such as hydraulic, bed/slides, inverter. What's next?
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While we didn't have to access the engine, we did need to work on the bed mechanism. That white cover is heavy! In lieu of a 2x4 we used the step ladder. Here's an interesting item. The rig is at Long View to repair the bed gears and when they extended the slides to work on the system one of the slide topper springs broke. So had we been on the road maybe the slide would not have retracted for us. Well, better them than us! Charlie PS. We're pondering the future......every trip so far has had a debilitating problem such as hydraulic, bed/slides, inverter. What's next?
Charlie,
I have found with any RV we have owned, be it GS or SOB(Some Other Brand), The first year was the roughest getting all the bugs out that were either built in by the coach manufacturer or one of their suppliers. After that it was smooth sailing, well at least a lot fewer rough waves.

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