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Old 09-24-2017, 02:24 PM   #1
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Trap door over the engine in a re?

I have tried to google this question but keep getting pointed to battery doors, side engine doors, etc. In a RE school, is there a door right over the engine compartment, leading into the interior, so that some forms of engine repair and maintenance can be done more easily?
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Old 09-24-2017, 02:56 PM   #2
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On my 2002 all American there is a rear panel that can bolt off if you need access. I would say that unless you are removing the engine, it isn't likely I would have to open this panel. I have the 5.9, and can reach just about everything on the engine from the rear door.

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No, usually not. All of my engine access is from the rear, a very large door. If I try to access it from the inside, the doghouse is large and a very large number of screws hold it down.
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On my 2002 all American there is a rear panel that can bolt off if you need access. I would say that unless you are removing the engine, it isn't likely I would have to open this panel. I have the 5.9, and can reach just about everything on the engine from the rear door.

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I also have the 2002 All American RE. I have the 8.3 Cummins and will leave the access panel accessable. The 8.3 is a bit longer and taller than the 5.9 making the top access more important.
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In an RE, a trap door from the engine compartment to the inside would be too much of a fire hazard. If a fire started in the engine compartment, it has a much easier time moving into the passenger compartment through the space between the mounting and the trap door.

Or, the trap door costs as much as the bus to make it fire resistant enough to give the driver and occupants time to stop the bus and get out....
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Old 09-24-2017, 04:52 PM   #6
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In an RE, a trap door from the engine compartment to the inside would be too much of a fire hazard. If a fire started in the engine compartment, it has a much easier time moving into the passenger compartment through the space between the mounting and the trap door.

Or, the trap door costs as much as the bus to make it fire resistant enough to give the driver and occupants time to stop the bus and get out....
Most RE buses come from the factory with access panels that allow access to the top front (or rear depending on how you are looking at it) of the engine from inside the bus.

It does not appear to have been a problem so far.
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My rear panel is a heck of a lot more solid than any fe doghouse I have ever seen. It's solid and was a 4 person seat. It has screws holding it in, and it can be removed. As Steve notes, different engine configurations may make it necessary to go in from that angle.

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Most RE buses come from the factory with access panels that allow access to the top front (or rear depending on how you are looking at it) of the engine from inside the bus.

It does not appear to have been a problem so far.
Well, I stand corrected then. I've not seen an RE with such a hatch, but I probably wouldn't buy such a bus just from that standpoint.
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yes , we have one in our RE, very handy for some stuff.

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Well, I stand corrected then. I've not seen an RE with such a hatch, but I probably wouldn't buy such a bus just from that standpoint.
It isn't like a dog house, it's an access panel. Screwed down. Most are Incorporated into the rear bench seat.

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