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Old 08-02-2019, 09:26 AM   #1
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39A Dash Heat-A/C Controls Mounting

Hello all, strange issue. Before I purchased my coach a year ago it was noticed that the heat-A/C controls in the dash next to the driver had fallen out of the dash and landed on the floor in the void area. The dealership "fixed" the issue and everything was fine for quite a while. While my coach was at the house not being used it got pretty warm inside and when I went out to the coach to do something else, I noticed that the controls had fallen out of the dash once again. Upon inspection I noticed that the controls had been hot glued in the dash from the back (which seemed a bit odd to me). It is a very difficult place to work because the controls are near the bottom of the dash and hard to see/work on from the top access area. I loosened all the screws around the large dash piece and pulled it away from the mounting surface. It appears there is no other way to mount the controls because there is no "mating surface" or area where you could screw anything into. I purchased some better "Gorilla Glue" hot glue sticks and did the best I could to get it re-glued into its normal position. That worked well for a couple months, but when I went out to the coach yesterday (another hot day), they had again fallen out. Well, now it's time to fix it correctly and for good. I plan to pull the whole dash piece off tomorrow (lots of plugs and wires to unhook) and take the dash into my shop to mount the controls in a more permanent manner. So... the question is, has anyone else with a 39A (or other coach) experienced this? Did FR really believe that hot glue is the way to mount things in the dash? Not sure how I am going to do it, but I will engineer something that works and looks good (I hope). I thought about some better gluing methods (JB Weld plastic to plastic glue) but worry a bit that if the controls ever went bad and needed replaced, there would be no way to get them off/out of the dash. Still love the coach, but this one is a bit baffling. -Glenn
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:12 AM   #2
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suggestion. Rather than taking the whole dash off just pull the radio out. Should give you room to work. Use 3m bonding tape. Will hold up in the heat.
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suggestion. Rather than taking the whole dash off just pull the radio out. Should give you room to work. Use 3m bonding tape. Will hold up in the heat.
Thanks Silver. That might work, but not sure there is enough of a "lip" to use the tape. I have some of that tape and it is good stuff.
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