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Old 01-20-2014, 10:22 AM   #11
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The bed frame is on gas charged shocks. Just lift the foot of the bed up. The shocks might be weak (something I had to replace) but you can use a broom handle to keep it from coming back down.

There are two panels on the floor. One big flat one on the floor and one that is smaller and higher. It is a one piece angled cover right below the closet. You should only need to pull the smaller one up. Take out all of the long bolts (use a drill or impact as they are about 4 inches of thread). Then grab it at the edge where there is a bit of a lip and pull upward. You'll then see how it will come out. The the verticle piece of carpet under the closet that covers the verticle part of the cover is not attached to the cover itself, so just hold it out of the way. The only real tricky part is when you are reinstalling the cover and getting the bolt holes lined up again. It will require some fiddling and maybe moving the cover around as there is some play in it. You have my number if you need a "real time" talk through when you do it. Once you do it once it will be a snap. Good luck!


P.S. Have an old blanket or piece of cardboard etc to set the cover on once you pull it off. It will be dirty and grimey underneath and you'll be standing there holding a 30lb cover going, "S#%T where can I put this now?".....or at least that was me....lol.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:43 PM   #12
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Four screws located and removed, but the small panel won't budge. Can't get a grip to pull it up. Are there more than 4 screws?
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:17 PM   #13
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Several expletives later... The vertical surface of the carpet on my coach is stapled securely to the small access hatch, so the corner closest to the bed won't lift vertically. Once past that challenge, I found that the side closest to the closet will. Then the hatch can be folded back against the bed, mostly out of the way. Continuing the fun...
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:42 PM   #14
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...forgot to mention that the wood panel below the closet has to come off first as well. It uses the same latches as the cupboards. Will just pop off. This is the decorative trim panel that is about 5" wide by 3' long
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:03 PM   #15
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An attempt to shorten a long story and share lessons learned:
(1) Alternator is closer to the bottom of the engine than the top. Nothing gained by removing bedroom access panel.
(2) I'm chasing an intermittent problem. Started the coach to check voltage at alternator: 14 volts. Dash meter confirms. Now it's charging. Next time...???
(3) Search for loose wires/bad connection continues. Departing San Antonio Sunday for Mission, TX. Cold weather found us here.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:10 PM   #16
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Sounds a lot like a bad ground wire.
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:48 PM   #17
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An attempt to shorten a long story and share lessons learned:
(1) Alternator is closer to the bottom of the engine than the top. Nothing gained by removing bedroom access panel.....

.....sorry John I assumed you had the Cummins in your Berk, not the Mercedes as I now understand. I could have saved you some panel pulling had I asked what engine you had. My bad.

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Old 01-27-2014, 09:30 AM   #18
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Elation / Frustration: the alternator charged the chassis batteries perfectly for the first three + hours of our trip to the Texas Valley. Console voltage meter showed about 13.8 volts the whole trip and no low voltage alarm. Stopped to top off fuel in Edenburg, TX and we were back to no charging and low voltage alarms as soon as I started the coach. Had to start the generator to keep the engine running properly. This is one of the crazier problems I've ever encountered!

Does anyone have a functional diagram / schematic of how the 12 volt charging system components in a Berk 360 are supposed to work together in harmony? I've searched other forums, but come up empty-handed.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:34 AM   #19
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You can't help me James if I don't provide enough information! Besides, it was a learning experience, just not a successful fix. Thanks for all your help.

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:13 AM   #20
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Sounds like a bad solenoid.
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