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Old 03-21-2014, 08:40 PM   #11
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I guess this is a good place to post this since it's 351 related. We are on our way to FL and currently at a State Park in KY. When we stopped to refuel I heard this loud screeching noise. Come to find out the lower front grill came off and was hanging by a few screws and dragging on the ground. Lesson learned...do not install your front license plate on the lower grill. The wind resistance it creates will tear off the lower grill.

Oh, and freaggin' Rand McNally took us through ~9 miles of roads way to small for RVs. Really, Really? It's supposed to be an RV GPS. Ended up with a few light scratches on the side from tree branches. It kinda sucked, but it was fun at the same time.

Oh, and when we got to the park our site was in a closed area. A really nice park ranger came over and hooked us up with a nice pull thru. I rewarded him with a few cold ones. Love the KY accent.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:10 PM   #12
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I guess this is a good place to post this since it's 351 related. We are on our way to FL and currently at a State Park in KY. When we stopped to refuel I heard this loud screeching noise. Come to find out the lower front grill came off and was hanging by a few screws and dragging on the ground. Lesson learned...do not install your front license plate on the lower grill. The wind resistance it creates will tear off the lower grill.

Oh, and freaggin' Rand McNally took us through ~9 miles of roads way to small for RVs. Really, Really? It's supposed to be an RV GPS. Ended up with a few light scratches on the side from tree branches. It kinda sucked, but it was fun at the same time.

Oh, and when we got to the park our site was in a closed area. A really nice park ranger came over and hooked us up with a nice pull thru. I rewarded him with a few cold ones. Love the KY accent.

No good at all! We went to an atv off road park last weekend and tore the thingie (not sure what it's called) off our hitch pulling in. My hubs said it was in a stupid place anyways. I guess with things that big, we are bound to have some damage from time to time.
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:39 PM   #13
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We bottomed out too after gassing up and I bent the trailer receptacle. They did mount that in a bad spot. I bought a replacement on Amazon for $7 and might have mine rewelded higher on the top of the tow bar.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:34 AM   #14
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No good at all! We went to an atv off road park last weekend and tore the thingie (not sure what it's called) off our hitch pulling in. My hubs said it was in a stupid place anyways. I guess with things that big, we are bound to have some damage from time to time.
You must be talking about the trailer receptacle plug. That was the first thing we tore off.

If you look at your lower grill it's half arse mounted anyway. A little bit of resistance and it come off. I'm going to try and figure out how to fix it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:18 AM   #15
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My first MH was a 1978 Georgia Boy. It had two half triangle bers welded to the frame just forward of the rear bumper that acted as skid plates and kept the rear end from dragging the ground on a steep incline. Strange they thought of that way back then but nothing these days seem to have them. Could have used something like that on my 98 Georgetown when I pulled half the rear cap off by dragging the rear end.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:17 PM   #16
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Mike, yes it came with clips that slide into the track and the shade mounts to them with "S" hooks. You then anchor the bottom with stakes. We also have one that mounts to the sides in case you are in a spot where the sun hits that area in the afternoons.

I've seen lots of this kind of setup on my travels this winter. However, seems like every other day it's just windy enough that I don't feel comfortable leaving my awning out. Is it kind of a pain to remove the shade. Also, what do the shades cost?
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:10 PM   #17
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We bought ours off of ebay for ~60 bucks.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:31 PM   #18
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You must be talking about the trailer receptacle plug. That was the first thing we tore off.

If you look at your lower grill it's half arse mounted anyway. A little bit of resistance and it come off. I'm going to try and figure out how to fix it.
Ditto here.
The 7-way connector plug bit the dust about a month after we had our coach. Had it mounted higher and a big to the side. It is no longer the low-point in the back.

Also on the lower grill - the mesh material they used is really worthless, and as already mentioned, it is not secured adequately. Ours blew off while en route to Florida on our 3rd trip out last fall. I too wondered what the scraping noise was until I discovered what was left of it at a fuel stop. I would suggest removing it and asking your dealer to replace it with heavier material (like the material on the upper grill).
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Ditto here.
The 7-way connector plug bit the dust about a month after we had our coach. Had it mounted higher and a big to the side. It is no longer the low-point in the back.

Also on the lower grill - the mesh material they used is really worthless, and as already mentioned, it is not secured adequately. Ours blew off while en route to Florida on our 3rd trip out last fall. I too wondered what the scraping noise was until I discovered what was left of it at a fuel stop. I would suggest removing it and asking your dealer to replace it with heavier material (like the material on the upper grill).

So I guess my hubby doesn't get a time out then. Seems like a stupid place to put this thing. Our neighbor beside our business is a welder. I guess he could reattach.
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It happens to everyone....I still have mine crushed - I bought a replacement but still thinking where to place it...it won't go back on the same spot.
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