Haven't been able to talk to Coachmen, (Jon V in service). Coachmen probably needs 4 people taking calls as I am sure one man can't handle all the inquiries or issues.
I did talk to Ford again, this time with a clearer explanation of the problem. The Ford tech agrees the mat on top of the transmission is to protect the valve, (that is mounted on top of the transmission case) while the stripped chassis is transported. He insists that Ford does not put the bands and mat on the transmission but said that it is likely the transport company does to prevent water from entering the transmission while they are piggy backed to the Forest River production plant. (The chassis would be completely open to the elements while being transported).
Also I looked more closely at the pictures I have taken and sure enough now that I know what to look for I can see the matt clearly at the top of the transmission. I can also see that the passenger side of the transmission up near the top where the valve is located is covered in a coat of transmission oil. The leak is definitely coming from the top of the transmission, not the pan, which I suspected at first.
I suggest anyone with a Coachmen on a Ford chassis take a look underneath and see if you have the bands going around the pan and if so, cut them off and pull the small piece of matt off, so that the valve can operate properly and so you don't lose transmission oil.
First pic: Drivers side, follow the band on the left side up and you will see the white piece of matting the band holds in place at the top of the transmission case.
Second Pic: Passengers side, follow the band on the right up and you can also see a bit of the matting but you should see how wet the side of the case is even including the plastic wire conduit running along the top of the case.
Gary, Cindy, Reacher (Maine Coon), and Vivian (in spirit only now).
Retired: July 31st, 2013 and loving it.
2011 Coachmen Encounter 37 TZ pulling a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. Many upgrades, additions, mods, and changes.