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Old 07-04-2019, 03:30 PM   #1
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What is this

Drove the Forester out for a couple nights of camping and when I returned home I found this metal “plate” laying on the ground under where the MH was parked. Piece of flat steel, 7x30 inches with one side having the edges turned 90 degrees.

The part has eight holes but there is no scratches or other indications there was a fastener there to hold it in place. It has a dirt pattern indicating it had water splatter like you would see on a dirt road. Crawled around under the MH but didn’t see any obvious location for it. It looks like some kind of splash guard but I really don’t have a clue as to what it is.

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Old 07-04-2019, 03:36 PM   #2
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Just askiní.......

Did you have a good look underneath with slides IN and OUT?
Sometimes the undercarriage looks different.
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Old 07-04-2019, 03:47 PM   #3
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Looks like a cover . do you have an auto leveling jack system
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:01 PM   #4
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Just askiní.......

Did you have a good look underneath with slides IN and OUT?
Sometimes the undercarriage looks different.
Full wall slide on the 3051 sits well above the chassis and the view underneath doesnít change.


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Looks like a cover . do you have an auto leveling jack system
Has LCI jacks. Looked in the area of both the controller and pump but canít see any place to put the thing.

I was hoping there would be a clean area to indicate it was covered but that didnít work. In about 9,000 miles this MH has only encountered rain for less than 50 miles. The entire underbelly is amazingly clean. Hopefully Iíll find another 3051 that I can crawl under and see if it has the part visible.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:14 PM   #5
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Hanging out in West Yellowstone so I just went out and took a look.

It is a heat shield between the catalytic converter & LP tank. It is spot welded to the bottom of the passenger side frame rail directly behind the LP tank. It hangs with the 90 degree bend down pointing inwards.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:40 PM   #6
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Hanging out in West Yellowstone so I just went out and took a look.

It is a heat shield between the catalytic converter & LP tank. It is spot welded to the bottom of the passenger side frame rail directly behind the LP tank. It hangs with the 90 degree bend down pointing inwards.
Thanks for your help. I went out to check the the shield you describe is in place. Here’s a pix of the offending shield sitting under the one you describe. Notice it’s smaller.

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Old 07-04-2019, 07:46 PM   #7
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Took a second look. There is nothing I else can see that looks anything like it.
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:55 PM   #8
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I donít know what itís for or where it goes but youíve given me a great idea for a prank to play on someone.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:54 PM   #9
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My parents have a thor class a. They have a plate similar to that but more square. It is above the rear tires on the passenger side. It is the access to under the shower plumbing things.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:59 PM   #10
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I donít know what itís for or where it goes but youíve given me a great idea for a prank to play on someone.
Ohhhh, thatís cruel. Wish I had thought of that. Sorta like throwing an extra washer in the pile when someone is rebuilding a transmission.

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My parents have a thor class a. They have a plate similar to that but more square. It is above the rear tires on the passenger side. It is the access to under the shower plumbing things.
Thanks. Iíll check that out.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:35 PM   #11
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MYSTERY SOLVED!

I finally gave up and called my selling dealer to make an appointment at the service department. The tech was scratching his head saying “I’ve seen that before but don’t remember where”. They put the MH up on a lift and discovered it’s a shield that goes on the inside side of the Onan generator. Nobody can figure out how it fell off since it’s going to require the generator to be removed in order to put it back.

The shop was moderately busy so I made an appointment for the fix next week. Also awaiting Forest River authorization since the coach has three weeks warranty remaining.
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