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Old 03-18-2019, 10:19 PM   #1
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Exclamation Palazzo engine access...finally

another forum's thread about accessing the diesel engine in their coach prompted me, after 4 1/2 years and over 92,000 miles, to finally 'see' where my engine access is for my '14 Palazzo 33.3 bunkhouse...

now, my 33.3 floorplan, with the front-facing master bed, may be quite different than other floorplans with side facing beds, or a rear bath or closet with a 'step up', as mine has no step up... even other '14 Palazzo floorplans may be different.

My bedframe is essentially the 'raised platform' above the engine.
About 2/3 of the bed can tilt up, with the aid of gas shocks, revealing a carpeted storage area.
The foot of the bed, about 12", is a separate storage/mounting area for the ATS and the rear of the Electrical main panel and Fuse panel.

I figured that while there was no 'access' to be seen, as with other floorplans and manufacturers who have an easily seen 'access panel' on the rear floor area, the carpet must be covering up the floor access cutout.

I pulled one side of the carpet up as best as possible, not knowing if it was separate from the rear and the sides, as the carpet covers the floor and the sides, and even goes under the foot of the bedframe where the electrical items are located. I eventually had to cut the end at the foot, and pull hard on the sides, as the factory had actually applied staples several places.

Once the carpet was lifted up and moved out of the way, I could see the plywood cutout and eventually found the 5 screws that holds it down.

I've attached some photos... this is the first time I've really every 'seen' my engine! (at least the top of it).... though I've HEARD it many times!
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:12 AM   #2
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Thanks Turnerfam, I wish I had access to the top of the engine in my Palazzo 36.1! There appears to be no top access - everything is either from the back (very limited, as the radiator is there) and from below! Lots of access to the underside but nothing to the top unless the total floor gets removed, and I don't see that happening! Good thing there is room when the jacks are down to get under the chassis or this would become a very expensive maintenance unit.
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:20 AM   #3
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I imagine its about 3’ from the rear wall, though it may not show, as the factory simply never cut the roll tile in order not to have to provide a lip edge around it, like other coaches do... it’s there.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:18 AM   #4
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I imagine its about 3í from the rear wall, though it may not show, as the factory simply never cut the roll tile in order not to have to provide a lip edge around it, like other coaches do... itís there.
I'll look up from underneath and see if there is any floor cutout that I can see. I'm not excited about cutting the floor and I can't imagine what my wife is going to say about cutting the floor in the master bath.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:16 AM   #5
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The little box on the nightstand that took quarters was a lot cheaper bed vibrator than that!! What was it they called it..."Magic Fingers"?
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:12 PM   #6
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true...but it's really hard to try it while driving... : / oh well.
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