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Old 12-27-2009
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Default Snow in Air Intake advise ? Leaves Block Air Intake

I just went for a drive after a snowfall of about 5" and learned something new. As i was driving, the snow from the roof was sucked into the intake and completely packed the filter housing. I didn't notice anything wrong until i started to climb a hill and barely made it. No turbo boost, no power i thought i had a fuel problem and was just praying i would make it back home. I was greatly relieved to find out it was just snow and a soaked filter.

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That's something I wouldn't have ever considered. Thanks for posting. Might it also be a problem driving in a snow storm? Something I would try to avoid at all costs but you never know what you might be forced to do.
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I have been there. Your filter is most likely done for. I drive in the snow too much. The problem isn't bad driving while its snowing. The problem is starting off with snow on the roof. When it starts to blow back, the roof intake takes it right in. It will melt out of the filter, but takes a long time.
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If snow goes in then so does rain. How do you keep the filter from becoming water logged in either case? I had wanted to expand the intake on my FC, but rain was something I didn't know how to handle. It seemed I would need to take the air in from a shielded area like one of the compartments.
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Good point Gardner. On the Pt that air intake is sitting right up there certainly rain, snow etc would get in. Humm. Might have to do with how fast? I can see if there is snow accumulated on the roof it might get in in big glugs and that might be the difference. I don't know but it's certainly something to be concerned about. Those filters are over $100
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There is a deflector in the filter housing, and a drain hole in the bottom. I haven't noticed any problem with rain. I just had one time slug of snow from the roof. I have since been able to get away with dusting off the snow in front of the scoop, outside the goat rail.
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In retrospect i had at least 5" of power snow on the roof. It stuffed the filter housing good and tight but next time you can bet i will brush the roof off first. I have the filter drying in the house. I just put it in two weeks ago.
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Driving our bus home on the day we bought it, we had to drive in pouring rain with a 20 mph head wind. That must have made about a 70 mph wind driving the rain into the scoop. I kept expecting it to start running rough but it never missed a beat. As soon as I got home, I removed the air cleaned and it was dry as a bone. There was a little wet spot in the bottom of the housing near the drain hole.
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Question SUCH A FREAKY THING HAPPENED Leaves Block Air Intake

We were going camping when the engine lost power, smoke coming out of the stack, and no power.

Did not have a clue, called for an expensive wrecker bill, then discovered leaves from low hanging trees, had clogged up the screen on the right side roof, where the intake is. This is on a 1991 wanderlodge.

Could not believe this happened. Some campgrounds are on backroads, and this was a very expensive lesson for me.

Noticed the leaves clogging up the intake, about the time the wrecker got there.

Still did not have much power, after cleaning the intake, and air filter.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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We were going camping when the engine lost power, smoke coming out of the stack, and no power.

Did not have a clue, called for an expensive wrecker bill, then discovered leaves from low hanging trees, had clogged up the screen on the right side roof, where the intake is. This is on a 1991 wanderlodge.

Could not believe this happened. Some campgrounds are on backroads, and this was a very expensive lesson for me.

Noticed the leaves clogging up the intake, about the time the wrecker got there.

Still did not have much power, after cleaning the intake, and air filter.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

phil in rocky mount, virginia

Phil,

We have had this same issue caused by a heavy snow fall basically doing the same thing, I don't know the configuration of the rest of the air intake system, but it sounds like you may still have some smaller leaves that have gotten sucked into it and will need to be removed. I believe the solution was to turn the air intake around aimed backward to help eliminate this problem from happening again.

Hopefully someone else will chime in here and verify if I am correct.
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