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Old 11-09-2010
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Phil,

Here is the thread about the snow blocking the air intake, I have moved your thread over here as it is basically discussing similar topics.
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I have never had a problem with a roof air intake in heavy rain. The deflector and drain take care of it. I did have a very educational lesson with leaves plugging the roof air intake.

We had a 1982 "Bird" and a driveway in Idaho with maple trees hanging over an uphill driveway. When we hit the highway, I thought I had lost the turbo. It smoked heavily and about 14 psi. boost maximum. I limped into our destination and then started checking systems. I removed the air filter and it was not very dirty. I reached in and turned the turbo blade by hand and it was perfectly free. I purchased a new filter but did not believe this was the problem.

I finally thought of the intake screen and checked it to find it was completely plugged with maple leaves. I am suprised the engine ran as good as it did.

As far as snow is concerned, the obvious solution to this is the reason they put wheels on motorhomes. If it is too hot, go to higher altitudes or further north. If it is too cold, go further south or lower altitudes.
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Some of us goofs play in the snow. I have learned that if there is snow on the roof, I need to push it off in front of the intake. I packed the filter housing full one day. No boost, no power, just snow.
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I made a screen out of 1/4" hardware cloth to keep pine needles out of my intake.
I cut a template of 3/16' metal in the shape of the intake. I then formed the hardware cloth to the template. Now if leave or pine needles hit the intake i still have about 4" between the intake and screen to draw air.
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