I drive a 97 Holiday Rambler Vacationer with the Ford 454 engine and have done all the work myself so far on it, with the some help of many of you here on this forum. It is running perfect! However I do have one question about a possible motor shield. If you look under the passenger front wheel in order to get to the motor like to change spark plugs you have to remove about 6 screws that hold a cover. When you do the same on the drivers side it does not have this cover. I was wondering if there is anyone here who is really familar with this model that could tell me if this is correct or it is indeed missing that cover/shield.
I believe you are talking about the heat shield for the plug wires. Yes, there are shields on both manifolds. My conversion to using headers wouldn't allow the reuse of the heat shields so my plug wires have heat shield boots over each wire. I've been operating this way for 2 years and haven't had a plug wire problem yet. I believe a new set of hi-temp. plug wires, backed up with boot shields will allow for elimination of the OEM shields.
Peter & Dawn 97 Winnebago Adventurer 37RW 96 Prowler 27X SOLD
I have the heat shields for the plug wires. This shield/cover is a small metal piece that blocks off the engine compartment. I have to remove this piece on my passenger side, my driver side does not have this cover. I just wanted to make sure this is standard with my make and model. Having replaced the exhaust manifold on that side you would think there would be a cover there. This would protect the motor and exhaust manifold from water being drawn up around the wheel. If the exhuast manifold is hot, you would think that could cause it to crack.
I know exactly what you are talking about, but I have NEVER seen those with motor guards.
4 whopping cylinders on Toyota RV's. Talk about great getting good MPG. Also I have a very light foot on the pedal. I followed some MPG advice on Livingpress.com and I now get 22 MPG! Not bad for a home on wheels.