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« on: October 11, 2013, 06:06:01 pm »

 Our passenger seat is the toasty zone. We were doing a long, slow, twisty climb up to about 3600 feet elevation on the Blue Ridge Parkway when it felt like a heater fan was blowing up my left arm. I felt the wing wall and it was really hot. We could smell hot metal. We pulled over and felt the lower back edge of the door frame and it was almost too hot to touch. The outside skin was cool so it is rising up from underneath. The engine temp was within normal limits. We checked under the rig as best we could but couldn't identify any culprit. Is this normal for times when the engine has been pulling hard for a while?
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 10:34:42 am »

Sorry, I'm confused,( when you said left arm)  but just couple of points,,,  assume your talking about the pass side,,,  is the muffler on that side?? (minds in storage)  maybe due to speed you were driving you just got extra heat coming up on that side.. also the way that the undercarriage vents with all those nooks and crannies, it could again have been the speed you were going.. double check your battery tray,, if the batteries are messed up they will heat up,,   you didn't leave the water heater on did you?/  not sure if to that temp though..any just some points to check  good luck  let us know if you figure out what it was
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 04:11:31 pm »

Sorry, Sparky, it was my right arm (I get confused and loose track of body parts). The hot water heater was not on. There is no internal component right there, just the passenger seat with cabinets and euro chair behind it. I surely have no clue what is underneath.  The muffler/tail pipe is around there, a bit back in but it is possible the heat from that was rolling off the heat shield and toasting it up under the passenger seat as we climbed the hills. I crawled under and it feels like the side of the heat shield ends pretty close to edge of what I believe to be the muffler... or some such exhaust type component, instead of being centered over it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 08:24:59 pm »

No problem on the body parts I lose my head all the time haha,,,, ok I guess were going to have to go with the heat following some crazy path.. just bothers me that the door area you mentioned you could not or barely touch it,,, sure it was not the sun, that time of the year should have not heated that area that much.  maybe someone will else comment  luck
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 07:49:35 am »

The outside of the door was not hot. When I opened the door and touched the inside door jamb is where it was heating up. I think we have some decent climbs coming up in NC. We'll keep checking it to see if we can track the heat. Thanks for all the analytical effort. We'll let you know if we find anything.
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2014, 02:55:48 pm »

While this topic has not surfaced in nearly a year, we too have experienced a VERY HOT passenger seat area along with a VERY HOT wall that encases the passenger seat belt mechanism. This past weekend while traveling up hwy 101 and a few days later on the return trip, there was so much heat on the passenger side that my wife could not remain seated there. No heat was coming from the engine casing and the drivers side was comfortable. Immediately after arriving home with the heat still radiating, I found that the large metal plate that supports the swivel passenger seat was so hot that you did not want to touch it. Crawling under the rig I noticed that the exhaust pipes and heat shield while slightly to the right of center, were not in any direct contact with the floor of the coach. Thus, I'm unable to determine with any certainty, just what causes so much heat on the support plate and up the wall behind the passenger door. Any new thoughts on the subject?  shrug
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 04:15:50 pm »

Like many, our 2007 E350 has the passenger side hot floor issue.  I had purchased a kit that wraps the passenger side exhaust manifold but chickened out because I was concerned over the manifold itself.  The kit cost a bit over $100 and didn't look like much for the money spent.  The insulating material would have been held in place using some thin metal wire ties.

I completely lost interest since we have been traveling in places where the temps don't get too high.  You can bet I'll be thinking again during our next hot vacation.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 10:16:09 pm »

We have a 2014 2552 and just did an 8500+ mile trip cross country with a lot of steep long climbs.  We didn't notice any extraordinary heat anywhere in the cab area except a bit warmer on the floor between the two cab seats. 

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