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Old 09-12-2017, 08:08 PM   #1
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Regarding the Freightliner Surge Tank...

'02 Winnie Journey, 75K miles. Tank has spider cracks but no seeping coolant yet...

For those that don't know what is up with the surge tank, the plastic rots after several thousands of miles. The tanks develope spider cracks and rot from the outside in, and/or from inside out. Eventually they start to weep. Than one day, a chunk of plastic drops off the tank, coolant leaks out, and you're stuck on the side of the road.

In regards to a replacement surge tank:

Does anyone have any opinion about the Freightliner tank vs. the Sterling exact replacement available at FindItParts? The difference in price is minimal, I'd just like to get a tank that may be 'improved' over the original FL design, if possible.

Has anyone heard or have an opinion on whether the Sterling is an improvement, or did FL actually improve their own design for the tank? And I'm talking about the crumbling plastics used that rot over time, and I'm hoping to find that these tanks no longer crumble apart. Is Sterling a good brand? Or should I stick with FL and hope for the best?

Thanks!

Here's how mine looks atm...
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15 years is not bad, if you get another with the new tank, might be time to replace the MH.

I replaced my FL tank on an 04 with a metal tank. YMMV
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Mine is right at 11 years old and still going strong. If the time comes to replace it, I will go with a Freightliner one again.
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When I had my 2002 Journey, I had mine replaced proactively by the folks at Gaffney at about 9 years. The replacement tank seemed about the same and the tech at Gaffney suggested I install some sort of rubber flap over it to shield it from the sun. I never got around to doing the flap before I traded the coach in 2013 but the replacement tank still looked good.
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Had mine replaced three years ago with a new steel tank at Freightliner in Gaffney. Should not have to be concerned about deterioration of plastics going forward. Corrosion?? Maybe.
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"... the tech at Gaffney suggested I install some sort of rubber flap over it to shield it from the sun...."

I never could understand this suggestion. On my coach, the only way sunlight could ever reach the white plastic tank is if I placed a large mirror on the ground and angle it to reflect it up there!
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"... the tech at Gaffney suggested I install some sort of rubber flap over it to shield it from the sun...."

I never could understand this suggestion. On my coach, the only way sunlight could ever reach the white plastic tank is if I placed a large mirror on the ground and angle it to reflect it up there!
On the Winnebago Journey of that era, sunlight could shine directly on the surge tank thru the engine access door.
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On the Winnebago Journey of that era, sunlight could shine directly on the surge tank thru the engine access door.
Ditto , Newmar .
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The sun is the problem, I put a flap over the new one and it still looks new. Getting it, the old one, out was a B%^$# when you get around to DIY get some T-nuts turns the job into easy.
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