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Old 03-25-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Radiator overflow container crack

I have a Holiday Rambler Ambassador. It has sprung a big leak in the plastic radiator overflow container.My motor home is about 170 miles from home.Wehave tried to repair, but the cracks are to big. I need to know where I can find a new one as some as possible. The motor home is a 2002 .
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
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Hi Papa6, welcome to the forum. I would try the nearest truck service center or the service center of the engine you have, either CAT or Cummins. One of those should have it or be able to tell you where to get it. You have a Roadmaster chassis so Monaco can probably help you.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:29 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome to the forum Papa6. Sorry for your problem and hope you can get it repaired soon. I don't know how big the cracks are but if you can get some Eternabond tape and get the exterior area of the container dry it may hold till you get home. That stuff can work wonders sometimes on other then just a roof repair. If there is an rv dealer near by or a WalMart I'm sure you'll find some. Good Luck and hope you get home soon.
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Hello Papa6! Sorry to hear you are having problems and hope you can get back on the road soon. You have come to the best place to get help and advise.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:05 AM   #5
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Hello and welcome to the forum Papa6. Sorry for your problem and hope you can get it repaired soon. I don't know how big the cracks are but if you can get some Eternabond tape and get the exterior area of the container dry it may hold till you get home. That stuff can work wonders sometimes on other then just a roof repair. If there is an rv dealer near by or a WalMart I'm sure you'll find some. Good Luck and hope you get home soon.
Very good stuff! Good luck and Safe travels home.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:12 PM   #6
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Can you post a picture of the coolant tank -- I have one from a 07 Camelot that may fit -- Bill Willard
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I don't know the configuration of your tank and hoses, but think about this. Get an empty antifreeze jug or something similar. Attach it near or where the tank is now. Stick the hose in the jug and be on your way.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #8
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Plug the crack as suggested (eternabond/J-B Weld etc.) and leave the pressure cap OFF - Low and slow, it should easily make it home
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:13 PM   #9
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Being as this tank is part of the rad system with hose connections and uses a pressure cap one cannot use an antifreeze jug! I dont think JB will hold on that plastic but eternabond might just be the temporary answer. Northwest RV salvage in Coburg had a few of these. Someone will post a link. Monaco does not have stock but I think they wanted close to $1000 when they did!!! Bill Willard had a replacement made in Phoenix and it is a nice piece!
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:46 PM   #10
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New Surge Tank

I just got one from Monaco RV Parts Warehouse | Holiday Rambler Parts | Beaver Coach | Safari Coach $174.00
Talk to Sue in Parts nice lady She said they can get most things direct from Monaco fast shipping too
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You might try a soldering iron to melt the area around the crack and "weld" it, if it's not too wide.
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This is a stretch, but you might locate a used small radiator from a motorcycle or other small water cooled engine and cap off the return, hook up the incoming and get a pressure cap. I guess you could just leave it near empty to get you home. It might fit in the small space you have and you could strap it to the existing location with metal plumbers strap.
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papa 6, as H Mille said, get a tube of j b weld, you can get it at auto zone, 8 bucks a tub, it comes with the weld and a hardner, mix a little together and put it on the crack. this stuff sticks to metal plastic fiberglass, this is the greatest stufff ever made. 8 or 9 bucks a tube...
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found this one on Amazon 4 qt Aluminum tank
Amazon.com: Canton 4 Qt. Aluminum Coolant Recovery / Overflow Catch / Fill Tank: Automotive
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