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Old 10-09-2015, 11:48 PM   #1
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2005 Fleetwood Expedition - Fan Hub Assembly clutch failure

Yep, me again.

So I make it between El Paso and Tucson and the coach just didn't seem "right" after my most recent stop.

I pull over at a little truck stop that fortunately services big trucks 24 hours a day. I get out....and it sounds like I've got a bucking bronco trapped in the back of my coach. I ask my friend to slowly rev it, and the sound gets better around 2200 rpm. I luck out and snag a mechanic between orders, and he checks it out.

FAILED FAN CLUTCH.

And nobody in the area is open til Monday (this service center is barred from RV work, only big rigs). I get one other known RV repair guy on the phone and he says the part must be ordered from the manufacturer.

Where can I get a fan hub assembly for the 2005 Fleetwood Expedition 38N? Even a link to purchase online will be awesome.

Halp!

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Is it the fan clutch or the hub bearing, which is commonly known to fail? Lots of info here on such a problem. Do a search so you do not get ripped off or charged for needless work.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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As soon as I get home I'll peruse the forums in depth!
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:58 PM   #4
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GG,

Holiday World Rv in Las Cruces works on Fleetwoods. They're right of I-10. They should be able to help or at the least point you in the right direction. I don't know if I can post their number, but it's in the book. They've work on my old fleetwood and do good work.

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Holiday World Rv in Las Cruces works on Fleetwoods. They're right of I-10. They should be able to help or at the least point you in the right direction. I don't know if I can post their number, but it's in the book. They've work on my old fleetwood and do good work.

Best of luck.
Thank you so much! I'll call them Monday!
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So after logging seven hours on the phone earlier today, I've got 2 grease monkeys telling me it's the fan clutch, and Freightliner assuring me there is no clutch. After pressing for an exploded part drawing and BOM, I can see for myself there is no clutch.

Makes me nervous to have the locals where the coach is working on it.

Anyone have any idea RE cost to tow a 38' DP 150 or 200 miles?

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Anyone have any idea RE cost to tow a 38' DP 150 or 200 miles?
There's the reason we have CoachNet!
Seems to run $700 to $1,000 for a 40 mile one way tow with our 40 or 45' rigs, can't see that it'd be any less for a slightly smaller unit.
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There's the reason we have CoachNet!
Seems to run $700 to $1,000 for a 40 mile one way tow with our 40 or 45' rigs, can't see that it'd be any less for a slightly smaller unit.
I can't get coverage on this 10 year old 147k mile coach :(
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I have CoachNet ERS on my 21 year old DP with 139k miles. That would get me towed to service, or, I think, home.

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Check with your insurance policy. They may cover towing....usually to the nearest repair center.

So what did Freightliner say it could be? My thoughts are: water pump? belts possibly bad? something stuck in the belt pulley?(this happened to my diesel tractor, small piece of stick got wedged between the belt and pulley, and it acted exactly like you described), maybe transmission issues?

Keep us posted, OK?
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Gear Girl,
Coach Net is not an extended warranty. It is emergency road service. It pays for towing, tire changes, lock smith if you get locked out and some other services. It doesn't matter how old your coach is or how many miles it has on it. It is similar to AAA.
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Coach Net is not an extended warranty. It is emergency road service. It pays for towing, tire changes, lock smith if you get locked out and some other services. It doesn't matter how old your coach is or how many miles it has on it. It is similar to AAA.
Thanks ChasA!

Um, any chance I could get the coverage and then call in my poor RV?! Pricing out tows, and so far they range from $1400 to $2100. JUST FOR THE TOW.
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Check with your insurance policy. They may cover towing....usually to the nearest repair center.

So what did Freightliner say it could be? My thoughts are: water pump? belts possibly bad? something stuck in the belt pulley?(this happened to my diesel tractor, small piece of stick got wedged between the belt and pulley, and it acted exactly like you described), maybe transmission issues?

Keep us posted, OK?
Coach never overheated or anything, I caught the problem when I did a walkaround at Deming NM (I do this every time I stop). I heard all the banging in the rear of the coach. It seriously sounded like I had someone trapped in there and they were taking a bat to the engine compartment.

FL said it most definitely sounds like fan hub assembly. Which, as it turns out, isn't a part you can buy preassembled lol. It's many parts that are purchased separately; "fan hub some assembly required" should be what they call it.

Problem now is (oh in addition to towing it), nobody knows exactly which parts are good and which need to be replaced without a 6 hour teardown. I think 6 hours is a bit much; it would probably take ME six hours, but an experienced mechanic should be able to do this much faster. So far, the two techs that have looked at it have both confirmed that they can physically move the fan and the clutch (hub assembly, there is no clutch) so it's a problem between the engine and the fan. Loose bolt? Broken shaft? Failed bearing? Who knows.

About to call FL out here in Phoenix (Tolleson) back and brace myself for cost of each of the 14 or so parts. I figure on one hand, hell, might as well replace EVERYTHING so the clock starts at 0 on the whole assembly.

This forum desperately needs the dollar sign with wings emoticon....
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Gear Girl,
You could call Coach-Net and ask if there is some period of time before you can use it. Tell them you're about to go on a trip and want to be sure you're covered just in case. I don't think there is a waiting period.

On topic of the fan. I don't know if your engine is Cat or Cummins. If it is a Cummins, some ISB models have a bolts breaking on the fan hub mounting bracket. I am one of the victims of that. Fortunately I had a service contract and it paid the robbers that fixed it almost $10,000.
I hope you can get your coach fixed before something breaks and does other damage. I would not go ordering parts until you or someone gets under your coach and checks it.
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