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Old 04-21-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Air flow and radiator clearance on DP

I have a 2009 Fleetwood Providence DP. I am using a 3 bike bike-rack attached to trailer hitch. The clearance from radiator to the first bike is approximately 3 1/2 feet. Does anyone have an opinion about the potential of restricting the airflow from fan/radiator and affecting engine cooling?
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3 1/2 feet and just a bicycle, I don't think you've got anything to worry about. Now if it was a sheet of plywood....
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I think not as the bikes will be in the exhaust side of the air flow and in the open.
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This is exactly why I am happy I landed on this web site. You can ask anything and get positive feedback. Thanks for the info. I didn't figure it would be a problem, I just wanted to get another opinion.
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More important to make sure the rad fins are cleaned out . On rear rad coaches Cummins says to clean rad every 7500 miles , more often in dusty conditions. This dirt build up is on the engine side of the rad, so not always visible.
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Yes on cleaning the rad. soak it down on both sides wait 10 minutes and rinse with
low pressure water a couple of times.
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Again, thanks for the info. I would assume this calls for me to get under MH to access front of rad?
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A word to the wise do this where all the dirt and grease will not be a problem.
I use a weed sprayer (pump up type) and spray from the rear into every part
of the rad then spray the engine side making sure the whole rad is covered and
any coolers that maybe attached. I do this until for the most part when flushed
with water no gunk coming out of it.
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Again, thanks for the info. I would assume this calls for me to get under MH to access front of rad?
You probably have access to top of the engine and the front of the radiator from under your bed. That's how I clean mine.
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