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Old 01-13-2014, 04:46 PM   #15
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Yep, I have seen some dutch stars that have side rads specifically mentioned. They are certainly near the top of my short list.
I haven't seen a Dutch Star with a rear radiator after 2000, maybe the older ones?
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:59 PM   #17
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I would not want an older side radiator. They are hydraulic driven and will cost a fortune if you ever have to service it. Where as a rear mount is belt driven which is simple to replace. There is nothing significant a do it yourselfer can do from the rear on either one. The rear radiator is actually easier to service.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:19 PM   #18
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Im hoping to find another one of these ( i think this one is flagged as sold on their website)

2002 Newmar Dutch Star 3855 W 2 Slides, Class A - Diesel RV For Sale in Alvarado, Texas | Motor Home Specialist 8206 | RVT.com - 50219

And it will be interesting to see what this goes for in a little more than 2 hours.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370980496813...84.m1423.l2649

(currently at 49k)

And I have a couple of PPL locations near me. Its about time I check their website again. thanks

Thanks for the info about the hyd drive. I will keep an eye out.
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The Alpine in port charolette has cracks in the sidewalls where the slides are located.Best to skip that although they dropped the price by 20k.
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I do not understand a deal breaker on a side radiator? The pros and cons are equal. With the side radiators are easier to service but have more components AKA hydro lines, pumps, pulleys and belts when a rear radiator is a direct drive fan without all the around the corner components. A longer slobber tube fixes the stopped up radiators. I can not see spending 20.000 more dollars for more problems that are easy to overcome. I have a 2002 fleetwood revolution 40c and now matter how hard I push her she never over heats and pulls everything I hook to her. Cummins 350 with a 6 speed Allison transmission. Tile floors and hard wood cabinets, real toilet, large shower and queen rear bed.
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Wasnt there a shift to high velocity electric fans somewhere areound the early 2000s depending on mode? I also kind lof like the idea of having the airflowing through the rad not having passed by the motor first. I imaging the side rads are ducted to route air from under the coach through the rad.
I wouldnt call it a deal breaker. But its a nice perk.
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I have this one for sale and it sounds like what you described. Its also not far from you.

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I do not understand a deal breaker on a side radiator? The pros and cons are equal. With the side radiators are easier to service but have more components AKA hydro lines, pumps, pulleys and belts when a rear radiator is a direct drive fan without all the around the corner components. A longer slobber tube fixes the stopped up radiators. I can not see spending 20.000 more dollars for more problems that are easy to overcome. I have a 2002 fleetwood revolution 40c and now matter how hard I push her she never over heats and pulls everything I hook to her. Cummins 350 with a 6 speed Allison transmission. Tile floors and hard wood cabinets, real toilet, large shower and queen rear bed.
We have two belts, one for the air con and one for the engine, everything else is hydraulic and gear driven. Never had a problem with the hydraulic system but have replaced both belts as a precaution some 8 years ago. I can change both belts and be on my way in 5 min or so. In fact it takes me longer to get the two tools out that I need, a breaker bar and one wrench than to actually do the work and I don't have to tear the bedroom apart.
Wait till you have to pay to replace a fan belt on a rear radiator. Several hours of work and they have to traipse through the unit to get to it.
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All American Coaches have side radiators.
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2000 Mountain Aire ISC350 side radiator. We got ours almost 2 years ago. You will find what you are looking for including price if you are patient and shrewd. I prefer the side radiator but next coach will be Super C. That's a different story all together. Best wishes on your RV hunting!
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05 AC (or Fleetwood) Revolution. Was an important consideration for me too. Coach is above 40K tho.
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If you are a do it yourselfer the side radiator is a dream come true... I owned a rear radiator Discovery, and it would take an hour to work that belt around the fan, around the shroud, around the pulleys you cant see, etc... Hydraulic is more expensive to maintain, but so is my 400ISL over my 275B, but I wouldnt trade back!!! and I can get to my side radiator ALOT easier than I could get to my rear one (you had to remove the entire lower rear cap/bumper assembly to get the rear radiator out of my discovery. Now I can do all my maintenance nice and easy without crawling under the bed and keep a closer watch for leaks!
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