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Old 09-23-2014, 06:07 PM   #1
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Help me get back on the road!

I'm in a band, and we just finished a big tour. We're driving back to California to get back in the studio.

We stayed in Austin for a bit to try the BBQ and the RV started over heating. It turns out the couplers for the hub drive for hydraulic radiator fan pump gave out.

I took it to Holt Cat in Plugerville. They said it would take two weeks to get the parts machined and shipped.

We really don't have two weeks. Any clues on how to go about getting back on the road?

Even a hack to get a temporary fan installed just to get back to Cali. We need some creativity!!!

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Old 09-23-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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You might contact the RV-Scrapyards (and semi scrapyards) see if anyone has that park they can overnight it to you.
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:27 PM   #3
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Could you put on an electric fan for temporary fix, or does the fan belt drive more than the fan?
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drill holes through the hub and bolt it together. The fan would run all the time. Might hurt your mileage some, but it would cool.
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Could you put on an electric fan for temporary fix, or does the fan belt drive more than the fan?

It seems like it also drives the alternator. The batteries dies shortly after. I've been charging them with the gen which is working fine.
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drill holes through the hub and bolt it together. The fan would run all the time. Might hurt your mileage some, but it would cool.

That looks like it might work. What kind of shop could do that? The truck shops I've talked to won't touch it. They just want to get the official part.
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I like the bolt idea ^^ I would suggest two bolts placed opposite each other so it is still in balance.... Got a drill and a nearby hardware store??
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I like the idea of drilling holes and bolting the parts together....If you have a problem with the alternator not charging go to local auto parts store get a battery strap cable ( min 10 ga ) connect one end to your house battery positive terminal and the other end on your chassis battery positive terminal ...run your generator this will keep your chassis battery charged ...I know this work had to do this when my alternator went out drove over 300 miles ..made it back home with no problem
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If you can still edit the subject line of your thread you might include Austin, Tx as the location. There are a number of members here that live in, or very near Austin and I'm sure someone will offer to help or have suggestions for a repair shop for a temporary fix.

I too like the bolt together fix and it should be relatively easy. Be sure to keep us updated on your progress and good luck!

Edit: You might check with Austin Freightliner for the parts if you haven't already. They've been a huge help with some oddball stuff in the past.
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I like the bolt idea ^^ I would suggest two bolts placed opposite each other so it is still in balance.... Got a drill and a nearby hardware store??

Unfortunately I wouldn't trust myself with that job. Haha. I'd need a pro.
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Thanks Thunderfoot. I'll check them out first thing in the AM.
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I like the idea of drilling holes and bolting the parts together....If you have a problem with the alternator not charging go to local auto parts store get a battery strap cable ( min 10 ga ) connect one end to your house battery positive terminal and the other end on your chassis battery positive terminal ...run your generator this will keep your chassis battery charged ...I know this work had to do this when my alternator went out drove over 300 miles ..made it back home with no problem

In the past I have jerry rigged the aux start switch to held in the on position and kept the generator running. Used the generator to run all electric on the coach motor. Drove from NJ to Myrtle Beach this way and replaced the alternator when we got there.


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I have the batteries wired together and charging from the gen no prob. My pressing issue is over heating. I'll call around tomorrow about the bolt idea.
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The idea of bolting the parts together should work. However, I'd drill three holes instead of two; better balance and stronger attachment.
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