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Old 01-11-2016, 04:52 PM   #1
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We have recently inherited a 2003 Monaco Windsor motorhome. Wouldn't you know the radiator has died. We've taken it to a shop in our home town and told it no longer is made and we have to have one custom made for $7000. Anybody out there know where we might find a cheaper option? Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 01-11-2016, 05:25 PM   #2
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Check the yellow pages, there are places that do recondition them which may be cheaper than a custom build. Check prices and compare. Trucking companies may be able to help as well. I don't think it will be cheap but perhaps lower than your build price. Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2016, 05:32 PM   #3
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We have recently inherited a 2003 Monaco Windsor motorhome. Wouldn't you know the radiator has died. We've taken it to a shop in our home town and told it no longer is made and we have to have one custom made for $7000. Anybody out there know where we might find a cheaper option? Any suggestions would be great.
I am not sure where you are located, but here is a thread that night just help you out..........and OH WAIT .....

Here is the link for you to read Radiator Leak

Any Windsor owners who have had Radiator Leak
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I had the radiator in my 2002 Windsor replaced last year. I bought it from CG & J out of Alabama, my radiator was a brass/copper core but I replaced with Aluminum. The cost was $2350 + shipping $150, $2500 total.

Here is the contact information
C,G, & J Inc.

Attached is a drawing of the radiator for you to check your dimensions.

Your radiator may have been part of a design problem that Monaco had on 2001-2003 years of various models, see this bulletin

My radiator was damaged by road debris and covered under insurance. The quote you have is similar to my original quote before I found this alternative. I also had my CAC tested, it had major leaks so I had it rebuilt for $1650. I also had a new water pump and thermostat installed since they had the coolant drained. I had my system flushed and new coolant added, the put the Compleat GS in it. All this did end up costing a total of $7200 but insurance covered most of it.
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"captainkev"......Keep looking. I had an 05 Monaco Diplomat that needed a rear radiator. Whne I looked, most were going for about $3K. Someone linked me to a surplus shop that had brand new ones for $700.00. I later starter finding places that sold copper models at a good price. There is a Monaco product vendor who advertises here called Source Engineering. Give them a call, I believe they may have some connections with a place in Sacramento that has radiators.

Modine made many of the Monaco radiators.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:13 AM   #7
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When I was looking for a radiator I had quotes from

Monaco..................... +$6000
Radiator Supply House +$4000
Source Engineering .....+$3500
CG&J ...........................$2500

To rebuild the radiator would have been +$3000 due to the shipping both ways.

The other thing is that if Cummins would have purchased radiator they add a 50% markup. CG&J gave them a slightly better price but the markup would have added +$1000 to the cost. I persuaded Cummins to let me buy even though they have a policy of not installing customer supplied parts. I did the same thing with my CAC, they pulled it and I took it to a local shop for rebuild, probably saved $700 paying for this myself.

Bottom line is that it pays to do your home work.

Also, somehow Cummins screwed up my Thermovalve that controls the fan speed. I had to buy a new one and replaced myself. I could not get Cummins to admit to the problem or offer to fix. Found a new thermovalve out of England for ~$250

Also, the job of changing the radiator is not rocket science. This can be done by a coach owner if they have the tools and the room to work. On the side radiator configuration there is enough room to drop it and slide it out. The CAC and the radiator have to come out at the same time so it can be heavy and awkward to handle.
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