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Old 06-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #1
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Rear Radiator Problems-2002 Beaver Contessa?

Any problems with the rear radiator. i have always had side rad in previous coaches. Not familiar with rear rad. Thanks
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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None to bad. You do have to spray wash them periodically (but you have to do that with a side rad too), and the after cooler too, which in my rig requires spraying from inside the bedroom, not a big problem though. Some older rigs have a slobber tube that drips oil out of the engine that can gum up the rad, usually from too much oil during a fill. But knowing how much to put in can reduce that problem.

They are in the way when the rig needs some simple service, but the techs I've had work on mine always seemed to get things done fast enough.

One benefit is that there is less to go wrong with a rear rad...no complicated hydraulic system needed to spin the fans. Just a fan, belt, and a couple pulleys.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info,
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
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I've had both. The rear radiator, IMO, is a huge pain. For some simple procedures, you end up under the bed hanging over the engine or underneath reaching up.
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I usually recommend that my friends consider moving up one model to get the side radiator for maintenance and reduction of dirt/oily accumilation. Also, the hydraulic operation is temperature controlled and more durable than a fan belt.
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