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Old 09-23-2016, 02:37 PM   #1
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Replacing a Holiday Rambler radiator

I still live in a house fulltime. My Motorhome is still only for vacations, so far, while I rebuild her. I have a 3-car garage with all the tools, including cutting torches and welders. Does anyone know if it is possible to remove the radiator (without using cutting torches) from a 34ft. 1988 Holiday Rambler Imperial through the front while it is sitting on its tires on the ground, or do I need to let the professionals do it up on their lift like they said? They want to put it up on the lift and cut the framework that is holding it and then drop it out the bottom and then lift a new one into place and weld it in.

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You didn't mention what engine or chassis the RV has, but I guess its a front engine gas model. It depends on how much access you have above the radiator. If the radiator is drained, it's likely you could move it with a little help. It's not welded in place, just bolts, so if you get it loose you can decide if it can be removed out the top. An engine lift might be handy.

If it does have to come out the bottom, you could probably make ramps or use jacks and jack stands to lift the front high enough to drop it out the bottom.

A lot depends on what's in the way of removal, but a cutting torch would not be on my list of tools for this job. Soak the bolts with lots of penetrating oil for quite a while before trying to remove them, In an '88 they've been there 28 years!

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