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Old 08-26-2015, 11:14 AM   #29
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I have a side radiator and would not have anything else. I have a friend with a rear radiator Tiffin that had engine trouble on the road. The diesel shop he stopped at refused to work on it due to rear radiator!! Probably an extreme case!!

We have a side radiator and had to have the alternator and water pump replaced. Both times the mechanic thanked me for the side radiator and both times the bill was under $500 parts and labor and we were back on the road within a couple hours of pulling in the shop.
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On a rear radiator coach, the water pump and alternator are protected from the elements. They are not exposed to the drafts from a side draft. Rarely do alternators or water pumps fail on rear radiator coach's!

My mechanic don't know me!

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Old 08-26-2015, 06:19 PM   #31
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Thumbs down Rear radiator versus Side radiator.

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On a rear radiator coach, the water pump and alternator are protected from the elements. They are not exposed to the drafts from a side draft. Rarely do alternators or water pumps fail on rear radiator coach's!

My mechanic don't know me!

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Being a side radiator coach versus being a rear radiator and the alternator and water pump service life being affected depending on where the radiator is located on the coach is just plain Baloney. Rear radiator coaches are notorious for trapping dirt that is mixed with oil vapors from the crankcase vent in the rear radiator lower areas and causing engine heating problems especially if not regularly washed out. Side radiator problems are miniscule compared to those in the rear.
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Which high end coaches are you refering too that have rear rads?
I have seen several Allegro Buses with rear rads, and at least two Monacos, and some mid-range Fleetwoods (e.g. Providence). I won't debate whether they are "high end" or not, but they certainly aren't entry level!
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[QUOTE=JFNM;2713702]It seems many are concerned about the "global warming" myth. If you are one of them, remember that a rear mounted radiator throws the hot air up into the atmosphere whereas the side mount just lays it on the side of the road where it has no environmental impact.

[I just checked and the louvers on my rear rad point down.They blow the heat at the tailgater behind me .He mixes jt all up and dissapates it.
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