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Old 02-15-2014, 08:20 PM   #15
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Good info as I am not a cooling guru. It sounds like the side radiators are the mechanics dream...I always thought the reason for a side radiator was air flow. Apparently it has nothing to do with lack of cooling because of the vacuum and dead air behind the vehicle when it is moving. I have owned both and the both work fine.

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Old 02-15-2014, 08:32 PM   #16
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Replaced my belts this weekend side radiator took exactly 14 minutes. That is enough for me. All I will have is a side radiator.

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:57 PM   #17
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side radiator

Thanks, gents! Believe it's not a real big issue, may cost a little more for some maintenance issues, but that's about it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:55 AM   #18
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It's a huge issue with me, I would never own a motorhome with a rear radiator. They work and the design is fine but I want to be able to access the engine easily without having to hang upside down through the bedroom floor. IMHO.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:05 AM   #19
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While a side radiator would be REALLY nice. it would not be a deal breaker for me. Yes, it is a real pain to work on the engine with a rear radiator, there are other features of the MH that is more important. And yes I do envy those that do have a side radiator and how clean they can keep their engine compartment and the ease of working on their engines.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:41 PM   #20
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While I would definitely prefer to have a side rad, the extra cost that comes with getting it sometimes would pay for a lot of service. When we we're looking at new coaches the difference in price would more than likely pay for all the service we would ever need. We definitely preferred the floorplan on the one with the rear rad the best. So that's what we got.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:53 PM   #21
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I would go gas before a rear radiator diesel. Wouldnt like greesy wrenches in my bedroom checking out my wife underware

Hey, I did go gas

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