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Old 06-01-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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Took it in for A/C, had to fix heater

Last trip in FL, the dash air quit blowing cold. Got home and took it to our local MH repair shop to get it fixed. Before they even got to that they said our heater core is shot and leaking. Guess that 'splains why I just had to put a gallon of anti-freeze in it. Never saw any drips on the ground though. Another $800 into what may soon be a money pit, depending on what they find with the A/C. Plus I need new tires this year. Oh boy. Can't wait...
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Sh_t happens when you buy a MH. They can become a very very large money pit. As you are finding out. It helps if a person has some mechanical knowledge. That way they can protect themselves from being gooned too badly.
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If it's leaking, and you didn't see anything under the coach.. there's 3 possibilities:
1. It's a very small leak and only shooting out under pressure (when the engine is hot). This would take quite a while to go through a gallon of a/f.
2. It's leaking INSIDE the coach. You should be able to smell it. If not..
3. It's leaking through a head gasket and you'll have steam out the exhaust. Lets hope it's not this one.
It does not disappear into thin air.
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I am sitting in the golf cart having a pretty good round (for me anyway) in my league when I get a call from Mr. RV Repair guy. When they pulled the bad heater coil, they could see a/c dye all over the evaporator coil. And it was leaking so bad the a/c oil wrecked one of the air damper motors. And when they replace the evaporator coil, some other a/c thingamajiggy also needs to be replaced. Good thing I am sitting down. $2800. No choice but to say go ahead.
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I am sitting in the golf cart having a pretty good round (for me anyway) in my league when I get a call from Mr. RV Repair guy. When they pulled the bad heater coil, they could see a/c dye all over the evaporator coil. And it was leaking so bad the a/c oil wrecked one of the air damper motors. And when they replace the evaporator coil, some other a/c thingamajiggy also needs to be replaced. Good thing I am sitting down. $2800. No choice but to say go ahead.

Ouch the rear heater core went out in my expedition, ford dealer wanted $700. I am not a mechanic but I'll try anything with you tube. It took 1 1/2 hours and a $68 heater core.
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First, it's true that everyone is at a different stage in their RV "Journey" regarding do it yourself items. Not to sound like a smart a$$, but this is why it's good to learn how to do at least some of your own mechanical work. Start slow, check everything twice, ask advice here on IRV2, etc, and before you know it, you will begin to learn how to do some things.

That said, I know better than to mess with A/C stuff. Ya gotta know when to go the an expert...

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Ouch the rear heater core went out in my expedition, ford dealer wanted $700. I am not a mechanic but I'll try anything with you tube. It took 1 1/2 hours and a $68 heater core.
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Okay.....buy the two front tires, wait until you recover from the A/C hit and then buy the rear tires.
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First, it's true that everyone is at a different stage in their RV "Journey" regarding do it yourself items. Not to sound like a smart a$$, but this is why it's good to learn how to do at least some of your own mechanical work. Start slow, check everything twice, ask advice here on IRV2, etc, and before you know it, you will begin to learn how to do some things.

That said, I know better than to mess with A/C stuff. Ya gotta know when to go the an expert...
I do plenty of auto mechanic work. Just yesterday my son and I took out the rear axle of his Saturn Astra to get new bushings pressed in. After doing the rear brakes. Also swapped out almost every part of the Jeep, including the engine, twice in 25 years. But there are times I draw the limits and tearing into the dash of the MH and doing a/c crosses that line.
Plus by the time I get the final estimate, they are already deep into it.
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