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Old 10-04-2020, 04:48 PM   #1
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Brand new RV overheating?

Hi there.
This is our first RV. We have owned travel trailers before and decided to go bigger. To be honest I'm not sure yet if we made the right choice and if what we're dealing with is normal of if we have bought an issue on wheels.

We have a 2020 Fleetwood fortis 34mb. So far we have found that our washer doesn't work, we had a water leak that turned out to be a pipe fitting with no plumber tape, an outlet that don't work and the best one of them all is we have overheated while here in Colorado. It's Sunday so there is no ford dealership open.

With the overheating, we drove on the mountain passes yesterday and it made it through. I was surprised to see us drive 5 minutes down the road today for it to overheat. Is this normal?? My husband is on his way to Walmart to pick up coolant In hopes it will fix the issue.

Looking for a sanity check here.

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My advice, return to the dealer pronto.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:00 PM   #3
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Problems with the 'house' are, sadly, normal. But the same is true of many new stick built homes, they just don't always get everything right the first time.
The overheating problem isn't one I've seen here before, and problems with the chassis tend to be less of an issue from what I see here. Hopefully it's just low on antifreeze and topping it off will correct the problem.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:02 PM   #4
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That is definitely my first trip when we get back. We are so frustrated at this point and angry.
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Old 10-04-2020, 06:24 PM   #5
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Things happen.....once had a new Chevy that had an engine knock right from the factory.....turned out, the number 1 main bearing oil hole from the camshaft wasn't drilled.......
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Even buying used you can have problems. Our first trip out with a 2009 Country Coach on Feb 2015 the gen wouldn't start from any of the interior switches.
The major glitch came 40 miles from home after 2,700 miles. The engine blew up, cost was 2 months in the shop in the middle of the summer and $33,000, $16,000 was out of pocket. Since then I've spent another $31,000 on engine repairs alone.
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Old 10-04-2020, 07:36 PM   #7
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Even buying used you can have problems. Our first trip out with a 2009 Country Coach on Feb 2015 the gen wouldn't start from any of the interior switches.
The major glitch came 40 miles from home after 2,700 miles. The engine blew up, cost was 2 months in the shop in the middle of the summer and $33,000, $16,000 was out of pocket. Since then I've spent another $31,000 on engine repairs alone.
Wow! You guys tolerate repair bills better than I would... what was wrong with the motor to rack up those bills!?
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We found the issue...it is a coolant leak somewhere near the engine compartment. We tried to take if farther once we filled the reservoir and coolant came out of the bottom immediately after. Looks like we are heading to the ford dealership tomorrow morning. So much for buying new - this vacation has been the pits.
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We found the issue...it is a coolant leak somewhere near the engine compartment. We tried to take if farther once we filled the reservoir and coolant came out of the bottom immediately after. Looks like we are heading to the ford dealership tomorrow morning. So much for buying new - this vacation has been the pits.
At least if it comes out quickly it will be easy for you or the Ford tech to spot the problem. Hopefully itís something as simple as a loose hose clamp. Whatever it is it should be covered under the warranty. Try not to let it make you angry. Thereís pretty much always something wrong with a new RV. It sometimes takes a few trips to get the bugs out but youíll get there. Good luck.
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Old 10-08-2020, 07:36 PM   #10
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I googled it and found on Ford-Trucks another similar incident. Turned out that the lower radiator hose slipped off. I hope you'ii luck out with it. I have been reading post's here and there about those spring clamps they use break sometimes.
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No Guarantee

Buying new with an RV in no guarantee of trouble-free trips. Most forlks that have purchased new will have horror stories about the kinks they had to work out the first few trips. We had a superslide fail to come in. Turns out there was packaging material that was interfering with the slide motion.



We bought a Daybreak new and used to "joke" that they named it that because something would break every day.
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Where was your water leak that didn't have the plumber's tape?
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We found the issue...it is a coolant leak somewhere near the engine compartment. We tried to take if farther once we filled the reservoir and coolant came out of the bottom immediately after. Looks like we are heading to the ford dealership tomorrow morning. So much for buying new - this vacation has been the pits.


Itís a crap shoot on buying new my first one was in the shop 3 months of the first year. My second one hasnít been in the shop yet knock on wood. Buying used is no better you could be buying someone elseís troubles and no warranty. Doesnít matter how much they cost they could have problems.
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It was at the city water connector by the electrical panel. Water was coming into the connector but the interior pipe to the house had to tape.
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