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Old 12-05-2022, 09:48 AM   #1
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Cooling hose broke - Near Charlotte NC

We are at the KOA Fort Mill near Charlotte NC. When we got in I smelled something. Heavy dripping. Someone from the office was going to help me and he said the return hose (engine) has holes. He recommended someone but that guy doesn"t touch engines. Any ideas on my next step to fix this problem? Its a 2005 Monaco Signature with a 525ISX engine. Thanks for any help.
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Old 12-05-2022, 10:36 AM   #2
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If you can fix yourself drain the coolant into buckets, remove hose, take to NAPA or other store and get new hose.

If not then here is the listing of mobile mechanics on YELP
Start calling, if the one you called doesn't work on RV's ask for recommendations. Eventually you will find someone.

If you have a toad I'd go get some compatible coolant and or enough to do a change.

But the campground may not like the idea of doing extensive work on your rig. If there is a shop close you might be able to drive there, fill up the surge tank, loosen the cap so your rig won't build pressure, see how much it leaks when you start the engine after the thermostat opens. It may not leak that much and you can make it to a shop.
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Old 12-05-2022, 03:46 PM   #3
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Replacing a radiator hose on your Signature is fairly simple. I did it at a roadside rest area in less than 1 hour. The hose clamps will come off with just a screw driver.

The fun part is catching all the coolant. I used two 5 gallon plastic buckets.
I then took a taxi to NAPA for a new hose, 10 gal of Peak Final Charge diesel coolant, and several gal of distilled water. Get a large funnel also.

The only trick to all this is you should stay with the same type of coolant.
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Old 12-06-2022, 06:01 AM   #4
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Old 12-19-2022, 08:24 AM   #5
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cooling leak

Thanks everyone for the responses. We got it repaired by Mercer Truck and Coach mobile service, King Mountain near Charlotte. Charge was $100 for the service call and 2 hrs minimum @ $125/hour plus materials. He found the problem right away, a hose that had deteriorated from friction with some metal piece. He went out to auto store and bought hose part and coolant. We still had time after that repair so I asked him to look at a few things. The auto reel shore line doesn"t go in smooth and I have to push in the last 18 inches. He said that would take a long time to fix so we let it go. He did fix my windshield wiper problem within the 2 hour service call. Very nice, professional service.

Thanks again
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