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Old 01-16-2022, 06:36 PM   #1
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Tale of sorrow

My fishing buddy and I were all raved up while leave for a 5 day trip we had planned. The destination was just a chip shot 233 mile away. I pulled the "Pooper" out of the garage and off we go. Loaded with anticipation the refrigerator is loaded, fishing gear packed and everything has been checked twice.

I decided to stop at the convenance store about a half mile down the road. We bought a couple items and as I pull back on the highway just as the low coolant alarm went off. In a short distance we were able to get off the road. Approaching the back of coach I can see coolant belching out. Oh boy, the fan shroud hides everything and we can't find where the fluid is coming come. It is time to call for help. My first choice, ace mechanic says I'll be right there. I few moments later my buddy says don't back up, there is a guy under your motor home checking it out. Your guy is quick. I'm thinking no way and go back to check it out. Turns out to be another good friend diesel mechanic. A moment later the guy I called shows up.

They are checking things out having pow wow, a neighbor shows and the crowd is starting to build. I'm confident it is a hose or a clamp and these guys will get us back on the road. After a few minutes the consensus is we need to go back to the barn. Once home the radiator removal commenced. Just over three hours later the radiator ready for removal. Took two guys as big as the Hulk struggle to lift it out. First thing I notice is a one inch chunk is is broken off from each of the plastic fan blades. The location of the leak is obvious by the big dent in the fins of the radiator.

Okay, how did this happen? One of the guys finds a 21M socket somewhere (I still don't know where). It fits perfectly in the dent in the radiator. The socket was an off brand I have never seen before. I have concluded a mechanic working on the rig before I purchased it left the proverbial sponge in and closed up. It has been riding with us for the last 26K miles and decided to make its move. It became obvious the "Big Pooper" was not making this trip but we weren't discouraged. There were fish to be caught. While we are moving gear and emptying the frig to my car the mechanic is looking for a new radiator. I made it clear is should be replaced, not repaired. Bad news, a new one is four months out.

Just got back from epic fishing and am now waiting for morning to get a progress report on a repair of the radiator from my guy.

Story to continue...
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are you forgetting something??? .................................................. ......
WHAT DID YOU CATCH???

Seriously you are lucky it happened so close to home and that you have such good mechanic friends, and that the fishing trip still happened! Hope you're back up in time for the next fishing trip!
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Old 01-16-2022, 07:17 PM   #3
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So glad were able to get off the road safely. Hope you can get it repaired soon.

Years ago, had our awning worked on. Picked up the coach & drove it all the way from OH to GA on a trip. When we got to our campsite, I could see something just on the edge of the roof above the end of the awning. DH got up there & brought down some 10" long metal pipe-looking gadget that must've weighed at least 5 pounds. When we got home I sent a pic of it to the shop. Reply: "Yeah, that's the doohickey we use to adjust awning tension. John handmade it". If that thing had come off the roof at highway speed somewhere along our trip & hit another car, it would've done a great deal of damage or caused a serious accident. I sure let the shop manager have a piece of my mind about that!
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Old 01-17-2022, 06:18 AM   #4
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are you forgetting something??? .................................................. ......
WHAT DID YOU CATCH???

Seriously you are lucky it happened so close to home and that you have such good mechanic friends, and that the fishing trip still happened! Hope you're back up in time for the next fishing trip!
LIMITS OF SNOOK!

Also, I made a post in the Freightliner forum. If anyone can advise me on sourcing parts and what should be replaced I would be greatful. I'm having trouble figuring out what is Cat and what is Freightliner.
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Just a thought have you looked at places that build aftermarket radiators? I know of at least one in Phoenix that several rock crawling friends have used. Iím sure there has to be some not too far.
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Those are some happy and animated pics...you guys look like trouble in the making! Too much fun!
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I am puzzled!


The CAC is in front of the radiator. How did the socket get propelled from the fan to the radiator?
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That is what I call a happy ending!
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The CAC is in front of the radiator. How did the socket get propelled from the fan to the radiator?
Brett , the rad fan is next to the rad , air flow goes through the rad to the CAC.
When looking at the rear rad coach from the rear bumper the CAC is the first thing you see and in most cases the rad is completely hidden.
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