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Radiator Failure 1988 Unihome
Working on a radiator problem on our 1988 Foretravel Unihome.  It is a 3600 URED  with a 3208 Cat.  My shop says the radiator core needs to be replaced which is pricey. The radiator is rear mounted.
Does anyone know of a source for a used...

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Does anyone know of a source for a used radiator or a later replacement unit that would require minimal fabrication to fit our unit.  Leads and ideas will be appreciated.

Maybe these guys can...

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Call Ft. Worth, TX and talk to JOHN RUMMEL 817-223-3208 OR KAREN @ 817-503-3765. They were parting out a narrow body Foretravel with a CAT. The early engine door was too narrow for ours but they may still have most of the coach including the CAT...

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Caraddict, if you are mechanically inclined at all, you should be able to remove & replace your radiator yourself with some help from a friend as it is heavy.  Took me a under 4hrs to remove, with about 15 mins to lift it out of the back with my...

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Thanks Travelray. Yes I removed the radiator and took it to the radiator shop. He will replace my core and use my tanks and mounting brackets as well. He quoted a minimum of $3200. I'm in Florida.
Where is you shop located?

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Agree with above a used one is going to be old and USED,cheapest route would be to get yours re cored,where are you located?,
would price one from Atlas in Corpus Christi,you will need your numbers off yours for a quote.

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Contact these guys, I had a radiator record a few years ago it was reasonable. Worth checking

C,G, & J Inc.

Used to be Brice Thomas Radiator

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Radiator was too large.  Overcooled the cat.  Factory blocked half the radiators so the motor could warm up properly.  Plywood over half the surface.  Was designed for the 6v92's heat

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Interesting Bob, I replaced the thermostats first thing when I got home thought they were stuck open and was only seeing 160 temps even in the high deserts at 100+ ambient. Cat offers a low leakage thermostat rated at 10 degrees higher. Engine...

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Caraddict,  I'm  in Michigan near Detroit.  The shop was Tim's Radiator in Detroit,  that was about 5yrs ago

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Caraddict has it been flushed or properly cleaned, or just leaking? Seems like the new answer is replace as labor doesn't generate much profits. How bad are the fins?

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Thanks Travelray. Yes I removed the radiator and took it to the radiator shop. He will replace my core and use my tanks and mounting brackets as well. He quoted a minimum of $3200. I'm in...


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Andy is headed to Camp Verde and then Q in his U300. He had his core replaced a few months ago and would be a good source for approx. price. He is very savvy and I'm sure got a pretty good price.

Pierce

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Caraddict has it been flushed or properly cleaned, or just leaking? Seems like the new answer is replace as labor doesn't generate much profits. How bad are the fins?

The radiator has 3...

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Start ordering and gathering all hoses and such to replace when you do the radiator,try silicone hoses .com.

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And while your at it replace the theromstat, trust me on that one😁

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That estimate seems high. I had my radiator recored for 2k. You might take it to a a shop that deals with semis rather than RV's for this job. A small hint on reinstalling... I cheated and cut the fill tube off, flared a bead on the ends, and...

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Thanks Two Bus,
Yes I agree my quote is too high. The response to my thread has been awesome and gracious.  Members of the Forum have provided a number of sources that should result in a more reasonably priced quality alternative.
And yes I cut...

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Our radiators lasted 30 years. Once you're done, enjoy the fact that unless you get another coach, you won't have to do that job again...

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Our radiators lasted 30 years. Once you're done, enjoy the fact that unless you get another coach, you won't have to do that job again...
Yep and you cannot buy a newer coach for what it's going...

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