Originally Posted by rdfugere
I am considering buying a Tour. This question is for Tour owners. I am concerned with the rear radiator the Tour has. I've heard that rear radiators have a great deal of problems compared with side radiators. What are your opinions?
Would you buy another Tour?
Please don't think of me posting to your question as rude. I know you are seeking "Tour" owners. This Meridian is the scaled down version.
There was an issue several years back with rear mounted radiators because of a oversight in manufacturing. The "slobber tube" that hangs from the engine vent was not long enough and the oil vapors collected on the inter-cooler and radiator causing overheating and the need to pull the radiator for cleaning. This happened to me on my 2000 Fleetwood.
The problem has been solved as far as I know. The major objection to the rear mounting radiator today is engine access. You just can't get there from here. I have not had to change a belt yet but I think it will be a real challenge when needed.
As far as performance is concerned I find my coach runs cooler, staying in the safe range, better than my '05 Vectra 40FD did with the side mounted radiator. I have pulled the same 7% grades with each and I am very pleased with the performance of this coach.
Tour has a list of other problems that you may consider being more troublesome than the radiator concerns. I would do some reading on the Tour thread to get a better feel.
Just a side note: The Itasca Ellipse is the same coach under a different label.
We love the floor plan of the 40U. This is the shorter version of the Tour/Ellipse QD.