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 7/27/2010 2:50 PM
 
 Modified By RJKossman  on 7/27/2010 1:53:36 PM

We have had our '99 HR with 5.9 Cummins and rear radiator for over 5 years and never had a heating problem. Saturday, while pulling our car over Seven Mountains on Rt 322 in central PA a warning buzzer came on. I glanced down and saw it was a temp problem. The hill is a three mile 7% grade with two lanes up and two lanes down. I have pulled this hill many times without a problem. I pulled as far right as I could in the right lane and stopped. I got out and checked the coolant tank and the fan. All was OK. We sat there for seven or eight minutes and the temp gage came down below the half lway point. I still had nearly a third of the hill to go. Watching the gage, we proceeded to the top. Just as we started to level off at the top the buzzzer came on again. Here there was plenty of room to pull over so we let it cool down. We continued our journey and had one more over heat incident on I 80 near Jersey Shore where I had to pull off. Buy keeping the RPMS up (manual shifting of the tranmission) we made it the rest of the way with out triggering the alarm but it ran in the red several times.

Yesterday before starting home I sprayed the radiator and condenser with a detergent. While underneath I saw a leaf sticking out of the 3/8" wide slot between the radiator and condenser. I looked in the opening with a flashlight and it seemed to be filled with leaves. What a screw driver and wire I spent an hour pulling the leaves out of the opening. Once the leaves were out I sprayed between the radiator and condenser with my detergent. I had Gwen start the engine and I played watrer on the fan and radiator until no more soap suds came out. That must have taken another hour but I didn't want to leave any of the detergent residue in the radiator to trap dust.

By then,of course, I was soaked and filthy so I took a shower and started for home. The engine ran cool all the way, never getting above the half way mark, even on the toughest pulls. A bonus from this is the AC seemed to run cooler than before. I guess it wasn't breathing either.

I know this is long winded but just wanted to point out something most of us probably don't consider when doing our maintenance. I will check that area with a flashlight from now on.

Bob K from PA


Bob and Gwen K from PA '99 Endeavor 37WDS4 2009 Ford Tarus or boat Four cats
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 7/27/2010 8:18 PM
 

Bob - Your experience reminded me of a similar situation I had a few years ago. It was time for my bi-annual smog test, so I removed the inside engine cover to make sure everything looked OK. I was shocked to discover that I couldn't even see the engine there were so many leaves and sticks. Yep, a squirrel had taken up residence. It's possible your leaves accumulated naturally, but you may also have had a guest. Good luck. - Dave

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 7/30/2010 8:47 AM
 

Bob, we really enjoyed visiting PA-Philly, Lancaster Amish areas, Hershey, Gettysburg, Flight 93 Memorial, Johnstown and the trip along I-68 towards Morgantown. I never thought there'd be grades like that in that area, since we're more used to those we encounter out West. But some really beautiful country throughout Pennsylvania, and would love to return for another look up north.

A cute story......When we were heading to the Flight 93 Memorial, we asked a local farmer for directions and his reply was "Ya go north on this-a-here road to the stop sign-you don't have to stop-, turn right and head east....etc." We still laugh about his comment every time we see a stop sign, reminding ourselves that if we were back there we wouldn't need to stop...LOL!

Traveling this great Country can sure be interesting.....


Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 7/30/2010 9:46 PM
 

Bob J,

Yep, There are some pretty good pulls in PA, of course, nothing like the western mountains.

When you crossed Rt 30 between Gettysburg and Lancaster you were within seven miles of my house. We could have had lunch. We met Mike and Linda this year when they passed through.

Bob K from PA


Bob and Gwen K from PA '99 Endeavor 37WDS4 2009 Ford Tarus or boat Four cats
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 7/31/2010 8:53 AM
 
 Modified By slabman  on 7/31/2010 7:54:17 AM

That means you are around York? Wow!...we drove back to York just to kill some time...too bad I didn't ask. We reallt loved the Amish area...stayed at Flory's CG in Yonks. For those that hacen't been there, every evening a buggy shows up in the campground, pulling a trailer loaded with Amish baked goods. In fact, last night I finished off that crumbed Apple pie with a later of cream at the bottom.....DELICIOUS! And I'm drinking my morning coffee out of a Hersheys chocolate coffee cup....


Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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 8/1/2010 10:31 AM
 

Hey Slabman,

Glad to see someone is still roaming around the states and having a great time.

It's been a while but I remember touring around Pennsylvania and Amish country. There were some great Amish restaurants in the area.

We didn't even notice the mountains in the area, we just called them hills because we had just come from out west where the real climbs were.

One of Susie's greatest memories of that area was Redding,Pa where the outlet mall was located.. It was the first time we had seen RV hook ups in the parking lot of an outlet.

Thanks for stirring up the memories


Big Bad John & Runaround Sue & Paris *Hammock,Florida* *97 Dutch Star Diesel* *76 VW Bay Window Bus* *91 Classic Harley Davidson* *1949 Ford Lead Sled* *2012 HD LSV
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