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Old 01-13-2010, 05:41 AM   #71
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Ron, what is a transmission cooler?

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Jane,

We added an after-market transmission (fluid) cooler to our tug. It's a small radiator that cools the transmission fluid. For vehicles with an automatic transmission, there is a small transmission cooler at the lower end of the vehicle's radiator. The transmission fluid passes through the cooler and heat is dissipated by the cooling fins. That's fine if you aren't putting extra load on the transmission. But, if you're towing, it's a good idea to add cooling capacity to maintain the fluid temperature at a lower level. The transmission cooler just adds that capacity.

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Old 01-13-2010, 01:53 PM   #72
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We added an after-market transmission (fluid) cooler to our tug. It's a small radiator that cools the transmission fluid. For vehicles with an automatic transmission, there is a small transmission cooler at the lower end of the vehicle's radiator. The transmission fluid passes through the cooler and heat is dissipated by the cooling fins. That's fine if you aren't putting extra load on the transmission. But, if you're towing, it's a good idea to add cooling capacity to maintain the fluid temperature at a lower level. The transmission cooler just adds that capacity.

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Hi Ron,

OK ...

Did a repair shop or your auto dealership add the transmission cooler for you? Does it matter what brand you go with?

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Old 01-13-2010, 04:29 PM   #73
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Hi Ron,

OK ...

Did a repair shop or your auto dealership add the transmission cooler for you? Does it matter what brand you go with?

Thanks.
I bought my cooler at a local "Advance Auto Parts" (chain) store and had my neighborhood "Precision Tune" (another chain store) install it. Considerably less expensive than having the dealer or Pep Boys do the job. If I remember correctly it was about a third as much as the dealer and half as much as Pep Boys. However, I've slept since then so I'm not too sure about the details.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:33 PM   #74
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I know that there'll be at least two EggCampers in Sebring. We'll be there with friends from CT, who also have an EggCamper. We're REALLY looking forward to getting out of the snow for a while.

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Ron,

Hope to see you down there! We'll be in our pop-up camper this year, but hopefully in a fiberglass camper before next year.
For what it's worth, we're still having some school closings in Atlanta from the inch of snow we got last Friday, but mostly the problem is the broken water mains that freeze overnight. This cold wave has really dipped way down South!

Is your Eggcamper an all-electric model?

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:34 AM   #75
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John,

For what it's worth, we're still having some school closings in Atlanta from the inch of snow we got last Friday, but mostly the problem is the broken water mains that freeze overnight. This cold wave has really dipped way down South!

Yeah, sometimes the weather does funny things. Sometimes we get above freezing and we get an early taste of mud season.

Is your Eggcamper an all-electric model?

Yes, ours is electric. It sounds like we may be using the heater. It works well down into the 20's. I haven't camped in the egg in anything colder than that yet. Besides, once it gets down below freezing, the water becomes a problem.

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Old 01-14-2010, 06:37 AM   #76
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OK ...

Did a repair shop or your auto dealership add the transmission cooler for you? Does it matter what brand you go with?

Thanks.
Jane,

I had a shop install it. We have a shop that specializes in trailers here in Manchester and I just went with their recommendation. I don't remember the brand. It wasn't that expensive and I suspect that it will save me a lot of grief and money.

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Old 01-14-2010, 02:09 PM   #77
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I have a Chevy 1500HD with a built-in towing package. That package includes the transmission cooler. When I pulled my 25' Bigfoot the first time over the mountains I had continual transmission overheating. I then had a talk with my bother-in-law who is a licensed mechanic. I found out I have the largest transmission avaialble for the 1500 or 2500 series and have a very small, very simple transmission cooler. I had the cooler changed out to the largest possible with a much more sophisticated temp control. This one has sensors and regulates the fan so the transmission temp gauge shows about the same temp all the time regardless of load. Much like the engine temp guage. Calgary to Arizona no problem.

The lession I learned was get the largest and most controllable cooler available for your vehicle. Cost of mine installed was around $150 and I think that also included a transmission fluid change. (Sorry I don't know the brand but it was purchased in NAPA Auto Parts)
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