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A 37' Class A is different from our old 25' Class C:

(1) We need to replace the coolant recovery tank on our 1999 Bounder. The part from Ford lists at $91, which seems expensive for that part. I have already tried JCWhitney and NAPA, does anyone have a better source?

(2) We will be driving in BC & Alaska for 4 months this summer, should we put a bug/rock screen over our grille & headlights?

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That's about the right price. It is kind of a specialized tank. So a universal type probably will not work right. A friend replaced one 2 years ago and that's about what he paid.


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It has gone up from the sound. I had to replace mine about two years ago and it was just under $80 then. But I don't think that you will find one that isn't from Ford.


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Ford parts are very expensive.......I paid $45 for each of the two radiator hoses for my F53 chassis.......Since they were only available at the dealer......what other choice did I have?


What I would do with a new coolant tank is to put a strip of masking tape down the side of it and then paint the whole tank with white paint......when dry, then remove the masking tape.......this will make the tank more or less UV protected.....


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Maybe a Moroso surge tank would work. About the same price as the ford part, but it's not plastic.

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The tank is part of the pressurized coolant system so the tank is built to take the pressure and heat, that is why the cost is greater than the recovery tank in most cars.


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That's about what I paid for the one on our V-10 a couple of years ago.

I suppose you could try a plastic welding kit( Harbor Freight) and see if it holds.

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Try Tousley Ford in Minnesota. Talk to Steve. Tell him you saw his name on a Ford Focus forum. their prices are very competitive.

http://www.tousleyford.com/index.cfm?action=service

Also, important to make sure the mounting brackets are not twisting or stressing the plastic bottle. On my last F53 MH a 1994 chassis the OEM bottle mounts were changed up a bit from the way Ford mounted it and it stressed the bottle and cracked. No problem on the replacement after resolving the stress/twist issue.

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