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Old 07-26-2023
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I just finished replacing the belts on the “bedroom” alternator when another owner informed me of the alternator behind the bumper. I’ll be danged, there was one there and it too needed belts. The one that was on it was in a sad state and the second belt was missing. How do you get the new belt between the frame rail and the center nut of the main pulley??? I tried it right side up, sideways, rightways, leftways, round ways, I even tried standing on my toes with my right pinky pointed up! I removed the York compressor brace that was there in hopes of getting an arm down enough to help twist, push, pull. I coated everything in silicone spray. I don’t think I have ever cussed so much as I have the last two days. I may never buy another coach with an 8v. for what it’s worth, I was told the correct belt was a Napa 25-7425 and that’s what I bought. Is there a more narrow, thinner belt for the 89 model? I can’t imagine having to get two belts on there.
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I just finished replacing the belts on the “bedroom” alternator when another owner informed me of the alternator behind the bumper. I’ll be danged, there was one there and it too needed belts. The one that was on it was in a sad state and the second belt was missing. How do you get the new belt between the frame rail and the center nut of the main pulley??? I tried it right side up, sideways, rightways, leftways, round ways, I even tried standing on my toes with my right pinky pointed up! I removed the York compressor brace that was there in hopes of getting an arm down enough to help twist, push, pull. I coated everything in silicone spray. I don’t think I have ever cussed so much as I have the last two days. I may never buy another coach with an 8v. for what it’s worth, I was told the correct belt was a Napa 25-7425 and that’s what I bought. Is there a more narrow, thinner belt for the 89 model? I can’t imagine having to get two belts on there.
Hi Dave,

It's a tight fit for sure... I lost the belts on that lower alternator on the way to the WOG Rally a couple of years ago. Coach Craft generously offered to come over to our site and put a new set of belts on with no labor charge but I happily gave an unsolicited tip . I think we ended up with at least 4 or 5 guys trying to figure out how to get the belts past that nut. If I remember correctly, what finally worked was to twist the belt 90 degrees from it's normal configuration so that the notch (between two of the belt teeth) could slide along the lip of the frame rail so that only the thickness of the belt from the bottom of the notch to the top of the belt would be passing between the frame rail and the nut. It still took a lot of pulling and pushing (and maybe a little cussing) to get the belts past the nut. Your thread reminds me that I need to grind the frame rail just enough to make enough room to install the next set of belts more easily, so... I think a little bit of grinding on the frame rail near the nut may be your best option.

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One more tip on the "behind the bumper alt".
On the rear frame crossmember theres a round hole,using a long extension and a 3/4 socket you can loosen or tighter the main alt bolt.
Put a rag down on the bumper so the extension does not mar the paint.
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One more tip on the "behind the bumper alt".
On the rear frame crossmember theres a round hole,using a long extension and a 3/4 socket you can loosen or tighter the main alt bolt.
Put a rag down on the bumper so the extension does not mar the paint.
The hole was pretty easy to find. I gave up on the belts.
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You only need one alternator. If that quits- start the generator
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I don't remember how I did those belts, maybe because I had alternator off and did it then
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I am going to repair the bumper soon and while I have it off I will be sure to modify that space so I can get the two belts in there over the pulleys.
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Dave on the bedroom side alternator I found the lower adjusting arm that is bolted with the hydraulic pump bolt had been loose and leaking for years I assume from moving the arm while changing belts. That is a wet hole in the accessory plate .
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Put a jack and a 4x4 under one side of the engine and give it a few pumps to lessen the pressure on the rubber mounts. That might get you juuuust enough. I mean, it might not work since I don't really know where anything is under there, just an idea.
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Put a jack and a 4x4 under one side of the engine and give it a few pumps to lessen the pressure on the rubber mounts. That might get you juuuust enough. I mean, it might not work since I don't really know where anything is under there, just an idea.
If I ever decide to put belts on that alt. I might just try that. Although, it might be more fun to stab myself with a screwdriver.
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