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Old 12-06-2017, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default 1997 Roadtrek 190 Versitile - What to look for?

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First time poster here, I'm in the process of researching 1997 Dodge Roadtrek 190 Versitiles. After seeing a 1998 170 Popular yesterday and not getting the price I wanted, the seller replied to my thank you email this morning and mentioned he'd be willing to let go a 1997 Roadtrek 190 Versitile with 104000 for a very reasonable price within my budget ($11900).

When I head back to check out the vehicle, what should I be looking for in regards to red flags? Has anyone had negative experiences with this model? For context I'm looking for something that I can live in full time for about 7 months out of the year.

Any help or advice would be wonderful!

-Brian
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:08 PM   #2
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Hello!

First time poster here, I'm in the process of researching 1997 Dodge Roadtrek 190 Versitiles. After seeing a 1998 170 Popular yesterday and not getting the price I wanted, the seller replied to my thank you email this morning and mentioned he'd be willing to let go a 1997 Roadtrek 190 Versitile with 104000 for a very reasonable price within my budget ($11900).

When I head back to check out the vehicle, what should I be looking for in regards to red flags? Has anyone had negative experiences with this model? For context I'm looking for something that I can live in full time for about 7 months out of the year.

Any help or advice would be wonderful!

-Brian
Checking a RV is a 3 part process

1. The Chassis

2. The RV components. ie the fridge, the furnace, the aircon, the batteries, etc.,

3. The RV integration. the electrical system, the water system, etc. ie what the RV upfitter did to tie everything together.



Let's start with the chassis -- no matter how you slice it, you are looking at a 20 yrs old van. It could have a lot of miles or very little miles, it is still an old van. Therefore treat it as such. Inspect the usual suspect -- the engine, the transmission, the suspension, the brakes, the hoses, the radiator, etc.,
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Welcome aboard. In addition to the listed recommendations, make sure you drive it, use those brakes, do the reverse to see if you get any grinding. When you are checking it out, have them go thru all the systems, both plugged into the local outlet, then use it on the generator, inverter, propane, etc. If you opt for it, I would, if they can't show you it was done, change out the oil, transmission fluid, and go over those hoses and belts. Your going to have a great home on wheels. Ron
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