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Old 08-19-2017, 01:22 AM   #21
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Hi again, Joe.
You spoke of removable poles. I just watched a video. Do two of the poles fold up inside of the actual awning? I have three disconnected poles. It's pitch black out right now... other wise I'd go play!
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Old 08-19-2017, 01:49 AM   #22
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Mine is a Fiamma awning. The two end poles are folded up in the awning. Connect the cranking pole to the end and start to roll it open. Mine does nothing for a few cranks and I have to pull each end out several times before it moves on its own with the crank. You roll the awning out a bit, then look inside the awning case. Go to the end and pull on the moveable joint. The pole now has a slight bend in it and is shortened down. This will allow you to release the end of the pole from the the middle of the awning case. (The ends of the pole have a metal, flat "foot" that slips behind a piece of metal. This set-up locks the poles into the middle of the awning case.) The pole can now be rotated down into its supporting position. Loosen up the knob to extend the pole and place it on the ground. (this procedure is difficult to explain in words)

There might be some written directions on the inner side of the awning, if not go to the Fiamma website for some info.
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:11 PM   #23
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Welcome aboard, Pete!

The previous owner flushed the tanks with air in order to winterize them. You will need to do the same or put in RV (NOT automobile) antifreeze. RV antifreeze is non-toxic. It make the tanks stinky, though, so air is often preferred.

Is the front window leak from the windshield or the windows up above it? If its the windshield, that is something we experience on our old trucks - that gasket around the glass gets old and cracks. You might try putting silicone around them, but the leak may be coming from between the chrome ring and the body paint. My spouse was able to pull the chrome ring, silicone both sides of the gasket really well, and replace the ring.

If it's up above, I'll defer to those with a model similar to yours...
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Old 08-19-2017, 07:29 PM   #24
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Another tip: (How many of you others knew about this???) GALLEY EXHAUST FAN VENT BAFFLE.....

There is an exhaust flap for your Roadtrek galley fan. It has an operating lever just to the right of the vent.... up high. The lever needs to be pulled out (right> ) to be operational while cooking and needing the exhaust vent. When you travel, the lever needs to be pushed back in (left<). this locks the flap in the flue and prevents it from flapping in the breeze, and keeps insects from your vehicle.
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:18 AM   #25
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It's the three "skylight" windows that are leaking. At least the left and right; not sure about the center window. It's funny every older Roadtrek of this make that I see photos of have the identical water damage marks on the wood below the windows!
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Oh! I haven't used it yet, but THANK YOU!
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:32 AM   #27
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I rode up into New Hampshire's White Mountains with my daughter today. About 270 miles in total. It ran great! What a joy to park and eat in the comfort of my own "living room!".

I think I now know just about all the ins and outs of this vehicle. The things wrong with it include the following. Let me know if anyone has any thoughts!

1) Both the vents and the cruise control don't work properly. All air blows only through the upper defroster vents. And cruise control doesn't work. Since both are controlled through a vacuum, I'm guessing I have a cracked or disconnected vacuum line. I'll probably find a Dodge mechanic to help.

2) The leaking "skylight" windows. That's a bummer. Not sure what to do about it!

3) The offensive smells from the previous owner's dogs, some musty upholstery and sides of a seat and the coverup scented sprays used. I've pulled up all carpets not glued down. (It's mainly the front of the van by the way.) Even the wrap-around carpet of the center console had to go it was so foul.) With the remaining carpets I'm treating, vaccuming, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, sun, etc. Anything I can think of.

4) A bit of mildewy mold on the inside of the rear passenger seat "box". Tomorrow I'm going to paint it with Kilz on the inside.

5) The air conditioner compartment. The household air conditioner is being removed tomorrow. I can see some mold in the compartment behind it. The rear vents seem to let water splash in; weird design there! I'm going to take the opening in the front and build myself some kind of screened frame for it. For people without air conditioners, what do you do with that space?

Hopefully the smells can be fixed. I was wrong about the mileage... it wasn't 25K, it was 23K! Seriously! It might be worth finding someone who knows how to professionally remove and replace the carpets and perhaps at least one seat. Does anyone know of people who do that? I don't see anything online.

What fun I'm having! Thanks for all the great tips!
Oh, I need to buy a tank dump hose! I saw them today at Walmart while buying RV toilet paper and realized that when my tanks are full I don't have a hose to dump my RV's tanks!

-Pete
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I rode up into New Hampshire's White Mountains with my daughter today. About 270 miles in total. It ran great! What a joy to park and eat in the comfort of my own "living room!".

I think I now know just about all the ins and outs of this vehicle. The things wrong with it include the following. Let me know if anyone has any thoughts!

1) Both the vents and the cruise control don't work properly. All air blows only through the upper defroster vents. And cruise control doesn't work. Since both are controlled through a vacuum, I'm guessing I have a cracked or disconnected vacuum line. I'll probably find a Dodge mechanic to help.
Check youtube. Lots of video on how to fix it.
Some are because of a disconnected vaccum hose.
Others are because the rubber hose has disintegrated because of age.

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2) The leaking "skylight" windows. That's a bummer. Not sure what to do about it!

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Check youtube. Lots of video on how to fix it.
You are not the first one to encounter this problem.
It is not a difficukt fix.
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For your leaking skylight windows: I read on the Roadtrek@yahoo.com where an owner was having the age old problem - he went to A1 Glass and they removed and replaced all three - problem solved. Ron
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When I bought my Roadtrek in January, it was stinky from cigarette smoke. I replaced the foam for the rear cushion seat/beds. Washed the cushion covers also. I also took my den's (Lasko brand) fan, placed it in the van and ran it for a full week WITH THE ION GENERATOR SETTING ON. This pretty much took odors out of permeable/fabric materials. I also wiped down ALL solid surfaces including full headliner. I am clean and sweet smelling now, or rather the van is!
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