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Old 03-18-2019, 01:30 AM   #1
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Hi. The wife and I are purchasing a used 2008 Roadtrek 190 popular this Tuesday. Needless to say we are clueless but excited at the same time. We have no knowledge concerning all the functions of the van or even where all the components are located. I guess my first question is where would I find the house batteries on this rig?
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:35 PM   #2
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Hi. The wife and I are purchasing a used 2008 Roadtrek 190 popular this Tuesday. Needless to say we are clueless but excited at the same time. We have no knowledge concerning all the functions of the van or even where all the components are located. I guess my first question is where would I find the house batteries on this rig?
I suggest reading the manual. Careful, there may be wrong stuff or stuff that does or does not apply to your B since roadtrek made changes during model years.

file:///home/chronos/u-1249671f1cd276b8428bfc42545fd5d50147b7e9/Downloads/2008-Roadtrek_Owners_Manual_for-_170-190-Models%20(1).pdf

If I'm recalling correctly, the 08 had a problem with the van's battery not lasting even a week before it was dead with roadtrek and chevrolet both pointing their finger at the other one. I don't know if a solution was found or if folks are still using battery disconnect switches for the express van's battery. Someone will probably chime in here.

I sure like my 05/04 190P.

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Hi. The wife and I are purchasing a used 2008 Roadtrek 190 popular this Tuesday. Needless to say we are clueless but excited at the same time. We have no knowledge concerning all the functions of the van or even where all the components are located. I guess my first question is where would I find the house batteries on this rig?

We have a late 2007 190P so essentially the same vehicle.


It will have one or two house batteries. If one, it will be behind the passenger side rear wheelwell. Remove wing bolt on the rear wheel lip and then reach under the rear fender behind the wheelwell midway to the rear bumper. There is a sheet metal, spring loaded, handle to pull down to release the bottom of the compartment cover. Pull the bottom out a x prohibitedlittle bit and lift the cover off of the top hook that it sits in. Battery is on a slide inside the compartment. Lift the barrel bolt and slide out, but very well may be stuck in place so good to do this when you pick it up to check and perhaps get seller to pay for repair if stuck.


Second battery was optional and is in front of the rear passenger side wheelwell. Unlock the small door and it hinges up. Will also be on slides and may be stuck be less likely to be because of the location.


Check your VIN# to find out about the starting battery drain issue that Bud mentioned. If the 10th digit is a 7 you would have a 2007 chassis and if it is an 8 a 2008 chassis. Only the 2008 chassis had the issue as far as we know.
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Old 03-18-2019, 05:40 PM   #4
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I appreciate the quick response. I didn’t know about the battery drain issue, will have to check that out. Is it confined to the house batteries only or does the starter battery also drain?
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I appreciate the quick response. I didn’t know about the battery drain issue, will have to check that out. Is it confined to the house batteries only or does the starter battery also drain?
It is the Express Van's starting battery, Not the 'house' battery/batteries.

The house battery has a disconnect switch, covered in your manual.

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Old 03-18-2019, 06:37 PM   #6
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Hello again chet,

I'm wondering how "clueless" you are?

I purchased my 05/04 190P used (22 months) but had been on the Yahoo Roadtrek forum for quite awhile prior Which Was Invaluable. That forum has little traffic today, but it had lots concerning your B. You can search that forum still, and there are folks there that can and will assist. There are facebook forums I assume but I'm not there.

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Old 03-19-2019, 02:26 AM   #7
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hey Bud
Totally "clueless"!! I've been on you tube for the last week trying to absorb info. I will be picking up the van tomorrow. Looked at some manuals but retain more from hands on.
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I have a 2008 210 (built on a 2007 chassis) no battery drainage issues, but two things you don't want to skimp on are batteries and tires. Batteries have been covered above.

You should check your tires and learn how to read the date codes stamped in the tire sidewall (Google it}. Your tires might look great, but if they are more than 5 to 7 years old then you should consider replacing them, especially if the van has been setting outside. Blowing a tire in your Roadtrek is not a fun thing and tires do have a life based on years regardless of the miles traveled.

When we bought our 2008 210 the prior owner kept telling me how great the tires were with only 21000 miles on the chassis (the tires were original and 10 years old…). The first thing I did was change all the fluids and buy a new set of Bridgestones.
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Mine is 2009 model. I have spent so many hours and days and dollars fighting the battery drain problem on this Chevy piece of crap. After all the time and dollars and fights with both Roadtrek and Chevy the ONLY solution that works is to keep the motor home on a battery charger ANYTIME I am not driving it. Believe me, I tried everything else. A pox on both Chevy and Roadtrek. I am delighted to see Roadtrek go under. NOT for the workers but for management! And their dealers.
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Hey BIG BOB. We have a 09/10. 210 P replaced battery once after 9 years of service. Am I lucky or is mine from a different assembly run.
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