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Old 11-18-2016, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default New Roadtrek Owner - couple questions

So after months of deliberation and deciding whether to do a custom build or go for a Roadtrek I finally took the plunge and bought a RT SS Agile - primarily because of a) the warranty, b)the volt start (I have a couple dogs) c) I negotiated a pretty sweet deal for exactly the package I wanted. I get it next month and am super excited to hit the road!

Any feedback or heads ups y'all can give me would be much appreciated. Also any suggestions on things I need to buy that don't come with the new RT (such as hoses/cables, water filter for filling fresh water tank, leak detectors, etc.) would also be much appreciated.

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Old 11-18-2016, 05:36 AM   #2
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if you don't know how to fill or dump the tanks etc.

youtube is your friend.

I have bought rv stuff at walmart, campingworld, amazon and from mom and pops- prices can vary, shop around when you have time on your side.

my first trial runs were...in our driveway- figuring out how all teh systems worked, scratching my head reading the manuals etc.

then a couple of overnights, then a week and some campgrounds, dry camping ( leo carillo SP - which is now getting power) boondocking etc.

We now have some 3,4 and 5 weeks trips behind us, we have confidence in our van and figure we are getting the best out of it- but it took some studying up, forums, & campers.


Try to figure out a support system for the chassis- who will do the oil changes and lube the steering gear and air filter and all that routine stuff.
Before something breaks- find out if the local MB dealer has a lift, or will you be using freightliner or a dodge dealer ( some of whom will have sprinter expertise).

figure out in advance where you will get next set of tires- I use costco. ( we have a chev) who ever you use has to be able to get correct size tires and be able willing to put them on- we want $700 not $1500

I do my own stuff- but a new vehicle they do it if they are paying for it- if I'm paying I do the work and keep records to keep the warranty in force.





congrats- Mike
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:31 AM   #3
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Couple quick thoughts. Just bought a 30 amp female to 50 amp male adapter for the rare occasion that is the only hookup available. A 30 to 15 was included when we took delivery last week on ours. ($12 eBay)

My wife bought shelf liners. ($25)

Will be adding a water filter. Think I picked out Everpure EF-1500 (spelling). I will hook to the sink faucet and the canister will go in the cabinet below the microwave. Planning this for our first mini trip in March. ($300 for initial system)



Bought MB floor liner/mats from a dealer on eBay. $84 bucks delivered. About half off msrp. Maybe not as nice a weather tech but half off. Got them yesterday and am very pleased with them.

My wife bought a bunch of packing cubes off ebags to efficiently pack and store clothes. ($80)

Car/Clothes rod from BB and Beyond to hang clothes to dry. Fits over existing car hangers near front seats ($20)

Bought a 150w inverter to put in the tv cabinet. Can power small things without needing your inverter on like the tv, dvd, i-stuff chargers. ($18 Amazon)

Bought shoe containers/bins (6) to hold sneakers/hiking boots to be stored out back under seats from The Container Store ($15)

Will be buying...think we narrowed down to "The Larry Chair". ($60 Amazon and others). These get great reviews and fold quite small. These will also go in the back behind the shoe bins.

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...jw4rwc0l_e_p14

Most of this stuff was pretty inexpensive. Will learn more over next few weeks.

Congrats!!


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A good place to connect with a lot of Roadtrek owners is on the Roadtrek & Hymer Owners Group on Facebook if you are on Facebook.
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A good place to connect with a lot of Roadtrek owners is on the Roadtrek & Hymer Owners Group on Facebook if you are on Facebook.
As a newbie Roadtreker I did this a week ago and it is amazing... I have solved puzzles within minutes of posting a question. Definitely the way to go for a Roadtrek owner. I rarely used my Facebook account in the past but this has changed as of late.
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Thanks for the great feedback so far - much appreciated!

Ponti - do you have a link to the inverter you bought?
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small inverter- try to get stuff which is 12 VDC native- like you phone chargers.

inverting DC to AC...then plugging in your phone charger to convert your AC to DC again...causes waste x 2.
a 12 native charger will stay at dc and just reduce the 12 VDC to 5VDC- which is what your phone/ipad wants

some ( many) tv's are 12 volt native- so run fine off the battery and lower total consumption that dc-ac- ac-dc conversions as with the phone/ipad scenario above.
and will accept a usb stick storing movies so that a 120 VAC dvd player isn;t required ( and many in vehicle dvd players are 12 vdc anyway)

most computer makers offer a DC charger- rather than use the same ac/dc charger you have at home

new vehicle should have quality LED lights- if not easy to convert to low consumption.

stay DC as much as you can as you will have better ( longer) ability to go offline, and you'll have fewer converting devices laying around.

as for inverter IF you need one calculate your load and see what your needs are- otherwise you may be buying 1,2 or 3 invertors until you are sized right.

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Thanks for the great feedback so far - much appreciated!

Ponti - do you have a link to the inverter you bought?
Miss-spoke........this was an eBay item......a bit more than I paid.

BESTEK 150W Dual DC 12V AC 110V Outlet Car Power Inverter 2 USB Port Car Adapter | eBay

A member on the FB Owners group suggested this model to me and said works great for him. Nice and small and appears well-built....haven't tried myself.
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Miss-spoke........this was an eBay item......a bit more than I paid.

BESTEK 150W Dual DC 12V AC 110V Outlet Car Power Inverter 2 USB Port Car Adapter | eBay

A member on the FB Owners group suggested this model to me and said works great for him. Nice and small and appears well-built....haven't tried myself.
Specs don't seem to list the idling current anywhere, did the literature that came with it say anything?
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Specs don't seem to list the idling current anywhere, did the literature that came with it say anything?
Didn't look yet. Again, a guy on the FB RT Owners group said he used this model and I "trusted" him and bought one.

Does this tell you anything? On Amazon site too. Where I grabbed this......

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