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Old 09-18-2019, 05:37 AM   #1
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My wife and I just bought a 2010 Trek 210P the other weekend. We're located in Portland and have wanted an RV for a while....decided to pull the trigger a couple of weekends ago. I don't know what mods have been done to the vehicle and will be exploring the vehicle to learns its ins and outs. Our first official trip may be this weekend for two nights in Seaside, OR.

So, I mentioned our first official trip may be this weekend. Last weekend we stayed the night at the dealership and found a laundry list of things to fix. Most of the issues were superficial, covered under the 60 day or extended...forget which one. The two major ones are smelling exhaust when the generator is running AND a leak in the bathroom sink that apparently was around for a bit given that a bolt in the rear passenger side storage had a little rust on it. The dealership service department appears to want to do the right thing and taking the appropriate steps to do so.

Since this is our first RV, I don't know what to expect. I would assume it is like a used car, buyer beware type of thing. Thoughts?

What would you replace, upgrade, or mod in the 2010 Trek 210P?
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My wife and I just bought a 2010 Trek 210P the other weekend. We're located in Portland and have wanted an RV for a while....decided to pull the trigger a couple of weekends ago. I don't know what mods have been done to the vehicle and will be exploring the vehicle to learns its ins and outs. Our first official trip may be this weekend for two nights in Seaside, OR.

So, I mentioned our first official trip may be this weekend. Last weekend we stayed the night at the dealership and found a laundry list of things to fix. Most of the issues were superficial, covered under the 60 day or extended...forget which one. The two major ones are smelling exhaust when the generator is running AND a leak in the bathroom sink that apparently was around for a bit given that a bolt in the rear passenger side storage had a little rust on it. The dealership service department appears to want to do the right thing and taking the appropriate steps to do so.

Since this is our first RV, I don't know what to expect. I would assume it is like a used car, buyer beware type of thing. Thoughts?

What would you replace, upgrade, or mod in the 2010 Trek 210P?
Welcome to the forum Stevan!

From others problems (& my own) when buying a used rv, your issues seem minor at this point. Sounds like you did good, but that doesn't mean there won't be a few frustrations down the road. It just goes with the territory.

As far as the Chevy chassis goes, figure on new shocks unless they've been replaced recently. The ride and handling will benefit greatly if they are worn out. Also make sure the tires are newer (less that 5 yrs. old) and in good condition. Put 80lbs. in the rear and at least 60-65 psi in the front tires (seems to be the Express chassis sweet spot) to make sure they have plenty of load capacity.

On the coach side, just check it out good by testing it on your trip. You'll get to know it and also learn what to pack and what to leave at home. In that regard, the 210P is a bit closer to gross vehicle weight (less cargo capacity) than the 190P and, of course, all class "b's" share that problem to varying degrees. My advice is to load it up for your trip with a full tank of gas and fresh water, then find a CAT scale to get it weighed. That way you'll know where you stand.

Then go have fun and report back!

EDIT: I did not mean to imply by omission that the generator exhaust leak is a minor issue. Just figure it will be an easy fix.
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The two major ones are smelling exhaust when the generator is running...What would you replace, upgrade, or mod in the 2010 Trek 210P?
If original units, replacement CO & propane monitor. IIRC. they hve a three year expiration date.
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If original units, replacement CO & propane monitor. IIRC. they hve a three year expiration date.
I'm hoping that the dealer replaced them since the sales guy said it would be taken care of....however, a few extra $ outta my pocket for either are worth it IMHO.
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Welcome to the forum Stevan!

From others problems (& my own) when buying a used rv, your issues seem minor at this point. Sounds like you did good, but that doesn't mean there won't be a few frustrations down the road. It just goes with the territory.

As far as the Chevy chassis goes, figure on new shocks unless they've been replaced recently. The ride and handling will benefit greatly if they are worn out. Also make sure the tires are newer (less that 5 yrs. old) and in good condition. Put 80lbs. in the rear and at least 60-65 psi in the front tires (seems to be the Express chassis sweet spot) to make sure they have plenty of load capacity.

On the coach side, just check it out good by testing it on your trip. You'll get to know it and also learn what to pack and what to leave at home. In that regard, the 210P is a bit closer to gross vehicle weight (less cargo capacity) than the 190P and, of course, all class "b's" share that problem to varying degrees. My advice is to load it up for your trip with a full tank of gas and fresh water, then find a CAT scale to get it weighed. That way you'll know where you stand.

Then go have fun and report back!

EDIT: I did not mean to imply by omission that the generator exhaust leak is a minor issue. Just figure it will be an easy fix.
Yeah, I read into what you wrote! I figured that the exhaust leak would be the lowest hanging fruit out of the two. If either of those are the most I have to sorry about then doing well.

Great suggestions btw! Would you have the dealer do it or outside shop? Suggestions on shocks?
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Yeah, I read into what you wrote! I figured that the exhaust leak would be the lowest hanging fruit out of the two. If either of those are the most I have to sorry about then doing well.

Great suggestions btw! Would you have the dealer do it or outside shop? Suggestions on shocks?
I had a shop install my new shocks, after they agreed to install the ones I ordered. Not every shop will install customer's parts, and for good reason. But I have a good relationship with them and they're one of the few local shops that will work on rv's.

As far as suggestions for shocks goes, I went with Koni FSD's. Very pricy. Even more pricey that Bilsteins. But I went full out so that if my van didn't ride well afterwards, at least it wouldn't be because I didn't try the best. Plus, I specifically selected the Koni's because they are not gas-charged. After many years of running gas-charged shocks on various vehicles, I decided to try these with the hope they would be better at absorbing initial road impacts. When they arrived and I unboxed them, I was concerned how easily they could be compressed and wondered how well they could control body motions (the reason I was replacing shocks in the first place). Had I made a huge mistake putting them on a 9000+ lb van?

Turns out the FSD's are fantastic! Smooth riding (if you can use that description on a class b) and I'm very pleased with body control. No repeat bouncing or bobbing over bumps. Of course, any new shock will greatly out perform old worn out shocks, so the only way to know the best ones would be to swap several sets out back-to-back and test drive them. Since nobody does that, you pays your money and takes your chances.
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