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Old 09-30-2014, 03:06 PM   #1
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We'll just to make my choices harder-Roadtrek informed me on Monday that the 190p can now be had with the compressor refigerator that is in the ranger.

the compressor fridge was a big reason i was going with the ranger-now i have a choice.

However if i want the 190 I cannot put the tire under the van like the Ranger. the rear propane tankof the 190 prevents it.

so-is the continental tire carrier actually any kind of an issue.

does anyone use it as a table? as a small grill stand using the BBQ quick connect in rear of 190.

just wondering.

choices-damn.
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The drop down tire carrier that can be used as a table was first done by Leisure Travel Vans on the Free Spirit models from a customer suggestion. They simply put a flat surface cover on (between van and tire side.) Cool idea but maybe not ideal in a campground situation. It would probably be cooler if you use your B to tailgate at games and such. If it were on the passenger side door it would be closer to your camping setup but that is not desirable since you would have to always drop the tire to open a door. Disadvantages to be aware of is you have to drop the tire to open the driver side door. You may have to extend anything you might want to carry on your hitch receiver.

I thought you were looking into an E-Trek package. Were you getting propane on a Ranger?
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:47 PM   #3
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The drop down tire carrier that can be used as a table was first done by Leisure Travel Vans on the Free Spirit models from a customer suggestion. They simply put a flat surface cover on (between van and tire side.) Cool idea but maybe not ideal in a campground situation. It would probably be cooler if you use your B to tailgate at games and such. If it were on the passenger side door it would be closer to your camping setup but that is not desirable since you would have to always drop the tire to open a door. Disadvantages to be aware of is you have to drop the tire to open the driver side door. You may have to extend anything you might want to carry on your hitch receiver.

I thought you were looking into an E-Trek package. Were you getting propane on a Ranger?

originally it was the ranger. then i decided to look at CS with e-trek package. for a lot of reasons i decided against it.

my actual first choice was a van that combined Ranger and 190 components. they are not exactly the same and the ranger was the closest.
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Booster-i saw on a post that you had the 190 with armoire. how is it with the armoire. also do you have rear tire carrier?
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We had the armoire option in our 2004 190P. Back then it was a permanent change, I don't know if it is removable in newer models. It was very handy to have for additional storage. We didn't need the 3rd seat when we bought the RV. However, the lack of a third seat became a factor for us in deciding to get a larger RV in 2006. We wanted a unit that allowed for seating a another person for day trips and touring trips.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:16 PM   #6
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Marko-what about the tire carrier. that's actually a bigger issue for me.
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Tire carrier was ok. The new ones have a lift assistance feature which is handy. A swing-away carrier would would be better IMO. Even better if it worked automatically with the door opening and closing. I never used the drop down spare tire carrier for a table that I recall. Mike's carries his spare in the rear of his 190P. It is on the passenger side.

My current van has the spare in the GM factory position under the van. My only complaint with that position is that I have to scoot under the van to check the air pressure occasionally.

Surco http://www.surcoinc.com/ makes a spare tire carrier for the rear door. The spare is very heavy though. I don't know if it would affect the door operation.



You'd have to make sure it fits newer vans with hidden hinges and if it affects the Chevy warranty before buying it.
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I guess i'm not making myself clear. Roadtrek uses a hitch tire carrier behind the drivers side door and it does have a lift assist mechanism. my question is is there any downsides to using this. does anybody have any issues with this carrier anf the extra length it gives
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Extra length was not an issue for me.
Someone who has an RT with the new lift assist mechanism will be able to comment on how it works, any issues etc.

You can see the spare tire carrier in this video at around the 11 minute mark:

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You still have to handle it to access the rear storage. Imagine it full of road grime / dirt and/or wet conditions etc. That's why I wish they had a swing-away option and thought it worth mentioning.
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My vote is for the spare tire carrier. If you need it you will be glad you don't have to grovel around under the van to get it. I have never heard of anyone complaining about one. On a different note. Missed you Marko. Hope you went some place cool.
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