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Old 06-11-2019, 03:46 PM   #1
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We are close to buying a late model CS Adventurous. Some concerns based on forum posts regarding overall quality. We owned an early 2000's RT 190, and later of 5th wheel, so we are not new to RV's and understand they are less than perfect. However, our previous RT had issues with the refrigerator door flying open while going down the road, cabinets opening and items falling out, TV flapping around, squeaks, etc. Looking for feedback from Adventurous owners - are these still common?
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum WhyCalif!

I don't own that model, but Mike & Jennifer Wendland of RV Lifestyle (formerly Roadtrekking) had that model loaned to them by Roadtrek. I won't go much into the part where they failed to adequately disclose it was not their van and, as such, their reviews were perceived as biased. This was borne out by the fact they reported many of the system problems as "upgrades" when their videos showed them at the Roadtrek factory getting items fixed.

My reason for mentioning them is they are now affiliated with Leisure Travel and so they finally admit in recent videos that many of the problems they had were the result of proprietary Roadtrek systems (primarily Etrek Lithium systems) that were not ready for prime time when rolled out.

Also, do you know that Roadtrek ceased to exist as of February 15th, 2019? Big financial scandal and doors were closed at all their facilities. So do investigate your purchase well, get a good price that might make the uncertainties worth taking the risk, and inquire about warranties. Westfalia has recently purchased Roadtreks assets and may stand behind some systems, but they have explicitly denied any warranty to new models purchased after the February 15th date.

However, if the model you find does not have the Lithium option and is out (or nearly out) of warranty anyway then my concerns above do not apply and I would consider a Roadtrek just as highly as any other class b on the used market. I've had similar problems with cabinet doors on my Airstream Avenue so wouldn't worry about that too much.

Good luck and let us know what you purchase.
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Speaking of the Wendlands and the Roadtrekking blog and doors flying open, they had two separate videos on fixes of that problem. So, it continued. Roadtrek used cheap punch the button and open door locks without any deadbolt mechanism. One video featured adding magnet stays.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:54 PM   #4
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My Airstream had several drawers and one cabinet door that would open (sometimes unloaded). The problem was that Airstream used the push-button positive locks only in few locations. The other cabinet and drawer knobs looked like the same positive latch, but instead were "dummies". But Airstream was the dummy for not making them all real positive latches.

I had to add additional Southco latches like these https://www.amazon.com/s?k=southco+r...sb_ss_i_1_15\\

The problem then was, a few of the drawers are very hard to open since the push-buttons leave little to grip and pull them open. A pain in the you-know-what. I bought mine used but it was pretty obvious it had been rarely, if ever, camped in and so these issues were not fixed. Usually, a good thing about buying used is these things like this have been addressed by the previous owner.

Airstream cabinetry is pretty and durable, but take it from me and others at airforums.com. Airstream quality is a big myth. Still, I love my Avenue Suite on the Chevy Express 3500 chassis.
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I use baby safety cabinet devices on my refrigerator and closet doors. End of problem!
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:42 AM   #6
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I have a 2013 RS Adventurous and have generally been happy with the build quality. I did switch out the cabinet
Latches over time to magnets and some Velcro. It took a few years, but have largely eliminated squeaks and noises that were mostly due to stuff we put in cabinets and drawers. I lined cabinets with shelf mats and always have towels and/or foam between kitchen stuff.

Iíve looked at more recent Roadtrek RS and CS models and they seem basically them same except for the batteries if lithium. I get along fine with the stock 2 AGMs and 200 W solar. But then I rarely stay at the same place two nights in a row. I also have the propane system and generator. I find it nice to have multiple fuel choices although each system require upkeep. IMG_1245.jpg

Picture from Monitor Pass in California two nights ago. Still lots of snow above 7000 ft in places. I like my class B for its mobility!
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