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Old 01-21-2017, 02:12 AM   #1
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We are looking to buy a 2015 Roadtrek TS Adventurous and would like to have the volt start installed. The dealer is telling us $2500 to do this. Is this unreasonable? Any thoughts on after market instal? We are not new to RV's in general but very new to this system. Any thoughts are appreciated
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Old 01-21-2017, 02:22 AM   #2
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We are looking to buy a 2015 Roadtrek TS Adventurous and would like to have the volt start installed. The dealer is telling us $2500 to do this. Is this unreasonable? Any thoughts on after market instal? We are not new to RV's in general but very new to this system. Any thoughts are appreciated
TS's were never engineered to take voltstart. Has the dealer actually consulted roadtrek on this?

Assuming it is now possible based on what roadtrek is charging for build installs of voltrek i'd say 2500 is reasonable.
However guaranteeing it will work is another issue,

How many batteries in this TS. Why do you want voltstart? unless it's for pet air conditioning -and it's not always reliable-why get it.

Also does it's Connect system actually work?.
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Hum ... Interesting info. With the confusion of the sales person I am going to say they are assuming it can be done. They asked the service department for the quote. Who knows if the correct info on the specific unit was given. It has 4 batteries 1 240W solar panel. We have dogs... not that we would leave them for any length of time, but having the freedom to go into a restaurant and not worry about heat would be good. I am wondering if an extra solar panel and batteries would actually be the better investment then?
On the connect system... are you asking about the coach connect? We saw it and were told it was not set up yet... is that also a concern? We are looking at buying this weekend... should we be concerned about something else?
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Hum ... Interesting info. With the confusion of the sales person I am going to say they are assuming it can be done. They asked the service department for the quote. Who knows if the correct info on the specific unit was given. It has 4 batteries 1 240W solar panel. We have dogs... not that we would leave them for any length of time, but having the freedom to go into a restaurant and not worry about heat would be good. I am wondering if an extra solar panel and batteries would actually be the better investment then?
On the connect system... are you asking about the coach connect? We saw it and were told it was not set up yet... is that also a concern? We are looking at buying this weekend... should we be concerned about something else?
If you are talking running air conditioning, solar is pretty much not a consideration, as it can't make the necessary power. Engine generator or standalone generator is about the only option.
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Going to the restaurant?

If the RV is parked at the door,
you can install a remote start. It will cost one-tenth of Voltstart.
All you need to do is to click on the remote to start the engine once in a while.

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Hum ... Interesting info. With the confusion of the sales person I am going to say they are assuming it can be done. They asked the service department for the quote. Who knows if the correct info on the specific unit was given. It has 4 batteries 1 240W solar panel. We have dogs... not that we would leave them for any length of time, but having the freedom to go into a restaurant and not worry about heat would be good. I am wondering if an extra solar panel and batteries would actually be the better investment then?
On the connect system... are you asking about the coach connect? We saw it and were told it was not set up yet... is that also a concern? We are looking at buying this weekend... should we be concerned about something else?
No TS has ever gotten coach connect working,

Roadtrek stopped making the TS and coach connect for a reason.


Does this TS have an ONAN generator. that would work
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Thanks! Great info ... we may need to pass on this RV then. No on the generator... only under hood
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A simple alarm system (such as the Viper 5704 that I installed) will transmit the interior temperature easily up to 1/2 mile (they claim "up to one mile", but that is a bit exaggerated) and display it on the key fob. No cell service required.

I'm not a dog person, but couldn't you simply watch the temperature while enjoying dinner and if it gets hot simply go out and start the engine?
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I think it is time for some enterprising, pet loving, engineer to invent a climate controlled pet crate, so you would only have to heat or cool a small area.
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I think it is time for some enterprising, pet loving, engineer to invent a climate controlled pet crate, so you would only have to heat or cool a small area.
I guess this doesn't count?:



It has a window...
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