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Old 07-27-2017, 08:50 PM   #1
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Build & modification thread, 2006 Roadtrek 210 Popular

Roadtrek makes a fine Class B motorhome and I was in the market for one after selling The ADV Jamboree to a local inmate here in Colorado. While the Jamboree is a great machine I was looking for a more compact Class B and started looking at the Roadtrek 210 Popular models.

I wasn't interested in buying a new 210 Popular as they are $110K+ and wanted to keep my budget well below that. Ideally I was looking for a lightly used, low mileage example that had been babied. So on a Friday night I see a 2006 210 Popular listed in the Sacramento Craigslist with about 33,000 miles, 27 hours on the Onan genset and stored in a hanger.

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I called the seller and got the details-
  • Sold by a widow
  • Sitting for a few years
  • Original owner
  • 33K miles
  • stored in an aircraft hanger
  • great condition inside & out
We made a tentative deal over the phone after looking at my schedule - I knew that I could make the deal happen if I flew out Sunday, made the deal Monday and was home by Tuesday.

On Sunday morning I jumped on a jet to Sacramento & picked up a rental car. Then I drove about 30 minutes East to check into a hotel and from there I drove over to do the inspection.

It was in like new condition and I didn't see anything to cause alarm other than the tires were dated 2005 and they'd need to be replaced. We shook on the deal and then I was off to grab some dinner & to the hotel for the night.

I met the seller in the morning and we went to her bank to do the money transfer and the paperwork. From there we dropped off my rental and then back to pick the Roadtrek up and start driving east.

I stopped a few times-

Bridal Veil Falls on hwy 50-



Echo Pass/Summit California - yep it was snowing!



When I stopped in Carson City, Nevada I picked up (and installed) a Scanguage 2 - I like monitoring transmission temps as well as other parameters not on the instrument panel. Had to stop in Fallon, NV to get a pic of the A-7 on a stick-

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Somewhere along the way I stopped to fire up the genset and while it ran well it stopped transferring power- CBs, check, Onan CB- check. The deep cell batts were needing to be replaced so it looked like I was in for a cold night. Regardless I was still jazzed up driving East.

I stopped in Salina Utah and spent the night there. In the morning I stopped at a rest area off of I-70- it was a beautiful day-



My Welcome Home sign-



it was snowy in Colorado too-



Besides the genset transfer relay quitting it was an uneventful drive home, averaged about 14 mpg-



On to the build & mods!
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I knew before I bought the Roadtrek that I was going to need to do a few things to it-
  1. Lift the suspension in order to access off pavement areas safely
  2. replace the stereo
  3. replace the smoke, CO2 and LP gas detectors (all exceeded life limits)
  4. replace the tires
  5. replace the deep cycle coach batteries
  6. install a roof vent cover
I accepted that there would be other things that would crop up or I'd decide to modify- stay tuned for those!
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The 1st thing that I addressed was the celing fan vent and it's lack of a cover. Installed was a good working Fantastic Vent Fan but it needed a cover so that it could be left open while driving or while raining. After looking at what was available I decided to install a MaxxFan Deluxe fan as it was very low profile, integrated power/manual vent cover, a remote control and many other features-



Here's the Fantastic fan that was installed-



Cut around the base with a razor knife, disconnect the wires and it pops right out-



After installing the base I sealed it up using white Eternabond tape- never gonna leak here-

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After installing the fan assy, up or open position-



Installed the trim ring and mounted the remote control holder on the wall in the rear sleeping area-



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Vent closed-



Vent open-



I did a walk around video of the rig - (19:36)

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The next issue to address was the Onan 2800 genset and the power transfer switch.

The generator ran fine but the transfer relay wouln't latch when the generator was supplying power. I manually closed the contacts of the relay and power would transfer fine. So either the coil that closes the relay was defective or the small circuit board in the PTR case was. I picked up a replacement unit and decided it was best to swap out the circuit board 1st as it was the easiest part to swap. That was the culprit!



After swapping it out the power transferred just fine. :clap

BUT when I added a load the generator would die/stumble....

Researching this problem I saw a few owners who solved the problem by removing the carb fuel bowl (supposedly impossible by Onan, they just sell replacement carburetors) and cleaning both the bowl and the main jet that is in the bottom of that bowl-



After doing that it ran like a champ and took whatever load I threw at it.

When that was done I replaced the coach batteries with a pair of new wet cell deep cycle batteries.
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Lighting upgrades-

Swapped out the G4 base bulbs with LED replacements -



The 2 over sink 12 inch florescent bulbs I swapped out with these LED tubes, had to rewire the fixture after removing the ballast- (HUGE improvement!)



Swapped out the cooking exhaust fan bulb with this-



and the cab's 3 dome light bulbs with these-



I bought all of the LEDs on ebay.
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An update-

These 12v G4 base LED bulbs (for small ceiling fixtures) that I bought on ebay started burning up-



As you can see in the pic the LEDs are covered in a clear urethane plastic and and some of them overheated/burned up, made quite a stink. So I ordered these today- they are not covered and hopefully they will operate cooler & last longer-

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Last week I also swapped out the 600 watt Tripp Lite inverter with a 1250 watt upgrade. It was a simple swap though I did need to add an additional ground for the new unit.



While I was at it I installed a Remote Inverter/Charger Switch into the wall of the cabinet by the entrance door. This allows selection of full inverter operation or battery charge only (preserves battery life) -



I also installed a new smoke detector (not pictured) and the Propane Detector-



and swapped out the CO detector with a dual CO/Propane detector -



All of the detectors had exceeded their lifetime limits so replacement was necessary.
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