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Old 08-18-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Roadtreck 170 Popular on Dodge

Purchased in early 2004 with ~5,000 miles. Now has 72,000 miles on it.

We had terrible smells in the RV from the toilet system. The dealer refused to work on it with any sewage on board. The local Roadtrek dealer refused to work on it because we hadn't bought it from them. Took me almost two years to determine the problem was the toilet itself. Very strange design--the sewage actually can come up into the base of the toilet. The base was sealed against the top and there was a defective seal--unfortunately the seal is not replaceable. I threw the toilet away and replaced it with a traditional design and solved the problem--but had to rewicker one of the walls to make it fit.

We have had persistent issues with the rear door leaking at the top (which gets the bed wet). Roadtrek guidance is to slam the door on a 2x4, which doesn't work at all. Dodge dealer says problem is with the weight of the spare on the door. Solution is to add a sheet of plastic behind the blind going down to the floor--which gets the floor wet, but not the bed. Just keep adding sealant at the top--but it still leaks.

Sewage dumping system failed at blackwater valve (when the tank was full of course). Had to be replaced. Sewage line crosses horizontally lower than the chassis. Bumped it once on the ground and now it is cracked. Don't know how to repair it.

The fiberglass fairing on the right side has broken along the bottom due to contact with a few curbs. Another inch above the ground would have been better.

Refrigerator and Fantastic Vent have failed and been replaced. Air conditioner failed and was repaired--very tricky to remove--comes out into the vehicle.

Van is very heavy and repairs are expensive. Needs new front brakes every 20K miles. Television antenna system does nothing.

The driver's seat is too tall. I'm 6'2" and have to bend over to look out the front window. Can't find any way to lower it.

Portable table: the pipe that holds it up has a plastic ring on both ends. The end that goes into the floor has come off and stays in the floor.

Bed is crosswise and it is a bit short. Noticed Sportsmobile actually builds into the sidewalls, making bed longer--would have been nice.

About 11mpg overall. Curtains rip out as the plastic sliders are installed in soft plastic. Roadtrek will not sell new curtains except through dealers and nearest dealer is now ~100 miles away and unwilling to be useful. We love the ability to park in any parking space--have even mastered parallel parking!

Overall evaluation: very good craftsmanship with no regard for weight. Used every square inch of space--kept thinking there was a crack in the space-time continuum. Very poor dealerships. Am thinking about replacing this vehicle with another and Roadtrek is in the running. If you buy a Roadtrek, just plan on maintaining it yourself--plan on no help from Roadtrek's dealers or Roadtrek.

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Old 08-19-2010, 12:16 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum! Too bad you have all these issues. From my extensive chats in campsites with RoadTrek owners, your situation is not typical. If even 50% of all purchasers had your experience the company would have been out of business before now, I think. Did you buy it used from an unreliable source by chance? Not many persons sell a unit at 5,000 miles if they are content with it. Regards.

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Old 09-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #3
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Yep, I bought it from an unreliable source--a Roadtrek dealer.
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