Welcome to the forum topwop!
Originally Posted by topwop
New to the forum and RV lifestyle so I have a few questions.
We just purchased a 2006 Roadtrek 210 Popular and we're wondering if there are any things we really need to know about it or pertain to an RV that is this old? I will say that this one is in excellent condition with only 19500 miles on it and the original owners seemed to take good care of it but from non-use could there be issues we should look for. We know that it needs tires, as they are the originals and 14 years old, and are just not safe. But what about the generator, back up batteries (2-6V in series?) and anything else you all might think of? We are newly retired and plan on hitting the road soon for a month long starter trip so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all and safe travels!
Congrats on the 210 Popular. Pretty standard rv componets so ask away with any specific questions because many on this forum (whether they own your exact model or else), will be able to help.
Yes, new tires definitely and don't forget the spare. All chassis fluids (due to age, not miles). I'd also suggest you get a CAT scale weight for front & back axle when loaded up for your first trip to make sure you're not overweight. The Chevy chassis is great, many of us run 60 psi in front tires for better handling.
As far as the coach, drain & sanitize water tanks. Drain water heater and thoroughly flush deposits. Replace anode rod. New smoke alarm and new CO alarms (again due to age). Check your propane detector. It may be hard-wired and I'm not sure if they are age-dependent for replacement.
Next, try everything
. Top battery cells with distilled water and charge coach batteries. See what voltage they hold overnight with nothing on and battery disconnect off. Test all systems: Water pump, faucet, furnace, stove, water heater, roof vent, tv, a/c, generator, toilet, shower, dump valves, and macerator (if it has one on that model year). Look underneath for leaks, dangling wires, or loose tank heater pads. Look on the roof for good sealant around all vents and openings. Best to have someone spot your ladder so you don't lean too far and it goes out from under you. My wife smartly won't let me be on a ladder by myself.
Finally, camp for a couple of nights in your driveway. Take a short day trip (couple of hundred miles at least) before going accross country.
Congrats, and let us know how it goes.