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Old 05-17-2020, 10:01 PM   #1
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My wife and I just bought a 2001 Roadtrek 190 popular on a Dodge. We have rved extensively throughout our lives but as we are getting older it seems that we are continually downsizing rigs. The Roadtrek is a one owner with only 65,000 miles. Iím currently going through it fixing small things and personalizing it. We think weíre going to love it.
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hi,
Lots of Arizonans here.


lots of roadtrek and dodge owners so suitable answers and hints should be coming your way


1 tip for you is that the RoadTrek ( and my PleasureWay) are Canadian built.
You will see many screws which take a tapered square driver


you can find "square drive" screwdrivers in the States


But my Canadian "Robertson Head" R1 and R2 size screwdrivers fit better


suggest you get some.


cheers!
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Welcome to the forum Jbell!
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:24 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard.....sounds like you have more experience than I do at this; and yet I am doing fine.
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:30 PM   #5
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Hello from the White Mountains!
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Old 05-22-2020, 12:57 AM   #6
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So for Iím happy with the roadtrek. Currently doing a lot of minor maintenance items and modifications.
1. New tires - Hankook LT245/75R16 LRE
2. Removed third seat
3. New toilet
4. Clean carb and new fuel pump for Onan
5. New dump valves and hose
6. ...
And the list goes on. When I finish all this stuff we can take it out and see how we really like it.
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typical!


I spent much time in the driveway sorting out how everything works too.


Better in the driveway than in a campground somewhere


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typical!


I spent much time in the driveway sorting out how everything works too.


Better in the driveway than in a campground somewhere


Mike
Or on the side of the road or in the waiting room of a repair shop.
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typical!

I spent much time in the driveway sorting out how everything works too.

Better in the driveway than in a campground somewhere

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Or on the side of the road or in the waiting room of a repair shop.
Both good advice. Spending time testing your rig (even at home) will allow you to discover items that need attention. An added benefit is you will familiarize youself and get comfortable with your rv.

You'll learn something every day.
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job 1 ...working the TV !


On our 2006 model we had a small flatscreen with a digital converter and a crank up antenna


at costco i noticed some of the smaller samsungs are 12 VDC native and use a wall wart-



I mounted a 21" samsung for $129
( got rid of the smaller tv and the digital converter box & wired into the DC )
which also has a USB for movies and TV shows I put on a thumb drive


the crank up antenna worked well but wiggled in the wind when driving, I replaced that with a fixed height antenna ( low profile) which rotates


and use the "TVTowers " app to aim the antenna


from my driveway in North Phoenix I can pick up the Tucson stations on Mt Lemmon 108 miles away


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job 1 ...working the TV !


On our 2006 model we had a small flatscreen with a digital converter and a crank up antenna


at costco i noticed some of the smaller samsungs are 12 VDC native and use a wall wart-



I mounted a 21" samsung for $129
( got rid of the smaller tv and the digital converter box & wired into the DC )
which also has a USB for movies and TV shows I put on a thumb drive


the crank up antenna worked well but wiggled in the wind when driving, I replaced that with a fixed height antenna ( low profile) which rotates


and use the "TVTowers " app to aim the antenna


from my driveway in North Phoenix I can pick up the Tucson stations on Mt Lemmon 108 miles away


Mike
That's quite impressive performance for the antenna. Would you care to provide a link? DW loves her TV.

TIA and ttfn.
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We have such poor reception (and it seems to deteriorate after sunset) that we carry our home Tivo Bolt loaded up with shows to watch on the road. The only problem is I have to run the inverter which uses about the same watts as the Bolt.

I don't want to make a hole in my roof for a rotating antenna, but would certainly like something with more range than the Sole antenna from the factory.
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the antenna is the wineguard rayzar Z1 retrofit, which I adapted to the old crank up mount for the wineguard sensar type- I used a peiece of square stock to do away with the crank up part




https://winegard.com/products/hdtv-d...fit-head-white



the rv has a wineguard antenna amplifer already which I use in line


similar to this-


https://www.amazon.com/Winegard-RV-7...0182592&sr=8-3


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the antenna is the wineguard rayzar Z1 retrofit, which I adapted to the old crank up mount for the wineguard sensar type- I used a peiece of square stock to do away with the crank up part




https://winegard.com/products/hdtv-d...fit-head-white



the rv has a wineguard antenna amplifer already which I use in line


similar to this-


https://www.amazon.com/Winegard-RV-7...0182592&sr=8-3


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Hi from Phoenix and the White Mountains of Arizona
We also have a 2001 190P Dodge. We are the 2nd owners and have had it for over 10 years. We now have 80,000 miles and everything works.
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Good to hear. I hope we are as fortunate as you with our roadtrek.
Thanks,
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Have same RT on Dodge. Took out 3rd chair and put in a cabinet; more counter space and storage. Replaced all the lighting with LED lights or just bulbs. Put in 400w of solar power, two lead acid batteries and a compressor fridge. These last are the best upgrades of all that I have done. Refrigeration and no worry boondocking have been key for our enjoyment. We never use an RV park. I actually have a hard time seeing how a new van would be more functional; but love the stylish and modern improvements.
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Hi Kevin,
I have already removed the third seat, cabinet to come later. All lights have been replaced with LED bulbs. Added two Battle Born lithium batteries. Installed 2000 watt Xantrex pure sign wave inverter/charger. Solar and compressor refrigerator are on the list next. Still getting all the more minor task finished. We also boondock exclusively in forest, BLM, Natl parks ... Everything is working well so far, even got the Onan purrin. The refrigerator wonít ever work as well as I want in hot weather so thatís why I will go the compressor route.
Thanks for the response,
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