Originally Posted by KAB
I joined awhile back as a prospective owner and now it's official.
I currently own a 2000 Roadtrek Dodge 190 Popular. I am very green and have never owned any form of RV or trailer. So I will probably be posting some elementary questions. Asking for pardon ahead of time
Welcome to the forum KAB!
Everyone (almost) runs into problems and with an older model, you may have a few more. But this forum is a big help, so no need to apologize before you ask. A lot of Dodge vans still on the road and doing well, so here's hoping your problems are few.
My best advice is read the manuals, familiarize yourself with your unit by trying out appliances etc, then take a short shake-down trip before hitting the trail to farther parts.
Also, I found local RV dealers to be high-priced and unfamiliar with class b's. Therefore, I decided if something isn't working, I can't hurt things by carefully trying to fix it myself. I'll try to buy exact replacement parts and change them out myself (more "plug & play" that way). Cheaper sometimes than paying a steep dealer charge just to trouble-shoot and have them say "Yeah, it's broke". They may also include a steep mark-up on parts you can order yourself.
Finally, I must admit to feeling satisfaction when I fix things myself. Makes the sting and frustration of having to deal with problems a little less when it ends well.
Enjoy, let us know how things work out and post pictures!