Congrats on getting such a great find! That's amazing that it's in such great shape and such low miles!
I have a couple of questions for you. I plan to take a hybrid bike with me when I retire in a couple of years and am just wondering how you plan to transport your bike. Will you just use a hitch rack? I would like to keep mine covered so it doesn't get dirty from being exposed to the elements all of the time.
My second question concerns your radio/cassette/CD player. I would love to buy that from you after you replace it. I like to listen to audiobooks while driving, and I have books on cassette tapes as well as CDs. I'm also really used to that model of radio/player because I've had 3 Dodge Grand Caravans and 3 Class B's all with the same model. LOL. I have a 1999 190 Popular, and the bass has gone out on the front speakers. Guess I'm assuming it's the radio/player anyway.
Thanks for your observations, yes I am quite blessed, have been shopping since last October for a find just like this. The bike is fine on a rack outside your vehicle, providing the bike is locked at all times, at night best to bring inside the cabin; if you can afford to let it sit in the asile while driving, even better to protect from the elements. Ok, i will take some Detail pics of radio, and get back to you. Gerard
Thanks, Gerard! I did put my bike inside the cabin once but found it a bit awkward trying to get it in. I have a hybrid bike so it has the wide handlebars. I'm planning to full-time in my Roadtrek after I retire and also want to take some limited obedience and agility equipment with me and exercise pens for my dogs, so I'm still undecided what to do. Thinking about possible little trailer or something.
I'll wait to hear back on you about the radio. No rush since I'm not traveling right now. Thanks!
Actually, I read that on another post, towing a trailer, purposely designed for carrying items too cumbersome for the cab; makes a lot of sense. My neighbor offered me a Thule bike rack, with ample construction able to support an electric bike or two, but it would have to slide into an under bumper trailer hitch, my van is not outfitted for such.
Mine has a hitch, but one of the members on here said that the 1990's Dodge chassis has a unibody, and you have to be careful about putting too much weight on the hitch. I was thinking about getting a Stowaway Cargo Carrier with the Swing Away design, and someone else posted how they had made adjustments to the hitch so it was attached in more places to make it more solid. I don't think I've describing this the best, but what they were saying basically made me concerned about getting a Stowaway. They've said the Chevy chassis doesn't have that problem. So I've gotten the impression that a trailer would be better and would work okay. I'd rather not have to deal with a trailer though.
Oh, that's a possibility. I have a 190 so I do have the extended van. Your 170 might handle better in the wind too. There's been a lot of discussion about the Dodge's being difficult in wind. They do get buffeted around. There's been a lot of posts about that. I plan to get Bilstein shocks, like they recommend. There are some other things that people have suggested doing too, which I plan to look in to.