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Old 06-22-2020, 09:31 AM   #1
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So....
Picked up a 2004 c190P for a modest price. Seems well cared for, but much used.
I will be doing a lot of tinkering over the next several months.
Replacing water pump, troubleshooting fridge, reattaching window crank brackets... You know, the usual older RT stuff.
Already upgraded the roof vent from factory FanFan to basic Maxxair Max, changed sewer hose and fittings, pulled the questionable ps-inverter, and installed a front/rear dvr/mirror.

Genny runs well, tranny was Not full of glitter, recent door seal rubber, good interior, recent tires...

Looking forward to being able to go camping soon...

And, his name is Faith.
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Old 06-22-2020, 04:49 PM   #2
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Nice!


I have recently posted replacing seat lower foam and lubing swivels in my Chev based Pleasure Way


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Old 06-22-2020, 11:56 PM   #3
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The Adventure Begins!

My '2011 Chevy (on a '2012 Airstream Avenue) has been flawless and I've heard good things about the earlier models like yours.

The Airstream coach part (on the other hand) has been an on-going series of repairs that have made me intimately familiar with my van. Welcome to the club.

EDIT: Nice choice to go with the Maxxfan.
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Rosie- bizarre but true - I designed the Airstream Avenue by sending a blueprint of sorts of the an Urban B model to the Head Engineer who said "We make Class B+ models only, would never use the Chevy or Ford Platform ..."

A year later the Avenue came out & while it looked a little claustrophobic, they went into production.

The same year I sent the blueprint for the Rear Bed Pleasureway Plateau - no reply from PW but they went ahead & produced it for one year.

It seems both the Avenue & the Rear Bed Plateau were not well received in the market.

Maybe thats why I never got a Thank You letter from either company...
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:37 AM   #5
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So....
Picked up a 2004 c190P for a modest price. Seems well cared for, but much used.
I will be doing a lot of tinkering over the next several months.
Replacing water pump, troubleshooting fridge, reattaching window crank brackets... You know, the usual older RT stuff.
Already upgraded the roof vent from factory FanFan to basic Maxxair Max, changed sewer hose and fittings, pulled the questionable ps-inverter, and installed a front/rear dvr/mirror.

Genny runs well, tranny was Not full of glitter, recent door seal rubber, good interior, recent tires...

Looking forward to being able to go camping soon...

And, his name is Faith.
I have a Chevrolet 2004 with a 2005 Roadtrek Versatile 190 build out - ours was the last year when they worked with real wood before they moved to this composite crap - our units are like a fine yacht ...
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Rosie- bizarre but true - I designed the Airstream Avenue by sending a blueprint of sorts of the an Urban B model to the Head Engineer who said "We make Class B+ models only, would never use the Chevy or Ford Platform ..."

A year later the Avenue came out & while it looked a little claustrophobic, they went into production.

The same year I sent the blueprint for the Rear Bed Pleasureway Plateau - no reply from PW but they went ahead & produced it for one year.

It seems both the Avenue & the Rear Bed Plateau were not well received in the market.

Maybe thats why I never got a Thank You letter from either company...
But Airstream revived the floorplan in '2019 with their 19 foot Shorty on the Sprinter platform. I'm sure your royalty check is in the mail.

New Nineteen on top, my Avenue Suite layout on the bottom.
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I love the Nineteen.

At the time the Engineering Dept were complaining the couldn't justify the entry cost of the 144 Merceds versus the 170. Short units were in high demand.

That's when I suggested the Chevrolet.

It was a short 4-6 email exchange.

NEXT!
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The reason we like our layout (which is much like the later 190P's except the galley and bath are flipped) is because the bath is a good size for a b and at 6'2" tall, the 76" long rear bed was a must. And under the rear bed is a large 42x32x13 inch unobstructed storage which is accessible from the inside or rear doors.

On the negative side, having the bath just behind the drivers seat limits seat travel and recline. I get just enough legroom, mainly because you sit up high like in a chair. But it is close.
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My seat position is similar in the chev based pleasure way.
luckily I prefer an upright position
I have a cranny behind the seat where I can fit my travel guitar- use every inch


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My seat position is similar in the chev based pleasure way.
luckily I prefer an upright position
I have a cranny behind the seat where I can fit my travel guitar- use every inch


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Old 06-24-2020, 07:52 PM   #11
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no technician, been touring over 40 years


"work" is travel in airplanes and hotels to arenas and stadiums
( I don't mind our buses- always a good sleep)



Time off is travel in my van to beaches and forests


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I recently acquired a 2005 RT 210 Versatile. Most of the issues so far seem to be related to non-use. The interior of mine is in excellent condition, exterior has some minor issues. On the generator, I ended up replacing the carburetor, but now it seems to work great. I updated some of the 12v and 110v electrical service in the television, entertainment area. Let us know what other issues you find! It sounds like your unit and mine may be very similar.
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I plan on removing the head knocker over the (won't be using it) dinette area and tapping that circuit to add in usb ports in the rear.
I got in the entertainment cabinet and removed most of the extraneous wiring. Most all my gear runs off 12v so I also removed (but kept) the 300w ps inverter.
I need to replace the water pump. And I have an odd thonk under the cab when I go over small potholes. Slow bumps are fine, turning fine, handling is normal. Frame to wheel jostle= thonk noises. Hear and feel through cab floor. Taking it into the shop for this issue. Their hoist beats my 'park with one wheel on a curb' method. Lol
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Also, just sold my cargo conversion, so have a speck of cash to fix things with.
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