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Old 09-18-2014, 09:56 PM   #15
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Now that I am facing it as a practical issue I have discovered just how much of a pain it is to access the water pump. What moron plumbed that thing where it is? I MAY be able to disconnect the discharge side, but even that will require some contortions I haven't done since my karate days. The suction side is buried under the drain from the sink.
Dumb question— and remember, there are no dumb questions, just dumb people asking them— can you unbolt the whole pump and pull it out far enough to disconnect the suction side?
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Old 09-18-2014, 10:04 PM   #16
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Protagonist...that definitely falls into the "forest for the trees" category. I am going to take a look at that in the morning. If there is enough slack in the suction line I will put the "kit" in there. .......silently skulking away...nursing the stinging sensation from my forehead slap.


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Old 09-19-2014, 06:16 AM   #17
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I solved the generator problem. Traded off pour Interstate for a Roadtrek CS Adventurous with engine generator and no propane.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:59 AM   #18
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I solved the generator problem. Traded off pour Interstate for a Roadtrek CS Adventurous with engine generator and no propane.
I prefer to drop the tire vs. losing what you lost on your trade in.

I also can't for the love of god figure out why RT puts those fake windows above the windshield
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Old 09-19-2014, 09:53 AM   #19
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They must have moved the spare or the generator on the newer models as I can just remove the access panel and then unscrew the dipstick and remove to check the oil level. Replacing the oil did require a suction gun tho.

I agree on the fake windows. So did the salesman I talked to.
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:30 AM   #20
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Can't quite get the dipstick out without lowering just a little and then pushing the tire just an inch or two.
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:01 PM   #21
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Ron CA, the "fake windows" is a Roadtrek thing. Been doing it since they started raising the roof on the Dodge then Chevy vans. On the Chevy the windows actually are windows. They continued with the Mercedes just because its at "Roadtrek Thing."

As for loss in trade in. Yup, took a hit but also moved up from what I wanted but was not available a year ago to what I now can get. No generator, no Suburban furnace, no propane, E-trek with generator from the MB engine, more batteries and a 5000 watt inverter.

I know there is a significant difference in the cabinetry between AI and RT, but at least RT "has" latches on the overhead cabinets. Our first trip with the AI and around a left corner the overhead came open and all our dishes up there went crashing to the floor. Been carrying those dishes for over 20 years in 3 prior Class A's and never had them fall, until AI because of no latches on overheads.

I now will have a decent pair of doors to open for the bathroom instead of the stupid single door in the AI and the crazy/noisey "extra" room door. I will have a decent inverter, no longer a 1000 watt one. Easier to drain water tank as it has a valve instead of a plug on the bottom of the tank.

Life is tradeoffs and some times you pay for them. Our choice, its still allowed in the USA, at least for now it is.
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Old 09-19-2014, 04:31 PM   #22
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I like RTs, I really wish RT would stop with the windows though. I know some on the chevy platform have real windows and that's cool because they provide some light, but the vinyl stickers are just Arggg.....You should peel yours off. Come on be the 1st

You do have some cool technology and will be interested in your feedback, pros and cons.

Love my cabinetry, especially since I took the file to the edges and got rid of the sharpness. Can't imagine them flying open around a corner. Thay don't call you Mario BB for nuthin
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Yes they do fly open happens to me with my laptop.
First I sought they lock with the push bottom but no that is only to pull. There are some knobs the will lock but I could not find anything in the same size.
Good luck with your RT if I purchased now I would have picked the same as you.
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Yes they do fly open happens to me with my laptop.
First I sought they lock with the push bottom but no that is only to pull. There are some knobs the will lock but I could not find anything in the same size.
Good luck with your RT if I purchased now I would have picked the same as you.
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I've had mine come open because the hinge screws pulled out from the door. Also had one come off hinge when opening. That's when I discovered they were fastened with only 3/8" screws. I upgraded them all to 3/4" - just long enough to not penetrate the outer laminate layer.

I've also located a source of some locking knobs that I think will work. I'll be trying them later in the fall when I get home from this 3 month Alaska adventure. I'll post results if they work.


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I'm wondering if they changed the hinges after 2011 because my over-center hinges make the overhead doors difficult to open. Never had any doors come open but then I do try to keep all six wheels on the pavement when cornering.
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That is another problem the 6 wheels on the street and the upper cabinet moving a feet left to right.
I just don't put everything heavy up there anymore. Still would feel more comfortable if they would lock.
My drawer under the burner is also open constantly by know I know how to counter steer and close it again.
Better sway control would help to keep everything closed.
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Now that's a good another good "reason" I can claim on my changeover to Roadtrek: they use latches on all cabinets and drawers, unlike Airstream. But there is much issues with RT latches as I will soon find out.
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Any B-class van without issues would not be fun.
I am sure you will find some with the RT.


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