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Maintenance Troubleshooting

OUR E-TREK’S BACK!

After spending nearly two weeks at Mercedes-Benz, we finally picked up our 2015 Roadtrek E-trek late Thursday afternoon, August 20th. In our post titled Finally Some Answers–Part I, we detailed the first replacement of the serpentine belt which must have come off the pulleys (and subsequently shredded) sometime in May. After that belt replacement, we tested […]

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Technology

NEW TECH FOR THE E-TREK

Sadly, our 2015 Roadtrek E-trek is still at Mercedes-Benz awaiting parts from Roadtrek’s supplier to repair the secondary alternator. Since there are no trips in our immediate future, we thought we would share our latest gadget, a Sony Action Camera, which we hope will be a fun addition to our tech for the E-trek. Karl […]

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Maintenance Troubleshooting

ROADTREK E-TREK BATTERY CHARGING BY IDLING TEST INTERRUPTED

Back to Mercedes-Benz for service According to Roadtrek, idling charges the Roadtrek E-trek battery at a rate of 2000 watts at 24 volts @ 1000 RPM. On Friday, August 7th, we ran down the batteries from 85%/25 VDC to 20%/21 VDC to see if we could fully charge the batteries by idling. We started the test at 11:00 AM […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

ROADTREK E-TREK BATTERY CHARGING BY DRIVING TEST

Results inconclusive During our difficulties is May and June, we were trying to clarify the charging times for the Roadtrek E-trek battery. According to  Roadtrek, “while driving, the under hood generator will be providing 3300 watts at 24 volts with 2000 RPM.”  (This is slightly different than the Roadtrek E-trek Owner’s Manual which states 3500 […]

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Maintenance Troubleshooting

ROADTREK E-TREK SOLAR TEST II

How much will the solar panels replenish  “moderately depleted” batteries? On Tuesday we  determined that the Roadtrek E-trek solar panels do not keep the batteries “topped up.” According to Roadtrek, “moderately depleted” batteries are 24 VDC. (see Roadtrek E-trek Solar Test I ) We want to see if it is possible for the solar panels to return them to […]

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Maintenance Troubleshooting

ROADTREK E-TREK SOLAR TEST I

Will the Roadtrek E-trek solar panels keep the batteries “topped up?” In our previous post from mid-June, Our 2015 Roadtrek E-trek (What we have learned) we promised to provide some follow-up testing regarding the charging for the Roadtrek E-trek batteries by the various methods: driving, idling, solar panels, and plugging in to shore power. Roadtrek has clarified […]