Yesterday we confirmed that all of the work has been completed on our 2015 Roadtrek E-trek. After installing the battery balancer, replacing the secondary alternator, and correcting the solar control setting to allow the solar panels to charge the batteries, the service technician advised that the batteries are now functioning properly. Our E-trek is now on… Continue reading OUR 2015 ROADTREK E-TREK IS HOMEWARD BOUND!
Our Roadtrek E-trek has been at the factory for nearly three weeks. We have been getting periodic updates from the service technician, and it sounds like all of the work will be completed today, so we will have our E-trek returned to us next week. Following are the results: The service team performed the battery load… Continue reading GOOD NEWS FROM THE ROADTREK FACTORY!
Yesterday we attended the RV Show in Hershey, PA. We were very excited to attend the show after listening to all the hype on the Roadtreking Podcast for the past few weeks. After dropping the dogs at doggy day care, we arrived at the show by 10:30 AM. The highlight of our visit was meeting Jim… Continue reading THE LARGEST RV SHOW IN AMERICA
After our Roadtrek E-trek had departed for Canada on Friday, September 4th, we were anxious to verify that it had been safely delivered to the Roadtrek factory. Due to the Labor Day holiday, it was not received by the Roadtrek factory until Wednesday, September 9th, and the service technician inspected it on September 10th and informed us that it… Continue reading ROADTREK E-TREK SERVICE UPDATE
If you have been following our blog, you may recall that our 2015 Roadtrek E-trek nearly broke down when we picked up our son from college in Boston in May. Since then we have had the secondary alternator (under-hood generator) repaired twice--due to the serpentine belt coming off--at Mercedes-Benz as discussed in our posts Finally Some… Continue reading TRIP #7–BOSTON DEJA VU
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… Continue reading OUR E-TREK’S BACK!
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… Continue reading ROADTREK E-TREK BATTERY CHARGING BY IDLING TEST INTERRUPTED
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… Continue reading ROADTREK E-TREK SOLAR TEST II
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… Continue reading ROADTREK E-TREK SOLAR TEST I
What we have learned During our two-month ordeal, when we experienced problems on our various trips to Gettysburg and Boston, we had been studying the 2015 Roadtrek E-trek manual and corresponding with Roadtrek to try and answer some of the basic operation questions. Initially we thought our problems were due to our being new RVers--of… Continue reading OUR 2015 ROADTREK E-TREK