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Maintenance Technology Troubleshooting

TO BE OR NOX TO BE

In my previous post I mentioned that we had a recurrence of the “Check Diesel Exhaust Fluid” message we had experienced during our May 2016 trip to Boston. Last week our E-trek was serviced by Mercedes-Benz, and both NOX sensors (upper/lower) were replaced; however, replacing the sensors required Mercedes-Benz to remove and reinstall the black and gray tanks […]

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Maintenance Navigation Troubleshooting

AUGUST ANGST

Updated 9/17/16 Other than a few local errands, our E-trek was parked for nearly the entire month of August; however, we did have a few issues to resolve with our unit before the end of August, since we were planning several trips for September, including driving to Boston on September 1st. We also hope to […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

THE HOTTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR

We have been experiencing classic summertime weather throughout the month–hot, hot days, broken up by occasional rain and thunderstorms. We have not taken any trips to speak of, other than a few day trips. On July 3rd, we drove to Princeton Battlefield, about an hour from our home. To call it a day trip is an […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

BOSTON DEF OR DIE

Mother’s Day came late this year. We were supposed to pick-up our son from college on Mother’s Day, just as we had in 2015, on the hottest day of the year. This year, however, Ryan wanted to stay an extra week to spend time with some of his friends who were graduating on May 15th. Originally […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

NATIONAL PARK WEEK AT ANTIETAM

It was the anniversary of our first overnight trip and the weather forecast was good.  Coincidentally, it was National Park Week, so we decided it was the perfect weekend for our first trip of the season.  We actually left ahead of schedule Friday night–last year our plans were delayed due to the Webasto hot water heater auto-draining in […]

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Maintenance Troubleshooting

E-TREK WINTERIZING–THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES!

More than two weeks after we started the winterizing process, we were still working through the steps in the E-trek Owner’s Manual. Although we had watched several videos, E-trek winterizing has specific requirements that are not often covered in videos. For example, the E-trek uses a different type of hot water system, and also includes an […]

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Maintenance Trips Troubleshooting

WEBASTO AND WINTERIZING WOES

Our goal for this week is to winterize our E-trek. We started by watching various YouTube videos last month and in anticipation had purchased the recommended antifreeze as well as a pump adapter so that Karl could use his bicycle tire pump to flush out the lines after draining the tanks. Most videos indicate that the […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

TRIP #10–E-TREK OR TREAT–THE FINAL REPORT

This post is a follow-up to our previous post, “Trip #10–E-trek or Treat!” Our Halloween trip was a huge success! We actually left on time (almost), without the usual delays of rain or some unexpected malfunction. We listened to an episode of “The Profit,” which we had downloaded to our iPad using DirecTV’s GenieGo app (for details, see […]

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Maintenance Troubleshooting

ROADTREK STANDS BY THEIR WARRANTY

We would like to thank Roadtrek for standing by their warranty and addressing the problems we experienced with our 2015 E-trek. When we made the tagline for our blog “The adventures of new RVers–what could possibly go wrong?” we had no idea of the challenges we would face; however, we are very satisfied with the […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

TRIP #9–BOSTON AND OUR E-TREK

Our previous trips to Boston had been plagued by the serpentine belt coming off, which not only prevented the batteries from charging via the under-hood generator/secondary alternator, but also resulted in the engine fan failure and subsequent overheating. This situation occurred when we picked up our son in May (see Trip #6–Part II) and when we brought him […]