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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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Trips Troubleshooting

TRIP #6—PART II

We arrived at Ryan’s dorm by 9:30 AM. In the chaos of loading the E-trek, we failed to check the battery strength. We were on the road a little after 10:30 AM, but we had to make a stop to pick up Ryan’s artwork about a mile from the dorm. It was the hottest day […]

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Interior Trips Troubleshooting

TRIP #6—PART I

Finally it was time to pick up Ryan from Boston University for the summer. Originally Karl had planned to drive up and back in the same day, but since Ryan had to be out of the dorm by noon on Sunday, we thought he might be cutting it too close, and I convinced him that […]

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Maintenance Trips

TRIP #5—MORE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

We spent the next week e-mailing and talking to the service department at our dealer. We were still trying to find out why the Webasto kept draining the fresh water. Furthermore, we were not clear about was why our batteries always seemed low. On the Monitor Panel, there are four indicators: L=low, F=fair, G=good, and […]

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Trips Troubleshooting

TRIP #4—OUR FIRST OVERNIGHTER

We were anxious to make a trip to Gettysburg, one of favorite destinations. I investigated possible stopover points along the 180 mile route. We were hoping to get at least 2/3 of the way there Friday night so we would have all day Saturday in Gettysburg. There were a number of truck stops along Routes […]

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Navigation Trips

TRIP #3—BACK TO BOSTON

Seems we can’t get enough of Boston, because two weeks after we had been there to celebrate Easter/my birthday, we were back on the road. However, this time we were on a mission to deliver Ryan his bicycle, which we were supposed to bring on Easter. However, with all of the RV maintenance (detailed in […]

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TRIP #2–OUR SECOND TRIP TO BOSTON

So it was finally time to see if all of our modifications and research would pay off. We departed at exactly 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The new and improved navigation system worked great, and we had no trouble dropping off the dogs and getting back on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The slippery leather cushions stayed […]

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TRIP #1–OUR FIRST TRIP WITH “BIG BUMPY”

Our inaugural trip was to take our son, Ryan, back to college in Boston. We finally found some seat covers at Walmart, and we used an assortment of blankets to cover the rear sofa. We took the dogs out for another run Friday night to fill up with diesel fuel for the trip. I was […]

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Coming home with our new RV

  One week ago we picked up our new Roadtrek Etrek. Our son brought us to the dealer and enjoyed his first solo ride home on the Garden State Parkway. Now we will have no excuse not to let him drive there when he is home this summer. The paperwork took about fifteen minutes—although it […]