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RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Would you believe that you can pull the door handle off when shutting the door? It happened after I turned the passenger seat. The GM dealer said they could only supply a complete inside of the door, for some astronomical sum of money, so my DW had to ride without an arm rest for many miles. Fortunately NewGMParts.com came to the rescue and shipped the two pieces ($45) of the door handle to my son's home in Iowa for $8 shipping vs $52 to Canada. The new passenger door handle was installed today, using the old fittings which I kept (just in case they were not supplied). Peace reigns once more.
senf 09/26/15 04:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2008 Roadtrek Popular 19

I had some "Drain J" left over from the stick house. Bought it at Canadian Tire. It is used for cleaning waste pipes and is safe for for septic tanks. So I put some in the black tank and some in the grey tank along with some water. I allowed some of the solution to sit overnight in the macerator. Now the macerator runs very quietly and smoothly while working and only when it runs out of fluid can you hear it.
senf 08/29/15 08:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

For the third time since 2010, I have had to remove the toilet and attempt to fix the water supply leak. I say attempt, because it only manifests itself when we are travelling. Currently, we are stopping at our eldest son's place and the leak is not evident. Against all plumbing advice, I have wrapped plumbers tape around the plastic threads in an effort to stop the leak. We shall see!!!
senf 08/06/15 08:20pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Questions on 2008 Roadtrek Popular 19

Put Bilstein shocks on the front and Firestone Air Bags on the rear. The "small" hole is what size? You could put a small reflector on, to cover the hole, or fill the hole with one of many products from a hardware store, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware. Will you then want to match the finish? Maybe you should talk to a body shop or a boat builder. If you go that route be prepared for the whole fibreglass cover to be repainted, because their work has to match the surrounding area.
senf 06/28/15 05:15pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek 190P ordered a new mattress.

richardg40 - Our foam mattress is more comfortable than some of our friends and relatives beds that we sleep in. We had a local foam company that specializes in mattresses for boats (and there are zillions of them moored around here) build our mattress and cover it. It is actually two pieces, each of a different density, custom cut to the shape of the van. Mind you, I got rid of the very, very uncomfortable power sofa/bed and installed a 3/4 inch plywood base, which folds in half, when needed. We have slept on foam (mostly latex) since 1966, in our homes. We even replaced the new spring mattress in our 5th wheel with a foam one. Memory foam does nothing for me as I find it hot, as well as uncomfortable when I turn over.
senf 06/13/15 10:21pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Used roadtreks

There were very few problems with our 1996 Dodge 190V 5.9L engine. The Rear wheels had to have spacers in order to track in line with the front wheels. This was a common problem for the Chev, Ford and Dodge vans of that era. We replaced a fuel pump once and the oil pressure sensor twice, and a NEW chassis battery failed within two weeks of installation. Other than that the engine/chassis gave us over 150,000 miles during the 11 years we had it without any significant problems. Maintenance pays!
senf 06/13/15 09:48pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Those of you with older Roadtreks...

If your vehicle has tinted windows and you have light blocked from the front cab by the toilet door, no-one can see what you are doing during daylight hours. When you turn on lights inside - that's a different story!
senf 06/12/15 11:13pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Roadtrek 190P ordered a new mattress.

When I installed our custom foam mattress, I used two tie-down straps, wrapping one around each end of the mattress. Then tightened each strap and the mattress just rolled up into a cylinder. Might be worth a try with your coil mattress.
senf 06/12/15 10:58pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: RV Roof Armor

I think you would get more replies if you post in the Trailer forums. I doubt if there are any B Class units with rubber roofs.
senf 06/12/15 10:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to the class B world

How about exercising your generator 30 minutes twice per month? I have never had generator trouble since we started using a generator in 1996 (two Roadtreks). We have had our present RT five years and only have 97.8 hours on it.
senf 05/21/15 10:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Dodge Roadtrek Floor mats

The mats in our Roadtrek 1996 and present 2008 were custom made for or by Roadtrek. I recently decided that the driver side needed to be replaced and couldn't come up with a carpet replacement. So both driver and passenger foot well mats were replaced by rubber ones. Not quite as nice looking, but more serviceable and easier to clean. If I have a concern, it will be the movement of the driver side mat up underneath the pedals. The rubber mats do have spikes on the underside, so maybe they won't move. Cannot remember having a centre floor mat in front of the doghouse. We buy a mat to fit the area between the two front seats, another to fit in the entrance doorway, another to fit at the rear of the dropped floor and a runner to cover the dropped floor. The fun part is trying to colour co-ordinate them.
senf 04/04/15 12:00am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

I finished painting the awning caps yesterday and snapped them on today. Cleaned the back of the awning and persuaded a neighbour to leave his own RV chores and help me put the awning on the Roadtrek. Lined up the rivet holes, pumped them full of silicon sealer and put the rivets in. Lubricated the awning arm knuckles and the stays with silicon. Wound the awning fully out and in a couple of times and it is ready for the summer sun.
senf 04/02/15 09:21pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

It rained and with the tarpaulin now covering the rear 2/3rds there was NO sign of a leak. Which means that previously the rain ran along the gutter from the back to the front (vehicle on slight downhill slope facing the road purposely) and found a way inside. Despite two applications of Captain Tolleys Creeping Crack Cure. So I picked up a small tube of marine silicone at our local auto/marine hardware store and ran a very thin bead on both driver and passenger sides. Ran a second bead on both sides and smoothed it in with my finger. Covered up with the tarpaulin again to let the silicon cure. Sprayed it with the hose today and no sign of the leak. The inside fabric was sprayed with "Folex", scrubbed with a toothbrush then dabbed with paper towels to remove the stain and much of the moisture. Then a small fan was used to dry it out overnight. Where the passenger side gutter seal was covered by the awning the gutter seal was all dried and cracked, so a layer of silicon was rubbed into it. The silicon went a long way as there is at least a third of the tube left. Maybe silicon is not the right stuff to use on the gutter seal, but if I wait for a reply from Roadtrek, I might drown in the meantime!!!
senf 04/01/15 10:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

Ha! It rained overnight and despite my best efforts the leak still persists. Either Captain Tolleys Creeping Crack Cure is******or I haven't yet found the source of the leak. The latter is more likely! I covered the front 2/3rds with a tarpaulin. It rained, it leaked! So I moved the tarp to cover the back 2/3rds. Now we wait for rain again! In the meantime I am re-painting the end caps of the Fiamma awning. The folks at Fiamma are right on the ball. I emailed a question on Sunday night and had an answer by noon PDT. My enquiry to Roadtrek regarding the material used in the gutter is still outstanding - 4 business days.
senf 03/30/15 10:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

GaryKH - There was a leak on the driver side in the gutter. Experience has taught me that I can expect the same trouble in a similar area. So I am sealing the passenger side gutter as well. Today, I drilled out the rest of each rivet, cleaned off the caulking around the rivet holes, temporarily stopped up the rivet holes, washed off the grunge and mould on the side of the roof, applied and re-applied sealant along the edge next to the roof. Now it can rain, overnight!!!
senf 03/28/15 11:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Jumpstart from auxiliary battery

After a new chassis battery failed on our first Roadtrek (1996) and we were in the middle of the Redwoods in northern California, on our return home, I had our local mechanic wire a coach battery boost switch. I wouldn't be without one. It was one of the first modifications done on our present rig and worth every penny.
senf 03/27/15 11:41pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What Did You Do To Your Class B Today ?

I drilled out the rivets securing the Fiamma awning. Then I tied up one end of the awning while I lifted the other end down. Then untied the other end and carried it into the garage. It is heavy!!! Expect I will have to have help to put it back, and I need to locate some 3/16 inch rivets which will handle the 1/4 inch thickness of the combined awning and mounting plate. The purpose of removing the awning was to reseal the gutter seal which sits directly beneath the awning. What a mess behind the awning!!! I resealed the opposite side's seal using Captain Tolleys Creeping Crack Cure. The awning side will have to wait for another day.
senf 03/27/15 11:23pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why do we carry a spare tire around?

If I didn't have a Continental spare tire, I would have to find another place to mount my BBQ platform - and that is seriously inconvenient!!!
senf 03/27/15 11:02pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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