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Tiki2some
Had an interesting conversation with the Service Manager at our dealer, for what it's worth...
We had just dropped our (new) 195 at the dealer for a few things. Our warranty issues are limited (so far anyway) to the back "exit" window latch not engaging in the "open" position, and a non-responsive gray tank sensor.
After we were done, all signed off, and I was putting the hitch away and we were about to drive off, Jim, the Service manager came out to check on an item, and stopped to chat "off duty." Went on for some time about his preferred TT mfr: Riverside Retro. The dealership carries a range of brands - he is looking to buy a retro for himself when his wife retires. Says it is - hands down - the most-reliable-least-issue line they carry. Granted, I am starting to feel that may be the best of a somewhat questionable bunch - as TTs in general don't seem to be a top-rated quality-built category. Still: made me feel good to be a new Retro owner.
~ Linda & Bill
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lcohenfan
Alabama Jim wrote:
Riverside took a close look at leaks in 2015 and made effort to improve the quality.  After experiencing a leak I took mine directly back to the factory.  They were humbled and apologetic.  They replaced the TT, now no leaks at all.  They took the leaky trailer and tore it down so technicians could use it as a training tool and learn.  I then toured the factory and was impressed with their effort at building quality in.  I am sold on the intent of Riverside to provide a quality product to the customer.  They are not perfect and no RV manufacture is.  In my humble opinion, Riverside is as good as you can get.


They replaced it?  Interesting.  We had taken our 199FKS to our dealer on three separate occasions since we purchased 15 months ago for water leak issues through the wheel wells.  I drove it to the factory this weekend.  After towing from Terre Haute to Angola, Indiana through the snow, I arrived and stayed at the KOA there (not impressed with KOA).  Anyway, got set up and walked inside to this - remnants of road salt inside coming from the areas of both wheel wells.  So, to complicate any subfloor damage which may have been caused by rainwater, there is now salt added to the equation. [image] 

I dropped it off yesterday morning and returned home to Memphis, TN.  Looking forward to what they come up with and solution they may offer.
2017 Riverside Retro 199FKS named Brew's Fault
Dog's name - Brew
Camping, boating and music enthusiast
Love Leonard Cohen
Retired U.S. Navy submariner but still have to work!
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sunvalleyjoe
I looked into to it last year. The 2 RV dealers I asked would not do it. They think the roof needs extra support for an AC. They both said Retro did not beef up the roof to take the extra weight. Maybe you should ask the factory before trying it. If you can get them to answer.Good luck  GBA!!SVJ
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Tom
Two cents. 
Leak are a normal occurrence for cars, campers, houses, boats, etc., that get exposed to water.  
If you haven't experienced one or more, you've lead a "sheltered" (haha) existence or should buy a lottery ticket.

I am endlessly surprised at the effort that goes into preventing them
vs the effort that goes into anticipating and preparing for them.  

I.e., who would make a camper floor out of unprotected chipboard?  

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sunvalleyjoe
guess we have been lucky . The Retro is our 5th Rv and have only had one that leaked after 10 feet of   snow cracked the roof. Preventive maintenance is the key. I had enough of being wet in tents etc in the 60,s and 6 years reg Army. Guess we lucked out buying a used 150 4 years ago. ps we have had snow and rain lots of it and no leaks. But I checked and re seal roof every year.(Not bad for 73 years old). GBA!!SVJ
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Ralph L Staub
I too, have had no issues with leaks of any kind in my 199fks. I have done no modifications or additional sealing, it just doesn't leak. I DO do regular inspection under the chassis for any potential road hazard damage (especially to the vapor barrier) every thousand miles or so, but have found none. I've had her two years today. Still in love. :-)
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sunvalleyjoe
hey Ralph how are things? Just got back from Big Pine area for a visit. Mammoth has gotten over 500 inches of snow this year has been real crazy. Caught a lot of trout on earlier opener at bDiaz Lake. Take care. GBA!!SVJ made it to Death Valley
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Ralph L Staub
Sounds like another great trip! Love that area. Unfortunately, I have a lot less reason to get out to the Sierras than I used to. My entire hometown of Paradise Ca. was annihilated by Fire in November. All my friends and Family are now scattered across the country. Very Sad.
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VeloBuckeye
I have a 2018 177SE and have towed it in an 7 hour rainstorm and late winter slushy weather.  No leak issues.  As Mr. Staub mentioned above, I also check under the chassis prior to each trip (or longer trip).  I also sprayed a few cans of undercarriage rubber in the wheel wells and other undercarriage areas as a precaution.  I will re-do those areas in a few weeks again for this year.  One thing about spraying the wheel wells - I also think it looks better when viewed from the outside, versus the silver wheel well color. 1.jpg  2.png 
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sunvalleyjoe
nice clean look . I sprayed mine black also. GBA!!SVJ
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cadal99
do you have specific product you use to to coat the wheel wells?  Thx
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sunvalleyjoe
My was a heavy duty undercoating from O rilleys Auto about $8 a can. It is also paintable if you wish a color. GBA!!SVJ
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VeloBuckeye
I used the 3M brand undercoating, as I had it left over from another project.  I'm sure any reputable brand will work well.  I left the wheels on and masked the Retro's walls and tire.  
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