the5reeds
After many years of camping in our beloved Nash 17, we have decided to upgrade and are looking hard at a Retro 195. We have looked at many many "traditional" keystoneforestcruiserheartland models and while they look to be perfectly functional, they don't have the appeal of the Retros for us. And they Retros appear to be built well, with current light weight framing techniques. (I only wish they had larger holding tanks.)

So I have a few questions for everyone about the Retros.

~ I am really confused what is standard and what are options. The one we are looking at locally shows on the invoice "Birch valance, radiant barrier, and low profile AC"...but what about the other options listed on the web site ...i.e., package 1, Retro interior package, awning, am/fm/DVD, mini blinds, Heartland mattress, etc...

~ Dealers - are most people buying at a local dealer, or are there good "nation-wide" or out of state dealers to consider?  (We are from WA state). Our local dealer's asking price is really high.

~ From what I've gathered, it looks like the Retro 195 is 3-season with the tanks and some water lines exposed underneath? Is it all Pex?

~ I read somewhere that folks have broken their waste dump because it hangs pretty low - has Riverside done anything to protect it? (I have a read about the lift kits)

~ What about solar panels? Is the roof walkable? since the back is rounded, a ladder doesn't seem feasible.

~ Does it have a decent 3-stage battery charger?

~ Does anyone have any regrets about buying a Retro? Why?

Well sorry this went so long...so many questions. Any help is appreciated. 
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Alabama Jim
We love our Retro 195, no regrets.  The charger is great and the roof is walkable, with caution of course. I have seen so many variables listed by dealers that I cannot say what is standard.  Ours has a am/fm radio with outside speakers and outside shower.    We have curtains, not the mini blinds.  I have looked at a lot of Retro dealers and can tell you Marlin Ingram RV in Montgomery, Alabama is one of the lowest priced in the nation.  That is a long way from Washington, but thought I would mention it.
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the5reeds
Thanks Alabama Jim - We looked at them again yesterday and went ahead and pulled the trigger on a 195. What a father's day gift!
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retro195man
the5reeds wrote:
After many years of camping in our beloved Nash 17, we have decided to upgrade and are looking hard at a Retro 195. We have looked at many many "traditional" keystoneforestcruiserheartland models and while they look to be perfectly functional, they don't have the appeal of the Retros for us. And they Retros appear to be built well, with current light weight framing techniques. (I only wish they had larger holding tanks.)

So I have a few questions for everyone about the Retros.

~ I am really confused what is standard and what are options. The one we are looking at locally shows on the invoice "Birch valance, radiant barrier, and low profile AC"...but what about the other options listed on the web site ...i.e., package 1, Retro interior package, awning, am/fm/DVD, mini blinds, Heartland mattress, etc...

NOT SURE HOW YOUR DEALER IS PACKAGING. WOULD NEED MORE INFO

~ Dealers - are most people buying at a local dealer, or are there good "nation-wide" or out of state dealers to consider?  (We are from WA state). Our local dealer's asking price is really high.

I BOUGHT MINE AT A LOCAL DEALER HERE IN OHIO. BUT THAT IS QUITE A DISTANCE FROM YOU. 

~ From what I've gathered, it looks like the Retro 195 is 3-season with the tanks and some water lines exposed underneath? Is it all Pex?

I HAVE HAD MINE SINCE JUNE OF LAST YEAR. IT'S HIGH ENOUGH FOR TRAVEL WITHOUT A PROBLEM. I JUST WOULDN'T GO OF ROAD WITH IT. 

~ I read somewhere that folks have broken their waste dump because it hangs pretty low - has Riverside done anything to protect it? (I have a read about the lift kits)

THAT SOUNDS A BIT ODD.  IF THAT WERE THE CASE I WOULD THINK STATE DOTs WOULD BE INVESTIGATING. 

~ What about solar panels? Is the roof walkable? since the back is rounded, a ladder doesn't seem feasible.

I WOULDN'T MAKE IT A HABIT LIKE IT WAS A PATIO. BUT TO GET UP THERE AND DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO,  IT'S FINE. 

~ Does it have a decent 3-stage battery charger?

I HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM. HOWEVER, I SUGGEST A BATTERY SHUT OFF FOR WHEN YOU ARE SITTING IDLE MORE THAN A MONTH WITHOUT BEING PLUGGED IN. BUT I WOULD HAVE THAT ON ANY TRAILER. 

~ Does anyone have any regrets about buying a Retro? Why?

NO REGRETS. IT IS A COMFORTABLE TRAILER. READ THROUGH THE POSTINGS, YOU'LLGET SOME GREAT TIPS TO MAKE IT BETTER. I'VE ADDED SOME AND I'VE LEARNED ABOUT SOME OTHER GREAT STUFF. 
THE APPLIANCES ARE THE SAME IN THESE TRAILERS AS IS IN ALL THE OTHER TRAILERS. SUBURBAN, ETC.
THERE WOULD NOT BE ANY UNIQUE PROBLEMS OR ISSUES THAT YOU WOULDN'T ENCOUNTER IN ANY OTHER TRAILER.

Well sorry this went so long...so many questions. Any help is appreciated. 


HOPE THIS HELPED. I AM REALLY HAPPY WITH THE 195 AND IT'S LAYOUT. 
KEEP IN MIND THE CAPACITY IN THIS TRAILER COMPARED TO OTHERS. YOU CAN PUT WHAT YOU WANT IN THERE... AND NOT HAVE TO COUNT THE POUNDS. 
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Alabama Jim
Welcome Reeds to the Retro World.  I pray you enjoy your 195.  May God grant you many fun and safe trips.
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