MikeV
My wife and I just put a deposit on an 189r. Some posts here that indicate the quality of the RV might not be up to par. We would love to hear reviews of any Riverside Retro owners. What we might want to consider as preventive maintenance, etc.
This is not our first trailer. We started out with a Casita 16ft, we currently have a Fleetwood Orbit. Very light trailer.
water and leaking is a problem we do not want to deal with. 
We appreciate any responses.
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Alabama Jim
Congratulations and welcome to the Retro world.  We have the 195 and have had no major problems.  IMHO you need to use it soon and look for any measures that need to be corrected while the guarantee is in force.  We just clean and wax the trailer a couple times a year, check tires before every outing, check the brakes and grease the bearings annually.  Like all TT's some little things happen, e.g. we have to keep putting the smoke detector up as it vibrates loose.  O yes, many people have problems at first with the smoke detector going off when the heater comes on.  Venting will help and it seems to go away after the first few uses.  
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MikeV
Thanks for the reply. Happy to be on board. We are excited to have our new little trailer.  We will keep an eye out for anything and everything in the first year.
Do you recommend the extended warranty?
thanks
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Maher01
My wife and I ordered a new 195 last November, received it the end of January, and traveled south and west of New Hampshire.  Around 5,000 miles and all is great, clear and no problems.
Enjoy your travels!
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MikeV
Thanks. That's encouraging. 
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Alabama Jim
Mike, due to budget since being retired, we purchased an extended warranty on the AC only.  If you can afford it, a total extended warranty can give you some peace of mind.  Remember, extended warranties are for parts, even on our AC.  We would have to pay labor at 100 dollars per hour.  Over the two years we have owned our TT we would not have used the extended warranty and the payments would have been down the drain.  Do what you think is best, we all have different circustances.
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fireblot
Hi Mike,
We took delivery of a 181b a week ago. I spent a lot of time researching campers before this purchase and quite a bit of time in the last week checking testing and leak testing every system, appliance, seam, joint, connection etc.  I'm happy to say that I have been pleased with the result!  Sure, maybe an Airstream is put together a little better, but that comes with a hefty increase in weight and even heftier increase in price! When the constraints of the RV industry, I am feel that my Retro is of good quality and represents a great value. Good luck with whatever you decide!
Peter
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MikeV
Thanks Peter,
My wife and I closed the deal today on our 189r. Our dealer spent time with us going over the rigs construction and other fine points. That calmed much of our apprehension. Looking forward to delivery and will post pictures upon arrival.
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fireblot
MikeV: My dealer did a great job with the delivery "breifing" on the systems and features. It cleared up a lot of concerns that I had from reading horror stories on the internet. Frankly I was surprised at just how sophisticated our little 'house on wheels' really is!
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mtcyphert
We just brought our 189R home. A two hour ride home from the dealer resulted in one drawer sliding open. Everything else was in place. It pulled great on rough roads and congested traffic.
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fireblot
After a week of heavy rain, we did an overnite "shakedown" cruise to a local State Park with our new 181b this weekend. I'm happy to report no problems with leaks, system operations or towing. It wasn't a very long trip (175 miles), but the performance of our 'Retro Rocket' was perfect and we had a relaxing time hanging out on the beach in St. Augustine, FL. Averaged 11.2 MPG @ 65 MPH towing with a Nissan Titan.
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MikeV
Happy to report our first trip with our 189r is a success. Our Highlander with WD hitch pulled our new trailer with ease from Chico to Mt Shasta. Spent our first in comfort.

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