TrikePete
Hello,

This past weekend we took out our new camper. We opted for the New Bern KOA (NC) where we had stayed several times before. We were given a new site, recently prepared which was good and bad, good because it had all services, bad because the gravel had not settled and had a heck of an down angle. It made the camper look as if it was not level.

About the camper, EVERYTHING worked correctly and there were NO surprises.

* The heater came on automatically as it got cold into the 40's.

*On Saturday, the temp went up to 80 so we used the A/C (making sure it was draining correctly).

* The automatic vent opened and closed as necessary to keep the temperature at 77 as set.

* For the first time ever, we used the shower inside the camper, we only waited about 15 minutes after turning it on prior to jumping in. We both showered without any hot water interruption.

* The fridge and freezer worked flawlessly. I turned it on at breakfast time (0630) while on shore power and placed the food inside about 1000. Within a few seconds of disconnecting the power, I heard the gas kick on and the fridge continued working. Same when we arrived at the site and switch back to power, the fridge switched automatically.

* The TV (I purchased and installed) work great as expected. I will be wiring the TV to come out via the Jensen speakers.

The only issue was with the gray/black connection. I did not notice the O-ring from my hose had fallen off. Thank God I had my disposable gloves on. This was my first time ever issue dumping. Amazon sells a set of 4 replacement gaskets for about $6 (ordered)

Other: prior to the trip I had the dealer install a vent cover over the bathroom vent so that it can stay open at all times. I also had the trailer exterior processed so that it wont require waxing for at least 5 years. I also had the under carriage under coated  (just like we do for cars) to prevent water splashing up. I will be replacing the heater thermostat this week with a digital one as it's an easy install and will be easier to set/use

Lastly, the gas mileage on my F150 dropped from 21 to 11 while towing the loaded retro at 65 mph on a coastal highway (flat). I wonder what it will be when I go up the mountains....
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mtcyphert
Congratulations! Sounds like things went smooth. We really enjoy ours. Unfortunately, instead of camping last weekend, I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to winterize ours. It was a breeze once I figured everything out (1st time).
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Merriman
Welcome TrikePete.   We just purchased an Retro 177SE and I upgraded to a 2015 F150 XLT (2.7 Ecoboost with towing package).  We also have had a flawless September / October traveling around Michigan State Parks.   The coolest idea so far was my wife's installation of extension rods to serve as extra towel bars in the shower/toilet. No issues with the trailer.  Tip: I ran the heater a couple hours before setting out to burn off the factory coatings so not to set off the smoke alarm during the first trips.

My only decision to make this winter is whether I upgrade to a WD hitch.  So far the trailer pull flat and has been very stable on the expressway.  

Bob M - Lansing MI
Bob Merriman
2017 Retro 177SE 
2015 Ford F150 2.7L Ecoboost
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markstevens
Good report TrikePete.  Couple of questions;  What is the process you used on the exterior to keep from waxing?   How did you go about spraying the undercoating under the trailer.  I insulated all the water lines with grey foam tubing - I'm guessing the undercoating is sprayed on top of piping, wiring, tanks, etc. Did you do the work yourself or take the trailer someplace?  Thanks in advance for the information.
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markstevens
Bob - I don't have a WD hitch either and haven't experienced any problems.  I do use a sway bar.  Still up in the air if I need the WD.

2017 Retro 177SE
Mercedes G Wagen, 5L
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TrikePete
markstevens wrote:
Good report TrikePete.  Couple of questions;  What is the process you used on the exterior to keep from waxing?   How did you go about spraying the undercoating under the trailer.  I insulated all the water lines with grey foam tubing - I'm guessing the undercoating is sprayed on top of piping, wiring, tanks, etc. Did you do the work yourself or take the trailer someplace?  Thanks in advance for the information.


Hello, i will have to get the info as I don't have it readily available (got to find where I put it). Bottom line is there is a company here in the Hampton Roads (VA) that services all RV dealers. The come out to the dealer, prior to picking up your camper, and perform the undercoating. They also do an external coating warranted for 5 years and an internal coating like in a car to prevent stains and spills. On my 177SE it was almost $1k.
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