January 26, 2017
My wife and I took our 195 Retro from Las Vegas Nevada to Vestal New York last August. Our trip lasted the entire month of August and was over 6000 miles. This is our 2nd year as RV owners. We just wanted to share our Retro experiences. Before we left we had around 3000 miles of multiple trips in the Southwest. I was very concerned about some of the Retro tire and wet flooring issues that other owners have experienced in this Forum. Our Coker Tires performed well all the way. I was very careful to check the pressures every morning so we could always start out with an even 32 PSI. We are running our Retro 195 at around 5000 pounds with about a 940 pound tongue weight. Mid Country we hit heavy rain. We are talking full speed windshield wiper rain. This red rain cell followed us all the way to New York. Our family was laughing how we were always in the middle of this giant rain cell. Knowing that thin black fabric under the Retro was the only thing protecting our wood floor was not reassuring. Days of deep standing water kept pounding our floor. Even our battery boxes were taking on some water. We set up camp in New York and during the first 2 weeks it rained all but 3 days. Now back in Nevada I can find no soft spots in the floor. The Retro did very well. The Cokers look great. I love the white walls and don’t want to give them up. I would love to find an ST Rated white wall tire from a quality manufacturer. I have had bad experiences with China or Korean tires on my cars. I believe the passenger rated Cokers can perform well on a double axle trailer like the Retro 195. My calculations show I am running at 68% of the Coker maximum load rating. I don’t like their 65 MPH max speed rating but but slower is safer.
I love this growing Retro site. Many thanks to everyone sharing their experiences. We are seeing more and more Retros across America.
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