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June 6, 2019
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Just put a deposit on a new 2019 Retro 179 SE.

We have had a 2017 Casita 17′ SD since Sept of 2017.

We, Cheryl and I & Mick our Beagle enjoy camping in our trailer and attending gatherings with like minded folks. 

Are there any gatherings for Retro owners in the USA?

We are both retired from the Medical field for the past couple years. Live in Santa Rosa, Ca.

Last year we traveled about 2500 miles on our  WILD WEST TOUR.

 

Hope to make your acquaintance soon.

 

Happy trails,

 

Mark 

June 11, 2019
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Now, I see your story.  That is a sweet trailer you guys are getting.  We have a 2017 181B.  We (my wife, son’s 14 and 12, daughter 9, and 12-week old chocolate lab puppy) will be in “Big Red” this summer.  The previous two summers have been without a pup so it should get interesting.  The six of us have camped a few nights this spring and are looking forward to the summer. 

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

A.J.

June 15, 2019
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Love our new 179SE–have camped a couple of times this spring.  

June 18, 2019
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The 179SE has a great floorplan.  We have a 181b which works for us and our three kids and dog.  Welcome to the site.

 

A.J.

June 18, 2019
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Thanks for the welcome,all. Just returned home from our shake down trip. Very few issues and all related to fit and finish. We really like the floor plan and room to pass in the hallway. Thinking about installing a dance floor. LOL.

June 20, 2019
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New to travel trailering…2013 Retro 150. Any tips, tricks, things to watch out for?

June 20, 2019
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John, welcome to the forum! I am also new to this forum but not to TTs. We love to see pics of your new abode on wheels! Sounds like you found a classic. Do tell us all about her. I am also new to Retro and so far Cheryl and I are really enjoying the floor plan and of course the Retro look and feel.

What part of the country do you hail from? We are in Santa Rosa, Ca.

Hope to hear more from you about your rig.

See you on the trail!

Happy camping!

 

Mark

June 20, 2019
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mkevenson said
John, welcome to the forum! I am also new to this forum but not to TTs. We love to see pics of your new abode on wheels! Sounds like you found a classic. Do tell us all about her. I am also new to Retro and so far Cheryl and I are really enjoying the floor plan and of course the Retro look and feel.

What part of the country do you hail from? We are in Santa Rosa, Ca.

Hope to hear more from you about your rig.

See you on the trail!

Happy camping!

 

Mark  

Sue and I are from the Minneapolis area. We’ve never used a TT so we are unsure how everything works. We are taking out for 1 night this weekend to a local park just to set it up and try to see how everything works. Can 30A trailers be used at 50A sites with an adapter? Not sure exactly how to drain the different waters and water heater…are there Utube videos that you’re aware of? We are newbies for sure

June 20, 2019
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John, To drain the water heater, open the pressure relief valve and stand back. when the pressure has equalized to can remover the anode rod and all the water will come out. While the anode rod is out, inspect it and flush the water heater with you fresh water hose . Use anti seize on the anode rode when tightening. This whole process need only be done when winterizing or about once a year to check the anode rod. The purpose of the anode rod is that it will sacrifice itself before the walls of the water heater is damaged from minerals in the water. I have heard of folks who had really hard water who changed the rod at 6 months, otheres at 12 months some more. All depends on water quality, which we don’t control. Yes Youtube has videos.

On my new Retro there is a valve to empty fresh water both cold and hot located next to the black/grey tank emptying connection. My cold water valve does not work so you can empty your fresh water tank by running the faucets and then emptying the GREY water tank into the street. CAUTION, make sure it is ONLY grey water.

Your 30 amp unit will run on 50 amp or 110v home power with the proper adapter. I have only had to use 50 amp once at an RV park that didn’t have 30 amp. I had a 30 amp plug wired at my house even tho the house AC worked, it did trip the circuit breakers once in a while.

There is a lot of general info on TTs, most of the electrical and mechanical systems are similar, the major differences being the material the units were built with. Wood, aluminum, fiberglass, etc. I am coming from Casita and the Casita forum.com has a wealth of info that will cover all the systems in your retro. I am sure there are Retro owners that know a lot more than me, I am also looking for source references.

June 20, 2019
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mkevenson said
John, To drain the water heater, open the pressure relief valve and stand back. when the pressure has equalized to can remover the anode rod and all the water will come out. While the anode rod is out, inspect it and flush the water heater with you fresh water hose . Use anti seize on the anode rode when tightening. This whole process need only be done when winterizing or about once a year to check the anode rod. The purpose of the anode rod is that it will sacrifice itself before the walls of the water heater is damaged from minerals in the water. I have heard of folks who had really hard water who changed the rod at 6 months, otheres at 12 months some more. All depends on water quality, which we don’t control. Yes Youtube has videos.

On my new Retro there is a valve to empty fresh water both cold and hot located next to the black/grey tank emptying connection. My cold water valve does not work so you can empty your fresh water tank by running the faucets and then emptying the GREY water tank into the street. CAUTION, make sure it is ONLY grey water.

Your 30 amp unit will run on 50 amp or 110v home power with the proper adapter. I have only had to use 50 amp once at an RV park that didn’t have 30 amp. I had a 30 amp plug wired at my house even tho the house AC worked, it did trip the circuit breakers once in a while.

There is a lot of general info on TTs, most of the electrical and mechanical systems are similar, the major differences being the material the units were built with. Wood, aluminum, fiberglass, etc. I am coming from Casita and the Casita forum.com has a wealth of info that will cover all the systems in your retro. I am sure there are Retro owners that know a lot more than me, I am also looking for source references.  

mkevenson said
John, To drain the water heater, open the pressure relief valve and stand back. when the pressure has equalized to can remover the anode rod and all the water will come out. While the anode rod is out, inspect it and flush the water heater with you fresh water hose . Use anti seize on the anode rode when tightening. This whole process need only be done when winterizing or about once a year to check the anode rod. The purpose of the anode rod is that it will sacrifice itself before the walls of the water heater is damaged from minerals in the water. I have heard of folks who had really hard water who changed the rod at 6 months, otheres at 12 months some more. All depends on water quality, which we don’t control. Yes Youtube has videos.

On my new Retro there is a valve to empty fresh water both cold and hot located next to the black/grey tank emptying connection. My cold water valve does not work so you can empty your fresh water tank by running the faucets and then emptying the GREY water tank into the street. CAUTION, make sure it is ONLY grey water.

Your 30 amp unit will run on 50 amp or 110v home power with the proper adapter. I have only had to use 50 amp once at an RV park that didn’t have 30 amp. I had a 30 amp plug wired at my house even tho the house AC worked, it did trip the circuit breakers once in a while.

There is a lot of general info on TTs, most of the electrical and mechanical systems are similar, the major differences being the material the units were built with. Wood, aluminum, fiberglass, etc. I am coming from Casita and the Casita forum.com has a wealth of info that will cover all the systems in your retro. I am sure there are Retro owners that know a lot more than me, I am also looking for source references.  

Thanks for sharing! I’m sure once I do it it won’t seem confusing and overwhelming

June 20, 2019
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john, it’s simple, just like crashing into a mountain! Yes , do it once and you will remember. Please feel free to ask any questions here or PM if you like. There is another Retro forum with a bit more activity that you may benefit from https://www.riversidervowners.com/?forum=453408.

 

Mark

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