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Rocco and Kathy from So. Oregon
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September 24, 2016
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Just a quick note to say hi. We have a 177se. Purchased it used (slept in 2 nights) about a year ago. So far

we have a few trips logged and some nights in the driveway too. One 5,000 mile, 30 day, 10 state trip and

just returned from 2500 miles, 14 days, 3 states. Both trips involved the National Parks 100th birthday. A total

of 23 parks were visited and a few State parks also. I will share our adventuress soon…

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Welcome to the Retro forums!

 

Very nice looking retro thank you for sharing that picture. Sounds like you are using your 177SE Riverside Retro exactly how it should be used, out on the roads camping. Thats pretty impressive visiting that many state parks.  With you using it that much have you ran into any issues with it so far? 

September 25, 2016
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Thanks for the welcome and the compliment…

We upgraded to the Retro from a Fleetwood Sea Pine tent trailer. We had our pop up for 8 years, and are still getting used to the

“hard sides”, the openness of a tent trailer is hard to beat! But, just putting the key in the door is perfect as we mature!! So far 

not to bad. In our case, trailer seams to want to wander a bit above 60mph, however we keep to 5 hours or 150-200 miles per day

so we are not in a hurry. I did change the bias tires for Greenball radials. Just my preference.

The following is in no particular order…

Do not trust the TV backing plate. I found my TV on the floor one day after a drive on curvy roads, screws ripped from the wall. Once home

I cut a 1/2 inch plywood square, 16 wood screws, and Gorilla glue. Problem solved.

Noticed some moisture on inside wall after some rain. Called mobile RV repair guy. He applied some “super secret RV roof goop”. Once

again, problem solved.

Smoke alarm is very sensitive, now in the habit of taking it down for meal prep or turn up the stereo!

We opted to upgrade the stock matress to a 10″ gel foam custom. I sleep better in the Retro than home. Problem solved.

Upgrades: 2k silent generator, rear bumper rack, tv/dvd & XM radio, gel matress.

Future want list: Dual batteries, solar panel, ???

September 25, 2016
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Rocco,

 

When your towing do you have any type of towing stabilization kit? Thank you for the valuable information about the TV backing plate I was getting ready to mount a TV. I’m really curious about your leak as well do you know exactly where it was leaking from?  If you decide to upgrade the batteries or to solar panels please do a write up and share it on the forums.  

September 25, 2016
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Glad you folks are enjoying your Retro.  We sure enjoy ours.

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Thanks A. Jim

I have a 600lb. weight distribution hitch, but no sway bar. May need to add one. But, how fast do we need to go?

55 mph is fine for us. We are retired, so no hurry…

Leak: Back wall between a/c unit and rear cabinet. The RV guy ran chalk all the way around the entire perimeter

of the roof. No more leaks at all.

I will upgrade to dual Optima blue tops in the spring. Have to do solar “research” and make a decision. Not in a hurry.

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55mph is plenty fast! I was just curious on what your setup was. I had some swaying as well, that went away after I installed airbags on my rear suspension and was able to stiffen up my rear end. 

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Shelf on top for dvd player.

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1/2 plywood plate. 12 screws around edges and 4 in the middle behind bracket into factory backing plate. Put generous amount

of Gorilla glue on back of plywood before screwing it in place. Put a piece of blue painters masking tape along bottom edge so

glue doesn’t run down the wall.

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Awesome thank you!  I’m sure this will help a lot of retro owners from getting a broken TV.   I’m guessing the bungee cords are to hold the TV while Your Retro Trailer is moving?

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Yes… lots of bungees and tie downs.

September 25, 2016
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hello, I bought an Andersen weight distribution hitch for the trailer and did not know it was a 2 5/16 ball that I needed…oops thank god I noticed it before I left the first time. Put the old hitch back on and off I went. Andersen sent me a 2 5/16 ball. I have not driven it since, but my son took it on a trip and said it was fine. I will know when I drive to Utah next week. Not sure if I want to put the tv on the wall, mine has a stand (like a computer monitor) and it works great, just lies on bed during transport. I have a 15 watt solar panel plugged in, again not sure if it is doing anything yet. It doesn’t rain in California so I probably won’t have any water problems. But I will make sure to check when it does rain.

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ps what is the dual optimal blue tops and you are changing it out from the battery on trailer?  (I just checked online to see what it was)

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Hi Amber,

When our TV came off the wall during our 5,000 mile trip it rode on the bed during travel and leaned against the wall at night. I think

you will be fine with your setup.

There are many different deep cell batteries out there. Optima brand is just my personal choice.

We just returned Friday from 2500 mile trip to Utah. Bryce, Zion, Ceder Breaks, Capitol Reef, GSENM, and Great Basin.

Had a great time.

Be safe in your adventures!!

Rocco

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wow you had a great time I see…. someday I will do a trip like that, I retire in 5 years.

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Welcome to the Forums. We have the same color scheme as yours and love that look. Sounds like you are really enjoying your White Water Retro 177SE. We have had a few camping trips in ours and have had few complaints. We just upgraded to the white wall tires instead of the black tires to give it more of that retro look. Good looking out on the tv advice, that is the next purchase we need to make for ours.

December 11, 2016
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Kristopher said
Awesome thank you!  I’m sure this will help a lot of retro owners from getting a broken TV.   I’m guessing the bungee cords are to hold the TV while Your Retro Trailer is moving?  

Thank you the insight on the tv mount situation. We were wondering if what our 177se had would hold up. you have saved us undue problems.

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Since the TV mount fix we have about 3500 miles, again on winding mountain roads, with no issues. I feel that the bracket is there forever. One of my “Amish craftsmanship” issues!

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