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Old 08-26-2018, 02:57 PM   #1
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Power awning ; what if the motor fails ? Can not see an override feature or mechanical device to retract awning . No probs to date , but just wondering . Clearly , the unit can not be towed with awning extended . ( Coachmen Freedom Express UltraLite )
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There are 2 screws on motor end of awning and you remove
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If you search there is a procedure someone posted on here
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Johnnyice we are in the process of buying a 204rd how do you like your camper. We too will be towing with a ram 1500 5.7 and I was curious what kind of gas mileage you get. We like the camper a lot and are looking forward to getting it home and going camping with it. Thank you
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:44 PM   #5
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Johnnyice we are in the process of buying a 204rd how do you like your camper. We too will be towing with a ram 1500 5.7 and I was curious what kind of gas mileage you get. We like the camper a lot and are looking forward to getting it home and going camping with it. Thank you

Nice couples trailer , like the rear corner windows , nice size , great for ventlation . My RAM is a 4X4 with a 3.92 rear . I live in Canada , the imperial gallon is different from the US gallon ...depending on the terrain , avg 11.3 mpg ( the US conversion would be about 9.4 mpg) You will have to augment your mattress with something to make it a bit more comfortable ...not sure what we are using presently . I am using the Andersen Hitch ( 3350 ) easy to hook up , only 64 lbs complete .
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I was just reading on this form someone with a 204 RD his vinyl floor was lifting up from air getting under the floor while towing. Have you had this problem or have you heard of this problem before? We like the floor plan the small Vibe we have now is just to small for us.
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I was just reading on this form someone with a 204 RD his vinyl floor was lifting up from air getting under the floor while towing. Have you had this problem or have you heard of this problem before? We like the floor plan the small Vibe we have now is just to small for us.
No issues of that nature you have described .
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Johnnyice we are in the process of buying a 204rd how do you like your camper. We too will be towing with a ram 1500 5.7 and I was curious what kind of gas mileage you get. We like the camper a lot and are looking forward to getting it home and going camping with it. Thank you
We just got ours about a week ago and pulled it about 350 miles through some small hills in the Ozarks and back home to central Oklahoma. I have a 5.0l F150 crew cab 4x4 with 3.73 gearing. The fuel milage display on my truck is fairly accurate and it reported anywhere from nearly 13mpg when towing relatively flat at 62mph to 8.5mpg when pulling through a lot of rolling hills at 65 - 70 (2 lane road - trying not to slow traffic behind me). It's highly dependent on how fast you drive. Much over 60mph and I find my truck in 5th gear often (6 speed auto).

You had mentioned the vinyl floor coming up - ours isn't glued down in the rear storage compartment for whatever reason and is a little curled along the edge. Not a huge deal really. The only real issue we've discovered with ours is the stone guard on the front isn't fastened well along the bottom at one point (staples were not placed well). Debating on whether to take it to the dealer for repair or wait for a few more trips to see what might 'shake loose' and have it all fixed at one time.

Other observations - the water pump is a bit noisier than I'd like. The strap that secures the TV will rub on the screen and scratch it (put a foam pad between it and the screen when traveling). The bed is on the very firm side.

We really love the rear dinette more than we thought we would. Were looking for a small, no-slide couples trailer with a couch instead of dinette and just couldn't find one that appealed to us. We might take out the dinette, build an end table over the water heater in the corner and install a couple recliners if they would fit.

Hope this info helps. Sorry to hijack the thread.
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We just bought a 2019 204RD and like the trailer very much. The only issue so far is that the back window that has gap between the two window panes in the centre that can allow water to enter the RV. Anyone else have this issue?
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Is your window a slider??? If so is it in the track correctly
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