010 Roadtreking RV Podcast: Inside Scoop From the 2014 National RV Trade Show

There's a new motorhome on the Class B market, with one of the lowest MSRP pricetags on the market. This podcast is from the 2014 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

This is where all the 2015 RVs, travel trailers, pop-ups and RV accessories are introduced to the industry and RV press.

It is not open to the public, but we were there to report on the latest in RVs, starting with the unveiling of the the brand new Roadtrek Zion, a new model built on the Dodge ProMaster chassis.

 

In this episode, I interview Roadtrek Motorhome President Jim Hammill, who talked about:

  • The Zion dimensions
  • The Zion's solar power and engine generator
  • The 50 cubic feet of storage
  • The price of the new unit
  • It's production schedule and availability

Here's a video I did of the interview I did with Jim Hammill, as Jennifer checked out the more than 50 cubic feet of cabinet storage in the Zion.

I also interviewed Steve Fretz, from Fretz RV in Pennsylvania, one of the nation's biggest dealers. Steve talked about:

  • Industry trends
  • Changing RV demographics
  • Why Class B RVs are so popular
  • The new technology in RVs

All this  was was from Day One. I'll be covering the show all week. Please listen to the podcast for complete info.

Here are the stats for the Roadtrek Zion, from the official Product Review sheet handed out by Roadtrek at the show:

  • Exterior length – 20'11”
  • Exterior width – 6′ 11″
  • Interior aisle width – 29″
  • Exterior height – 9′ 5″
  • Interior standing height – 6′ 2″
  • Wheelbase – 159″
  • Gross vehicle weight rating – 9,350 pounds
  • Occupant and cargo carrying capacity – 1,250 pounds
  • Gross combined weight rating – 11,500 pounds
  • Fuel type – Gas 24 US gal
  • Fresh water capacity – 35 US gal
  • Black holding tank capacity – 19 US gal
  • Gray holding tank capacity – 20 US gal
  • Rear king sleeping max width and length – 74′”x 76″

Here are some photos I snapped

Roadtrek's display at the 2014 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, with the new Zion shown on the right

Roadtrek's display at the 2014 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, with the new Zion shown on the right

 

 

Front view of the Zion

Front view of the Zion

Looking forward at the Zion, from rear doors. The king sized bed expands sideways to fill up the space

Looking forward at the Zion, from rear doors. The king sized bed expands sideways to fill up the space

Lots of storage in the Zion

Lots of storage in the Zion

 

More storage

More storage

The Zion has a full bath

The Zion has a full bath

A side view of the Zion

A side view of the Zion

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3 comments

  1. Marty Heiss

    Looks like a nice more affordable motor home. Is the generator like the E-Trek rather than a onan mounted underneath the coach. If that is the case are there more batteries to be able run larger draw items such as the air conditioning?

  2. Geno Ledet

    Great more promaster van options … Can you tell me what the tow capacity is ( I have a cargo trailer and boat … thanks can wait to see them myself