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Discovering the Roadtreking lifestyle: One Province at a time.

I have been working for Roadtrek as their Director of Marketing for a year now and even though I am immersed in all things Roadtrek everyday, this is the first time I am truly going to know what it is like to be a Roadtreker.  I have followed our loyal Roadtreking group on Facebook and read the many interesting blog posts here about living the lifestyle, now it’s time for me to get some real first-hand knowledge.

I am venturing out to the East Coast of Canada in a CS Adventurous; I am joined by my husband Andrew, our golden retriever Brewster (who finds the space at the front of the coach very comfortable, even though he has tons of room to roam) and our good friend Adam. We are heading to Quebec for one night and then to New Brunswick for a couple of days where we will meet up with two more dear friends and enjoy some time at their family cottage. From there we will make our way to Prince Edward Island then back to New Brunswick where we will spend some time at the Bay of Fundy.  The entire week, Andrew, Brewster and I will be living full time in the Roadtrek.

To say it should be an adventure is an understatement.

As excited as I am for this trip, there were a few things about driving and staying in the Roadtrek that made nervous. I am sure I’m not the only one to feel this way when first getting into an RV.

First, I am not used to driving large vehicles, I have always had compact cars and it’s what I am comfortable with. In fact, I am very intimidated by large vehicles and will avoid driving them when possible. This time, avoidance will not work and it was time for me to step up and get over my fear. I can honestly say the fear subsided quickly as the Roadtrek is very smooth to drive and once I got used to using my mirrors, it was full speed ahead.

Second, I am a little overwhelmed about having to learn all the functions of the coach and afraid that I may do something wrong to mess it up. Yes, I know what features and functions each model has, but writing about them and marketing them is completely different then actually using them. I was told it is easy once you get going; there have been a few questions along the way, but so far so good.

The third thing is comfort, you see, I am seven months pregnant and comfort is key to my happiness right now (and the happiness of those traveling with me), so the Roadtrek will be put to the ultimate test in the comfort category over the next week.

After a run through of the important things I need to know about this particular coach from my co-workers at head office (thank you Jeff and Ken), we have packed our new home on wheels and have started our journey.  We are currently over four hours into our eight hour drive and the first leg of the trip, many kilometers (or miles for our US friends) left to go but we are all excited about what this week will bring.

I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experience with you as I report from the road through the eyes of not just a full time Roadtrek employee but most importantly a first time Roadtreker.

The journey has begun and our destination awaits.


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  1. Liz'n'Bruce

    One week for that trip is ambitious! We travel with our dog too, and find 4 or 5 hours of road time is just right. Of course we CAN do more, but there better be a big reward at the end. We get up early, have coffee and breakfast at a nice pace. Clean up. Walk the dog. Disconnect and pump out. Get on the road by about 10:00. Stop for lunch and a break about noon. (More food prep and clean-up). Travel from 1:00 – 3:30ish and start looking for a place to stop for the night. Of course we want a little time o walk the trails in the great parks we stay in. I’ll be interested to hear how the 8-hour driving day works out.

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