About a month ago my Subaru met up with a Jeep in a parking lot down by the beach. It was a little too close. Bummer. Now my Subaru is in the body shop getting some work done so she can be spiffy and new again. I love my Subaru.
While my car is getting her face lift my RoadTrek SS Agile has become my primary transportation. This is when I am glad that I got this small, very easy to manipulate RV. I am able to take it out with ease, well most of the time. I live near a big city (San Diego) and it is always a little crazy to drive around here. At Christmas I think many are too distracted to drive well. I find when I am out in my RT I tend to drive way more defensively than when I am in my car. Hmm, is there a lesson I should pay attention to here?
Here are the pluses of driving my RT on a daily basis.
- I sit up high so I can see more.
- I definitely drive more defensively.
- If I want to go to the farmers market and I turn on my refrigerator I have a good place to store my perishables. This is great when I am combining errands.
- I park further away from the stores so I get my exercise.
- I keep getting more and more comfortable driving a larger vehicle.
- I meet people. It is not unusual to have at least one or two people that want to take a gander at the interior.
- I didn't have to pay for a rental.
- I can drive to the beach and sit in my RT, read and watch the world go by, all the while staying warm on these cooler days. The same goes for the mountains.
- It is cute. (in case you are not aware, I love my RT)
And then there are the negatives of driving the RT as a regular vehicle.
- It is not always easy to park. That is why I often park a bit away from the stores so that I can park with ease.
- I work out of many hotels. I have to be sure that there is parking for oversized vehicles. I can't fit it into the parking garages. I decided this time to not work. Pity.
- I have found that drivers here like to challenge vehicles larger than themselves. I even had a Smart Car cut me off once. What is with that?
- It takes a little more time to get myself ready to go. First I remove the chock blocks. Then I have to back it off the levelers. I have to put the levelers away. I know it sounds small but it takes time. I give myself a little extra time when heading out the door.
- When I return I have to give myself time to repeat in reverse the above process.
Almost every day I go somewhere. If it is close by and during the daylight hours I will take my 150 cc scooter but for the bigger errands I am so glad that I can climb into the driver's seat of my RoadTrek and know I am comfortable and safe. I can also take time to daydream about my next long adventure.
For those of you who have been following me, below is a link to the photos from my Thanksgiving trip to Pinnacles National Park and Pismo Beach.