My RT Waiting for Action At a Moments Notice.

My Roadtrek As a Second Car

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My Subaru in One of Her Better Moments

My Subaru in One of Her Better Moments

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.

My RT Waiting for Action At a Moments Notice.

My RT Waiting for Action At a Moments Notice.

  • 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.

Alaska

Alaska

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 https://journeysofthankfulness.shutterfly.com/251


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  • Brian Duke

    Drive mine to work every day

  • charles cowles

    I saw your pic of Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. We loved going there and staying in a B and B. We traveled to Prospect, Halifax, Lunnenburg, and PEI. Nova Scotia is so beautiful.

  • Elaine

    Why do you level and chock every time if you are driving every day? I just leave mine in the driveway and go when I want. As far as the pills who cut you off, that has happened to me, too, with every RV I’ve driven, including a regular size van conversion. I just remind myself, I don’t like to be behind a big, carefully driven, view blocking vehicle either, so I give those people behind me plenty of space to do whatever they want to get around me. I even pull over to let a four or longer car tail get by once in awhile. Saves a lot of wear and tear on my nerves.

    • Janet Arnold

      Elaine, I am under the impression that leveling is important for my refrigerator fluids. My driveway is not flat and so I take this precaution.
      For all you RT gurus out there, is this true?

      • Dan

        No need to level if your refrigerator is turned off! Leveling is soo overrated. :)

  • Maureen

    Janet, Thanks for another great list. You have confirmed my vision. I need to understand more about the levelling requirements. If you are parked at home and are just using the SS Agile as a car why do you have to always level it?

    • Janet Arnold

      See my reply to Elaine. My driveway is on a slant, not flat.

  • Elaine

    Do you have gas/electric fridge or just electric? I believe, leveling is less important for electric only, because it uses a different type of cooling. I could be wrong, though.

    My Ranger fridge is just electric 120 only, like in the house. I don’t leave the fridge on on while it is parked in the driveway unless I need to chill a day before a trip, and then I have to plug in. I am lucky my driveway is fairly level, so I don’t worry about leveling unless someone is trying to sleep in there (guest cottage mode).

  • http://www.fablefox.com Fable Fox

    Hm… how important is leveling to etrek, being fully electric. Can Mike add more info here? Thanks.

  • http://www.svsarah.com/Whoosh/WhooshSection.htm Jack in Jax, N3FYP

    Elaine, I left you a PM re: your Agile in hopes you might share a few comments with me.

    My understanding is that leveling any of these RV’s is necessary when using the propane-fueled method of running your frig. The amonia-based liquid is boiled by the propane and the gas needs to be able to pass thru an orifice that can be obstructed by the liquid if the RV is not level. If the frig is turned off or is being AC/DC powered, then leveling isn’t required.

    • Elaine

      Hi, Jack, I’m Elaine and I have a Ranger, not an Agile. I can’t find how to look at a PM from you. Did you want to talk to me, or to Janet?

      I am glad you provided such a detailed answer. That s what I thought. I never bothered with leveling in my last RV with the 3 way fridge, either, unless I was using the gas mode. Except, of course, as necessary to get comfortable for sleeping.

      • http://www.svsarah.com/Whoosh/WhooshSection.htm Jack in Jax, N3FYP

        Oops! Quite right, Elaine. I meant to call Janet’s attention to the PM I left her re: her Agile. Got my Rangers & Agiles and Elaines and Janets confused!

  • http://www.colonialroadtrek.com/roadtrek_sale/210-popular/9476/index.php Roxanne

    We have a roadtrek too. I never thought about using it as a second vehicle. Good idea. We just got ours over the summer from a local place in NJ Colonial. We love it so far! http://www.colonialroadtrek.com/roadtrek_sale/210-popular/9476/index.php

  • Bob Jaye

    Guys, no need to level with the fridge not running. That being said, don’t forget to level it before you turn it on.
    Also, it does need to be leveled albeit not as precise when you use any of the power options other than LP. The 110v and the 12v positions still boil the ammonia like the LP, but there’s no flame to be affected by it’s unlevel positioning. Remember the flame is going to be pointing straight up no matter what angle the vehicle is sitting. Unlevel = the flame not hitting the right spot on the boil chamber when unlevel

  • Carol Rea

    I’m retired with a limited income and, at the age of 61, have (almost) decided that if I don’t get the RV I’ve always wanted now, it’s not going to happen. What all this means is that I’ll need to sell my only car – a Toyota van – to do so and the Roadtrek would then become my only vehicle. I don’t drive often, no commute to work, so what do you think – does this make sense?

    • Janet Arnold

      First of all, you must realized that you are asking a question to someone who has quickly become a RT fanatic. I think your idea is plausible. I have not gotten to that point yet. I still have a car and a scooter.
      I say, Go for it.

  • Maureen

    Carol, that is my plan. I have seen quite a few comments where some Roadtrekkers use their RT as a second car and some that have no problem with it as their only vehicle. Some even prefer to drive the RT. I can’t see any sense in having two vehicles as I too do little driving unless I am on a roadtrip. I am close to excellent public transit. Also, as I have two dogs, a small roadtrek is my target for everyday use as well as travel.

  • Debbie Brown

    I want one

  • https://www.facebook.com/ross.cox.3 Ross Cox RC

    I would like one where do you find one?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kathy.hawthorn1 Kathy Hawthorn

    How many people? A couple of grandparents and a couple of grandkids?

    • Janet Arnold

      In this small one, 2
      If you go up to the 22 ft then yes to 4.

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002679744181 Robert Thomas

    nice

  • https://www.facebook.com/rkelseyjr Robert Kelsey

    I want one but on my budget will never see one . to bad

  • https://www.facebook.com/debbie.barrett.357 Debbie Barrett

    I want one!

  • https://www.facebook.com/michaelpetersonjr84 Mike Jones

    Roadtrek Agile SS (Short Sprinter). :D

  • https://www.facebook.com/patti.thomas.121 Patti Thomas

    Mine! (I wish!)

  • Christine Craycroft

    I want one! Why do they have to cost so much?

    • Dea’ Maylea DuValle

      Did u price them? How much?

    • Joe Croteau

      To much

  • Mark Bea

    Would love to own one of these, maybe my lottery will come in someday LOL!!

  • Tamra Yeater Williams

    I would love to have one

  • https://www.facebook.com/KristinanKevin Kristina McClellan

    I want one

  • Chris Sorbie Link

    Perfect

  • https://www.facebook.com/sandra.k.stevenson Sandra Kay Stevenson

    i love it

  • https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.fraser.9 Marilyn Fraser

    really cool

  • Marieann Anderson

    retire, sell the house, travel around for a year

  • Robb Thomas

    I’m going to do just that soon

  • Michael Rasmussen

    Where can I get more info on this cool RV (specs, pricing, etc)? Looks like just the ticket for me! :)

    • Mina Elsworth

      also interested

    • https://www.facebook.com/judy.greenfield1 Judy Greenfield
    • https://www.facebook.com/judy.greenfield1 Judy Greenfield

      new ones START at $85,000

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1475333226 Don Gauvreau

    I would so love to have one of these!

  • Christine Craycroft

    New ones are about $130,000!

  • Connie Abrook

    Before you go out and buy one of these, check out the PLEASUREWAY as well

  • https://www.facebook.com/sandra.baier Sandra Baier

    Awesome Rob

  • https://www.facebook.com/maria.ouellette1 Maria Ouellette

    CE que je veux!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/donna.atwin Donna Atwin

    love it:)

  • Jane Morin

    I wish I had any kind of drive RV I like the small ones to go on vacation, save money on hotels

  • https://www.facebook.com/shirley.d.matchim Shirley Diamond Matchim

    How much is this one

  • https://www.facebook.com/janbactraker Janice Campbell Burgess

    Oh, Yes…just to be able to afford ,

  • https://www.facebook.com/edythe.phelps Edythe Phelps

    Great idea!!!

  • Christine Craycroft

    You can’t live in a base one. You have to do add ons.

  • https://www.facebook.com/marcus.mcgray.3 Marcus McGray

    Remind’s me of the old V W Micro bus back in the day…

  • https://www.facebook.com/gloria.roebuck.1 Gloria Roebuck

    Love it!! Do u have room for me? I’m not very big??

    • Janet Arnold

      Come on along. LOL

  • https://www.facebook.com/dovie.hannum Dovie Hannum

    Not enough room ,too expensive , we are looking at a B plus, Jayco Melbourne made in Elkhart,very nice

  • https://www.facebook.com/juanita.lange Juanita Lange

    i want one

  • William Giesecke

    Sad thing is that they are to expensive I would love to get an RT like yours I wonder how people can afford this my credit is shot and I live in a budget very tightly..

    • Janet Arnold

      William,
      I was told by the salesman, Dean, that buying an RV is not a necessity and it never will be. What they sell is a luxury and he told me that I needed to give myself permission to buy this. It took some time for me to give myself permission. Once I did I never looked back. I guess I still believe in that statement “where there is a will, there is a way”. I figured it out and now own this very sweet little RV.
      I bought new, but there are used ones out there.
      Keep a look out and you never know what you might find.

  • https://www.facebook.com/OHCAWAGIRL Terri DeNoma Toebe

    88K

  • https://www.facebook.com/barbara.prevost1 Barbara Prevost

    Where can I buy one!

  • https://www.facebook.com/william.scully.12 William Scully

    Wow that would be perfect can I get one for free ill be able to afford one of these.

  • https://www.facebook.com/terri.bazan Terri L. Wickiser Bazan

    I want one Kent Bazan.

  • https://www.facebook.com/stacinortonroudebush Staci Norton-Roudebush

    What does the inside look like?

  • https://www.facebook.com/lorrie.folsom Lorrie Folsom

    Love it!!!! Awesome

  • https://www.facebook.com/chris.lewellenpierce Chris Lewellen Pierce

    Kevin Wayne Piercehere we go.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kevin.w.pierce.1 Kevin Wayne Pierce

    Biltmore, Memphis , Winchester house,

  • https://www.facebook.com/sylvia.spiegel.3 Sylvia Spiegel
  • https://www.facebook.com/mary.worley Mary Stout Worley

    I want one!

  • https://www.facebook.com/elia.aldapa Elia Aldapa

    I want one bit alittle bigger!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/millie.wilson1 Millie Wilson

    LOOKS GREAT! Is there a “POTTY?”

  • https://www.facebook.com/jim.blecha.9 Jim Blecha

    I want one. They are very nice.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jim.blecha.9 Jim Blecha

    But at $135,000. To much money. Lots more than I have, ha ha

  • https://www.facebook.com/jean.faudree Jean Faudree

    I know a guy that has one but bigger. The inside is awsome. And gets 23mpg!

  • https://www.facebook.com/jean.faudree Jean Faudree

    Its a mercedes on a dodge chassis with a diesel engine.

  • https://www.facebook.com/slugman19 Paul Bulgier

    It is a fully self-contained motorhome with all the amenities of a larger motorhome. Shower, toilet, kitchen, the works. You can buy a used one for a quite reasonable number. They last a long time, both the base vehicle Roadtrek chooses, and the conversion portion. My 1998 Roadtrek is still beautiful and fully functional.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gingehalliday Ginger Halliday

    can these be rented in NS?

  • https://www.facebook.com/ruth.lyons.944 Ruth Lyons

    For all you do for others ,you need this for running.

  • https://www.facebook.com/larry.biddix.1 Larry Biddix

    Wow. What kind of price tag?

  • https://www.facebook.com/marlene.evansgarcia Marlene Evans-Garcia

    We all want it,..lol.

  • https://www.facebook.com/damesiojhon.lopez Damesio Jhon Lopez

    nice

  • https://www.facebook.com/wanda.johnsonwallace Wallace Wanda

    ok Letha, here we go…easy to drive and park.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.greenspan.3 Jeffrey Greenspan

    Made in Canada.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jean.hatfield3 Jean Hatfield

    Me too Rita I think it is awesome

  • https://www.facebook.com/peter.mcash Peter McAsh

    We use our Agile as a second car. It gets better gas milage than our Honda Odyssey van.

  • https://www.facebook.com/CotonMama Debbie Newman

    I use my adventurous as my daily driver. We got a Winnie View now for traveling, only because we now have 5 dogs and needed a little more room. Ha.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Roofish1 Kurtis Rudolph

    Marty Starks

    • https://www.facebook.com/daydreamin520 Marty Starks

      Super nice but too rich for my wallet… that’s why I want a Nissan NV2500 and customize it myself.

    • https://www.facebook.com/Roofish1 Kurtis Rudolph

      Yeah I know just nice lookin

    • https://www.facebook.com/daydreamin520 Marty Starks

      amazing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lynne.rotasfalls Lynne Rotas Falls

    Ours gets the same mileage as my Suburban so we use it more

  • https://www.facebook.com/amy.takeshima.1 Amy Takeshima

    I have a Roadtrek 190 Popular and we love it

    • https://www.facebook.com/valerie.b.deandrade Valerie Boudreau De Andrade

      Love it !!!! :D

  • https://www.facebook.com/mark.kremer.37 Mark Kremer

    Nice Ride…. :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/shirley.hettervik.3 Shirley Hettervik

    Go for it Laurie!

  • https://www.facebook.com/mary.j.alverson1 Mary Jo Alverson

    Good idea

  • https://www.facebook.com/cherylchester1950 Cheryl Chester

    I would love to have one of them .

  • https://www.facebook.com/pierre.vanhaelemeesch Pierre Vanhaelemeesch

    Love to have one..
    I would like to try one for a weekend!

  • https://www.facebook.com/napoleonranch Napoleon Ranch

    I have the 190 & love it. Easy to get around, like have gen & AC for dogs , fridge etc. I drive it a lot as a daily driver. Gets better mileage than my Jeep

  • https://www.facebook.com/seth.hoover.52 Seth Hoover

    I have a cardboard box and plastic wheels, cut like a class B and I love it too. Hahaha…JK

  • https://www.facebook.com/lynn.warren.315 Lynn Warren

    Peter McAsh cam you tell me your msg plz?

  • https://www.facebook.com/lynn.warren.315 Lynn Warren

    Mpg

  • https://www.facebook.com/Richard.Foreman42 Richard Foreman

    Cheryl Foreman

  • https://www.facebook.com/myrocket88 Cari Blount

    We have two of them, both Dodge. Can’t beat them for traveling and parking.

  • https://www.facebook.com/marian.bryant.90 Marian Bryant

    I want one of these!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/robbie.mcdonald1 Robbie McDonald

    What kind of mileage do you get?

  • https://www.facebook.com/chris.harwood.18007 Chris Harwood

    Owing to our move this year we’ve used our 97D190V more as a second vehicle than its primary purpose. Oh well there is next year.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gcoplin Gail Bradford Coplin

    Trying to convince the spouse what a really GRAND idea this would be! Heavy sigh….

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007075335868 Harry G Williams

    This is an awesome vechicle

  • https://www.facebook.com/deb.barnstead Deb Barnstead

    Love it

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005503747767 Jennifer Jones

    I want it!

  • https://www.facebook.com/carol.sollecito Carol Sollecito

    We have an Agile, also, and I love driving it often for chores!

  • https://www.facebook.com/GailMMJenkins Gail Hancock Jenkins

    We sold our second car, so my RS is my daily driver. Love it

  • https://www.facebook.com/cherylchester1950 Cheryl Chester

    Wish I could have one of these as my first car as I don’t have one now.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jan.long.14 Jan Long

    Our Roadtrek is our only car. :-)

  • https://www.facebook.com/Diane.MoM Diane Fresta Smith

    We had one and sold it, and wish we never did I loved it

  • https://www.facebook.com/loren.gilchrist.5 Loren Gilchrist

    Nice!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/loren.gilchrist.5 Loren Gilchrist

    Sweet!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/rlynn.ledford1 R Lynn Ledford

    What kind of mileage and what is the price ?

  • https://www.facebook.com/joanljd Lorna J. Dodge

    Must be nice!

  • https://www.facebook.com/gcrowesr Gary Crowe Sr

    I just purchased one last month…..now we can go anywhere!

  • https://www.facebook.com/jayne.paustian Jayne Paustian

    Bring to me my happy birthday me!

  • https://www.facebook.com/nancy.n.nelson Nancy Nesmith Nelson

    We have been doing that for at least 15 years! Love our RTs

  • https://www.facebook.com/cherylchester1950 Cheryl Chester

    I wish I could have one too,.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charlie.tennyson.56 Charlie Tennyson

    Why do you use chocks, and leveler, every time you park?

  • https://www.facebook.com/sylvia.spiegel.3 Sylvia Spiegel

    How much do they cost?

  • https://www.facebook.com/catherine.massaro Catherine Massaro

    My dream vehicle.

  • https://www.facebook.com/john699 John Ryder

    What is wrong with country as on person commented it is getting to be inbarising. To live here I agree