Maybe this is what I need? A friend sent me this picture suggesting it as an alternative to my Roadtrek. Amazing. Apparently, it's the real deal. That second story must be like a pop up. I think I'll stick to my RT.
I spent yesterday driving the RT to and from work and back again in the evening for a meeting. Throughout the day, I showed it off to colleagues and everyone seemed very enthusiastic and encouraging.
I really was impressed by the way it handles. I've put about 80 miles on now and am pretty comfortable with it, especially after finding a couple of noise sources like the pan that is used by the combination microwave/convention oven that sits on tip of the rotating lazy Susan glass. It clanked and clunk with every bump and my solution was to just take it out. Jennifer plans to get some foam and make little sleeves for storage. The next source of noise is the metal top of the two-burner range. Same solution should work, just put a piece of foam under it. And I learned that the utensil drawer that keeps slidingopen seems to be a common issue that requires some do-it-yourself repairs .
I've also been devouring the forums (you can see my favorites under the Blogroll widget on the right sidebar). I can't believe how helpful other users have been. I'm learning a lot from them.
Jennifer drove it home from our meeting last night. It was her first time behind the wheel. She noted about the “flat,” truck-style steering wheel will take some getting used to. And she was a little unnerved by a stint at speed on the freeway. The RT is definitely more top heavy than or SUV or her Accord. But she was more than comfortable by the time we arrived back home. It just takes a little getting used to.
Here's the big question for today: Coming home after dark last night, I noticed something about the headlights. On low beam. the left in particular seems to be more down then out. The right beam illuminates more road ahead. I don't know if headlights need to be “aligned,” or whether because the RT is so high off the ground the driver's side headlight is pointed down more than the right to avoid blinding drivers or whether the its bulb needs replacement. When I put on the brights, both beams both cover equal ground for quite a distance and are excellent. Can my RT dealer fix them? Our regular car mechanic? Or is this normal with tall RVs?
On the way home we stopped at a Walmart and I went to the automotive section after seeing tipsters on the forums say that's the best place to go for the many little extras and accessories on my must-get list. Jen found some towels and some measuring cups and the like for the kitchen/galley. But I didn't find much at all. Maybe because this Walmart caters to big city people?
Tomorrow is when we leave for Florida. Our major decision is whether we should use the Roadtrek or not? Jen is, surprisingly, agreeable if I want to. The vacation, long planned, is with family and we'll spend the week before Easter at a beach house. There will be four vehicles, counting ours. I'm worried about whether the RT will fit in the available space. But a big part of me wants to take it.
We both have to work today and have another night meeting. And we work in the morning before heading out in the PM. I'm not sure that is enough time to think through and pack what we need for the RT to camp along the way rather then motel it if we take the SUV.