The step from a smaller passenger car to a conversion van is already a big step for any driver. A bigger vehicle means more opportunities for van owners. Whereas the aftermarket for passenger cars is focused more on performance, conversion vans can be customized for comfort, luxury, or specific need. There are many options for owners looking to personalize their vehicles:
One of the easiest ways to make a van more comfortable is to swap out the stock seating for an upgraded layout or design. Custom van layouts include seating oriented along the walls or rear instead of the standard forward-facing seats. Additionally, owners can choose from bench-style seating or bucket seats that recline or swivel all the way around. One popular configurations include seating along the walls of the van with two rotating seats in front, creating a “living room” space for its occupants. Other options include leather and plush fabric-covered seats, in-seat cup holders, and seats that convert into sleeping spaces for long trips.
In the last several years, the most popular van modification has been the addition of one or more television screens. A quick and easy entertainment solution, the TV/DVD player combination is popular among passengers young and old. More recently, these entertainment systems have been expanded with Blu-ray players, video game systems, surround sound systems, and even satellite receivers that allow the viewing of live television while on the road.
Lighting has long been an easy and popular van modification. Modern light options include dimmers for selected areas, lights that can change colors, and LEDs that last longer and are more energy-efficient. Lights can be installed in conventional fixtures, high-intensity panels, or LED strips that run the length of the vehicle.
The rise in popularity of small electronics necessitates the addition of electrical outlets to a customized van. At some point, everyone will need to recharge a dead cell phone, tablet, or laptop on the road and the addition of a 110 volt outlet allows passengers on longer trips to top off their various electronics and keep working on the move.
Those with larger vans, budgets, or aspirations may also consider adding dining capabilities, which may include a refrigerator, cupboards for snack storage, and fold-out tables. Cooking devices like pizza ovens, microwaves, or toasters may be technically feasible but not recommended due to potential heat or fire hazards. Those who want to be able to prepare full meals in their vehicles are encouraged to go all the way and purchase an RV.
For The Road
Luggage racks on top of the van can free up storage space in the main body of the vehicle, allowing its occupants more room. Additionally, space can be set aside under or around custom seating arrangements for luggage and equipment storage to keep it away from the main occupation area.
A staple of coach buses and RVs, in-vehicle bathrooms are beginning to gain traction in conversion vans. Given the right setup, a large enough vehicle, and the appropriate use case, a bathroom or toilet can be useful in a van for long-distance trips. To reduce stops for gas and wasted time, vans can be fitted with extended or additional gas tanks which extend vehicle range.
A nearly infinite combination of conversion van modification options exists, and each fulfills a certain need for van owners. The first step in identifying which modifications to install is determining the needs and desires of the people that will use it. A customized van can help relieve the inconveniences of travel and provide a comfortable, enjoyable trip in which the vehicle itself becomes an integral part of the trip experience.
NASCAR tailgating is always a great time. It is almost as enjoyable as watching the race itself. The thrill of sharing the event with loved ones makes it even better. One of the best ways for a family to make a trek to a NASCAR event is to bring along a stellar RV like the 2013 Roadtrek 210 Popular. Here are the ways that this awesome vehicle will enhance the NASCAR racing experience.
Though it is a lot of fun to attend a NASCAR event, it is also quite tiring. By the end of the day, attendees are ready to get some much-needed shuteye. Having an RV allows them to sleep in comfort. The Roadtrek 210 Popular has sleeping room for up to three people. There is a lot to be said for sleeping in an air-conditioned RV during the hot, humid nights that are found at NASCAR events in the South.
Drive in Comfort
Of course, the biggest hassle with going to a NASCAR event is dealing with the horrible traffic created by tens of thousands of fans all trying to arrive and leave at the same time. Having an RV for the event allows people to arrive early before the crowds. It also allows them to relax in comfort while they wait for the traffic to thin out before they leave.
When it comes time to drive the 2013 Roadtrek 210 Popular, drivers will find that it handles like a dream. It is smaller than most other RVs, so it can zip in and out of traffic with ease. It also gets great gas mileage.
Make the next RV event a great one by attending in a 2013 Roadtrek 210 Popular. It will make the experience a lot of fun, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The Sunshine State is home to 15 teams comprising the Grapefruit League: the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins. The remaining 15 MLB teams make up Arizona’s Cactus League.
Pitchers and catchers begin reporting to camp as early as Feb. 11. A full slate of Grapefruit League games begins Feb. 23, running through the end of March.
Spring training affords fans lower ticket prices and a more relaxed atmosphere to see their favorite teams and, along with that, more opportunities to get autographs, photographs and maybe a foul ball or broken bat.
Add to that the chance to soak up some legendary sunshine while much of the rest of the country struggles to shed the last vestiges of winter, and what’s not to like? Plus, many of Florida’s most popular attractions and beaches are within easy driving distance of some spring training sites.
The greater Tampa Bay area, for instance, is home to five Grapefruit League teams, as well as Tampa’s Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo, and Clearwater’s marine aquarium, where Winter the movie star dolphin lives.
Tampa also boasts George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees hone their lineup. Formerly named Legends Field, the ballpark built in 1996 has dimensions that mimic the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Heading northeast in the 2013 Airstream Interstate, the next spring training stop is Lakeland’s Joker Marchant Stadium to see the American League champion Tigers. Lakeland is within an hour’s drive of two Central Florida Grapefruit League venues: Kissimmee, spring home of the Astros, and, 15 miles away, Lake Buena Vista’s Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.
The Braves play practice games at double-decker Champion Stadium, which offers skyboxes, suites, a grassy knoll and other amenities of an MLB ballpark. While in the area, Airstream travelers can hop over to any of the Disney theme parks and to nearby SeaWorld or Universal Studios.
To the east, about 60 miles as the Airstream rolls, is Viera, where the Washington Nationals train at Space Coast Stadium. From there, it’s 75 miles south to Port St. Lucie to see the Mets. Then it’s another 41 miles south to Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium, where fans can catch the Marlins and Cardinals.
Leaving the Atlanic coast, the spring training tour heads west to the cities fronting the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Myers boasts a double dip of baseball with the Red Sox and Twins, which play in stadiums some eight miles apart.
The final stop is less than an hour north on Interstate 75 in Port Charlotte, where the Tampa Bay Rays tune up in an area renowed for its sport fishing.
Doing the Grapefruit League circuit in a 2013 Airstream Interstate allows vacationers to bring along many of the comforts of home without stressing about overstuffed suitcases and hefty dining and lodging bills. And that means more money for souvenirs, side trips and baseball tickets.
The 2013 Roadtrek 170-Versatile certainly lives up to its name in every way possible. Whether you are going on a weekend jaunt, or you are finally going on that long-delayed camping trip, you will appreciate the efficiency, parking ease and drivability of the 170. It beautifully combines value, comfort and convenience all in the same affordable package. It is exactly the kind of quality vehicle that the world has come to expect from Roadtrek.
Built on the Chevrolet Express 2500 regular van chassis the 2013 Roadtrek 170 Versatile has excellent maneuverability in heavy traffic and in tight spaces. It comes loaded with an assortment of useful features. For starters, it gets better gas mileage than most varieties of camper vans that are currently on the market. This vehicle is perfect for an active family. The rear power sofa easily converts into a comfortable double bed that is six foot, 2 inches. It sleeps up to four and seats up to seven. Folding mattresses that are optional are required in the front. There is an ample amount of space for your belongings. This is thanks to the across the rear storage that is below the bed. Another room can be created by placing the front cloverleaf dining table into storage.
There are dual screens on the backs of the front captain’s seats. The kids can use the screens to watch movies or play video games in the second row. Very little space is taken up by the home theater system and 19 inch flat screen TV. You can rotate the TV into the aisle, enabling the people sitting in the front captain’s seats to watch it.
If only one or two people are going on a trip, a built-in table and additional shelf space can be created by removing the lounge seat located behind the driver. A cabinet is able to be attached in its place. This can also provide you with additional space to hang clothes. After this change has been made, the rear bed will still be separate from the front sitting area. Three seats will remain in the front. If you need additional storage, the passenger side lounge seat can be replaced with an optional armoire. The armoire is perfect for long trips when additional clothing is needed.
The 2013 Roadtrek 170-Versatile also comes with a variety of options, including 110V 19″ LED TV W/Rotating Bracket, Onan Microlite Gas Generator – 2.8Kw, Platinum Interior Décor, 2013 Chevrolet Express 2500 Chassis Upgrade, “Screen Kit – Side and Rear, Continental Spare Tire Kit and SE Package – Silver Exterior W/Matching Lower Body.
The Daytona 500 is the Big One: Speedweeks finale, largest purse on the NASCAR circuit (two million dollars!), and the most watched motor race in America. All NASCAR fans have dreamt of a trip to Daytona Beach for the “Superbowl of Stock Car Racing”, and some return year after year, but many prospective and first time visitors find themselves turned off by the hassles and high prices of the limited local accommodations. Anyone frustrated with the choice between crowded campgrounds and expensive hotels, should consider the affordable alternative of bringing their own home; a Roadtrek Motorhome.
The Roadtrek has been the best-selling class B motorhome in America for over twenty years, and is known as reliable and roomy choice for any family. Sleeping up to four (including king-sized master-bedroom) with its own kitchen, changing room, bathroom, and (in most models) private eating nook, the Roadtrek offers all the amenities of a full-size RV with the fuel economy of a smaller vehicle. The Roadtrek is the perfect choice for modern American road-tripping; an affordable vehicle that has interior space and luxury like a motorhome but gas-mileage and handling comparable to a regular SUV or van.
There will be 200,000 or more visitors at Daytona this year for “The Great American Race”, and they all need someplace to stay. Hotels and motels fill up fast and often demand that reservations be made far in advance, so arriving in a motorhome is a good choice for those who want to go at their own pace while saving money. There are many options for motorhome hook-ups in Daytona, including International Campgrounds and RV Park, Finishline RV, and South Daytona RV Park and Botanical Gardens. All have basic hook-ups and most include extras like swimming pool, laundry service, and wi-fi. Although varying in price, location, and amenities, they (and a dozen others in the greater Daytona Beach area) are all considerably cheaper than staying in a motel and offer more comfort and luxury than trying to camp out with just a car or van.
Although the Big Race is the big draw for most visitors, there are plenty of things to do before and after the race. As the name suggests, Daytona is well-known for gorgeous beaches, but families looking for freshwater fun may also enjoy Daytona Lagoon, a massive waterpark with twelve rides, two miniature golf courses, and several swimming pools. Daytona also has many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as museums of photography, science, and local history. Of course, Orlando is only an hour away, so visiting mammoth parks and attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios is always a possibility before, during, or after Speedweeks.
All NASCAR fans should take a trip to the Daytona 500 at least once in their lives, and with the comfort and affordability of traveling in a Roadtrek Motorhome, this could be the year for many who might not have dreamed it.
While there are plenty of foods that you should bring along with you on a road trip, there are also plenty of foods that should be avoided. Foods that will stink up a small space or that are especially messy should be crossed off of the list immediately. Here are 20 of the worst foods you could ever pack for you and your children if you are going to be confined in a conversion van for travel.
20 Foods You Should Not Pack for a Road Trip
1. Rice Cakes
It might be tempting to pack those filling, healthy and tasty rice cakes. What you might not realize until it is too late is that rice cakes come with a lingering odor that will stink up the cabin.
Popcorn, even when it is already popped, should be avoided for several reasons. It is oily and can stain your leather seats permanently. In most bags, there are kernels that do not pop. These kernels often end up littering your floorboards and your seats, especially when you have little ones.
If you are on a health kick, you might want to pair your string cheese with some broccoli. While you are optimistic when you are leaving for the trip, there is a good chance the broccoli will get wasted and will become more of a weapon for your children to use in a food fight.
4. Soup in a Thermos
If you are traveling in the cold season, you might want to pack soup in a warming thermos. Sure, it will warm your tummy, but you have to pour the soup in a cup and you risk the chance of spilling it all over the inside of the conversion van and could even ruin the custom entertainment system.
5. Deviled Eggs
This may be the perfect dish to bring to a party, it is not a great dish to enjoy in a car where you have nowhere to escape when the gas hits.
6. Bubble Gum
You might need some quite, but letting yoru kids chew bubble gum is not the solution. Just think of how difficult getting the gum out of your seats will be after the fun is over.
7. Milk Duds
If you plan on bringing candy for the kids, avoid milk duds or anything small and chocolate-covered. The candy pieces can easily fall in-between the seats and melt.
8. Peanuts in the Shell
If you bring any type of nuts, make sure they are not shelled. The shells get everywhere and they may also become choking hazards.
9. Grape Juice
You’ll need drinks to wash down the snacks but avoid dark colored juices like grape juice. This will cause a stain that is virtually impossible to remove.
If the snack is partially a sold and partially a liquid, you must eat it with a spoon. These foods will definitely cause a mess, especially in a moving conversion van.
If you like condiments, you should avoid sandwiches unless you are eating on a bench outside of your car. Mayo, mustard, relish, and all of these yummy condiments will end up smeared on your windows, on the seats, the Xbox controller and possibly on yourself.
12. Carbonated Drinks
Carbonated drinks will lead to more bathroom stops and more time on the road to get to your destination.
13. Big Cheeseburgers
You do not want something too filling on the road. Big cheeseburgers, while they may be delicious, should be avoided.
14. Garlic Bagel Chips
Really anything with garlic should be avoided. Not only will it smell up the van, it will also make your breath stinky.
Burritos might be a handheld food, but they are not a food designed to be eaten in a moving conversion van. Expect a stomachache, a mess, and frequent stops.
16. Energy Drinks
They may keep you up temporarily, but energy drinks lead to bathroom breaks and also anxiety on the road.
Skittles, like chocolate, melt. They are bright in color and the brightness will make a hideous design on your leather seats if they are spilled.
Salads are messy and the lettuce will wilt, even if you bring a cooler.
19. Vienna Sausages
This finger food has a terrible odor and the odor is released as soon as the can is opened.
20. Chinese Food
If the food was designed to be eaten with chopsticks, just keep it out of the car as a rule of thumb.
if you avoid these foods and you choose drinks and snacks that are low in sugar content, you can keep your stomach satisfied while you and your family travel your new conversion van.
At first glance, a conversion van and a Class B motor home may look very similar. Both are based on commercially produced vans manufactured by major automakers. However, the levels of modifications vary and the two classes of vehicles serve two separate purposes. A purchaser looking for the features of a conversion van would not be happy with a Class B motor home.
The conversion van starts with a basic commercially produced van and adds after-market accessories. Companies specializing in the conversion van market commonly add these accessories although some vans are still converted as do-it-yourself projects. Dealers often use the conversion van company name when marketing these vans.
A conversion travel van can include a raised roof sometimes known as a “high top.” This makes it easier to move around within the van. Other features commonly added include luxury seating, entertainment centers including televisions and stereos, coolers or refrigerators and mood lighting. This type of conversion van makes long road trips more comfortable especially for larger groups. Some conversion vans offer comfortable seating for as many as eight people.
Conversion vans serve a number of specialized purposes along with offering road-trip comfort. Some conversion vans are equipped to provide access to people who utilize wheelchairs for mobility. These conversions commonly include lifts for wheelchairs and special brackets to hold the wheelchair stable during travel.
Some specially equipped conversion vans serve as mobile workplaces. These vans often include raised roofs to make it easier for workers to move about. Often the vans receive specialized upgrades specific to the workers using the vehicle. This can include cell phone and mobile computer connectivity for a salesman or satellite communications equipment for a remote television crew.
Class B Motor Homes
A Class B motor home utilizes the body of the van as the exterior of the vehicle. Almost all of Class B motorhomes feature a raised roof allowing the traveler to walk around within the vehicle. The rear portion of the van serves as the living quarters of the motor home and often features seating the folds out into a bed, a cooler or refrigerator, a dining table and entertainment items such as a television or stereo. Some Class B motor homes offer a toilet but few offer any shower facilities.
Class B motor homes offer the most economical camping experience for the recreational vehicle enthusiast. The vehicles can be used as a second vehicle by the family and can be parked in a normal garage or parking spot. Other advantages include better fuel economy than most recreational vehicles, an ease of driving not found in larger campers and a lower cost of acquisition.
This vehicle does have some limitations as a recreational vehicle. The Class B motor home offers comfortable camping for two people although some campers offer enough space for one or two children as well. The campers provide little storage space for the recreational items and camping supplies and are usually limited to short camping excursions.
Conversion vans and Class B motor homes are both commonly based upon full-sized vans. This makes the vehicles capable of towing trailers, if necessary. Dealers and maintenance shops associated with the van manufacturer can handle maintenance to the engine and drive train. Both versions of the van have become popular with people who “tailgate” or picnic in the parking lots of sporting events because of the comfort and amenities they offer.
The comfort and space of an RV packaged in an easy to handle van is what the 2013 RoadTrek 190-Popular is all about. This great camping vehicle is perfect for one or two people who want the amenities of an RV, but without the excessive size and cost.
The RoadTrek 190-Popular is easy to drive and park because it’s built upon the Chevrolet Express 3500 extended van chassis. There are several advantages of a van chassis over a full-sized RV, including greater stability, a more comfortable suspension and improved emergency handling such as breaking and steering. The reduced height and lower center of gravity means you won’t be fighting to keep this vehicle on the road during adverse weather conditions.
In addition to being easy to drive, the RoadTrek 190 is easy on your wallet. With a 6.0 L gas V8 engine, you’ll bypass gas stations that those large motorhomes have to frequent. You’ll go further with the 31 gallon tank and 11/17 mpg. Stopping less often for gas saves you money and time.
The base model RoadTrek provides plenty of space and comfort. Standard features include a temporarily enclosed bathroom with bi-fold doors, home theater surround sound, 700 watt microwave oven, stand up shower and 62 cubic feet of storage space. However, there are a few options that can add even more enjoyment and luxury to your home away from home. An upgraded bathroom, armoire for increased storage, flat screen television, a second row of captain’s chairs and even a power rear sofa that converts to a bed are available to make your RoadTrek the perfect motorhome.
The versatile 190-Popular model can sleep three or four people, depending upon the floor plan you choose. The front area of the RV can be made into two single beds when you utilize an optional folding mattress. In the rear, you can stretch out in the sumptuous king-sized bed or make this area into two more singles. This rear sleeping area can be a permanent feature of your motorhome. Moving the dining area up front allows travelers the luxury of not having to disassemble their bed each day.
The RoadTrek is the perfect campervan weekend jaunts or month long expeditions. Plenty of storage space and a spacious refrigerator mean you can be out longer without having to restock. This vehicle is equally at home in large RV parks as well as backcountry campsites where larger RVs are not allowed. With optional four-wheel drive capabilities, a RoadTrek can take you wherever you want to go.
What is the best gaming system for a conversion van? That is a good question. There are many factors to take into account. Both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 have their own advantages and disadvantages over one another. You need to determine which console would be more visually appealing in your conversion van. Also, it would be a good idea to establish the reasons for getting the gaming system in the first place.
How much are you willing to spend? Is the system primarily for movies or gaming? Who will be using the video game system? These are some interesting questions that may help you to come to a decision. The Xbox is cheaper. You can purchase a basic Xbox 360 console for around 200 dollars. That is about 100 dollars cheaper than a PlayStation 3. If the PlayStation 3 is 100 dollars more, it should come with something of value. Something worth spending that extra money on. It does.
The PlayStation 3 offers quite a few features that the Xbox 360 doesn’t have. The most glaring difference is the Blu-ray player. The 360 doesn’t have one. It still relies on HD DVDs. Compared to the Blu-ray discs the PS3 can play, the HD DVDs are outdated. If you got the system for the sole reason of watching movies in your van, the PS3 is the way to go. What if video games are more your style? The PlayStation 3 has slightly better graphics and sound than the Xbox 360. This is also attributed to the Blu-ray player. The biggest differences would have to lie within the online communities and internet access.
You have to pay a fee for Xbox Live. The price varies depending on the length of time you choose. The PlayStation network is free. Free isn’t always better though. Xbox has a larger server than PlayStation. The PlayStation network is more likely to boot you from a game or the server than Xbox Live is. However, it does happen occasionally on both servers. The Xbox has the better online community, yet, the PlayStation 3 isn’t that far behind. Both the PS3 and the Xbox have a built-in WiFi receiver, as the Xbox 360 requires a WiFi adapter. The 360 lets you check out certain videos, music, games, and other downloads from your home page. The PS3 actually has a web browser. You can visit virtually every site you could on a PC.
In the end, the PlayStation 3 probably holds the edge. The lower price and slightly better online community aren’t enough to save the 360. Depending on your color scheme and the interior of your conversion van, the PS3 should have a better look and fit than the 360 as well. The PlayStation 3 is just better overall. If you want a system in your van to entertain the family, you would be hard pressed to find one better
Traveling to New Orleans to attend the Big Game in February 2013 will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all involved. One way to make the experience even more fun and memorable for a group of family and friends would be to make the journey in a Class B van. A Class B motorhome’s size makes it both compact enough to conveniently maneuver yet spacious enough to comfortably transport loved ones and accommodate guests for a massive tailgate party or a small gathering before the big game.
Class B motorhomes offer the maneuverability of a large van coupled with the convenience of a full sized recreational vehicle. Most newer model Class B motorhomes have a height of between nine and ten feet. The widths on newer models run between six and seven feet, and the lengths of the homes run between eighteen and twenty feet. Most class B motorhomes can sleep two to four people, so they are ideal for an immediate family’s trip to the The Big Game. Newer models have a freshwater capacity of between twenty-five and thirty gallons, a gray water capacity of up to twenty gallons, and a black water capacity of up to ten gallons. The interior packages of the newer class B motorhomes are customizable to individual needs. Most come with a spacious area for the driver with an interface similar to that of a standard Sport Utility Vehicle. Some even come with a convenient five-inch rearview camera to assist with backing and parking, a major convenience when considering the traffic and parking situations that will infiltrate New Orleans in February. Class B motorhomes can also come with hand-made cabinetry, couches, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, and high-definition televisions, a great option for watching the pre game coverage by the sports analysts.
The Big Game is scheduled for Sunday, February 3, 2013 and will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will mark the tenth time New Orleans has hosted the The Big Game, the most of any city. However, this will be the first time New Orleans has hosted a The Big Game since the Superdome’s damage from 2005′s Hurricane Katrina and since its major renovations in 2011 including the selling of the naming rights to Mercedes-Benz and the addition of Champions Square, an outdoor, 121,000-square-foot plaza that is sure to be the site of much excitement come The Big Game weekend.
The festivities associated with the The Big Game are slated to begin on Tuesday, January 29 with the annual The Big Game media day. For only the second time in history, a limited number of spectator tickets were made available for the media event for the The Big Game where players, coaches, and performers associated with the game and halftime show are interviewed by the press. Unfortunately, however, there are no parking lots that are advertised as being available for motor homes for the media day event
Fortunately, there are activity options for Class B motorhomes in the New Orleans area. There is a KOA campground in the New Orleans area that offers several amenities including fishing options and several golf courses nearby. A secluded campground will offer great preparation for the exciting The Big Game weekend ahead.
Parking for Class B Motorhomes will be limited on The Big Game Sunday, with only three lots offering parking for recreational vehicles. Two of the lots are located five blocks away (north and east of the Superdome), and one is located four blocks north of the Superdome. The lot five blocks north costs $650, the one five blocks east costs $1125, and the one four blocks north costs $75. All three parking lots allow tailgating, a The Big Game tradition that will be made all the better with a Class B Motorhome.