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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.
If you live in the northern part of the country, it’s pretty chilly outside right now.
While many RV owners have their vehicles tucked away until spring, there are still those die-hard travelers who travel year round. For them, coming up with solutions on how to keep their vehicles warm and toasty is a must. Thankfully, there are a number of options.
These days, most RVs come insulated and offer a double-glazed window option which helps prevent some relief from the elements. Most RVs already have existing heating appliances or include an option to upgrade. Some possible upgrades range from underfloor heating and diesel furnace heating to reverse cycle air conditioning and even electric ceramic heaters.
Before you start pondering any of these options, however, one of the first things any motorhome owner should take into account is safety.
First and foremost, DO NOT – I repeat – DO Not use any fire heating appliance that has a naked flame or a bar heater. Basically, there is no need to help promote any unnecessary risks.
Any heater you do decide to use should have a safety cut-off feature of some sort. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure any electrical or gas appliances are regularly. This will not only help keep your mind at ease, but it will help prevent possible accidents or mishaps. Including a fire blanket, fire extinguisher and ensuring smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in your vehicle are working is also good idea.
Now that we have all the safety stuff out of the way, let’s move on to selecting a heating unit for your vehicle.
It’s important to make sure the unit you select coincides with the size of the RV. One of the easiest ways to ensure this is by contacting the vehicle’s manufacturer. As combustion gases like water vapor, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are expelled from heaters; proper ventilation is also a must.
Whether you’re doing your winter traveling in a larger RV or a Camper Van, it’s important to remember every vehicle is different and all heating options should be considered before making a decision.
What is it that makes a Class B Camper Van so appealing?
While out and about with some friends the other day, I happened to spot a great looking Roadtrek Class B Camper Van a few cars ahead of us.
I quickly told my friend who was driving to pull up next to it so I could get a better look.
“Why? It’s just another RV,” he said.
I quickly corrected him by telling him it was much more than another RV. By the look he gave me after my response, I realized the conversation was headed towards becoming a a camper van-educational lesson of sorts.
Class B Camper Vans are very different than their larger counterparts. Although smaller, they get better gas mileage, are more maneuverable, and still have the same luxurious of a standard RV.
“But you can’t even spend the night in one,” said my friend.
Believe it or not, a camper van can sleep between 2 to 3 people easily. Also, the dining area is many models can easily convert into a sleeping area as well.
“Yea but what if you want to cook some dinner for the family…”
Not a problem.
Class B Camper Vans – especially newer models – can come loaded with almost anything you can dream of and that includes a galley/kitchen area. Also, you can choose from a variety of options including flat screen TVs, custom interiors, two packages, and even full baths.
The most inviting aspect of a Class B Camper Van is likely their price. Compared to most large RVs, there is a huge difference in price when it comes to camper vans. Quite simply, they aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg and you’re still getting a vehicle loaded with all the amenities you need.
“So remember,” I said to my friend at the end of my brief camper van spiel.
“They aren’t just another RV.”
Winterizing a Roadtrek can prevent several mishaps. Roadtreks, if not appropriately inspected before the winter’s cold arrives, can cause damage to the pipes of your Roadtrek. The harsh cold can create freezing water that can damage the Roadtrek’s systems. The winter elements can also cause damage to tires, batteries and other Roadtrek’s system’s overtime.
Maintain proper tire pressure.
Protect tires from losing pressure by covering them with a tire cover when not in use. Spray a tire dressing onto tires to keep the sunlight from weakening the tire. You can even jack op your Roadtrek to prevent further loss of inflation if they have been sitting for long periods of time. Also be sure to inspect and replace the spare tire in necessary.
Inspect batteries periodically.
Use baking soda and water to wipe down the roadtrek’s batteries from corrosion and dirt. Recharge the Roadtrek’s batteries using the isolator switch to reduce unwanted electric leak, which happens when poor grounding connections draw energy. Remove the battery from the Roadtrek during extreme cold weather conditions to keep it from freezing. Place battery in a dry, storage area such as a garage, and charging it at least once a month.
Drain the water from your Roadtrek.
Park the Roadtrek with rear wheels elevated a few inches before draining. Shut off all water faucets and fill the water tank with RV antifreeze. Turn water pump on and open toilet, shower, and all other faucet valves so that RV antifreeze can be released. Turn water pump off when the RV antifreeze starts to flow.
Drain the hot water heater tank. First, remove the heater tank’s door latch. Open the pressure release valve by moving the lever up vertically, removing the plug at the bottom of the heater. Step aside to prevent spillage on clothes. Take special caution to ease the plug out. Next, flush the hot water tank with a water hose until the water becomes less murky. Reassemble and use plumber’s tape to secure valve shut.
Air the lines out.
Open the faucet valves and the water tank fill valves to air out its lines. Replace the valves when finished.
Change your Oil.
If needed, don’t forget to change your Roadtrek’s oil. Also, inspect the generator, brake fluied and engine coolant before putting it away for the winter. Another important thing to remember is to fill the gas tank to maximum to prevent gum-forming oxidation.
If you take these simple precautions, your Roadtrek will stay looking new for years to come. Roadtrek Class B Campers are easy to care for and a blast to drive. Call 1-866-975-3287 or fill out the contact us form with any questions.
Class B Vans provide the very best way to travel across the country. There size and gas mileage allow you to go anywhere at any time. Large motorhomes are difficult to maneuver and are limited on where they can go. With a larger RV, many people leave the RV behind and drive a tow vehicle to explore the area. With a small Class B Camper, comfort and home is always with you. In a Roadtrek Van you can access narrow forest roads and other dirt roads leading to free dispersed camping areas.
Class B Vans are truly for an individual who wants it all. Enjoy the convenience of your own bathroom, change room, kitchen, living room and bedroom. You can be more spontaneous. Since all your gear is with you, if you find a wonderful hiking trail, camping area, or meet up with people, you can take advantage of opportunities without having to return to home base.
For more information on starting your adventure in a Roadtrek van, call 1-866-975-3287. One of our van experts will help you decide which van best fits your needs.
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