Sometimes you get an itch. In my case, the itch was to trade in my Roadtrek Ranger RT Class B RV for a brand new Roadtrek CS Adventurous. I had only owned the Ranger for under a year, but as my first foray into the RV lifestyle, what a year it was.
I had never owned an RV so it was a learning experience to be sure. But motoring around from the cold winter through the hot summer, I took in more local flavor (and surrounding states’ flavor) than I had in many years. The decision to make RVing and boondocking in particular a more regular and frequent activity happened to coincide with the RV Show in Hershey Pennsylvania this summer. It was there, after touring more RVs than I could count, that I decided to pursue an upgrade.
Figuring the Roadtrek brand had been kind to me so far with my Roadtrek Ranger, I felt compelled to stay in the family, and was taken by the promise of what 8 batteries and a solar panel could do for me. As much as I loved the Ranger, as someone who traveled frequently with a Jack Russell Terrier as a companion, leaving the air conditioning on in the coach for the dog while we saw the sites that weren’t so dog-friendly required running the gas generator. As much as I loved it, I didn’t love the loud noise of a generator, and the promise of generator-free air conditioning in Roadtrek’s higher end models was alluring.
Following the RV show, I continued researching availability, and found a new 2015 CS Adventurous at a dealer nearby – well, nearby being almost 2 hours away, but there aren’t too many Roadtrek dealers. It had the options I was looking for, including the eTrek package which provided the aforementioned 8 batteries. It also came outfitted with the solar package which added a solar panel for trickle charging, an engine generator (really a 2nd alternator, but no more loud gas generator), and radiant heating which included heated floors! I corresponded back and forth with the salesman at the dealership, we settled on a price to include trading in my Ranger, and I made an appointment to come pick it up at the earliest date they could provide – October 13th. Little did I know what troubles were ahead.