A couple of times, we've wondered if we were right to have gone with a Class B motor home instead of a much roomier Class A. The truth is, for what we paid for our Roadtrek RS-Adventurous, we could have bought a Class A that is twice as big.
Today, I've realized why a B is so right for us.
I'm writing this from a sand dune overlooking Lake Michigan. Tai is right next to me, enjoying the view. The Roadtrek is parked down below in a picturesque little county park.
We're over here in West Michigan because Jennifer had a seminar she needed to attend in Grand Rapid. Normally, we would have come up the night before and taken a $100 a night hotel room. When you add dinner and breakfast and lunch on to that, lodging and food would have cost close to $200.
Instead, we took the Roadtrek. Using my new Passport America membership, I paid $23 for a normal $46 spot at the Conestoga Campground in Coopersville, a nice, quiet little park on the banks of the Grand River. We were treated to a great sunrise after a very comfortable night in our own bed in the Roadtrek. We prepared our own food in the Roadtrek.
Early this morning, I unplugged the electricity at Conestoga and drove Jen into downtown Grand Rapids. That would have been a nightmare in a Class A. But my Roadtrek navigated the big city early morning traffic just fine.
I dropped her off and then, realizing I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted, drove across town to the American RV/Camping World outlet. At the RV store, I met Bob Wensel, who has sold more Roadtreks than any other salesman in the country. We chatted for a while. I was very impressed with the dealership and Wensel, in particular, who told me American RV was all about relationships, not just sales, as relationships equal long term commitment. I like that. I looked at some Class A's, especially a used Airstream. But as this trip was convincing me anew, a Class B motor home offers the least hassle. My eye settled on a new Roadtrek Popular 210. That would be my choice, if we were to upgrade. I'm pretty much convinced the Roadtrek is unbeatable.
While there, I went inside the Camping World store and bought a new Coleman grill for the Roadtrek and then headed west to the Lake Michigan community of Grand Haven where I turned south and made my way to Kirk Park, half way between Grand Haven and Holland.
Tai and I hiked a trail and made our way to this sand dune, where I will update the blog and read until late afternoon, when it's time to head back to Grand Rapids and pick up Jennifer for the ride home.
There is no room to stick an A in this small little Ottawa county park. The Roadtrek fits in a regular parking spot.
Mobility. That's why someone would choose a Class B over a Class A.
An A is huge. If you want to move around and see the local sights, you need to tow another vehicle. Set up and take down is a chore.
My Roadtrek is maneuverable and highly mobile. It can go pretty much anywhere a car can. Yet in it, we are fully self contained with bath, shower and a king sized bed.
All this is not to say that all of us have different needs and priorities. For Jennifer and I, mobility is a big deal.
Did I tel you that I am averaging 21.6miles to the gallon?
I'm going down to the Roadtrek to make myself a sandwich. Then, I might take a nap up here on the sand dune.