The Frustrations of a Roadtrekless Road Trip

 The Frustrations of a Roadtrekless Road Trip

I just returned from a fast road trip by car, 2,000 miles to and from south Georgia from my Michigan home.

Because we had to spend a night in downtown Atlanta at a hotel with a low-roofed parking garage, we left the Roadtrek back home.

I missed it every mile.

We spent a night in motels going and coming and that alone was frustrating. The first motel cost $98. The second was $139. Though both were part of well-known national chains, we found the rooms to be much less clean than our Roadtrek and the beds not nearly as comfortable.

We ate on the road, stopping a fast food restaurants. We could have eaten much healthier and more comfortably in the motor coach, using the fridge, the convection oven and the cooktop to bring and prepare our own food.

And we would have had a lot more fun in a campground, rather than alongside a busy interstate.

On the way home, we stopped in Troy, Ohio and visited the huge Arbogast RV Center. We spend an hour and a half climbing in and new and used Roadtreks, the new 2013 Airtream trailers, a couple of Fifth Wheels and some Class A’s.

I must admit, the Class A’s really got me thinking, especially as I contemplate long trips I want to do starting this summer. All that room and luxury got me drooling.

The quick road trip – down to watch a grandson graduate from high school – would have been so much more enjoyable in our Roadtrek. While we may have made a little better time in our car than had we taken our motor home, the drive was a burden rather than an adventure.

And that’s what Roadtreking is… exciting, fun, always an adventure.

Roadtreklesss… not so much.

Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.


  • My cousin is graduating from HS next month and I immediately saw the weekend as an excuse to take out my new PW! Luckily the graduation festivities are only one night and I’ll get the rest of the weekend to explore and I’ll add 2 more states to my “states I’ve been to in my RV”. Funny how now that I have the RV family events I used to dread are now excuses to use the RV! 🙂

  • I have had 3 RV’s prior to now. Class C’s with lots of room, etc. I have now “graduated” to the Roadtrek. So much easier and relaxing to drive, and park and at the gas pump. I no longer have to consider whether or not I will be able to get out of a parking or camping spot or a side road that is calling for me to explore. My 28′ Gulfstream felt like a sailboat on the road. My RT feels like a sturdy road gobbling tank. On a recent trip I watched rigs taller and larger than mine swaying in their lanes because of the high winds…not me…I was hugging the road in my low profile “old gal”. I’m enjoying your blog!!

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