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The Nav-6: SUV/Minivan/RV and more

| Updated Oct 26, 2012

Of all the different Roadtrek models out there, one of the most distinctive is the new NAV-6, an SUV that can be used as an RV.

It's really category-defying. A luxury SUV on the Nissan 2500 frame, it is expertly tricked out by Roadtrek with a built in kitchenette, complete with microwave, refrigerator, TV and sink with hot and cold running water. The NAV-6 has a roof that rises to make it big enough to walk around in without bumping your head. It's also able to sleep five people. Oh yeah, it can tow up to 9,000 pounds.

Jennifer and I visited the Roadtrek factory in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and took it out for a spin. We had a lot of fun making our video as we drove firm the countryside to the city and back again.

There is nothing on the road like this vehicle.

“This is perfect for active families,” said Roadtrek President Jim Hammill. “It can haul kids to soccer games, be used for tailgating, running around town as a second vehicle or as an RV for a long weekend.”

At Nissan dealers, it's marketed as the NAV-6. At Roadtrek dealers, it's the N6-Active.

Howard Stratton, Roadtrek's Vice President of Operations, says the NAV-6 is a game-changer built around the many different needs of active families. “Our purpose was to build true utility into this vehicle to support our customers busy life-styles,” he said.

The unit we tested was set up for six passengers. But it's available for seating for seven in three rows of seats. It's just over 20 feet long, 7 feet, 10 in high and can fit in most garages –  a big plus.

Two of the rows convert to a bed with plenty of room for two adults. An upper bunk setup can sleep two kids. And the front seats can be configured into a single bed.

There are plugs and adapters everywhere for computers, iPads, video games.

Just inside the rear doors is an external use hand-held shower head with hose. It’s handy for many things such as washing off caked on mud, dirty shoes, muddy paws, cleaning fish or  washing off sand and salt at the beach.

Tables can be put in place up front or in the rear.  Or both. They're perfect for card games, conversation, picnics.

We see the NAV-6 as a home base while taking the kids to soccer games, the family to sporting events, the beach or on long road trips to vacation getaways. Chill out and take a nap or get out of the weather, fix your own meals, charge your i-devices.

It's a very innovative vehicle.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2012-10-26

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

6 Responses to “The Nav-6: SUV/Minivan/RV and more”

February 10, 2014at7:42 am, Larry S Gowen said:

needs a shower and a loo, less seats

February 10, 2014at4:43 am, Fran Leslie King said:

Up and thinking of u all. Just sent a prayer up for him snd you

November 01, 2012at5:49 pm, Lawrence P said:

It would be helpful to see video reviews of other Class B. models from Roadtrek but also other manufacturers. Do you have plans to do one on the RS-Adventurous, 210 Popular, SS, Ranger and other models from LTV and the Roadtrek competitors. Also please include pricing on your reports. It looks like the NAV-6 costs $65,000 or so according to my web searches. That’s a lot of money for me. Granted, I’m looking for RV so need a genny and bathroom, shower, etc. Pleazs continue with the videos. Maybe Jennifer will let you drive the next one.

October 31, 2012at1:42 pm, Rhonda said:

The unit I want to see more of is the Ranger. Doesn’t that have a full bathroom, king bed and come on a smaller frame for the same or less money than the NAV?
I also think you can get a 190 for the same price, too. I do not undertand who the nav would appeal to.

October 30, 2012at8:46 am, Mr. Grumpy said:

That Nissan 2500 is a nice platform. The NAV looks interesting. Why does Roadtrek call it one thing and Nissan dealers another? Is it the same vehicle?

October 30, 2012at8:43 am, Sue said:

Love it! Great to see Jennifer having fun with you. Nice job in your always winsome style in showing us what this vehicle has. It looked like canvas sides when the roof popped up. Wonder if they are thinking about making that hard? We used to have a pop up camper and getting that canvas tucked in was a chore. Wonder if it’s the same in that vehicle?. Also, I take it there is no bathroom? But since most campgrounds have them, I suppose NBD.

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