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Old 06-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Roadtrek as a daily driver

Is the roadtreck a good daily driver? They are so expensive I'm thinking of using it like an SUV and get my money's worth out of it.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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That depends on where you are. I used a 19' class B as a daily driver for about six months. In some urban or suburban areas, parking can be a real problem. You might also have some concern about fuel economy if you will do much driving with it.

Finally, if you expect to keep it for a long time, do you really want to put all those extra miles on it?

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Is the roadtreck a good daily driver? They are so expensive I'm thinking of using it like an SUV and get my money's worth out of it.
I bought one of these new in 1991 (not mine in pic) 
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And used it as a daily driver for several years for the same reason you mention. It was that or no RV. My daughter was 4 at the time. The cost and the few inconveniences were far outweighed by the many trips and memories.

I did live close to work (little over 5 miles one way) and that helped with the fuel cost as it seemed to get 10 mpg no matter how or where it was driven. You will do better with today's engines me thinks. The nice thing about using it as a DD is it's always ready - always serviced and no surprises at storage.

If a B Van will meet your needs I say go for it. They are expensive relative to some other options. I looked at the convenience and pleasure vs a tent (which we did do first and later carried a backpack tent as well). Logged 140 thousand miles.

If you do this - prepare to become popular. I drove office groups to lunch, Christmas light viewing, kids, etc quite often. Ran the fridge - had cold drinks on hand etc.
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I use my 2006 Roadtrek 210 as a daily driver. Yes, there are some places I don't go, but that has only been a minor inconvenience. Now my wife does drive a Camry, which we use mostly around town. But I drive the RT to work every day.

The gas cost is far less than the ownership cost of having an extra vehicle. Plus, having to maintain the 3rd car is an added hassle. Also, letting the RT sit for extended periods is not good on the vehicle.

You can always try it and if it doesn't work then get an extra vehicle, but I think you will find you don't really need it.

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I used a 1988 Okanagan 17' for my daily driver for a while, it was the forerunner of the Airstream unit in post #3. The one in post #3 looks to be a 19' unit though.
It had the 460 and trailer towing package so the fuel mileage never got over 9 no matter what.
It never was a problem as I could park in almost any parking spot.
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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I used a 1988 Okanagan 17' for my daily driver for a while, it was the forerunner of the Airstream unit in post #3. The one in post #3 looks to be a 19' unit though.
It had the 460 and trailer towing package so the fuel mileage never got over 9 no matter what.
It never was a problem as I could park in almost any parking spot.
Yep - mine was an Airstream 190 B Van (19'). E350 - 460 EFI with tow package. Came across my Owners Handbook a while back - couldn't find it when I sold it.

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I have pics of it but haven't gotten around to scanning them. It's one of many things to do on my list before going FT.

Edit - now they're both there and I can't get rid of the other. Doh
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It could not be any worse than using a dually or a 4 door crew cab pickup.
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My sister in law and her partner have a RoadTrek 170 that is used as a daily driver. So far so good.

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