When we went to the California RV Show in Pomona recently, one of the motorhomes I really wanted to see was the new Roadtrek E-Trek. It turns out, about a thousand other people really wanted to see this one too, so I couldn’t do a really detailed review, but we did get a little bit of footage of it, and so we’re sharing that here.
For those that don’t know, the E-Trek is a pure class B – it all fits inside the Sprinter van. And what they fit in there is a surprising amount of batteries and other technology – but no propane. Roadtrek markets the E-Trek as a motorhome where you don’t have to think much about energy management – it handles it for you. Ideally, they would have let me use one for two weeks to verify that claim – but I’m not that lucky.
What I can tell you is that, even if I can’t verify the energy claims, it seems very well put-together. I dug the Webasto and the giant inverter, and I’ve always wanted to try working with an induction cooktop. I spent some time working for a cruise line, and one of the things I remember from that time is that all the cooking on the giant cruise liners is done with magnetic induction. This is mainly for safety (no flame), but also for energy efficiency and to limit the number of fuels they have to carry. The same advantages apply to a 23 foot van.
When we spoke to the Roadtrek representatives, they informed us that the second row of seats could be left out – that gives us options for bike storage! Bonus.
But the one thing that would hold us back from this one would be the lack of four-season capability. When I crawled under it, I noticed that water tanks and lines were running underneath.
The day after we left the show, Roadtrek unveiled the TS Adventurous, which has many of the same features and four season capability. I think THAT is the Roadtrek unit I would most like to get in-depth with. Now I just need to find one.