Just behind the cockpit are two other adjustable, swivelling high-backed seats equipped with seatbelts. And while it’s usually a couple who travel in units like this, if there are back seat passengers, they are by no means treated as an afterthought. The seating is comfortable and the full glass sides of this RV afford an excellent view no matter where the passenger sits. These positions even have their own window openings and each have their own door. On the passenger side is the large sliding door that has a handy powered step that extends and retracts automatically when the door is opened or closed.

RV Review: Roadtrek RS Adventurous Class B motorhome rvs
Roadtrek RS-Adventurous Class B motorhome. Click image to enlarge

There is also plenty of room to stretch out and a post-hole in the centre of this space will support the tabletop which is stored beside the left hand seat. This table will also fit another post-hole just in front of the powered fold-down couch in the rear of the unit – but the benefit of having it set up forward is that the beds don’t have to be unmade to accommodate it.

The galley and bathroom are opposite each other in the centre of the van and each is surprisingly large. The kitchen counter (made of granite) has prep space as well as the sink cover and cooktop imbedded in the stone. Above are cupboards and fine touches like a built-in spice rack. The wood is all cherry and most of it is solid. Hardware on the cupboards supports the doors, holding them open at any angle, but they also have push-button latches. Even in the windstorm, while driving, I noticed that nothing rattled.

Below the counter are the 3.8 cu-ft Dometic three-way refrigerator and the convection/microwave oven (I’m told you can bake a cake in it – I’ll have to take their word for that). While standing at the sink I noticed that though I’m six feet tall, I had at least another three inches of headroom – I even fit under the A/C unit vent in the rear. The only exception to this height is up front, so remember to duck when walking into the cockpit – I didn’t: ouch!

My other observation is that this real space is enhanced by all the glass that simply makes the unit “feel” larger than it is. On that note, two other things come to mind. One: while driving I actually used the rear view mirror and I was able to easily do shoulder checks while changing lanes, there is that much glass. Two: each window has either a day/night pull-down shade, or curtain, so full privacy can be had at night. Note though, over the cooktop the blinds are metal, making them splash-resistant and easier to clean.

RV Review: Roadtrek RS Adventurous Class B motorhome rvs
Roadtrek RS-Adventurous Class B motorhome. Click image to enlarge

Across the aisle (which is 71 cm/28 in. wide) is the wet bath nicely set in a decent space with two doors that open like wings. Again, these are beautifully done in solid hardwood. These are easily latched when not in use but when using the toilet, they can be locked into a second expanded position that just simply makes taking care of business that much easier. I noted (and suggested to the manufacturer) that when the doors are fully open they should latch in that position. This came up because I was on a slight hill when I was working with them and of course one side wouldn’t stay open. When using the shower a plastic curtain that follows a slight outward curve keeps everything dry.

Storage in a Class B is always an issue and I wouldn’t suggest that there is more storage than the footprint of the van will allow. Instead I will say that I saw every usable square inch used economically and the rest devoted to storage of every shape and size. Much like designing a yacht, where space is also at a premium, this Roadtrek follows the same principles right down to cut-outs in the inner van wall that access space between the support studs.

In my test unit the rear of the van held the power fold-down couch that would easily seat three and becomes the head of the king-size bed – or the top of a pair of singles. It’s wholly up to you how you’d like the sleeping arrangements made up. Also back there is the entertainment centre, consisting of a DVD player, flatscreen TV that can be easily positioned and a surround sound system with ceiling-mounted speakers that will channel the radio/TV or both.

A feature that I didn’t have – but which will soon be installed in these units – is a backup camera that will project onto the touch screen included with a new Radio/GPS/Bluetooth system.

Certainly another advantage to an RV of this size is its ability to go just about anywhere. Of course, you need services when you get there, right? Well, with an Onan MicroLite propane generator (2.5KW), power inverter with charger, 16,000 BTU furnace, heated fresh and waste water tanks, and A/C, boondocking will not be much of a challenge.

I enjoyed my time in the Roadtrek, despite lousy weather.

Pricing: 2009 Roadtrek RS-Adventurous
  • Base price: $104,125
  • Options: $16,288 (Armoire with adjustable shelves, $425; 110V Coffee Maker, $125; Backup Camera , $250; Second row Captains Chairs, $863; Onan Generator , $3,500; Optimal Leather seat upgrade, $1,150; Desert metallic exterior paint , $3,750; Emblem package, $275; Hanging pantry, $300; Radio/GPS/Bluetooth, $1,450; Rear door screens, $425; Power rear sofa, $825; 19-inch flat screen TV, $950; Aluminum wheels, $1,475; Removable wardrobe, $525)
  • Price as tested: $120,413

    Standard features
  • Captain’s & lounge seats, cloverleaf table, expanded galley, permanent bathroom with sink, dinette & night table for twin or king-size bed; 11,000 BTU roof mount A/C; 13’2” Fiamma awning; Propane BBQ quick disconnect; Granite countertop; 16,000 BTU Furnace; Home theatre system with surround sound; Convection/Microwave; Power Inverter with charger; Macerator sewage pump; Stainless steel sink; Two-burner stove top with glass cover; Winegard TV antenna; Suburban water heater; Frameless awning type windows; Wiring harness for towing

    Chassis specifications
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 3.0-litre Mercedes-Benz diesel
  • Power: 154 hp/280 lb-ft torque
  • Wheelbase: 4,320 mm (170 in.)
  • Length: 7,260 mm (273 in.)
  • Height: 3,840 mm (115 in.)
  • Width: 2,030 mm (80 in.)
  • GVWR: 3,878 kg (8,550 lb)
  • Curb weight: 3,425 kg (7,550 lb)
  • Fresh water: 114 litres (25 gal. Imp.)
  • Grey water: 76 litres (16.7 gal. Imp.)
  • Black water: 38 litres (8.3 gal. Imp.)
  • Propane: 23 kg (50 lb)