Featured Motorhome: 2017 Tiffin Allegro Breeze 32BR

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Nimble, luxurious and built with unmistakable Tiffin quality, the 2017 Allegro Breeze 32BR is a compact Class A diesel motor coach that gives proof to the adage, “good things come in small packages.” Continue reading

Featured Unit: 2016 Roadtrek 210-Popular

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Elevate your travel adventures with the 2016 Roadtrek 210 Popular, an exciting blend of style, comfort and technology.

This Class B motor home distinguishes itself on the road with a wide body and unique look that also create unprecedented room inside. But, looks aren’t the only thing that makes the RoadTrek 210 Popular truly a coach for the road ahead.  From the rooftop 300 watt solar panels, to the under-the-hood generator to the power converting sofa, the 2016 RoadTrek is in a class by itself.

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The Roadtrek 210 Popular is built on the Chevrolet Express 3500 extended van chassis for durability, fuel economy and ease of service and maintenance, while the 6.0 V-8 engine is the right mix of power and economy. The 155 inch wheelbase creates a smooth ride and ease of maneuverability for the driver, while creating a spacious haven inside.

To create the distinctive body of the 210, Roadtrek extends the body 18 inches behind the rear wheels, creating an overall length of nearly 22 inches. Additionally, seven inches are added to the width of the vehicle creating roomy, easy-to-reach pull out storage and access to external hook-ups, and auxiliary batteries along the base of the coach.

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The sleek exterior is available in three stylish color options, white, silver ice and charcoal gray. An 8-foot power awning is standard on the 2016 Roadtrek 210 Popular models.

Enter the cockpit through convenient side doors and settle into halo leather captain chairs. The signature control panel is accented with wood finish and the leather-wrapped steering wheel completes the feeling of functional luxury.

A third seat behind the passenger seat can be exchanged for an optional s. The unique design of the 210 Popular allows five to travel in comfort, while the addition of an optional folding bed creates space for up to three to sleep.

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Travel back to the living quarters to appreciate the true value of the 2016 210 Popular. The signature trio of rooftop windows creates a flood of light into the well-appointed interior. With an interior height of 6-foot-2, inches and hallway width of 30 inches, there’s ample room to prepare meals, relax and move about.

The expansive kitchen is a mix of luxury and function, with a granite counter top holding a recessed two burner propane stove and stainless steel sink, each with flush mount covers to create a large prep area. A 3-way built-in 5-cubic feet refrigerator and freezer and convection/microwave are built-into the stylish cabinetry. In 2016, the 210 Popular takes storage up a notch, with a bank of deep, well-designed drawers that maximize space. Combined with the frosted glass-fronted overhead cabinets, there’s room to pack enough kitchen gear for a summer of adventures. The cabinetry of the 210 Popular is available in three choices, ebony, bamboo and cherry.

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Find the first of two available dining areas in the front of the kitchen with a functional table for two that pulls out from the kitchen cabinets to serve the forward seating.

For those who need and demand the convenience of an onboard bathroom, the Popular 210, has a self-contained, stand-up shower, commode and vanity bath combination. To handle any messy situation, the shower track continues into the hallway, where a drain can be opened and the curtain pulled. Also, the folding door can latch closed into the hallway to create a more spacious cabinet while the bathroom is in use, then closed flush with the interior while empty.

In the rear of the 2016 210 Popular is the living, sleeping and second dining area. The standard equipment halo leather power sofa is equipped with seat belts to provide comfortable travel seating. Set up for the night or recline in comfort to the sounds of the standard entertainment center stereo equipment.  An optional 24-inch TV on flexible arm can also be added to complete your peaceful retreat.  A larger, second dining room table can be added for family game time or dining. The seating area is surrounded by windows that fully open to bathe the unit in light and fresh air.  When it’s time for privacy, top-of-the-line shades create a private haven.

When it’s time for bed, the fully powered sofa converts to two twin beds or one king-sized bed, made possible by the wide-body of the 210 Popular.

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The lush leather seating is available in three color options – tan, onyx and platinum with coordinating accent fabric choices.

Experience the compact, practical luxury of Roadtrek’s 2016 210 Popular in person with a visit to Reines RV Center in Manassas or Ashland. Va., where the experts there can help you find the motor home of your travel dreams. Click here for price and even more details on this unit. If you are interested in purchasing, feel free to give us a call at either location, or use our online contact form.

 

Motorhomes vs. Travel Trailers: The Basic Differences

 

Travel Trailers

  • Trailers are less expensive, generally, than motorhomes.  You can buy a new travel trailer for under $10,000.
  • Trailers are less expensive to maintain than motorhomes.
  • If you have a tow vehicle, you’re halfway there; you only need to buy a trailer.
  • Once you park and unhitch the trailer, you have the use of your vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is being serviced, you still can camp in the trailer.
  • The entire interior of a trailer is usable living space.
  • Passengers can’t ride in a moving trailer.
  • Trailers have to be hitched up and unhitched.
  • Trailers have to be hooked up to electricity to use the appliances and air conditioning. Or, you can carry a portable generator.
  • Toy hauler trailers have a ramp and storage room for bikes, motorcycles, etc.  The ramp can also make the trailer wheelchair accessible.
  • The tow vehicle for a large trailer or 5th wheel can be expensive and make the overall cost similar to that of a motorhome.

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Motorhomes

  • Passengers have the use of the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc. while traveling, although it’s recommended that they be seated with seatbelts fastened.  Certain satellite TV dishes provide TV service while a motorhome is being driven.
  • Motorhomes have generators, so the appliances and air conditioning can be used without hooking up to electricity.
  • Motorhomes are more expensive than travel trailers.  New motorhomes can start at less than $50,000.
  • A motorhome can tow a car, motorcycle or boat.
  • If you’re camping in a motorhome and the weather is bad, you don’t have to go outside to access the living space.
  • If a motorhome has to be repaired, you may have to find other accomodations.
  • Motorhomes are more expensive to maintain than travel trailers.
  • Some people prefer driving a motorhome over towing a trailer.

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How to Choose an RV

How to Choose an RV

With the many choices available in RVs, it can be hard to know which type and size is right for you.  Motorhome, travel trailer or 5th wheel?  Large or small?  Class A or class C motorhome?  Gas or diesel?  Here are some things to consider…..

Think about how you’re going to use the RV.  Short trips?  Weekends?  Longer trips?  Months at a time?  Are you nervous about towing?  What is a comfortable payment range?  How many people do you need to sleep?  How much storage do you need?  Will you be going to campgrounds with full hookups or camping in remote areas where you’ll need a generator?

People often underestimate what size RV will be right for them. They buy small and then, after using the RV, wish they had bought something larger. Before buying an RV, spend some time in it.  Sit in it and imagine yourselves stuck in it for a couple of days due to bad weather.

Travel trailer or motorhome?  You can buy a nice new travel trailer for between $14,000 and $28,000.  An entry level small new motorhome starts at about $55,000.

Travel Trailers

With a travel trailer, you have your tow vehicle to drive once the trailer is parked.  Many trailers can be towed with a medium sized SUV.  If you’re camping in remote areas, you’ll need a portable generator.  Trailers offer many choices of floorplans, so it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for your family.

5th Wheel Trailers

A 5th wheel trailer extends over the bed of a pickup truck.  It offers great exterior storage and is easy to tow.  Some offer installed generators and washers and dryers.  When considering a 5th wheel, find one that you like and know the weight before buying your truck.  You need a truck that can tow that weight.

Motorhomes

An advantage of a motorhome is that people can move around while you are driving.  They can use the restroom or take a nap.  Having a motorhome doesn’t mean you won’t have a car to drive, as most motorhomes have a hitch on the back.  Most motorhomes  have a generator, so you can camp anywhere.

Motorhomes come as class A, class B and class C models.  Class A motorhomes are on a truck chassis, class B models are small and compact and class C models are on a van chassis with a cabover.  There are gasoline and diesel models.

Class A diesel motorhomes normally have air brakes and air ride suspension, making the handling and braking better than gas models.  Plus they have greater power.  Most new gas class A models are on a Ford chassis with a Ford V 10 engine, which is plenty of power.  And, they’re generally a lot less expensive. Think about how many miles you’re going to drive.  Many people put only 3,000 – 5,000 miles on a motorhome.  If you’re not going to drive it much, it may not be worth spending the amount of money a diesel model will cost.  The gas mileage and the diesel mileage are about the same due to the greater weight of the diesel class A motorhome.

In class A models, the front seats swivel around and become part of the living area.  Usually, there is more exterior storage on a class A than other types of motorhomes.  And the driver sits up high and has a large windshield offering great visibility.

Class B motorhomes are often small enough to fit in a regular parking space and are easy to drive around.  The diesel models can get about 17 MPG.  And, they are completely self contained, meaning they have everything you need to live in them.

Class C motorhomes are great for first time buyers.  The van front is lower down, has two doors and the mirrors are close in.  It feels more like driving a van than a bus.  Extra sleeping can be available with a bed over the cab.  Or instead, some have the option of a large TV with storage cabinets.  A new class C model usually costs less than a class A.

Trailers and motorhomes have the options of slide out rooms.  They add a lot to the RV’s livability once you are parked but they do add to the cost.

Financing

Interest rates are very low now, so it’s easy to find an RV with a payment that’s comfortable for you.  And, RV loans usually result in a tax deduction as a second home mortgage.

We hope this answers your questions and helps you find the perfect RV for your family.  It’s time to hit the road and start creating memories!

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