In Class B motorhome ownership, compromise comes with the territory. Owners often trade room and some amenities for better mileage and manageability, and theyâ€™ve come to expect effective use of space.Â
As a leader in the Class B motorhome market for more than 20 years, Roadtrek knows a thing or two about design, engineering and functionality â€” and according to the company, the 210-Popular model is the ultimate fusion of all three. With the Chevrolet Express extended van as its base, the widebody 210-Popular is stretched to almost 22 feet, creating room for more of just about everything.
The 210 boasts more space in its permanently enclosed bathroom, 74 inches of headroom throughout and more storage â€” 74 cubic feet of it. For easier loading and better air circulation, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada-based Roadtrek retained the Chevyâ€™s side entry door.
The 155-inch wheelbase provides for a smooth ride and easy handling, according to Roadtrek, and the body is made of fully painted, steel-cage-reinforced fiberglass. Fuel economy is another area where the 210-Popular does more, as Roadtrek Co-chairman Jeff Hanemaayer said owners report getting around 15 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to options for the 210, the list is surprisingly short â€” but thatâ€™s only because the list of standard features is so long. Starting up front, this well-equipped Class B comes with a removable turn-by-turn GPS navigation system, iPod and Bluetooth phone interfaces, and a backup camera with remote and motorized 4.3-inch LCD screen. These features are in addition to the in-dash AM/FM satellite radio and CD, MP3 and DVD players.
Comfort also comes standard, as the 210 includes a 120-volt AC Dometic air conditioner and heat pump, box awning for those who like to entertain and faux leather seating for five.Â
The galley boasts granite countertops, stainless steel sink, recessed two-burner stove with flush cover, a microwave/convection oven and 5-cubic-foot refrigerator; a built-in coffeemaker is optional.
The 210â€™s bathroom offers complete privacy. It features a foot pedal flush toilet, vanity sink with storage cabinet, mirror and 120-volt AC receptacle. Use the shower sitting down with the door closed or as a stand-up shower in the aisle.
The rear offers a dinette or optional power sofa, which converts into a king-size bed or two twins. Itâ€™s also an ideal place from which to view the standard 19-inch flatscreen TV and enjoy the home theater system with surround sound and dual center speakers. Other interior options include an armoire with adjustable shelves and drawers, drawer storage over the cab and a 2.8kW Onan MicroLite generator.
Elsewhere, another standard feature on the 210-Popular is the four exterior drawers or doors for easy access to the two 6-volt AGM deep cycle batteries, external connections and storage.Â
Chassis: Chevrolet Express van
Engine: 6.0-L SFI GasÂ
V-8, 323 HP
FUEL: 31 GAL
gvwr: 9,600 LBS
Exterior length: 21′ 11″
Exterior width: 7′
Exterior height: 8′ 9″
Freshwater cap: 30 GAL
Gray-water cap: 23 GAL
Black-water cap: 10 gal
LP-gas cap: 10 gal
Base msrp: $98,410
Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc., 888-762-3873, www.roadtrek.com.