Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Radio upgrade

Our Roadtrek came with the original radio, AM/FM/CD/Cassette. No way to plug in a phone or ipod, so an upgrade was in order. It turns out to be easy to change the radio, just pry off the plastic dash cover, undo 4 bolts, pull out the old radio, and insert the new one. I got all the parts on Amazon:

This one has AUX in, USB, bluetooth, CD, AM/FM, so a little more modern than the OEM radio. Amazon link.

Since it is smaller than the OEM radio, I needed a mounting kit and a wiring adapter:

Amazon link.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First trip!

We bought our Roadtrek in August. We'd been looking for a while, they are hard to come by in our area. Finally, I put a "wanted" ad on Craigslist, and a guy emailed me the next day. He had a 1998 Versatile 190, 84K miles, stored in a garage. He wanted $16K for it, which is a great deal and it was in great shape. He could easily have asked for another 5 or 6 K.

Not having had an RV before, we took it on a short trip to McCall to see how everything worked. I think we tried out everything except the hot water heater.

Heading out on our first trip. Bikes are in the rack on the back, the same rack we use for the Volvo.
Camped at McCall, the Ponderosa State Park. Full hook up here, so we learned how to do all of that.
My favorite camping partner and fellow vagabond.
Paved with full hookups, does that really count as camping? The bike rack swings out of the way so access to the rear storage is easy. The table, both chairs and the grill all fit in the back storage.

We had a nice bike ride around the park, and a nice ride into town to meet some friends for coffee. Pretty good first trip.