On Wednesday, September 14th we attended the Hershey RV Show. Last year we were unable to take our E-trek, since it was being serviced at the Roadtrek factory, so we were very excited to take it this time. We packed our lunch, filled up the fresh water tank, and dropped off the dogs at a nearby kennel for the day. There is on-site dog care at the show, but we were afraid to risk that the “barking lot” would be full, since you couldn’t make a reservation–it was on a first come, first service basis.
We were on the road by about 8:30 a.m.–Hershey is about two hours from our home. We stopped to fuel up and were making our way to the gates by 11:00 a.m. It was quite hot, so the first thing we did was try to locate the Roadtrek/Erwin Hymer display. Finding your way around the show is not easy–the tall Class A’s block your view and it is hard to find your perspective when you are surrounded by them. A number of people were looking just as perplexed, staring at their maps, but finally we found the Roadtrek fleet.
Once again, we confirmed that we chose the right floor plan (e.g., RS Adventurous), and there seemed to be little difference with the newer model, other than the Ecotrek (lithium) battery system. We are happy with our AGM batteries–they are performing great since we had the battery balancer installed and we have no trouble keeping them charged up, even when running the AC at full blast, as we confirmed over the summer.
We were just about to leave the area when we spotted a familiar couple: Mike and Jennifer Wendland were just arriving in preparation for Mike’s live Roadtreking podcast. Karl snapped a picture of Jennifer and me, and Jennifer was kind enough to corral Mike so someone could take a picture of the four of us. A crowd was forming, so we were glad we had a chance to introduce ourselves and tell them we are fans of the Roadtreking Podcast and Blog.
We were making our way towards the Giant Center to get out of the heat when we spotted some other Class Bs. The manufacturer was Chinook and they were introducing their stunning Countryside model. Also built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Countryside has an impressive array of features, including massage chairs, built-in iPad Mini to control various electronics, two televisions, and a high-end camera security system. As you can imagine, it has a high-end price tag. Chinook does not produce an all-electric model; however, they did offer the upgraded suspension and they were suitable for year-round use. Although rich in features, we still feel we have the best of all worlds with our E-trek, so we won’t be upgrading any time soon.
We had spent about an hour at the Chinook display and at 1:00 p.m. it was the hottest part of the day, so we decided to make our way back to our E-trek. We couldn’t stay for the live Roadtreking Podcast, because we had to pick up the dogs by 4:00 p.m. We turned on the AC, ate lunch comfortably, and by 1:30 p.m. we were on the road. After a full day of play time, followed by bath-time, the dogs were exhausted–and so were we!