When we first fantasized about the idea of seeing America we thought the best way to do that would be driving, but we’ve also got to live so we started investigating RVs. Our first thought was that we wanted something compact so we wouldn’t have trouble driving and parking in urban areas. This lead us to the Roadtrek line of class B RVs. Shortly after we began this investigation we saw that there was an RV show not too far from us so we rented a car and drove out for a long weekend of RV show and small town relaxation.
At the show we were happy that the Roadtrek line was well represented and we got a very good look at some compelling options. They were small, sporty and had everything a home needs crammed into a tiny space. The one that most appealed to us was the SS-Ideal. It features a slide-out in the back that provides an extra three feet of bedroom space while parked. We imagined living in this vehicle full-time and thought we could manage it. It would be cramped but we could do it. While we were looking, the dealer asked us how we’d be using it and recommended we look at some smaller class A RVs illustrating that they’re not all as big as we thought. He showed us a few that were interesting but not quite right. Virtually all of them were suited to families of more than two people. Most of them provided seating for six or more. This was just wasted space for us. However, after seeing the Class As, we realized that the Class Bs would not be livable in the long-term and started looking at all of the smaller Class As. We walked the entire, extensive show looking at everything when we stumbled upon one of the last vehicles in the show and it really jumped out at us. It was the Winnebago Via 25T. It’s a Class A diesel but is quite compact at 25 feet long. The styling was more contemporary and the layout was efficient and homey. It had real living space and a bedroom that was separated from the rest of the space. It also featured TONS of external storage. This was it, we found our RV. We left the show and drove back to the hotel to look at the brochures and compare notes.
After the nice weekend we returned to our NYC apartment and brainstormed travel scenarios and what we would need. Further research into the Via lead me to it’s sister the Itasca Reyo. It’s the exact same vehicle with paint schemes We’re more fond of. We’ve put a lot of thought into this decision and there are still a lot of details about the RV that we need to iron out before we can comfortably purchase it and hit the road. Is there a space I can install a safe for our valuables? Can I install our computer and peripherals in a safe, convenient location? how much space will we have for clothing? Dishes? housewares? We need to go to a dealer and see the Via/Reyo in person again.