Mini-Review | Regency RV National Traveler | 7’4″ of Interior Height!

By | December 9, 2019

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of Ultramobility
Mini-Review where I give you just the essentials of an RV in a 5 minute review. I’m your host Neil Balthaser and today we’re
taking a look at a brand new class B motorhome which is designed with taller folks in mind. It’s the National Traveler Trek by Regency
RV and its claim to fame is that it is the only Ram ProMaster motorhome in its class
built with a raised roof that provides – get this – a full 7’4″ of interior headroom! Regency’s being a bit modest here saying that
the National Traveler Trek is the only *Ram Promaster* with this interior height as I’m
not aware of *any* other class B motorhome here in North America with this much interior
head room: ProMaster, Sprinter Transit or otherwise. Regency is a relative new-comer to the class
B and B+ segment having introduced their first class B built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis,
the Xalta in 2015. But their heritage goes back to 1995 when
they were doing luxury, high-end car, van and SUV conversions. Today, Regency RV produces just 200 unique,
hand-crafted motorhomes and the National Traveler expands their product lineup by being their
first Ram Promaster offering – and it’s certainly unique in its class. The National Traveler comes in two layouts:
The Tour which has a rear sofa/bed configuration and the Trek which is the one we’re reviewing
today and has two rear facing sofas. Both the National Traveler Trek and Tour models
are built on the Ram Promaster 3500 chassis. That means they’re powered by the same engine
that powers all Promasters: a 3.6L V6 Pentastar gas engine with a 6 speed transmission that’s
capable of delivering up to 280hp and 260 lbs-ft of torque. The 3500 chassis is the longest of the Promaster
chassis clocking in at 20’11” in length. But that length is still about 3 feet shorter
than the longest Sprinter chassis and only 1.5′ longer than the shortest Sprinter chassis
– so it splits the difference between the two giving you an extra 1.5 feet of interior
living space while still keeping the van short enough to be used as a daily driver and to
fit into normal parking spaces. This ideal length of the Promaster 3500 is
being adopted by a whole bunch of RV manufacturers including: the Winnebago Travato, the Hymer
Aktiv 2.0, the Roadtrek Zion, the Pleasure-way Lexor, the Fleetwood IROK and the Midwest
Automotive Designs Legend just to name a few. But, none of these competitors has what the
National Traveler Trek has and that’s a 7’4″ interior standing height! Take a look at all this head room! There’s so much space above that Regency can
afford to put in a second bank of cabinets. Yes, that’s a second bank of white cabinets
on both sides here in the rear lounge and a set in the front as well. Those extra cabinets double the interior storage
capacity. What will you do with all that extra storage? All this extra height is accomplished by fitting
a fiberglass cap onto the top of a normal Promaster and that gives you over an extra
foot of interior height. Pretty clever. So there’s a ton of headroom in this coach
and taller folks are going to appreciate that for sure but what about other accommodations
like the bed and bathroom? The bedroom/lounge on this Trek model is located
at the rear of the van and in the lounge configuration you’ve got two bench seats that face each
other. A good sized pedestal table can be setup between
them and there’s a 24″ LCD TV sensibly placed back here. That TV by the way can be removed and mounted
to the outside of the van. You’ve got speakers mounted under the cabinets
and there are lap belts for traveling. These bench seats are jackknifed so to convert
the lounge into your bedroom just pull them out and voila you have one large 54″x73″ bed. You will be sleeping laterally in this bed
and taller people should take note that the maximum length of this bed is just an inch
over 6′. It’s recommended that the taller person sleep
on the side closest to the front of the van since there’s a bit of extra overflow there
under the cabinet and they can angle their body for extra room. Let’s talk about the other area of the coach
where height is important and that’s the bathroom. This is a 2-piece wet bath. Wet bath meaning the shower and the toilet
share the same area. 2-piece meaning that there is no sink. As far as standing height: If you’re expecting
a full 7’4″ you’re going to be disappointed. The shower stall is the same one that’s used
in the normal height National Traveler Tour and that means the interior height in the
stall is 5’10”. Still, I do love the glass door which by the
way is only found on the Trek DLX edition. You’ve got a front lounge as well with a 2
person jump seat. This jumpseat doesn’t convert to a bed. On the Trek model you can opt for a second
32″ LCD TV which is mounted right over the door – which you can do because there’ so
much extra head room. You can see it in this shot looking into the
van. One thing to note: there is no table that
can be setup in this front lounge. Let’s move on to the galley: It’s an okay
sized galley. When the counter extension is flipped up you’ve
got pretty good prep space. That’s a nice deep sink with a residential
style faucet and look at that: a standard induction cooktop. You’ve got 3 drawers for storage down below,
a pantry to the right with adjustable shelves, another drawer below and then more cabinet
storage across the aisle so all in all plenty of kitchen storage. There’s a 3.1 cu. ft. compressor driven refrigerator
and a non-convection .9 cu. ft. microwave. On the standard height Tour model the refrigerator
is 7 cu. feet and the microwave is a convection oven. There is one other feature about the National
Traveler that may interest some of you and that is: that the fresh and black water tanks
and all associated water lines are inside the coach and the grey water tank is fitted
with a standard heating pad. That means that like the Travato, this coach
is more capable of winter usage. You’ll still have to be aware of below freezing
temperatures since the plumbing lines are not wrapped in heat tape and the sewer lines
can also freeze up but it’s a lot more 4 season than most coaches. Also, this coach can be upgraded to the very
capable Xantrex lithium battery system that’s capable of running the AC for 6-8 without
needing to start your generator. There are some other nice features available
on the National Traveler like the standard Sumo Spring suspension upgrade, a standard
instant hot water system by Gerard and an optional 4 camera exterior viewing system. As for pricing: base model National Traveler
Trek’s can be found in the low $80’s with upgraded models without the lithium upgrade
averaging around $90k. Like all Regency RV’s the National Traveler
comes with a 3 year 36,000 coach warranty. I think the National Traveler Trek is a very
interesting class B coach- it gives you a ton of head room and 4 season capability and
wraps it all up in sub $100k price. The one thing it’s missing to be tall person’s
dream class b is a taller bathroom. If you want me to do a full review of the
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