Take a road trip in an adventure vehicle without buying one

Route Line, headquartered in Seattle, is a membership service that offers access to premium trailers, vans, and vans. # k5evening

SEATTLE – A new Seattle-based company is helping campers enjoy the great outdoors in comfort without investing in their own RV.

Route is a service for premium adventure car members. After paying a monthly membership and start fee, members have access to a wide range of options from truck campers to Mercedes Sprinters.

According to CEO Johannes Ariens, this is the first business of its kind in the world of adventure vehicles.

“I grew up in Mason County on the Olympic Peninsula and just grew up outside,” he said. “I want to keep doing what I have to and I want more people to do it so they will also be part of the protection (it.)”

The route approaches that mission in two ways. First, by giving members access to vehicles they might not otherwise be able to afford to purchase or maintain.

“The retail price for a custom van like this (Mercedes Sprinter) is usually around $250,000,” he said.

Storage is also an issue for many Seattleites, given the limited parking options in the city. The route offers the opportunity to experience premium vehicles without the burden of ownership.

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Route Line is also trying to achieve an environmental goal: to provide a sustainable alternative to buying an RV, which often doesn’t work. According to Ariens, most owners only use them about 5% of the year.

“There’s this thing called ‘very rotten’ and they literally rot if you don’t use them because you don’t maintain them, they rot there,” he said. to get people out. And in the process of doing that, this industry is ruining the outside.”

Kenny Matthews took his wife and two young daughters on a trip to the Olympic Peninsula in a Route Line van.

“We sat by the fire and heard two girls giggling inside because they were sleeping right next to each other,” he said.

Ariens hopes its fleet will help create more road trips and a sustainable new way of thinking.

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“We used to use reusable cups in the ’90s, and my mom carried a spoon in her purse. And for us, it was just stuff that you did,” he said. “It’s a change that we’re doing really well. culturally, but we need to keep doing it.”

Route pricing varies depending on whether the customer wants towable vehicles, trucks and trailers, or all vehicle options and days of the week they want access. The company is currently headquartered in Seattle but has plans to expand into new cities and markets.

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