Roadkit (first sold as Roadkit Mini) is a 4x4 fully programmable macropad designed to be a companion to the MiniVan.
Roadkit follows a similar design style as the MiniVan as the boards were intended to be paired together as a keyboard-plus-macropad combo. The original cases were CNC milled aluminum to match the MiniVan aluminum case and came in several finishes. Roadkit cases use a tray-mount design with an optional switch plate. Through-hole pads are included for in-switch LEDs for every switch position. A less expensive Roadkit Lite was offered toward the end of the product's lifecycle that shipped with an injection molded plastic case.
The initial concept for the Roadkit was a trio of macropad designs intended to compliment multiple sizes of main keyboards.
To support multiple layouts, a two-piece plate design was conceptualized that allowed the user to swap out the numpad section with three 2u keys (+, Enter, and 0) for a traditional grid-like macropad layout of 1u keys. This would allow for a single large plate and two small addon plates to be shipped with the case instead of requiring two large plates for the whole board. The two-piece plate was never seen on production Roadkits as it was cheap enough to include two complete 4x4 plates (one per layout) with each kit rather than three plate pieces (base + 2 addons).
The plans for the largest Roadkit were eventually scrapped and the names were changed - Roadkit Mini was renamed to Roadkit and the Roadkit Micro became Roadkit Mini. Following the success of the first Roadkit Mini group buy in late 2016, the idea of a larger version was dropped entirely and the lone remaining 4x4 macropad earned the name "Roadkit" for all subsequent versions.
Firmware can be generated using Trash Man's Configurator.
The Roadkit PCB supports two layouts. Plate files are available for both layouts.
The official PCB designed by TheVanKeyboards that shipped with Roadkit received three revisions. All 3 revisions of the PCB supported Cherry MX and Alps switches. The front of all 3 revisions contained the name of the board, the revision number, and the text "Designed by Evan Sailer for TheVan Keyboards". All surface mount components were installed on the back side of the PCB. A reset button was located to the left of the USB port.
The first PCB made for Roadkit mirrored many of the design elements of the original MiniVan PCB. The board was covered in a white solder mask with black silkscreen. There were no holes for PCB-mount switch legs for any of the switch locations. There were also no holes for PCB-mount stabilizers for the three 2u keycap locations so plate-mount stabs were required. The board used a Mini USB connector.
Revision 2 PCBs sold with round 2 Roadkits added holes for PCB-mount switch legs for all of the switch positions as well as PCB-mount stabilizer holes for the three 2u keycap locations.
Roadkit round 3 kits included an updated PCB to match the Low Rider PCB that was shipping with round 4 MiniVan kits. The board was covered in a purple solder mask and white silkscreen. It was updated to use USB C instead of Mini USB.
Skiff is a new macropad PCB created by Trash Man that is compatible with Roadkit cases. Rather than iterate on existing Roadkit PCBs, Skiff was built from the ground up to support a new feature called portscanning. Skiff uses a USB C port and is compatible with all existing Roadkit cases.
Roakit plate files are available on the Files page
The original CNC-milled aluminum case that shipped with the Roadkit. Had a few revisions and colors. Hoping I can find a few good pics of the different revisions.
Roadkit Lite kits were sold with 3D printed cases that were produced by KeyboardBelle. I'll find a good pic and do a little write up eventually.
Stabilized wood case.
Idea23.com sold resin cases using a custom mold made from an aluminum Roadkit case.