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Shopping for a new RV can be an overwhelming process. The second you walk into an RV dealer‘s lot or begin your research online, marketing messages that do not help you make a good decision regarding your purchase bombard you. Wading through the needs, wants, and nice-to-have you’s will often leave you spinning your wheels as you try to make an informed purchase of a new or used RV.

All of us are well-versed on what to look for when buying a home, renting an apartment, or purchasing a condo. It is easy because we all have a long history of living in these type of units. We know what to look for, we know what we want, and we know what questions to ask.

  • When shopping for an RV, what questions should you ask?
  • What quality steps should you pay attention to?
  • Where is the value of the unit derived and how can you compare apples to apples?

The California RV Show is an event that takes place every year in October on the West Coast. It is the largest RV Show on the West Coast with over 40,000 people attending this last year (2017). The event is a “manufacturer’s show” which means that the actual manufacturers pay for and provide the inventory. Unlike the smaller shows handled by local dealers, the California RV Show allows buyers to negotiate directly with the manufacturer for prices, speak directly with factory representatives, and shop in a much less pressured environment.

RV shows are a great place to go if you are in the market for an RV or camping trailer. RV shows allow you to compare a wide selection of different models, makes, and floorplans–all in one place. To help you make a more educated choice when shopping for an RV, the California RV show in association with campgroundviews.com created these excellent videos for each of the major types of RV styles to provide information that will help you ask the right questions, compare the right features, and better understand what you were looking at when you explore an RV for yourself.

  1. Tips For Buying A Class A
  2. Tips For Buying A Class C
  3. Tips For Buying A Fifth Wheel
  4. Tips For Buying A Bop Up Or Small Camper
  5. Tips For Buying A Toy Hauler
  6. Tips For Buying C Class B RV
  7. Tips For Buying A Travel Trailer
#1. Tips for Buying the Class A

Class A RVs are the big, beautiful RVs that everyone immediately recognizes for comfort and luxury. Prices range from the $60,000 to over $1M range for these types of units. Learn how to understand the difference and what is right for you in this video:

Tips for Buying a Class A - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Understanding the importance of Chassis and Drivetrain
  2. The look (body, paint and features)
  3. Storage amenities and storage
  4. Driving characteristics and handling

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Find Class A Diesel Motorhomes For Sale

#2. Tips for Buying the Class C

Class C is the most recognizable of the drivable RV styles. Set on a van or truck chassis the options, lengths, and features for Class C units make them a great choice for all types of campers. This video teaches you how to weed through the wide selection of features and understand exactly what to look for:

Tips for Buying a Class C - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Chassis with camper
  2. What can it tow
  3. Floorplans and features
  4. Fits your style

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#3. Tips for Buying the Fifth Wheel

Fifth wheels are a type of camping trailer that is towed via a hitch mounted in the center of a truck bed. These units tend to be very large, heavy, and filled with great features found in fancy and expensive Class As for a fraction of the price. In this video you will learn the main things to consider when comparing and shopping for the right fifth wheel for you:

Tips for Buying a Fifth Wheel RV - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Hitch and Suspension
  2. Features storage and designs
  3. Interiors and floorplans
  4. Shop by floorplan

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#4. Tips for Buying the Pop Up or Small Camper

Pops ups are often referred to as entry level RVs but recent updates and feature additions make them a great choice for many. Their small footprint, easy to tow nature, and easy to store advantage make great sense for campers who need something simple to get away in every once in a while. This video provides you with key points to consider when shopping for one:

Tips for Buying Pop Ups & Small Trailers - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Design and Your Needs
  2. Looks and functionality

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#5. Tips for Buying the Toy Hauler

Toy haulers have reinvented the way people enjoy and experience camping. By providing an easy way to bring along the big toys, these large units can be a great choice for campers looking to explore and adventure at their destination. This video walks you through some of the key decision points you should consider when shopping for a toy hauler:

Tips for Buying a Toy Hauler - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Luxury and Fun
  2. Cargo and capacities

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#6. Tips for Buying the Class B RV

Class B is the hottest thing in RVing right now. Manufacturers are designing luxury units in a small footprint that allow you to escape for a road trip in comfort and style. Class B’s are unique in design and features. This video walks you through the key decision sets to consider when shopping for your Class B:

Tips for Buying a Class B - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Chassis
  2. Use and features

Find Class B Motorhomes For Sale

Find Class B+ Diesel Motorhomes For Sale

#7. Tips For Buying A Travel Trailer

Travel Trailers are the most widely sold RVs available. They are generally affordable and come in a wide variety of lengths, designs, and options. This video provides you with great insight on what to look for and compare when shopping for your next–or first–travel trailer:

Tips for Buying a Travel Trailer - The California RV Show in October - YouTube

Tips include:

  1. Hitch and bumper pull
  2. Know your needs
  3. Many options available
  4. Affordable price points

Find Travel Trailers For Sale

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BEFORE you head to a dealer to see these trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must haves that are important to you and your family
  • Which brands or manufacturers you like
  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
  • BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options

Share with us your favorite video tip in the comments below!

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Is It Right for Me? Find Your Perfect RV

Now that you’re armed with all the resources and preliminary information you need, it’s time to put your nose to the grindstone and find your dream RV. You’ll need to ask yourself a few important questions during your research. Don’t worry – we’re here to help you answer them.

#1. Understanding Your Travel Style

In the previous article, we briefly covered a few different travel styles and how they may impact your decision. Now, it’s time to find your travel style, so you don’t get stuck with an RV that doesn’t work for you:

  • Would you rather tow a trailer or drive a motorhome? Towing can be a challenge and takes a great deal of practice, but it has the benefit of being able to leave your RV at the campground and take your tow vehicle into town. Driving a motorhome is a little easier, especially if you’re in a Class B or Class C, which is similar to driving an oversized van or truck.
  • How do you plan on camping? Do you have the funds to stay at high-end RV resorts, or would you rather save money and stay in basic campgrounds or dispersed campsites? Camping off the grid is free, fun, and rewarding, but you’ll want to make sure your RV is equipped to do so. Solar panels, large holding tanks, and energy-efficient appliances are a must. You can learn more about boondocking with this free guide from RVshare.
  • Will you be spending most of your time outdoors, exploring, or does hanging out around the RV sound more like your cup of tea? If it’s the former, a basic, no-frills camper should suit you just fine. If you like entertaining, though, you might want to look for an RV with an outdoor kitchen or TV.
  • How much privacy does your family need? If you want a quiet space away from the rambunctious kiddos, look for RVs with versatile layouts. Fifth wheels and Class C motorhomes often have two distinct sleeping areas on opposite sides of the RV – kids and parents get their own separate bedrooms!
#2. New Vs. Used

Another critical decision is whether to buy new or used. A new RV will come with a warranty and the appeal of having very few miles on it – but you’ll need to pay a pretty penny for it. On the flipside, used RVs are more affordable, but they often don’t come with warranties or financing. Gone With the Wynns has an excellent blog post about their experience buying a new RV.

#3. Size Matters: Floor Plans and Layouts

Space is precious in an RV. Not only is it important how much space you have; it’s also important how the space is used. A poor layout can make even the most spacious RV feel claustrophobic. RV floor plans are diverse, so you’ll need to look at many different ones to find out which is best for you. One of the best ways to try out different floor plans in real life is to rent an RV for a few days. You can find a wealth of local RV rentals by owner online.

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BEFORE you head to a dealer to see new and used trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must haves that are important to you and your family
  • Which brands or manufacturers you like
  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
  • BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options
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When planning a hunting or fishing trip, a lot of calculations will likely be running through your mind. Where are we going to stay? should we opt for a hotel? what about reservations? With that comes the question as to where you will keep your luggage and equipment, and of course–how much the total accommodation package is going to cost.

Many of these questions evaporate if you own an RV. You can simply sleep right in the RV and carry your gear in it as well. What’s more, when you need a change of scenery, just pack everything up and find another location.

The following are the greatest reasons to go fishing or hunting with an RV:

  1. Better Comfort
  2. Ample Storage Space
  3. Pulling More Weight
  4. Better Preparation
  5. Knowing Your Terrain
  6. Final Thoughts
 #1. Better Comfort

In normal instances, you will likely book a hotel or a hunting cabin near your fishing or hunting area. However, while hotels may come with the basic amenities, you will have to use them as par the set regulations. If anything is out of place or things get dirty, you might just find yourself incurring extra charges.

Cabins are no better. Their basic design includes bare walls and very few amenities. It’s safe to assume that they are not the most comfortable place to stay.

The third option at your disposal is a lodge. But you will have to be willing to pay even more for this. Most are expensive and will likely be located a large distance away from your favorite fishing or hunting area.

RVs provide the best alternative! You won’t have to be concerned about the location, as you can simply park it anywhere and set up camp. Whether it’s at a national park or near a large farm, the choice is entirely up to you. In addition, there is always ample space inside to store your equipment as well.

#2. Ample Storage Space

When hunting or fishing, you will likely carry plenty of luggage, especially if the location is far from home. All of your gear and equipment require storage, and this is why hunters and fishermen view space as one of the most important amenities.

RVs provide ample storage for you to store whatever you need. You will have access to cabinets, where you can keep your gear and keep it locked, and you can lock the RV for added security.

Whether it’s your bow or gun and ammo, you are set with an RV.

Things will only get better if your RV is a motorhome. It is larger, giving you more amenities; better sleeping quarters, kitchen, and bathroom. You and your hunting and fishing buddies can enjoy the company of each other comfortably in such a large recreational vehicle.

The awning of an RV is the best feature of any storage compartment, as it allows you to keep all of your dirtied laundry, chairs, and coolers outside without the risk of them getting rained on. You also have the space to put a clothing line up to dry your clothes.

#3. Pulling More Weight

RVs offer the hunter or fisherman with the chance to bring more equipment. Whether it’s a kayak or small sized boat, you can pull it by placing it on top of an ATV, then simply hauling it with the RV. Whatever it is, you’ll most likely be able to pull it a lot easier with an RV.

#4. Better Preparation

Sometimes the best hunting or fishing grounds may be located in remote and very cold area. You need to factor this in mind when planning your trip. Putting the necessary arrangements in place will ensure that you are better equipped to deal with the environment that you are going into. Make sure that the RV is cold ready and you will not have to worry about the weather disrupting your comfort levels.

Fishing and hunting trips are more fun when you spend them in the company of likeminded individuals. When sharing the RV, you may each want to make use of its amenities. However, using too much electricity at the same time may end up overpowering the systems resulting in damage. Ensure you have this catered for as well by putting in place a surge protector.

Consider an outdoor shower. You can use this to clean up after a long day of hunting or fishing. You could also use it to clean the fish or the meat after taking off the skin.

#5. Knowing Your Terrain

When planning an RV fishing or hunting trip, its good practice to study the area that you intend to travel to. This will go a long way towards ensuring you take the best safety precautions. Knowing your terrain–wherever you go–will give you a better indication for whether an RV or a hotel would be better, but if it’s for fishing and hunting, it’s probably going to be an RV.

Also, the hunting and fishing regulations in your chosen location will give you an understanding of what is or is not allowed.

There could be a regulation on the amount of luggage that you are allowed to carry as well as designated areas for parking the RV. Some hunting locations only allow a few individuals to hunt big game such as elk and bear.

#6. Final Thoughts

So to recap, if you decide to go fishing and hunting with an RV, then you know how beneficial and easier life will be. For one, you have the basic conveniences of home with you to travel with.

You get flexibility that you are not likely get anywhere in a hotel or cabin. You can opt to stay in a location for as long as you like without having to pay extra costs.

Since you have a better way to carry your luggage, you can bring more with you as compared to going to a hotel where your body limits the quantity you carry. This makes everything that more convenient for you!

With an RV, you also get to enjoy all the beauty and splendor of nature. You can reconnect with it while changing the location for a different view of the outdoors. This is something that you will simply not get at a cabin or hotel. You will not just be a hunter or fisherman; you are also a tourist ensuring you get the best of both worlds.

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RVs are big-ticket items. It’s an investment with upfront and ongoing costs. They vary widely in pricing, costing anywhere from a couple thousand dollars to millions. Before you commit to buying an RV, it’s imperative that you have a budget worked out. Maybe you’ve rented an RV from a rental company like RVshare, and are now ready to buy one of your own, keep reading to find out what needs to go on your RV budget sheet!

#1. Financing an RV

Chances are, you don’t have loads of cash lying around to buy your RV outright. That’s okay! There are tons of options for you to finance your RV, just like you would with a car. Here’s what you need to know about financing an RV:

  • You can get a loan through the dealership, your own bank, a credit union, or a company that specializes in RV loans (like Good Sam Club). If you’re planning on living in your RV, you’ll need to look for companies that offer full-timer financing.
  • The age of the RV comes into play when trying to finance. Most banks will not finance an RV that’s older than 10 years. It’s not impossible, though; you’ll just need to do some extra digging to find companies that finance older RVs.
  • Try to find a balance between monthly payments and the length of the loan. The longer the loan; the lower the payments will be, but you run the risk of going upside-down on your loan. A more effective way to decrease your monthly payment would be to save up a bigger down payment and try to improve your credit score. See our RV Loan Payment Calculator.
  • If the RV costs less than the loan minimum, you’ll need to get a personal loan instead. However, you must do a lot of research before getting a personal loan, as they often have exorbitant interest rates.
#2. Insuring an RV

Insurance is another expense you’ll need to add to your budget. Understanding RV insurance can be tricky because it needs to cover not just the vehicle, but everything and everyone inside it. If you only plan on using your RV for vacations, insurance through your regular auto insurer should be just fine. But, if you plan on full-timing in your RV, you must get full-timer insurance. This specialized insurance is a hybrid of homeowners and auto insurance. Either way, you’ll need to get a few quotes to see what your insurance will cost, but be prepared to spend around $100 -$200 per month.

#3. Storage and Maintenance Costs

Storage and maintenance are very flexible line items. Of course, how you plan to store your RV will directly affect the cost. Some owners choose to rent out their RVs when they’re not using them, via a site like RVshare. This helps offset the costs of storage, which can range from $30 to $300 per month. Maintenance is far less predictable. If you’re buying a newer RV, it might behoove you to buy an extended service plan, which is different from (and better than) a warranty.

#4. Tallying Up Your Budget

Make sure you take a look at our RV Buyer’s Budget Savers PlanAn easy to follow step-by-step action plan guaranteed to give you the knowledge you need and confidence you deserve as you buy your next RV.

Obviously, your budget is the main deciding factor in whether you can buy an RV. Make sure you get multiple quotes for each item in this article, so you can be sure you get the best rates. And keep in mind that budgeting for an RV purchase is separate from budgeting for an RV trip. You can learn more about planning your next trip with these in-depth guides from RVshare. Happy camping!

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Buying and finding out which RV is best for you may seem like a daunting process – and it can be – if you don’t put an adequate amount of research into it. Normally, researching isn’t the most exciting phase of investing, but when it comes to RVs, that’s not the case. Here, we’ll help you identify different resources to get you started in your research.

Investigating Travel Lifestyles

No two travelers are the same. Some people love to explore new cities and cultures, some like to stay at campgrounds, and others like to camp alone in the middle of the wilderness. Believe it or not, how you like to travel will greatly impact what you’ll be traveling in. For example:

  • Small RVs are great for camping incognito. They’re easy to tow or drive and are adept at fitting into small spaces or hard-to-reach areas. Some are even small enough that you can camp overnight in a city parking spot!
  • Mid-sized RVs perfectly harmonize space and convenience. They’re fully-equipped with everything you need to feel comfortable on the road, yet are still compact enough to be manageable. They’re good for long-term travel plans, as their size offers plenty of room for gear and guests, while the moderate size makes them less exhausting to drive than larger RVs.
  • Large RVs offer the most in space in luxury. They’re perfect for families who don’t want to compromise the comforts of home while on the road. In fact, some luxury RVs have more amenities than a high-end hotel, including dishwashers, fireplaces, outdoor entertainment centers, and more!
Resources For Researching RVs

  • RVing101 is a section of our site that helps you get a grip on the basics and lingo of RVing.
  • RV.net is a wonderful online community of RVers from across the country. You can find links to owners’ clubs for specific RVs, read discussions about different types of RVs, drop by the blog for vacation ideas and technical advice, and more. It’s an excellent resource for anything and everything RV-related.
  • RV shows are a great way to check out the best new RVs and RV technology, though some shows have older RVs as well. You’ll get a chance to tour hundreds of RVs in person, speak with factory representatives, and meet other RVers. Just don’t get pressured into buying if you’re not ready! RVshare’s blog has a wealth of information on RV shows in states across the nation.
  • Renting an RV is the best way to try out different RVs. You’ll get a feel for how the RV’s layout and size work for you, in addition to getting some driving practice! RVshare is a peer-to-peer marketplace, where you’ll work directly with the owner of the RV throughout the process. You can check out their inventory of RV Rentals, or of course you can always Shop For New and Used RVs on our website.

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BEFORE you head to a dealer to see these trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must haves that are important to you and your family
  • Which brands or manufacturers you like
  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
  • BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options
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A travel trailers main job is to provide a homey place to sleep and camp.  However, it does not hurt to experience the many luxuries a travel trailer while you’re exploring the great outdoors. We’ve put together the 5 best luxury travel trailers in the market. Let’s take a couple minutes to explore the top models!

What puts an RV on the list: There are many factors that come into play when selecting luxury travel trailers. However, our top 5 list are the ones that have the best-in-class features, design, reviews, ratings and build quality to speak of. Most of them come with a premium price tag, but considering the look and feel they provide, it’s totally worth it!

The Top 5 Luxury Travel Trailers:

  1. Grand Design Reflection Travel Trailer
  2. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer
  3. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer
  4. Heartland North Trail Travel Trailer
  5. Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer
#1. Grand Design Reflection Travel Trailer Wheeling In Grandeur!

View All Grand Design Reflection Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
5 7692-8994 lbs 5-10 33-37 feet

Why we recommend the Grand Design Reflection travel trailer: Just one quick look, even from the outside, and it’s apparent that the Grand Design Reflection travel trailer lives up to the hype.  Apart from it’s long list of features and luxury offerings mentioned below, all of this goodness comes in 5 different floorplans that range from 7000 to 8000 pounds making it an ideal weight range but if you’re interested in having a travel trailer that you can tow using any half ton vehicle, then check out our other top choices below!

We particularly preferred the Reflection 315RLTS and the Reflection 285BHTS for their sleeping capacities, but the features are more or less the same across all of the floorplans. Some of the luxury ones are a wide view shower skylight that gives it an jaw-droppingly beautiful look, hand rubbed maple cabinet doors that provide style, substance and storage, and a huge king sized wardrobe if you’re planning on going for a long trip across the country!

Key Features:

  • 5 different floor plans available
  • Hand rubbed maple cabinet doors
  • Tri-fold hide-a-bed sofa
  • Wide view skylight over shower
  • King size wardrobe
  • Oversized underbed storage

Video Overview:

2018 Grand Design Reflection 315RLTS Travel Trailer - YouTube
#2. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer Spacious Camping Personified!

View All Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
44 4102-8590 lbs 3-10 23-37 feet

Why we recommend Keystone Hideout travel trailer: If one word were to do justice to the Hideout apart from spacious, it would be versatile. Keystone has managed to provide 44 different floorplans of this travel trailer which cover a wide range of weight, length and sleeping capacities. We particularly liked the Hideout 28RBS and the Hideout 32BHTS.  There is such a large amount of choices they provide, it’s best if you check out every one of them and decide for yourself!

Feature-wise, there’s a lot going on with the Hideout, especially in terms of luxury. A full walk-on roof allows you to camp and enjoy the view, or maybe you’re just interested in relaxing on the sofa and enjoying watching TV with the internal surround sound speakers. There’s also a lots of storage provided, including space under the master bed apart from the usual spaces you find in travel trailers. All in all, you’ll enjoy the look and feel of Hideout as well as find it to be equipped with the useful features.

Key Features:

  • 44 different floor plans available!
  • Full walk on roof
  • Reversible dinette cushions
  • Full strutted storage under master bed
  • 6 cubic feet refrigerator
  • Interior surround sound speakers

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#3. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer 43 Floorplans. Same Luxury!

View All Palomino Puma Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
43 5322-8795 lbs 4-10 27-38 feet

Why we recommend the Palomino Puma travel trailer:  The Puma definitely deserves a spot here as due to the numerous of floorplans and the versatility it provides. But more importantly, it has the luxury features that few other travel trailers can provide in its price range. But those features remain same no matter which floorplan you chose. For example, we liked the Puma 32RKTS, but some other floorplan such as the Puma 27RLSS has the same decorative kitchen backsplash among other features listed below.

The Puma covers both the aspects of a luxury travel trailer: style and substance. The choice of 4 interior decor and bath skylight makes the travel trailer look premium, white the jackknife sofa and the nickel finish kitchen faucet add to convenience by providing high quality amenities that you could use. By the way, the sofa has also underneath storage to store extra items in along with a pull-down center drink tray. The list doesn’t end here!  One look at the upgrades and expansions and you’ll realize that we’ve only scratched the surface of the real potential of this travel trailer, making it an obvious choice to this and many other top 5 lists!

Key Features:

  • 43 different floor plans available
  • Nickel finish, single control high-rise kitchen faucet
  • Decorative kitchen splashboard
  • Jackknife sofa with pull-down center drink tray and underneath storage
  • Four interior decors
  • Bath skylights

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#4. Heartland North Trail Travel Trailer Relax, Entertain, Unwind.

View All Heartland North Trail Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
21 4450-8095 lbs 4-9 26-37 feet

Why we recommend the Heartland North Trail travel trailer: The North Trail by Heartland has a lot going on about it, even if it seems drasitcally similar to the other choices when it comes to specs on paper. Sure, there are many other travel trailers that provide a myriad of floorplans, but none of them can provide the level of quality and the versatility of the North Trail. You can start off with a 4450 lbs floorplan if you really need something lightweight or go all the way up to a floorplan that weighs over 8000 pounds but provides 37 feet of legroom!

You can go for our recommended North Trail 33 BUDS or the North Trail 31BHDD if you wish for better space, but the compact ones don’t sacrifice on the luxury. You can still enjoy its awesome LED HDTV that swivels so you can view it in the bedroom and let your eyes gaze on the look that the designer accent walls and the decorative glass inserts provide. If you’re aiming on taking the action outside, there are numerous other ways that the travel trailer will prove to be a luxury one such as the inclusion of outside speakers. All in all, the North Trail gives us no reason to believe that it doesn’t belong on this list!

Key Features:

  • 21 different floor plans
  • Monitor panel in bathroom
  • Designer accent walls
  • Shower skylight
  • Decorative glass inserts
  • Outside speakers

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#5. Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer Sleek Outside, Comfortable Inside!

View All Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
26 5245-7775 lbs 4-9 26-37 feet

Why we recommend Jayco White Hawk travel trailer: One of the most important aspects about a luxury travel trailer is the decor, which seems to be the strong suit of Jayco White Hawk travel trailer, as it has 3 different decor options available. Apart from that, it has many floorplans so you really have a lot of choices and will end up with a travel trailer that you truly like. We really liked the White Hawk 32 BHS and the White Hawk 31BH but, as we said, the possibilities are many, so be sure to check most, if not all of them out!

Apart from the decor, there’s lots of other subtle and not-so-subtle additions to the travel trailer that make it truly luxurious. Take, for example, the woodgrain accent paneling, bathroom skylight, an auto-ignition furnace along with a thermostat among others. The list doesn’t end here though, as there are many upgrades available if you want to give this camper an ‘oomph’ down the line. Some of the available options include tub surround, an upgraded air conditioner, a second air conditioner, kitchen skylight and frameless windows.

Key Features:

  • 26 different floor plans available
  • High-output auto-ignition furnace with wall thermostat
  • Bath skylight
  • 3 different decor options
  • Wood-grain accent paneling on select interior walls
  • Directional and closeable central air conditioner vents

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Check out these similar RV reviews!

Top 5 Best Travel Trailers For Large Families

Top 5 Best Travel Trailers Under $20,000 On A Budget!

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If your hearts a bit heavy bidding adieu to all the luxury look and feel of your home when leaving for camping, fret not, for these travel trailers will provide the same atmosphere of living, all whilst traveling throughout the country!

BEFORE you head to a dealer to see these trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must-haves that are important to you and your family
  • Which brands or manufacturers you like
  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
  • BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options

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RVs are a great way to travel across the country, and owning one can provide extensive opportunities for your family. However, it is also a huge investment and as you know, it is a serious decision. Other than your usual maintenance fees, you also need to set funds aside for your RV’s insurance needs. There are a lot of factors to consider, and laws vary from state to state so it important to know the basics. This entails needing to know the type of insurance you are purchasing for your RV. Here are a few guidelines we’ve created to help you know you have the proper insurance.

  1. Times RV Insurance
  2. Comprehensive Coverage
  3. Vacation Liability
  4. Full Replacement Cost Insurance
  5. Underinsured Motorist Coverage
  6. Exclusions
  7. How-to Choose the Coverage
  8. Insurance Rates
#1. Times RV Insurance

This is a general requirement in every state, and it covers the same liability it would for any car. However, you would need a special insurance policy if you have an RV that falls under Class A or B (normally for motorhomes). The RV is most likely not under your immediate ownership, and different types of insurance policies are available, whether you are financing your RV or renting one.

#2. Comprehensive Coverage

This is a policy that insures a number of things, including theft, vandalism, and collision. When taking the comprehensive coverage to your RV, you should do thorough research on this topic. Different insurance companies have different packages, and you ought to go for the one that offers the best options. You also need to find out if there are deductible fees that the insurer would deduct from your total claim because most will have this deductible.

#3. Vacation Liability

This will apply if your RV is for recreational purposes. Suppose your RV is on a campsite or a park that is normally considered a temporary residence and someone is injured in the RV during vacation. Because of incidents like this possibly happening, you have to make sure you have vacation liability in your insurance policy.

#4. Full Replacement Cost Insurance

This covers your RV for a full reimbursement in the case that it is stolen. Normal comprehensive covers will pay a depreciated amount, meaning you will only receive what your car is worth at that time when it is being replaced. The best part about this coverage is that you will be reimbursed the full amount you paid for the RV during the initial purchase.

#5. Underinsured Motorist Coverage

This coverage insures uninsured motorist body injury. You and your passengers are covered for injuries that involve physical accidents, such as getting hit by a driver who either doesn’t have insurance or the insurance they have is not enough to cover your hospital bills. The same coverage can insure underinsured or uninsured motorist property damage.

6. Exclusions

Now that you know the types of insurance policies available to you, you need to know what is excluded. Although your insurer understands that you use the RV to travel across the country, most of them will not cover Mexico, in case you are planning to travel down there. Also, travel trailers, non-motorized units and campers are not included in the RV insurance coverage. You would have to take a separate policy, or discuss this with your insurer to advise you accordingly.

7. How to Choose the Coverage

Assuming you just purchased your RV and have no idea about the insurance policy coverage available to you, the above listed are a good place to start. Similarly, you need to involve your agent who will advise you on which are the best coverage depending on your needs, travels, model, capacity, and weight. You can choose a national insurance carrier, a local insurance carrier, or an insurance carrier specializing in RVs.

8. Insurance Rates

Insurance rates for RVs can be hard to estimate since you can make your own customizations to the vehicle. However, it is good to familiarize yourself with the rates and quotations from the big and small companies. Identify the one with the best competitive rates and offer more for the same premium. Finally, make sure you read through the policy before you sign and make a payment. There might be some hidden clauses that you need to know.

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Summer vacations call for an outing with the entire family! If you’re one of those with more than 6 people in your family, you’ll need something that can house all of you and still provide the comfort and features of a regular travel trailer. Read on, to discover the top 5 best travel trailers for large families!

What puts an RV on the list: It’s not exactly difficult to find travel trailers that have floorplans that can hold 6+ people, but finding good ones that also have noteworthy features and user/critic reviews can narrow the list to a handful of travel trailers. We’ve taken those into consideration and taken a look at the sheer number of floorplans that they have, and we’ve got the top 5!

The Top 5 Best Travel Trailers For Large Families:

  1. Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailer
  2. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer
  3. Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer
  4. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer
  5. Keystone Passport Travel Trailer
#1. Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailer Durable Camping For The Entire Family!

View All Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
26 3852-7736 lbs 4-10 22-36 feet

Why we recommend the Coachmen Freedom Express travel trailer: Coachmen’s Freedom Express has lived up to its name, providing you the freedom of 26 unique floorplans that have a variety of sleeping capacities, length, and weight ranges covered. If you’re looking for ones that can handle more than 6 people, 17 floorplans have 6 or higher sleeping capacity.

You’ll find that the Freedom Express leaves nothing to be desired. From the interior speakers to the jackknife sofa, it’s all here. Appropriate safety measures are also taken into consideration as the Freedom Express includes a smoke and carbon dioxide detector. Finally, if you want to upgrade this camper in the future, you can do so through various expansions available such as upgrading to a 15,000 BTU AC and frameless windows.

Key Features:

  • 26 different floor plans available
  • Dinette storage access doors
  • Sealed/seamless counter-tops
  • Accent wall in master bedroom
  • Smoke and carbon dioxide detector
  • Insulated, painted radius entry door with screen door

Video Overview:

2018 Coachmen 292BHDS Freedom Express Liberty Edition Outside Kitchen Ultralite Bunkhouse Camper - YouTube
#2. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer 43 Floorplans. Same Luxury.

View All Palomino Puma Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
43 5322-8795 lbs 4-10 27-38 feet

Why we recommend Palomino Puma travel trailer: The Puma was also featured as one of the best travel trailers for couples on the go, but it’s also got enough floorplans to make it an admirable travel trailer for large families. 21 floorplans means you have enough options available, and the length range of 38 feet makes it one of the most spacious travel trailers out there. We liked these in particular due to their good ‘length to sleeping capacity’ ratio: Puma 28FQDB and Puma 29QBSS.

We were really impressed that the Puma has tinted safety glasses, power awning and pass-thru storage, as these are the kind of features which can be extremely useful, especially when traveling with a large family. On the inside, it has LED lighting for ambiance, all of the necessary safety measures, and tons of optional upgrades to make this camper even better down the line. All in all, top marks to Puma for making such a versatile and well-rounded travel trailer!

Key Features:

  • 43 different floor plans available
  • Upgraded soft teddy bear bunk mats
  • 35,000 BTU furnace
  • Carbon monoxide, LP leak and smoke detector
  • 14-inch Deep overhead cabinets in Super-slide models
  • Rubber roof with 12 year manufacturer’s warranty

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#3. Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer 36 Ways To Show A Quality Travel Trailer!

View All Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
36 3125-8126 lbs 3-10 21-39 feet

Why we recommend the Dutchmen Aspen Trail travel trailer: The Aspen Trail is one of the finer trailers of the Dutchmen, and has made more than a few appearances on our top 5 lists. It’s on-paper specs are quite impressive, to say the least. After all, it’s hard to find a camper that weighs as low as 3,125 pounds to 8,126 pounds, which offers more durability, length, and sleeping capacity at the cost of the added weight. Check out these in particular: Aspen Trail 2340BHS and Aspen Trail 31BH.

The Aspen Trail is just as impressive when it comes to its feature set. You’ll find the basics: a microwave and a 13,500 BTU air conditioner, along with some extras such as 2 exterior speakers, fully walkable roof, and a stereo system with aux, CD and DVD support! Upgrading the Aspen Trail is easy to do, and the amount of options you get is phenomenal. It’s no surprise that the Aspen Trail is considered as one of the best travel trailers of Dutchmen, a company that already makes quality RVs!

Key Features:

  • 36 different floor plans available
  • Seamless one piece roof
  • Radius overhead cabinets
  • Cable TV hookup with booster
  • Two exterior speakers
  • Tinted safety glass windows

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#4. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer Spacious Camping Personified!

View All Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
44 4102-8590 lbs 3-10 23-37 feet

Why we recommend the Keystone Hideout travel trailer: If the sheer number of floorplans of the Keystone Hideout isn’t enough to impress you, the fact that 33 of those floorplans can actually hold 6 or more people should. It also covers a variety of weight ranges, sleeping capacities and lengths. We liked the Hideout 272 LHS and Hideout 28BHS, but be sure to check out all of them and decide which one suits you and your family best!

The Hideout also has lots of features to boast of, ranging from a TV antenna with booster to a fully walkable roof. Furthermore, it can be upgraded/modified with a lot of upgrades and expansions, some of which include but are not limited to LCD TV, freestanding dinette and a tri-fold sleeper sofa. All in all, the Hideout leaves nothing to complain about, and you should give it a try if you’re looking for a quality travel trailer!

Key Features:

  • 44 different floor plans
  • 13,500 BTU air conditioner
  • Lighted adjustable power awning
  • Four heavy duty stabilizer jacks
  • Black radius window frames
  • Powder coated I-beam frame

Virtual Tour:

#5. Keystone Passport Travel Trailer A Floorplan For Every Taste!

Learn Keystone Passport Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
31 3160-6926 lbs 4-10 20-37 feet

Why we recommend Keystone Passport travel trailer: Keystone has made another great RV with it’s Passport travel trailer. You’ll find the Passport to feature a variety of 31 floorplans, 16 of which have 6 or more sleeping capacities. Check out the Passport 3350BHWE Grand Touring and the Passport 3350BH Grand Touring if you’re interested in a recreational vehicle that can have the sleep to length ratio.

Another aspect of the Passport that we really liked were the tons of storage compartments and spaces all over the RV, making it awesome for large families to store all of their stuff and not run out of space. Apart from that, it has all of the amenities in a regular travel trailer and then some. Upgradability is also taken care of with options such as a 15,000 BTU upgraded air conditioner, free standing dinette with chairs, aluminum wheels and more!

Key Features:

  • 31 different floor plans available
  • Seamless laminated gel-coated filon exterior walls
  • One piece breathable Darco protective wrap
  • Rain gutters with extended downspouts
  • Residential style furniture with high grade fabric
  • Residential light fixtures in slide room

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Top 5 Best Travel Trailers For Tailgating!

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When it comes to taking a all of your kids to go camping, you now know what to get if you want your first camping trip (and many more to come) to be a comfortable one. No wonder fifth wheel campers have so many satisfied users all over the world!

Large families will not only need a larger sleeping capacity but also lots of storage space, features and durability to handle a large family traveling in it at once. Hopefully, this list will set you in the right direction and help you in choosing an RV that’s just perfect for you (and your family!).

BEFORE you head to a dealer to see these trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must haves that are important to you and your family
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  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
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We know summer is right around the corner, and when you “de-winterize” your RV, you are essentially preparing for another great camping season! We realize that the de-winterizing part of owning an RV may seem overwhelming, but that’s why we’ve created this post to help you understand the ins and outs of your recreational vehicle. The different parts of de-winterizing that we’ve listed below are essential for your best camping experiences as the summer starts off.

There are a variety of checks that can be performed in conjunction with de-winterizing your RV, like inspecting seams and sealants for leaks and cleaning the interior and exterior of the RV, but the ones we’ll be discussing are considered the most essential for your camping adventures to run smoothly.

The RV Water System

There are two main tasks for an RV water system that was winterized and stored for any period of time:

  1. Remove RV antifreeze from the plumbing system.
  2. Sanitize the RV water system so it is safe to use.
How to remove RV antifreeze from the plumbing system:

If you used non-toxic RV antifreeze to protect the water system from freezing, you need to run fresh potable water through the entire plumbing system until all traces of the RV antifreeze is removed. You also should not change the water-heater bypass until all of the antifreeze is gone from water system.

Make sure to note that if the non-toxic RV antifreeze was added directly to the fresh water holding tank when the unit was winterized, the first step is to drain any remnants of antifreeze from the tank. Next, add potable water to the fresh water holding tank, turn the water pump on and open all of the water faucets. When you see clear water running through the system, turn off the pump and close the faucets.

Make sure to run fresh water through the entire plumbing system to include the outside shower, toilet, ice maker and washing machine (if applicable). Take the water heater out of the “by-pass” mode, and that is only if applicable as well. If the water heater was not bypassed, the antifreeze needs to be drained from the water heater tank and collected in a bucket or other container. Once all traces of the RV antifreeze are removed, you can reinstall any water filter cartridges that were removed for winter storage. The antifreeze that was in the plumbing system is now in the gray and black water holding tanks and will need to be emptied when you have access to a suitable waste disposal site.

The video below will allow you to see what we mean when talking about antifreeze:

De-Winterizing the RV - YouTube
The RV Batteries

The condition of the battery depends on how well the batteries were cared for during winter storage. When batteries are in storage, they lose a percentage of current through internal leakage. A battery can discharge up to 10% a month when it is in storage. If you checked and recharged the batteries while in storage, they should be ready to go.

If you did not check and recharge during storage, the first step is to fully charge the batteries. The battery charger should remain in the off position while you connect it to the RV charger:

  1. Connect the red cable to your RV’s red indicator.
  2. Do the same with the black cable to the black indicator.
  3. Make sure your voltage is set to 12 volts.
  4. Turn your power on charge.

This step may take up to a couple of hours or even a couple of days, so give yourself plenty of time. Water should only be added to lead acid batteries after fully charging the battery unless the water level is already below the plates (the plates need to be covered at all times).

After the battery is fully charged, check and add distilled water as required. If the batteries were removed for storage, reinstall them, making absolutely sure they are connected properly.

Caution: If you are not comfortable working on or around batteries, have the maintenance done by an authorized RV repair facility.

The RV Appliances

As far as RV appliances go, start by opening the LP gas valve at the cylinders or tank and checking the operation of all LP gas fired appliances. Make sure the water heater tank is full of water before testing the water heater. If an LP gas appliance is not operating properly, have it inspected by an authorized RV service facility.

The LP gas system should have a leak test and gas operating pressure test performed annually. These tests should be performed by an authorized RV repair facility.

After the LP gas appliances are checked, plug the unit into electricity and test all 120-volt appliances and accessories for proper operation. Make sure you have an adequate electrical source (30-50 amps depending on your unit) before testing items like the microwave and roof air conditioner(s).

The RV Tires

Just like the battery loses a percentage of its charge in storage, tires lose a percentage of air pressure in storage. Your tires can lose 2-3 psi a month while sitting in storage. Check the tire pressure using a quality tire inflation gauge and adjust the inflation pressure to the manufacturer’s recommendation based on the load.

Make sure to note that tire manufacturers publish load and inflation tables for proper inflation pressure.

The Engine & Generator

If you have a motorized RV, check all vehicle fluid levels. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper levels. If a fluid level is low, try to determine why and correct the problem. Start the engine and check for proper readings on all gauges.

If you have an onboard generator, check the oil level and service the generator according to specified intervals found in the owner’s manual. Inspect the generator exhaust system for any damage prior to starting. Never run a generator with a damaged exhaust system. If you didn’t use a fuel stabilizer in the fuel system and the generator won’t start, or it continues to surge after starting, have it checked out and repaired by an authorized RV service facility.

The RV Safety Items

Re-install any dry-cell batteries or fuses that were removed from safety devices for storage. If batteries were not removed from safety devices during storage, it’s a good idea to replace the batteries now. Test the operation of the carbon monoxide detector, LP gas leak detector, and smoke alarm. Make sure to inspect all fire extinguishers to ensure they are serviceable and fully charged. You definitely need to recharge or replace your fire extinguishers as required.

RV Tips - How to de-winterize your trailer - YouTube
Get Out on the Road!

De-winterizing your RV doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think it should be. This is why we created a blog post that will help you understand not only how to do it, but how to do it the best way! We realize that summer is upon us, and with summer comes the best season of the year: camping season. We want you to have the best adventures yet, and what better way to do that than to make sure your RV is ready to go?

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While the point of a trailer trailer is to enjoy traveling the great outdoors whilst having the comfort of a proper home, it’s hard to deny that outdoor is where the fun’s at. However, that doesn’t mean that a travel trailer is just good for sleeping, it’s great for tailgating as well. Here are our top 5 travel trailers for tailgating!

What puts an RV on the list: The travel trailer market is a intense competition, regardless of the category. The ones that made this list are the ones with the most floorplans that feature outdoor kitchens, have a lot of features useful for tailgating, and ones that have received a positive response from users and critics alike.

The Top 5 Best Travel Trailers For Tailgating:

  1. Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailer
  2. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer
  3. Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer
  4. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer
  5. Keystone Passport Travel Trailer
#1. Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailer Durable Camping For The Entire Family!

View All Coachmen Freedom Express Tratvel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
26 3852-7736 lbs 4-10 22-36 feet

Why we recommend the Coachmen Freedom Express travel trailer: Durable camping is one way to define the Freedom Express. Another would be versatile, as it has 26 different floorplans to choose from, of which 9 feature outdoor kitchens. There are other competitors that do provide more, but few have the same reputation and the status of being a good travel trailer that the Freedom Express does.

While we recommend checking out the Freedom Express 248RBS and the Freedom Express 257BHS, it goes without saying that the features aren’t that different across those floorplans, if at all. For instance, there’s only storage under the master bed on select floorplans, but otherwise it’s the same welded aluminum superstructure, same jackknife sofa, and same accent wall in the master bedroom.

Key Features:

  • 26 different floor plans available
  • Solar port
  • Full Walk-on, crowned, aluminum reinforced roof
  • Amber patio light
  • Power awning
  • 2 exterior speakers, 4 interior speakers

Video Overview:

ColerainRV.com | 2018 Coachmen Freedom Express 248RBS - YouTube
#2. Palomino Puma Travel Trailer 43 Floorplans. Same Luxury!

View All Palomino Puma Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
43 5322-8795 lbs 4-10 27-38 feet

Why we recommend Palomino Puma travel trailer: While keeping the number of choices relatively low, Palomino is a company that excels at whatever limited collection it has. The Puma in particular is one of a kind, providing 43 floorplans ranging from ~5,000 to 8,000 lbs and spanning a cozy 27 to massive 38 feet in length. We recommend checking out the Puma 28FQDB and the Puma 32RKTS.

It is hard to find anything negative about the Puma’s features. From the full aluminum frame and the radius roof on the outside, to the decorative valances and the on premium speakers the inside, there’s nothing you’re missing out on. You’ll also be able to upgrade to a 15,000 BTU A/C over the 13,500 BTU variant, which will be a great feature for those traveling in the south, or just throughout the summer.

You’ll find the Puma to show off much more than physical specs too. From the basics, such as a carbon monoxide detector and LED lighting to some outdoor-specific ones such as the power awning, it’s all here. That, combined with the possibility to add expansions such as outside speakers and an upgraded 15,000 BTU A/C, we’re confident that the Puma will serve as one of the best travel trailers for tailgating out there.

Key Features:

  • 43 different floor plans available!
  • Power awning
  • Optional outside speakers
  • Decorative kitchen splashboard
  • Rubber roof with 12 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • TV antenna with booster & cable hook up

Virtual Tour:

#3. Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer 36 Ways To Show A Quality Travel Trailer!

View All Dutchmen Aspen Trail Travel Trailer Floorplans!
No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
36 3125-8126 lbs 3-10 21-39 feet

Why we recommend the Dutchmen Aspen Trail travel trailer: Another one of our top choices, due to the sheer number of floorplans and the versatility is the Aspen Trail by Dutchmen. As far as the physical specs go, it covers a weight range of roughly 3,000 to 8,000 pounds, sleeping capacities ranging from 3 to 10 people and a footprint spanning from 21 to 39 feet. That alone was enough to intrigue us, but there’s more.

We recommend taking a look at the Aspen Trail and the Aspen Trail particularly for their outdoor kitchen and large sleeping capacities, but feel free to choose what suits you best. The manual awning and 2 exterior speakers make it a great travel trailer for tailgating, but you should consider upgrading it to power awning, as it features that among many other upgrades too. It goes without saying that the Aspen Trail is a quality travel trailer and definitely deserves to be on this list!

Key Features:

  • 36 different floor plans available
  • Manual awning
  • 2 exterior speakers
  • Walkable roof
  • Cable TV hookup with booster
  • Seamless one piece roof

Virtual Tour:

#4. Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer Relax, Entertain, Unwind.

View All Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
44 4102-8590 lbs 3-10 23-37 feet

Why we recommend the Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer: You could consider the Hideout to be Puma’s cousin, even though the two travel trailers belong to different manufacturers. This is because on paper, there’s a minimal difference between the number of floorplans they provide, the weight, their sleeping capacities, and the length. The point of distinction would be the Hideout 22RBWE, which is a sub-5,000 lb. floorplan that also happens to have an outdoor kitchen. The Puma has no sub-5,000 pound floorplans.

We also recommend taking a look at the Hideout 26BHSWE for bunkhouses and the outdoor kitchen, but it’s the same as any other floorplan in terms of features. You’ll find the Hideout to have exterior speakers, a TV antenna with booster, adjustable power awning among many other features. If you wish to improve its aspects down the line, you can do so with expansions, such as a tri-fold sleeper sofa or an exterior shower too!

Key Features:

  • 44 different floor plans
  • Exterior speakers
  • Fully walkable roof
  • Lighted adjustable power awning
  • Tinted Safety Glass
  • 13,500 BTU air conditioner

Virtual Tour:

#5. Keystone Passport Travel Trailer Your Featherlight Weekend Camper!

View All Keystone Passport Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
31 3160-6926 lbs 4-10 20-37 feet

Why we recommend Keystone Passport travel trailer: Apart from the Hideout, the Passport from Keystone has proven itself to be an amazing camper, especially if you’re not intending to tow a travel trailer with anything other than your SUV or a half-ton vehicle. Nearly half of its floorplans are well under 5,000 pounds and provide outdoor kitchens too, such as the Passport 2400BH Grand Touring and the Passport 239ML Express.

Keystone’s Passport has great features, especially in terms of the exterior. Electric adjustable awning, exterior speakers, you name it. However, what caught our eye were the expansions. On top of the 5-6 expansions and upgrades, you get a few ‘packages’ which bring many useful features, usually specific to a certain category (safety, for example), which means there’s a lot you can do with the Passport years after you’ve bought it!

Key Features:

  • 9 different floor plans available
  • Exterior speakers
  • Electric adjustable awning
  • LED interior lights
  • 13,500 BTU air conditioner
  • Residential raised panel hardwood cabinet doors

Virtual Tour:

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Most of us are used to the life indoors. However, going on a trip in a travel trailer definitely doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy. Hopefully, this list will help you get started on which travel trailers to consider!

BEFORE you head to a dealer to see these trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must-haves that are important to you and your family
  • Which brands or manufacturers you like
  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
  • BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options

Share with us your favorite travel trailers for tailgating in the comments below!

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