Most of you that have followed my blog through the years know my favorite campsite is a free one in the boondocks. One of the many reasons my wife and I prefer the boondocks is that we aren’t annoyed by other camper’s lack of manners. These are the top five inconsiderate things you never should do while you’re at a campground.
1. Cut through occupied campsites
I believe when you rent a campsite it ought to be your little piece of real estate during the duration of your stay. It should be up to you on who enters your space with permission.
My wife and I both consider it very inconsiderate when others take a shortcut through our space on the way to somewhere else like the bathhouse, beach, playground or any other destination, especially when we are sitting outside enjoying a meal or the campfire. Please walk around, the exercise is good for you.
2. Let your dog roam in other campsites
Over fifty percent of RVers bring their four-legged friends camping with them. My wife and I love dogs and always brought our beloved lab with us.
However, just like above, we don’t always appreciate uninvited guests in our site and that includes unleashed dogs that come running into our site looking to steal a snack off our picnic table, stick their nose in our catch of shellfish, redistribute our sacked garbage, or are maybe wet from a swim at the beach. Please keep your dog on a leash as required by most campgrounds.
3. Or let your dog bark excessively
This could be included with number 2 above but it is such an annoyance it deserves its own listing. If your dog barks at every stranger that passes by your campsite, please consider keeping it inside the RV, away from the road where it can’t see others passing by, or invest in a bark collar.
Another consideration is a dog that yips excessively when left alone in the RV. This is almost as annoying as listening to a smoke detector with a low battery chirping. Remember, other campers may have come to the campground to enjoy some quiet time, so please respect that and take your dog(s) with you if they are prone to endless yipping in your absence.
4. Be loud after hours
Let’s face it, most of us go camping to have an enjoyable time, but there comes a point when it is time for the party to end and go to bed. Nearly all campgrounds have posted quiet time and most campers willingly abide by them.
However, some inconsiderate campers seem to ramp up the volume after hours via alcohol consumption, the volume control on their sound system, or both.
Please be considerate and keep the noise level confined to your campsite. If you want to be loud and party all night, please find yourself a campsite way out in the boondocks where there is no one to bother.
5. Leave trash in the fire ring
It’s amazing how many times I pull into a campsite and find the last camper used it for a trash can rather than walking a couple hundred feet to the dumpster.
It’s not my job to clean up after the thoughtless camper that was there before me, nor is it the campground host or paid staff’s job.
Please plan ahead and bring a trash bag or two with you when you go camping and dump your trash in the campground dumpster—or if you are too lazy to walk to the dumpster, take it home with you.
I’m sure you have your own annoyances to add, so please feel free to share using the comment box below. Avoiding bad manners of other campers, just another adventure in RVing!
Visit the show’s website to see what activities and attractions are offered. Some things like seminars may only happen once a day. Are there certain brands or RV types that you are most interested in?
Most shows will have a map on their website and a listing of dealers and products allowing you to identify where these items are in advance of your visit.
Print off the map and circle what products are where, where the seminars are located, and plot a route saving you time and energy when at the show.
2. If you are considering purchasing a towable RV (Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Truck Camper) know in advance what your tow vehicle can safely tow/carry.
Remember to allow for personal items, propane, batteries, and water when calculating how heavy of an RV you may consider purchasing.
If you are looking at buying a motorized RV (Class A, B, C motorhome) and plan to tow a vehicle you already own as a dinghy, know in advance what the restrictions are (if any) of the vehicle you plan on towing.
Once you know, you can plan on searching out the items you will need to tow it at the show. Items like tow bars, tow dollies, braking systems, and other items will likely be featured at the show.
3. Avoid the crowds
If your schedule allows, visit on a weekday. Many shows offer discount admission on at least one of the weekdays.
If you must go during the weekend, Sunday is typically less busy than Saturday. If you must go on a Saturday, attend later in the day once the early crowd starts to dissipate and the parking stalls start freeing up.
4. Have a plan for capturing information
You are going to be exposed to a large amount of products and information at the show. Know in advance how you will record what you saw and heard.
Many use their phones to take pictures of RVs they like along with the model number and specifications. Maybe you want to record the information by writing it down in a notebook.
The advantage of a notebook is you can form a matrix allowing you to compare price, weight, features and other items in an easy-to-read format.
Don’t forget to write down where you saw the item as you are likely to want to take a second look and it can get confusing to remember where you saw an item after looking at hundreds of other RVs in a large RV show.
Regardless of the method you use, don’t rely on your memory as it will be in overload mode.
5. Talk to the Manufacturer Reps
If there is a brand you are particularly drawn to, make sure to seek out the manufacturer representative for that product to ask about any specific questions or concerns you may have.
They typically have more product knowledge than the dealer’s salespeople who represent multiple product lines. Manufacturer reps are likely to know about new models coming out, interior color options, and what modifications can and can’t be made to a factory order unit to meet your needs.
I hope this helps you make the most of your visit to an RV show and leads to many adventures in RVing!
An important factor to consider when you’re in the market for an RV is to look at the weight. While purchasing a majority of the travel trailer warrants the purchase of a towing vehicle as well, it isn’t really necessary. There are ultra light travel trailers available in the market if you want to tow your camper with your current vehicle or just spend a decent amount in a towing vehicle that does the job. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 best ultra light travel trailers under 1800 lbs dry weight.
What puts an RV on the list: Apart from choosing the lightest towables in the market, we’ve also hand-picked the ones among that bunch which had good reviews among users and critics. Some of these even have more than one floorplan available, giving you some level of variety when you’re interested in one particular brand.
The Top 5 Best Ultra Light Travel Trailers Under 1800 lbs:
Why we recommend the TAXA Outdoors TigerMoth travel trailer: A single look at the specifications of the TigerMoth and its apparent that this camper is definitely one of a kind. It has 2 floorplans that are under 1800 lbs and also has an extremely positive rating: the TigerMoth Camp and the TigerMoth Trek.
The Tigermoth serves as a perfect balance between tailgating and interior features. On the inside, it has LED lighting, USB charging ports and birchwood kitchen. On the outside, you have a grill, bike rack, solar heated shower among features and a decent set of options/upgrades too! Some of those upgrades include but are not limited to a fully enclosed shower tent, a 5000 BTU window AC, mesh screen door for side and many others.
Why we recommend Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro travel trailer: Similar to the Tigermoth, Forest River’s Finest when it comes to ultra light travel trailers is the Rockwood Geo Pro, whose Rockwood Geo Pro 12RK floorplan goes as low as ~1100 pounds in dry weight. A bit more spacious and heavier floorplan is the Rockwood Geo Pro 12SRK, that weighs just shy of 1800 lbs and is 12 feet long.
This cozy camper is also packed with features that you’ll find useful when camping, and even some luxury ones to make your trip comfortable. Some of those features include a stove and grill combo, Wi-Fi booster, power awning, 20,000 BTU furnace among others. They even have options to upgrade its capabilities such as a 13,500 BTU AC and a bike rack!
Why we recommend the Jayco Jay Hummingbird travel trailer: If you need a lightweight travel trailer but one that’s still spacious, it doesn’t get any better than the Hummingbird 10RK travel trailer from Jayco. This sole floorplan that comes under the criteria of being under 1800 lbs dry weight is easily a top choice for anyone looking for ultra light travel trailers.
You’ll find this camper has quite a lot of features for tailgators. Exterior speakers, outside grill, exterior TV bracket and power awning are just some of the bells and whistles that it has. Further than that, it has a super comfy bed on the inside along with a picnic table and residential style countertops if you’re planning on spending the trip indoors. In short, Hummingbird has proved itself as a manufacturer of some of the best ultra light travel trailers in the market.
Why we recommend the Flagstaff E-Pro travel trailer: Akin to its Rockwood cousin, the Flagstaff E-Pro travel trailer by Forest River has an under 1800 lbs floorplan that’s so lightweight that it might as well be considered as a popup camper. The Flagstaff E-Pro 12RK is the one we’re talking about, that’s 11 feet long and sleeps 2 people.
There’s a different set of features provided for the Flagstaff E-Pro 12RK and every other floorplan, but the common ones include outside speakers, Wi-Fi range booster, microwave oven and coleman stove/grill combo among many others. The aforementioned floorplan can also be made better by adding rack mounting bars, 13,500 BTU AC, a 22-inch TV with DVD player and a few others. Hence, it goes without saying that you’re definitely picked the right choice if you prefer the Flagstaff E-Pro as your choice of a towable camper.
Why we recommend Aliner Ascape travel trailer: You probably know about the Aliner Ascape from our post of the top 5 travel trailers under 3,000 pounds. However, the Ascape, is much, much lighter than that. The Ascape MT itself is just 1170 lbs and spans 13 feet, making it quite spacious all things considered. Its other 4 floorplans such as the Ascape Camp are all under 1800 lbs dry weight as well.
This Aliner camper is also just as feature-rich as any other regular travel trailer, which is a feat given its size. From a bluetooth sound bar and a 23-inch TV to 3-way refrigerator and attwood furnace, the Ascape delivers and exceeds every expectation from an ultra light travel trailer!
Popup campers pose a lot of advantages, especially for someone heading into RVing for the very first time. Hopefully this list will provide a good starting point for you and let you know exactly what RVs have to offer without spending a ton of money right at the beginning.
If you’ve traveled in an RV before, you probably remember it as one of the most memorable experiences in your life. It offers more features, stability and comfort than your traditional tent, and also gives you tons of options when buying a new one. It’s generally suggested to go with a lighter RV first, and if you’re buying it to travel to different states across the country, you’ll also need one that’s suitable for campgrounds. To get that sorted for you, check out our top 5 best campground travel trailers under 5,000 pounds GVWR!
What puts an RV on the list: There’s a significant difference between dry weight and GVWR. The travel trailers in our list are the ones that are under 5,000 pounds GVWR, meaning you’ll actually be able to tow these with ease. Of course, we have also considered the ones which have appreciable ratings and an adequate number of floorplans that are under 27 feet and under 5,000 pounds GVWR.
The Top 5 Best Campground Travel Trailers Under 5,000 Pounds:
Why we recommend the Forest River R-Pod travel trailer: You’ve probably stumbled across the R-pod if you’ve been researching RVs for a while. A little digging and you’ll find that the R-pod is known as being of the, if not the most lightweight campground travel trailers in the market. We recommend checking out the R-Pod RP171 and the R-Pod RP172.
While the R-pod has a slew of different features packed into it, the most popular ones are the LED interior lighting, 20,000 BTU furnace, 3.7 cubic feet refrigerator, tinted safety glass windows and many others. This, combined with its equally impressive list of available expansions, makes the R-pod a worthy inclusion in this list.
9 different floor plans available
Independent torsion axle
20,000 BTU furnace
Solid lumber core cabinet fronts assembled with screws
Why we recommend KZ Escape travel trailer: The Escape travel trailer from KZs stables sport 6 floorplans in total, all of them being suitable for traveling across the country with ease as they’re well under 5,000 pounds GVWR as well. We recommend checking out the Escape E161RB and the Escape E181RB in particular as they offer better sleeping capacities as well!
The escape offers the best of both worlds: it offers standalone expansions as well as an offroad package that adds better tires and other items that help in ease of travel when camping to a faraway place. The standard features include smart arm awning, exterior speakers, overhead cabinets and many more!
Why we recommend the Jayco Jay Flight SLX travel trailer: The Jay Flight SLX is whatever you want it to be: ultra light models with rear bath all the way to 36 feet rigs that can hold as many as eight people! You’d probably be more interested in the Jay Flight SLX 145RB and the Jay Flight SLX 154BH floorplans, as they come under the category of campground travel trailers under 5,000 pounds.
Depending on the floorplan, there are varying features of Jay Flight SLX travel trailer, but there are many that remain common throughout all of them. Some of these include but are not limited to the Atwood furnace, J-steel jackknife sofa, DiamondFlor vinyl flooring, under-bed storage and so on. These can be taken a step further with over 15 different available upgrades and additions, which we recommend taking a look at by checking out the link above!
Why we recommend the Livin Lite Camplite travel trailer: Like its namesake, the Livin Lite Camplite travel trailer is a ultra light travel trailer that also doubles as a campground travel trailer since 9 out of 11 floorplans have well under 5,000 pounds GVWR and are under 27 feet as well, making it safe for use in campgrounds! Check out the Camplite 23RKS and the Camplite 11FK floorplans as those are our personal favorites!
On the outside, the Camplite features a 6-sided aluminum superstructure with insulation on the roof, walls and cap to keep you warm and cozy this winter. Head on inside and you’ll be greeted with the beautiful interior that comes in 3 color choices, complemented by the laminated flooring and solid surface countertops. These along with the fact that it has so many options to choose from, leaves no room for doubt that the Livin Lite Camplite is one of the top notch campground travel trailers under 5,000 pounds!
9 different floor plans available
6 cubic feet double door refrigerator
Residential quilted comforter
Slideout topper awning
#5. Forest River Flagstaff Micro-Lite Travel Trailer
Why we recommend Forest River Flagstaff Micro-Lite travel trailer: The second travel trailer by Forest River that deservingly earned a spot is the Micro-Lite that has a phenomenal rating of 4.37 and sports 4 floorplans that fall under the category of campground travel trailers under 5,000 pounds. We recommend checking out the Flagstaff Micro-Lite 19FBS and the Flagstaff Micro-Lite 19FD.
Spend some time with this beauty and it’s clear that this rig is as feature rich as it gets and yet offers so much more. Want something even better than the 13,500 BTU A/C installed? Upgrade it to a 15,000 BTU one. Need another TV in the bedroom? You got it. Need thermopane windows for better insulation? They offer that too. You get the gist!
So, you’re bringing along the entire party for your next camping trip? Good! After all, the more, the merrier, right? Well, all of those people will need a place to kip and spend their time, which is why its important to choose a good fifth wheel with a sleeping capacity of more than 6 people. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 best fifth wheel RVs with bunk beds. Read on to find out!
What puts an RV on the list: Fifth wheels with bunk beds are dime a dozen. However, the ones that made our list have a maximum sleeping capacity of at least 7 and at least 3 bunkhouse floorplans so you get at least a few options to choose from. We’ve also paid special attention to a fifth wheel’s user reviews so you know you’re buying a fifth wheels with a satisfied user base.
Why we recommend the Forest River Wildcat fifth wheel: Given that it has 24 floorplans, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Wildcat, which is already a great fifth wheel, is also one of the best fifth wheels RVs with bunk beds as well. It can hold a maximum of 10 people in the Wilcat 28BH floorplan, but you could also go for the Wildcat 38MBX if you’re looking for something smaller. It’s also smaller and lighter than some other fifth wheels, making it great if your towing vehicle isn’t suited for heavier fifth wheels.
Heading on to the features, it has all the luxuries of a camper, as a fifth wheel well should, such as reclining theater seating and large LED TVs in the living room. On the outside, it sports custom accented front caps for a sleek look and some exterior features such as awning and outdoor speakers. You can also take it up a notch through the list of available options, which we recommend talking a look at in detail on the RV page!
23 different floor plans available
Residential brushed chrome door and drawer hardware
Why we recommend KZ Durango 1500 fifth wheel: While 7620 lbs might not sound light by any stretch of imagination, it would seem like it when you would look at other fifth wheels that start with 10,000 lbs dry weight. The Durango 1500, on the other hand, manages to add a good chunk of bunkhouse floorplans such as the Durango 1500 D280BHS and the Durango 1500 D292BHT, with its footprint ranging between 28 and 35 feet.
Tailgators will find the Durango 1500 quite appealing since it has all the writing for an exterior TV and has outside speakers too. Its equally good in terms of indoor features, where you’ll notice a full sized refrigerator, a deluxe sleeper sofa, pullout pantry and a faux vinyl ceiling. Similar to our previous choice it has a ton of different upgrades available: convection microwave, standalone DVD player, freestanding table and rear observation camera, to name a few. In a nutshell, the Durango 1500 is definitely a top choice for fifth wheel RVs with bunk beds.
12 different floor plans available!
100% exterior LED running lights and taillights
Outside speakers and pre-wired for exterior TV
8 Cubic foot double-door refrigerator
4-inch high-density foam cushions on all booth dinettes
Why we recommend the Keystone Hideout fifth wheel: The fifth wheel version of Keystone’s hideout is a bit different yet similar to its travel trailer version. Different in the sense that it features lesser number of floorplans and obviously more features since it’s a fifth wheel, but similar because its equally loved by users and critics in the fifth wheel world for its top notch quality and features. We recommend taking a look at the Hideout 295BHS and the Hideout 308BHDS.
Keystone’s attention to details is clear with the Hideout once you’ll notice that it has taken care of storage for those opting for a shorter fifth wheels and, of course, all of the luxuries regardless of which floorplan you choose. We liked that it had taken care of safety particularly well since (can’t be too safe, right?). Furthermore, it has a few options such as a free-standing dinette and a spare tire, making the Hideout another great choice!
Why we recommend the Palomino Puma fifth wheel: Palomino’s fifth wheel version of the Puma is a fifth wheel with, frankly, so many floorplans available that ones who didn’t make a checklist for buying their fifth wheel will find themselves confused because they’re all so good. From the 29 feet Puma 259RBSS to the 38 feet Puma 295BHSS, they’re all great and, of course, feature a lot of other bunkhouse floorplans too!
On the inside, the 80-inch height will allow people to comfortably stay and enjoy the luxuries it has to offer whether its cozying up on the sofa near the fireplace and watching some TV or cooking in the kitchen with its decorative splashboard, 3 burner cooktop and 6-feet double door refrigerator which can be upgraded to a 11 feet variant, as can its other aspects through a list of different options available. A few of them include but are not limited to an upgraded Serta® mattress, bike rack and roof ladder.
43 different floor plans
14-inch deep overhead cabinets in super-slide models
Evergreen high density foam mattress
Suburban 3-burner, high output range
Jack knife sofa with pull-down center drink tray and storage underneath
Why we recommend Heartland Sundance fifth wheel: The Sundance is another fifth wheel that isn’t oblivious to our other top fives. With its versatility both in terms of sleeping capacities and length, it’s likely you’ll find the perfect floorplan for you with the Sundance or, at least, somewhere pretty close. For bunkhouses in particular, the Sundance 297QB and the Sundance 3710MB are pretty great choices.
The Sundance is segregated into two variants: the mid profile and the high profile ones. There are bunkhouse floorplans in both variants and we’ll focus on the ones that are common in both of them. For starters, they have slam latch baggage doors, painted fiberglass front cap and solar prep. On the inside, both of them have 8 cubic feet refrigerators, universal docking stations and tri-fold sleeper sofas. Both can be upgraded to a 15,000 BTU air conditioner over the traditional 13,500 BTU one too.
A Class C Motorhome is a good fit for people with a decent budget and ones looking to skip the hassles of calculating tow weight and buying a vehicle and a trailer/fifth wheel separately. But, as it is with choosing any other RV, you’ll need to take a look at the ones that provide the best features and has a good standing with users to end up with something that’ll last, especially if you’re bringing people along. Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of the top 5 best class C motorhomes with bunk beds!
What puts an RV on the list: Sure enough, what makes a good class C is the fact that it has a plethora of features and good mileages, but we’ve went ahead and also taken a look at reviews of previous models (but ones posted recently) to be sure you’re also ending up with a motorhome with longevity! After all, this isn’t something you buy every day!
Why we recommend the Thor Chateau class C motorhome: Thor Chateau had made it on the 2017 iteration of this list, and our choice hasn’t changed. If anything, Thor has made quite a few improvements to the Chateau with new floorplans, better sleeping capacity and better features. Its adequately constructed too, with the Chateau 22B weighing 12300 pounds and holding 4 people. All 23 floorplans have bunk over cab but the maximum sleeping capacity you can get is 7 on a floorplan like the Chateau 30D.
Feature-wise, the Chateau has definitely set itself apart. For instance, it has swiveling seat on both drivers and passanger’s chairs in the cockpit for 2 people to sit on when you’re at the campground. In the kitchen, a 16 feet refrigerator easily raises and eyebrow and once you notice everything else it has to offer, you’d already be willing to seal the deal. Of course, if you’re one or two years into the trailer and wish for an ‘oomph’, it has a variety of options to add new features or upgrade existing ones too, making it an awesome class c motorhome with bunk beds.
23 different floor plans available
Lighted rotocast storage compartments
Three-point seatbelts for the driver and passenger
Why we recommend Coachmen Freelander class C motorhome: If you need something on the lighter end with a higher sleeping capacity, then the freelander should set you in the right direction. All of its 20 floorplans have bunkhouses ranging from the Freelander 20CB Ford starting at 23 feet all the way to the 12728-pounder 31-feet-long Freelander 32FS Ford. There are many of them in between that are a good mix of length, weight and sleeping capacity so be sure to check them out too!
Heading onto the features, on the outside the Freelander is constructed using azdel composite, and also features a walkable roof making it good for tailgating. Head on inside and you’ll notice that it also has a booth dinette and reclining driver and passanger seats. Of course, all of this can also be upgraded in the future (or right away) such as an upgraded A/C or a 32-inch TV and DVD in coach. All in all, the Freelander is a top-notch class C motorhome with bunk beds!
Why we recommend the Coachmen Leprechaun class C motorhome: The Coachmen Leprechaun is another one which made our list last year. The number of floorplans or the physical specs haven’t changed since last year, but coachmen has added some new features to make it better over the existing modes, but more on that later. The Leprechaun 280BH Ford 450 and the Leprechaun 310BH Ford 450 are our top choices because of their sleeping capacity, but be sure to check out the other ones, as they are just as good as any class C motorhome with bunk beds out there!
Heading onto the features, we found the even-cool A/C ducting system and the upgraded vinyl flooring quite impressive, but most folks would probably be more interested in the U-shaped dinette and the reclining passanger and driver seats that this RV has to offer. Safety is also taken care of as the Leprechaun as safety measures such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors put into place and lastly, there are numerous upgrades to opt for in order to expand this class Cs capabilities, making the Leprechaun the complete package!
Why we recommend the Gulf Stream Conquest class C motorhome: Of the gulf stream’s number of RVs is one particular class C called the conquest which definitely had our attention, and for a good reason. Despite its comparatively decent spec sheet, it has some features that actually made it stand apart. Of course, its decent spec sheet does feature floorplans with bunk beds such as the Conquest 6526 and the Conquest 63111.
On the inside, the conquest features Roanoke light cherry cabinetry and a skydome shower while being solidly constructed out of aluminum on the outside. Standalone upgrades aside, it also features an already added package that brings many new luxury based features such as a number of stainless steel applicances and an IRD dual battery charging system. These, along with its solid rating of 4.8 stars, makes us recommend the Gulf Stream conquest as a good class C motorhome with bunk beds.
Why we recommend Jayco Redhawk class C motorhome: Jayco’s Redhawk is often shadowed by the its Greyhawk cousin simply due to the fact that the latter is the more popular one. However, the Redhawk is actually a better choice if one were to consider a good class C motorhome with bunk beds. Its maximum sleeping capacity is actually 10 people on the Redhawk 31XL floorplan and 3 on the Redhawk 22J floorplan, making it quite versatile for people with different requirements, all within just 7 floorplans, which is saying something.
The Redhawk is no slouch when it comes to driving features either, which is evident when you notice that it sports power anti-lock brakes, power steering and side view remote controlled mirrors. Looks are paid attention to as well since it features linoleum flooring. You can also upgrade the regular awning to the 12V electric patio awning or maybe add a rear view backup camera with its optionals (check the out the full list, it’s a long one!). In a nutshell, we find no reason to not recommend the Redhawk is a great class C.
Whether it’s a sub 25 feet class C or a behemoth 40-footer class A motorhome, slide outs are always a welcome addition, since they provide some much needed space. To that end, we’ve whipped up a list of the best class A motorhomes with slide outs! Read on to find out:
What puts an RV on the list: Since space is really the name of the game here, we’ve hand picked the motorhomes that feature at least 3 slide outs per floorplan and brands which have at least 4 such floorplans so you get enough variety to choose your pick. It goes without saying that these RVs are also highly respected among the critics and has secured many happy campers over the years!
The Top 5 Best Class A Motorhomes With Slide outs:
Why we recommend the Newmar Ventana class A motorhome: Tipping the scales on the heavier side of things is the Newmar Ventana whose lightest floorplan is still a massive one at 28700 lbs. 17 out of its total 18 floorplans have at least 3 slide outs such as the Ventana 3407 and the Ventana 3709, so you’re definitely all set if the sleek looks and the interior decor seems good enough to you. It does have a decent housing capacity of 7 people, and can span as much as 43 feet long, making it pretty spacious too!
The Ventana has a lot to say about its features too. The interior features Bermuda glazed maple hardwood cabinets coupled with adjustable pullout pantry shelves and plush pillow top mattress. Driving is a breeze on this rig as well as the brand adds Newmar’s proprietary comfort drive™ steering and cruise control to the cockpit. On the outside, that awesome look is overlayed on top of a aluminum frame and fiberglass construction. Long story short, we’ve no reason to believe that the Ventana is not one of the best class A motorhomes with slide outs in the market right now!
18 different floor plans available
Convex exterior mirrors with remote control, defrost and turn signals
Driver and passenger dash overhead ventilation system
Wireless charging mat built into dash
Polished solid surface countertop in bathroom and bedroom
Why we recommend Tiffin Allegro Bus class A motorhome: What is considered as a ‘large’ motorhomes usually caps out between 40 and 43 feet. But the Allegro Bus by Tiffin edges beyond it with the Allegro Bus 45 OPP floorplan that is 45 feet long. Of course, ones who aren’t all for this extreme can go for the smaller but still just as luxurious Allegro Bus 37 AP floorplan, making this camper a truly versatile one.
Constructed out of fiberglass, the exterior of this RV has probably as much to say about it as the interior such as the high-performance thermal insulation thanks to the fiberglass material and the one-piece tined windshield for easier vision when driving. Heading inside to the driver’s seat you’ll notice that Tiffin has been extra cautious and added a 12V disconnect switch. Akin to a fifth wheel and a travel trailer you also have options to make it better such as a memory foam mattress and a bedroom TV.
Why we recommend the Entegra Aspire class A motorhome: If you’re only looking for a brand that focuses on larger sized floorplans, then the Entegra Aspire is where it’s at. All 8 of its floorplans have at least 3 slide outs albeit with different sleeping capacities. They’re between 40 and 44 feet long which is quite spacious, and thus contribute to an RV that’s one of the best class A motorhomes with slide outs. We recommend taking a look at the Aspire 38M and the Aspire 42RBQ floorplans.
Onto the features, you’ll notice that these are just as impressive as the Aspire’s on-paper specs. The luxurious interior is complimented by the multiplex controlled lighting system whilst taking care of functionality when you’ll notice that it has the central vacuum system and deep drawers in the kitchens for thing such as wastebasket as well. Add expansions such as compliance with Canadian Standards and solar panels to the package, and you have a class A motorhome on your hands that provides a true class A motorhome experience.
Why we recommend the Newmar Dutch Star class A motorhome: Whether its due to their cozier 37-feet Dutch Star 3717 floorplan or due to the 6-sleeper Dutch Star 4363 floorplan, campers have always recommended their Dutch Star to anyone else inquiring about them, and we don’t disagree either. Apart from the ones we mentioned, it has 13 other floorplans, all of which feature at least 3 slide outs too, providing you with quite a few options!
Few class As in the market can boast their level of driving experience to be the same as the Dutch Star, and for a good reason. The comfort drive steering and the Freightliner® suspension coupled with other parts makes it possible. It’s not without its set of consumer features, either. You’ll enjoy the USB outlets at multiple places and the fireplace or upgrade the regular sofa to an 87-inch one with its number of options provided. All in all, the Dutch star is a great motorhome with slide outs!
15 different floor plans
Gelcoated fiberglass exterior sidewalls, front and rear caps
Why we recommend Fleetwood Discovery class A motorhome: Heading into the great outdoors and camping in the embrace of mother nature shouldn’t be an uncomfortable experience, and the Discovery takes care of that, but more on its features later. On paper, it has 7 floorplans which cover a decent length and weight ranges. We recommend taking a look at the Discovery 38F and the Discovery 38N.
The Fleetwood has it all, from a electronic command control center to a camera system for the driver, all the bells and whistles that you’re accustomed to if you’re shifting from a different class A motorhome is all here and then some. The roof-mounted 15,000 BTU air conditioner provides enough cooling, and the expansions such as a third AC and a technology package which adds a series of useful features such as a Wi-Fi extender are an absolute treat as well!
7 different floor plans available
Residential refrigerator with 2000-watt pure sine inverter
Even a 40-feet motorhome isn’t as large as your home is, making it an absolute necessity to have as many slide outs as possible to compensate for it. Hopefully this should serve as a good starting point for choosing one!
The main West Coast highway, Interstate 5, runs all the way from the California-Mexico border north to the Washington-Canada border. It connects most of the major cities from San Diego and Los Angeles to Portland and Seattle. It largely parallels Highway 101 and California Route 1, or more famously known as the Pacific Coast Highway.
Interstate 5 has easy access to countless RV campgrounds along its 1,300+ miles. These are five of the many scenic places where you can camp just off the highway in California.
1. San Elijo State Beach
San Elijo State Beach is one of many beaches in Southern California where you can camp by the Pacific Ocean. This popular beach is a quick detour off Interstate 5 and Highway 101 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea on the San Diego Coast.
The beach has campsites within walking distance of the ocean as well as restrooms, showers, a pet area, laundry facilities, a dump station, and a camp store. Their rates currently range from only $35 to $50 for a premium site with an ocean view and $60 for a site with full hookups. The campground gets crowded often, so reserving your spot ahead of time is highly recommended.
2. Doheny State Beach
Doheny State Beach is less than ten minutes off the interstate in Dana Point. The southern end of the beach has dry campsites (with no hookups) that can fit motorhomes and trailers up to about 35 feet. The northern end of the beach draws in picnickers, surfers, and volleyball players. The visitor center also has five aquariums you can browse to learn more about marine life.
Their current rate is about $40 a night and reservations can be made ahead of time through ReserveCalifornia.com.
3. Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
Castaic Lake Recreation Area lies north of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita. This state park has tent and RV-friendly campsites including some right along the water. The lake is popular among boaters and fishers; if you don’t bring your own watercraft, the park also has boat rentals available. There are hiking trails you can take for scenic views of the lake, as well as trails for equestrians.
The campground has a minimum stay of two nights with a decent rate of $20/night ($40 total). It makes for a very affordable place to stay (especially compared to hotels) while you see the many attractions in the Los Angeles area.
4. RiverPoint Landing Marina Resort
RiverPoint Landing Marina Resort is only minutes from I-5 along the San Joaquin River. It is centrally located and a day trip away from Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco, and the coast. Most of their sites are along the waterfront and all have 30/50 amp power.
Their rates range from $37-65, but you can also check their website for current specials. The resort also has a dump station, showers, laundry facilities, and free WiFi.
5. Mountain Gate RV Park
Mountain Gate RV Park is close to I-5 in Redding as well as many of the attractions in Northern California like Shasta Lake, Burney Falls, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Their RV park includes 122 sites with full hookups, cabins, a pool, playground, laundry facilities, and a camp store.
Their current rates for RV sites vary on the size of your rig. Small RV sites (21 feet and under) are $37 a night and large RV sites (22 feet and above) are $43 (plus tax). They offer a 10% discount for Good Sam Club members as well as AAA members.
In this day and age of smartphones and gadgets all around us, it can’t hurt to get away from it all and spend some time exploring the woods, especially for the kids who could use some time off as well. For that, we have whipped up a list of the top 5 best motorhomes with bunk beds for the kids. Read on to find out!
What puts an RV on the list: Getting bunk beds aren’t enough. There will be many cases where you’ll need to look at motorhomes that also have a good capacity to hold people. We’ve selected the ones with a good mix of both after considering their features, reviews and ratings!
Why we recommend the Gulf Stream Conquest class C motorhome: While being a class C, you’ll find that the Conquest by Gulf Stream will not only provide a good mix of sleeping capacities but lengths too, if you’re looking for something cozier and cheaper. Some of the good bunkhouse floorplans which we liked were the Conquest 6237LE and the Conquest 6245 but feel free to take a look at the rest by clicking on the link above!
You won’t be compromising anything in terms of features when you take a look at the conquest, either. A dual-door 6 cubic feet refrigerator will provide ample storage space along with all the cabinetry present in a beautifully designed kitchen. If you’ll be piloting the rig, features such as the dash A/C and the upgradable seats will be more appealing to you. Therefore, you’ll find that the Conquest is not only one of the top motorhomes with bunk beds but is also a great overall motorhome!
Why we recommend Newmar Bay Star class A motorhome: While it’s obvious that a good motorhome can be made by any company, you’ll also find that Newmar seems to be proving itself as one of the most impressive companies right now. Look at the Bay Star here as an instance. Not only does it have a plethora of floorplans with different lengths, it also provides a good sleeping capacity and a full-fledged feature list that few can compete with. We recommend taking a look at the Bay Star 3406 and the Bay Star 3419.
In it’s neatly organized feature list, the Bay Star features a fully walkable BriteTEK roof that sits on top of an aluminum construction complete with fiberglass coating on the outside. Head on inside and you’re greeted with an exquisite looking RV that also has features just as impressive. Whether its a mini shoe storage near the entrance or the 30-inch microwave, it’ll be a long time before you run out the full capabilities of this motorhome which are complemented by an equally extensive list of available upgrades, making this a truly amazing bunkhouse motorhome!
Why we recommend the Thor Chateau class C motorhome: A class A’s larger size doesn’t necessary translate to them having the best sleeping capacity. On the contrary you’ll find that some class Cs such as the Chateau by Thor actually has a sleeping capacity of 7 people in its Chateau 28E floorplan, which is better than some of the class As out there. Another great floorplan that we recommend is the Chateau 30D.
When you get into the features, you’ll see that the Chateau has just as much to boast about as it does with the specifications. From the residential vinyl flooring to a power charging center, it has all the bells and whistles of a standard class C and then some. Of course, if those aren’t enough, you can take it a step further with a good amount of expansions provided such as an exterior TV on manual swivel, leatherette dream dinette booth and many others. As far as bunkhouse campers for sale go, the Chateau is one we would grab off immediately, no questions asked.
Why we recommend the Fleetwood Bounder class A motorhome: If its Fleetwood’s Bounder class A that’s caught your attention because you recognize it from a happy owner on a forum or through word-of-mouth (neither of which are too surprising considering it’s reputation), then be prepared to be looking at 3 floorplans in particular. The Bounder 36F and Bounder 36H both provide bunkhouses, but the former has two full bathrooms whilst the latter has a bath and a half. The Bounder 36D has a single bathroom.
Being a class A, there’s no doubt that the Bounder is one of the most feature-rich motorhomes in the market. From the adjustable cabinet shelves to the fiberglass shower with glass door, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something which you expected but wasn’t present in this motorhome. Despite its namesake, the ‘bounder’ doesn’t really has you bound to the amount of features that are included. Its got a ton of options available ranging from to the and many others which improve upon existing features or add new ones. Hence, it’s no doubt that the Bounder is one of the best motorhomes with bunk beds out there!
Why we recommend Tiffin Allegro class A motorhome: Tiffin Motorhomes is another one of the top dogs in the motorhome industry, especially the allegro lineup. When you’re on the lookout for a motorhome with bunkhouses in particular, a motorhome such as the Tiiffin Allegro will provide a lot of versatility as its got bunkhouse floorplans that provide outdoor entertainment (Allegro 35QBA) and a U-shaped dinette (Allegro 36UA).
Heading on to the features you’ll see that the Allegro has two high efficiency air conditioners, a multiplex system, a European-style driver’s center among many other features that one would consider premium, even for a class A motorhome. Of course, that’s not the only thing it can offer. One look at the feature page and it’s clear that the Allegro was also made with multiple use case scenarios in mind whether its tailgating, camping as a couple camping with the kids or camping in the winter. As such, we find it just to consider the Allegro to be a top motorhome with bunk beds.
Whether its one weekend or a 15-day trip, a good motorhome leaves a lasting experience. Take a look at our top 5 of them above to get an idea of the best ones out there, or at least shorten your shortlist a bit!
Heading to a campground could often be an issue depending on where you’re traveling. But, the rule of thumb to follow is that campgrounds of any state in the US can house motorhomes that are under 27 feet. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best small motorhomes for campgrounds. Read on to find out which are our favorites!
What puts an RV on the list: Apart from being under 27 feet, we’ve also taken a look at a motorhome’s reviews, ratings, critic opinon and their recent models to give you the most updated information available right now.
Why we recommend the Coachmen Freelander Class C motorhome: When it comes to finding a class C that you could park in a campground, few could be as good as the Coachmen Freelander. Most of the floorplans available are pretty lightweight as well. Tipping the scales at the lowest is the Freelander 20CB and the heaviest being the Freelander 31BH Ford 450 at 12728 pounds. You don’t sacrifice on the sleeping capacity either, as it can house as many as 8 people, making this a suitable camper for both couples and people looking to camp with their friends!
As far as features go, the Freelander offers quite a lot which one would associate with a premium motorhome. This applies to both the convenience based features (such as an even-cool AC ducting system) and the looks (which include the nutmeg wood grain cabinets). This, in combination with the variety of options available, makes us recommend the Coachmen Freelander as one of the best motorhomes for campground.
Why we recommend Thor Chateau Class C motorhome: Whether or not you’ve been keeping up with our Motorhome posts, you’ve probably heard of the Class C Thor Chateau. This goes without saying that Thor has made a one-of-a-kind camper here, even with its high standards. 23 floorplans offer many choices in sleeping capacities between 4 and 7 people. Not to mention that it has 9 floorplans that are under 27 feet and thus suitable for campground such as the Chateau 20CB Ford and the Chateau 21QB Chevy.
Heading to the features, the Chateau sports aluminum sidewall construction along with a roof made out of the same material plus a TPO surface. Inside, it has decorative glass cabinet doors and the nutmeg wood grain cabinets that look phenomenal. You also have a ton of options available to make this motorhome truly yours. Check out the link for the complete list as it has a truly long one!
23 different floor plans available!
Welded tubular steel floor
Flush mount radius compartment doors
Three-point seatbelts for the driver and passenger
Why we recommend the Coachmen Leprechaun Class C motorhome: Another one from Coachmen’s stables that made the list is the Leprechaun. The Leprechaum is also featured in our previous post about the best motorhomes with bunk beds. The Leprechaun is quite similar to the other campers here with the exception that it has the highest sleeping capacity of 9 people in the Leprechaun 310BH Ford floorplan. But you’ll probably be interested in something such as the Leprechaun 210QB Chevy, which is an under 27-feet floorplan suitable for campground.
The Leprechaun has a lot to say about its features as well. Things such as the exterior TV compartment with receptacle and coax connection or a walkable roof would make ideal for tail gators. If you’re more interested in staying indoors for your trip you can enjoy the comfort of the Jackknife sofa that can be converted into an auxiliary bed and watch some TV. Apart from these, those who have been into camping would like to upgrade this rig, and can do so with options such as an upgraded TV and A/C, slideout awnings, convection microwave and more! In a nutshell, the Coachmen Leprechaun is another one of the best small motorhomes for campgrounds in the market right now!
18 different floor plans available
80-inch long residential queen bed
Azdel composite sidewall construction
Reclining driver and passenger seats
Decorative glass cabinet door inserts (specific areas)
Why we recommend the Gulf Stream Conquest class C motorhome: You’ll be hard pressed to find something that’s as versatile as the Gulf Stream Conquest Class C, which is especially impressive for a motorhome that only has 12 floorplans, half of which are actually ones that are under 27 feet in length such as the Conquest 6220. Even the ones over 27 feet aren’t that long, such as the Conquest 6320 spanning 32 feet.
The Conquest brings as much to the table in terms of features as it does in terms of specs. This is confirmed when you take a look at the furnishing such as the soft-touch vinyl jackknife sofa, pleated window shades among others. Its also got a decent set of appliances for general convenience and safety such as CO, LP Leak detector and fire extinguisher. If you want to give it a bit more oomph, the Conquest also has a lot of options such as an upgraded AC, rear window, stainless steel wheel liners and many more!
Why we recommend Winnebago Navion Class C motorhome: While we’ve discussed the popular motorhomes, a particular one which probably goes unnoticed is the Winnebago Navion. There are a good chunk of adventurers and critics who seem to be quite satisfied with its specs and features. This rig has 4 floorplans with nothing different about them in terms of physical specs. For example, there’s no difference between the Navion 6220 and the Navion 6237 with the exception of the layouts.
The Navion is also quite impressive in terms of features. Looks or convenience, the Navion has it all. There is a decent 6 cubic feet double door refrigerator to Roanoke light cherry cabinetry for that exquisite look. Its capabilities aren’t limited to what you see on paper, as there are many significant upgrades and additions available ranging from remote control mirrors to a 15,000 BTU air conditioner. Thus, it stands to reason that the Navion is probably one of the best small motorhomes for campgrounds.