With the RV summer season in full swing, we have done another look at 10 top travel trailers, ranging from an easy-towing 24’ model to a 34’ campground mansion on wheels. As with all travel trailers, what you haul it with will depend on the weight and towing ability of your car or truck. Check with your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommendations, as well as the travel trailer manufacturer and dealer recommendations.
Whether you roam a few hundred miles per year or full-time the RV roads, these travel trailers represent state-of-the-art in RV accommodations. You won’t be lacking for any of the essentials, let alone the upgrades. Let’s get to the latest list:
Airstream Classic 30
The familiar silver shape of the timeless travel trailer, the Airstream Classic is truly an icon on North American roads, and found and loved all over the world. This homey quintessential Airstream model with modern technology, enhances a design that has been refined over the decades to be the ultimate travel travel trailer for RV enthusiasts. Floorplans for the 2016 and 2017 Classic 30 are the same, with 3 more floorplans changing bed types.
Airstream owners can join Airstream club chapters throughout North America (and abroad), and the annual Wally Byam Caravan Tours that travel the world, named after Wallace Merle “Wally” Byam, (1896-1962) who founded the Airstream company. Facebook groups abound touting their love of the Airstream and it’s many incarnations.
SPORTSMEN S330IK By KZ-RV
2016 Model S330IK
2017 Model S330IK
Renowned for lightweight towability with excellent construction and design, the Sportsmen line from KZ-RV offers an excellent value for your dollar. Built with pride by old-world craftsmen at the factory in Shipshewana Indiana, the Sportsmen S330IK (Island Kitchen) trailer provides a very open interior layout thanks to triple slides and a very comfortable front bedroom configuration. Both the 2016 and the 2017 include a handy island kitchen and well appointed bathroom with ample storage. The 2017 has upgraded features and is a beauty and well worth the additional upgrades in design.
K.Z., Inc., a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., was founded in 1972 on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy and integrity. The company was recently honoured with its 15th annual RVDA Quality Circle Award for every one of its product categories – an accomplishment unparalleled in the RV industry. This model and subsidiary is worth a good look-see and tour.
I-Go Pro by EverGreen RV
The I-Go Pro is EverGreen’s deluxe lightweight towable RV line, designed for the RV buyer looking for an easy-towing trailer with a full range of premium features. With 5 floorplans to choose from, a 2016 I-Go Pro could be the RV of your dreams. I-Go Pro trailers have a DuraLite double welded aluminum structure including six-sided double welded aluminum frame construction in the walls, roof and floors with header framing around all doors, windows and baggage door openings. I-GO Pros feature a molded fibreglass front cap, upgraded kitchen, entertainment systems and all the value-packed standard features and quality construction that EverGreen is famous for – at an affordable price point.
**Editor’s Note: EverGreen RV has shut it’s doors as of June 2, 2017. Here’s a link: https://rv-pro.com/news/evergreen-rv-shuts-down. Always appreciate the up-to-date reporting by RV Pro for anything in the RVing industry. Our surprise and sadness over this abrupt closing comes with the hope that perhaps they can restructure and we’ll hear from them again in the near future. We really like their products and do not know the impact on their other RV lines which include Skyline RVs and Lifestyle Luxury. Any I-Go Pro’s out there will be worth the purchase, however we have to warn that warranties and repairs may be questionable and do speak to your sellers.
A link to their website is no longer available.
Jay Flight 28BHBE By Jayco
There is a good reason why the Jayflight line is America’s top-selling travel trailer – Jayco has created what has to be the benchmark for family RV’s. The Jay Flight models, like the 28BHBE model shown here, come with an impressive array of standard features, at a very affordable price.
You can upgrade your Jay Flight in 2016 to include the Elite Package, which adds many comfort and convenience features. There are many models to choose from, with “kid-friendly” bunkhouse floorplans, superslides for expandable living area, and exterior kitchens for the ultimate in tailgating adventures.
Jayco has always been a leader in RV design and safety, and this is evident in the fact that each Jayco trailer features patent-pending Sway Command Tow Control Technology that applies the trailer brakes before a sway event can get out of control.
Check out the website at www.jayco.com, and don’t forget to watch the Sway Command video at www.jayco.com/sway-command/
Reflection 313RLTS By Grand Design RV
Grand Design has built a remarkable reputation for interior elegance and innovation. While the company is relatively new to the RV market, the owners bring many decades of experience to the product design, engineering, and construction. These next two trailers have value, towability and embellishments adding to the road life.
Grand Design refers to the Reflection line of travel trailers as a celebration of luxury, value and towability, and road test teams have certainly found this to be the case for the full range of fifth wheels and travel trailers that we have examined.
The 2016 Reflection travel trailers are lightweight for their size, and pretty magnificent for their interior floor plans and enhancements. Definitely taking on a strong stand in the RV market when it comes to uncompromised high-end style, convenience, and quality.
Imagine 2150RB By Grand Design RV
Design RV manufactures a variety of high quality towable fifth wheel and travel trailer models at their factory in Middlebury, Indiana. The company focuses on providing the highest quality and more premium standard features than any other RV’s in their class.
The Imagine travel trailer line has been engineered to deliver light weight without compromise quality of materials and construction, or features.
The latest addition to the range of Grand Design RV models, the Imagine lightweight travel trailers offer floorplans starting well under 6,000-pounds, ideal for towing with today’s medium duty trucks and SUV’s.
Revere 33BH By Shasta
Since 1941, the Shasta name on a travel trailer has been a symbol of recreational freedom for the outdoor enthusiast family. A full range of models for 2016 feature bright and spacious interiors with large windows, high ceilings, and plenty of inside and outside storage space. The Shasta Revere line has been designed to provide a residential feel, with quality appliances and materials that rival the comfort and convenience of the average home.
The Revere travel trailers for 2016 feature a new exterior look, wide-track axles, and a range of interior upgrades including under-mounted sinks, recessed stoves and rounded interior walls. With 7 feet of interior headroom and extra deep slides the trailers are very roomy and comfortable for a weekend, a month, or the full summer vacation.
Surveyor 243RBS By Forest River Inc.
Surveyor travel trailers by Forest River are engineered to provide owners with superior craftsmanship and unmatched value. Lightweight floor plans and efficient design assure an easy-towing trailers in models from 28 to 37 feet with triple slides. Surveyor models feature seamless galley countertops, 22” ovens (where applicable) and a recessed glass stove cover to expand your kitchen counter space.
Surveyor models deliver a very affordable level of luxury, with residential style appliances and appointments, spacious cabinets and pantries, and entertainment centres that will please the whole family.
Travel Star 324RLTS By Starcraft RV
The luxurious Travel Star line from Starcraft RV provides outstanding features for your family’s comfort and convenience.
Several sizes and floorplans are available to provide sleeping accommodations for up to ten adults. Travel Star models like the 324 RLTS (rear lounge triple slide) shown here include a very fine selection of interior appointments, appliances, and materials – for even more luxury, you can upgrade to the optional Galaxy Black Pearl Edition.
Travel Star is built to last. With TuffShell vacuum-bonded lamination, the walls combine welded aluminum framing, fiberglass sidewalls and metal backers for long term durability. Ask your RV dealer about the optional Climate Package to extend your camping season, by adding an insulated, heated and enclosed underbelly. Travel Star trailers are covered by Starcraft’s industry-leading 2-year warranty.
Prowler 29P RKS By Heartland RV
The Prowler 29P RKS (rear kitchen, slide) is one of the Heartland RV “travel class” trailers, designed and engineered for many years of trouble free touring. The 29P RKS shown here is an excellent example of a towable trailer with plenty of room for the whole family. With a dry weight of 6,092 pounds, and a GVWR of 7,600 pounds, this 28’8” trailer is within the towing capacity of many fullsize SUV’s and three-quarter ton pickups.
We were particularly impressed with the value that Heartland builds into this very affordable travel trailer, and the excellent use of space in the interior floorplan. Like most of the Heartland RV products, this model stands at the top of the list of “must see” trailers for any family eager to tour the highways of North America.
Article redacted in part from RV Lifestyle Magazine; compilation from Roaming Times.