10We looked at the models for 2018 and these nine units stood out in the crowd of great RVs available here in Canada.
Sometimes small can be just big enough. Aliner manufactures eight different models of its popular folding travel trailer. The Expedition is the largest, but at just 2,000 pounds, it’s also easily towable by any vehicle with a trailer hitch. It lacks the expandability of a traditional popup travel trailer but offers better protection from the elements because of its collapsible hard sides. Available in three layouts (rear sofa bed, rear queen bed, rear twin beds) the Expedition can be configured to suit your needs. It comes well equipped with everything the camping family needs, and a long list of available options, including a power lift, and a rugged off-road package for the true adventurer.
For more information, visit www.aliner.com
Lance have built a reputation for producing some of the best-built campers on the market. Stepping onboard their largest model, the 2375, you’ll soon notice that reputation is well earned. While some of the models made our cool list for unique features or interesting designs, Lance’s cool-factor is its build quality. Seams are tight, materials are top-notch, and the craftsmanship is exceptional. The standard 2375 floorplan includes a pair of recliners in the rear lounge, but the optional full-width sofa with its lounger and expanded rear window is a great choice. The Lance also features dual entry doors, not a common feature on trailers of this size, but a welcome one.
For more information, visit www.lancecamper.com
7Grand Design Momentum 398M
It’s hard to find anything not cool about this monster toy hauler from Grand Design. The Momentum 398M is the fifth-wheel for the RV enthusiast with all the toys. It features a cavernous 18-foot garage which will easily swallow multiple ATVs, snowmobiles or motorcycles. A golf cart, a side-by-side or even a personal watercraft (on a trailer) will fit with room to spare. There are optional retractable sofas and bunks to increase the usability of the space once the toys are unloaded. The rear ramp can also be equipped to function as a patio, complete with a railing and plenty of space for relaxing. Up front, you can configure the living area with a standard dual sofa recliner and dinette or opt for the huge four-seat sofa and swap out the queen-size bed in the main stateroom for a king.
For more information, visit www.granddesignrv.com
6Pleasure-Way Ascent TS
There’s something to be said for an RV that’s easy to drive, easy to park, and easy to enjoy. Pleasure-Way nailed all three with its Ascent TS. It’s a remarkably short 19-feet, 7-inches, and rides on the shortest Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis available. But don’t let its compact stature fool you, this is one seriously-equipped cool camper. The two-piece wet bath features porcelain fixtures and integrated storage for toiletries. The galley offers a 3-way fridge with almost 4 cubic feet of storage space. The microwave and two-burner stove make meal prep easy, especially with the flip-up counter extensions. The stainless-steel sink makes cleanup a breeze. The rear seating area and sofa convert into a spacious queen-sized bed.
For more information visit www.pleasureway.com
The Jayco Seneca series of “Super-C” motorhomes may look like they’re built on a standard commercial truck platform, which would be cool, but the Freightliner Custom Chassis S2RV has been specifically designed for RV duty. It does feature many of the same components of Freightliner’s trucks, including Cummins diesel engines, Allison transmissions, air brakes and suspension and a tight turning radius. These add up to a big motorhome with big capabilities, including a 10,000-pound trailer hitch. The Seneca offers five different floorplans, including a bunk model, with a long list of standard features. In fact, these models are so well-equipped, the options list is quite short. You can choose to add a washer/dryer combo and a few upgraded entertainment options. If you want the space of a Class A, with diesel power and a more traditional cockpit experience, the Jayco Seneca “Super-Cs” fit the bill.
For more information, visit www.jayco.com
Many first-time RV buyers choose a Class C for a couple of reasons. First among them is price point and sleeping capacity. When compared to a similarly-sized Class A, a Class C often wins in both categories. Thor’s plan with the Class A, Class C, Evolution (A.C.E) was to create an option for those same buyers, meeting their needs for space and cost but offered the space and functionality of a Class A motorhome built on a dedicated RV chassis. All A.C.E. models offer a dropdown bunk over the cab, a popular feature of a Class C for families. Thor also knew many families take their pets along for the trip, so the A.C.E. models include several cool features for your four-legged companions like an integrated pet food station, an outside attachment point for a leash, and a window mounted low enough for the dog to enjoy the scenery while lying on the floor.
For more information visit www.thorindustries.com
3Winnebago Forza 38F
Winnebago makes five different models of Class A diesel motorhomes, and while they consider the Forza to be the entry-level to their diesel pushers, there’s nothing ‘entry-level’ about these cool motorhomes. The all-new 38F floorplan is an ideal couple’s model. The optional king bed makes for a spacious sleeping space and the full-width rear bathroom features his and her sinks. There’s also his and her hanging wardrobes in the bedroom, and his and her lap tables on the tri-fold sofa. If you need more sleeping space for family or guests, both the sofa and dinette convert into beds and there’s a retractable overhead bunk above the cockpit. The Forza 38F rides on a Freightliner Custom Chassis XCS, meaning this Winnebago has a strong foundation backed by renowned Winnebago quality.
For more information, visit www.winnebagoind.com
2Leisure Travel Vans Wonder
The Wonder from Leisure Travel Vans is a compact Class C unit, but thanks to a couple of creative floorplans, it’s got an incredible amount of space inside for a small RV. It’s not much bigger than a Class B, at only seven-feet, 10-inches wide (including the mirrors) and less than 25-feet long. It’s both easy to drive, and easy to park. Inside, there’s a full queen-sized Murphy bed that folds down over a two-seat sofa. The kitchen is reasonably spacious and well laid out. The bathroom spans the rear of the coach and is equipped with a full shower, sink, and toilet. An alternative floorplan is available which replaces the sofa/Murphy bed combo with a pair of twin beds. The Ford Transit 350HD chassis features a fuel-efficient 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel engine and a 3,000-pound trailer hitch.
For more information, visit https://leisurevans.com/wonder
1Little Guy MAX
No list of cool RVs would be complete without a teardrop trailer. These classic retro designs are making a comeback, thanks to their lightweight and easy towing characteristics. Little Guy now produces three different models, with the Max being their largest towable. With six-feet seven-inches of headroom, a queen-sized bed and comfortable sleeping for three, it’s an ideal trailer for a couple or a small family. There’s plenty of storage space in the hardwood cabinetry. With eight colours to choose from and countless accessories available to customize your trailer, it’s easy to find the perfect Little Guy trailer for your lifestyle.
For more information, visit www.golittleguy.com