Monday, 24 September 2018

The Ultimate Guide to RV Classes

When you’re first looking to spread your wings and choose a recreational vehicle to take you on your adventures, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of RV Travel Classes that are available. This is not a bad thing, it’s better to have a lot of options, rather than be constrained to only a couple.

The key to finding the perfect RV is to understand all your options, to research the pros and cons of each type, and to weigh these findings against your requirements.  You’ll want to consider where you’re likely to travel to, your budget, who you’re traveling with, as well as how you’re planning to get there.  All these considerations should affect what sort of RV suits you best.

In this article, we intend to outline the various types and classes of RVs and motorhomes that can be bought on the market today.  We’ll go beyond just outlining the category types and give our honest opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of each type.  This will help you make a better and more informed decision on the RV or motorhome that will best meet your specific requirements and needs.

Motorhomes

We’re massive fans of RV camping, to us, there’s nothing more exciting than heading out onto the open road with an RV.  But, we also realize that not everyone has the same requirements as us.  Part of buying an RV is making sure your choice of vehicle fits within your budget and that it’s a good fit for your style of camping.

Motorhomes offer several distinct advantages over other types of RVs.  Perhaps the biggest selling points of motorhomes are that they are completely self-contained, which means that they are often easier to set up and can allow your kids or other passengers to move around while you’re on the road.  Any parent can testify to the fact that keeping kids cooped up in a seat on a long car trip can be challenging.

Within the Motorhomes umbrella, there are three distinct types available to buy.  To better understand the pros and cons of each type, let’s take a more in-depth look at the three basic classes.

Class A Motorhomes

Class A motorhomes are normally only for the traveler with the deepest pockets or the biggest passion for traveling, as they are the most expensive and largest RVs you’re likely to come across on the roads.
They are often represented by purpose-built models, but it’s also not uncommon to come across converted buses. Most will be powered by diesel engines, in either a pusher or puller configuration, but you may on occasions come across gasoline varieties.  Even though these motorhomes can get up to 45 feet in length, you’re not going to require a specialist CDL license to operate one.

As these motorhomes boast the largest interior spaces, you can expect many of them to include numerous features not found on other classes.  Some models even come equipped with sections that can slide out and expand the available living space, it’s also not uncommon to come across models that offer a separate master bedroom.

The luxury features on these models commonly include laundry machines and dryers full sizes baths and showers, ice makers and bars, as well as ta op of the line home entertainment systems.  As a bonus, you’ll also find that storage for extra gear and the food is enormous, which means if the mood takes, you could stay on the road for months if not years at a time.

These motorhomes are of course fantastic options if you’re looking to get away for a while, or even a short break, but they often aren’t cheap and the sheer size of them can be intimidating.  If you come across a narrow road, or you need to navigate winding twisting roads, a large motorhome might not be up to the task.  Additionally, you might be limited to the campsites you’re allowed to use with your camper.

If you need to run a quick errand while you’re camping, it can mean packing up your whole camp before you can head off.  Some campers overcome this issue by allowing an additional small vehicle to be towed for day to day travel requirements.

As well as the initial expense of the RV, the ongoing cost of running of maintenance, repairs, fuel, and insurance means that this type of motorhome is one of the most expensive types around.

Pros

  • Massive interior space
  • A ton of room for storing gear and cargo
  • A huge array of luxury options and amenities

Cons

  • Difficult to drive if not experienced
  • Day to day travel can be difficult without an additional vehicle
  • Very expensive to run and purchase

These models are often too expensive and impractical for the average buyer, however, they are excellent choices looking to travel long term.  Many retirees or people that are looking to travel on the road full time are increasingly looking at Class A Motorhomes as a solution to their requirements.

Class B Motorhomes

Class B Motorhomes are commonly referred to as camper vans.  This category includes many shapes and sizes of motorhome, mostly on the smaller side and often include vehicles that barely qualify to be called a motorhome.  They are often built upon an existing van chassis with the added benefit of a raised roof to facilitate walking upright when you’re inside.  As with the Class A motorhomes, you’ll find that the engines come in diesel and gasoline varieties, but diesel is without a doubt the most popular type.

The beauty of these smaller RVs is that they provide a comfortable area to sleep and all the essentials for a trip, but they are also incredibly maneuverable and easy to drive.  Their small size means they’re perfectly well suited to last minute excursions and you can use them for day to day driving.

If you’re a solo traveler or if you’re traveling as a couple, then there should be ample room for everyone.  If there’s more than two of you then you’re probably better off looking for a larger type.  Having said that, most of these Class B motorhomes are completely self-contained, so you can enjoy the benefits of a toilet, fridge, sink, heater, air conditioning, and toilet.  Many still cost quite a bit to purchase, but the continued upkeep and running costs are normally far less than any other Motorhome type.

The obvious disadvantage of these types of motorhomes is that the internal space is often limited.  If you’re planning on traveling with more than two people, then things might be a bit cramped and possibly uncomfortable.  You’ll also find that the appliances provided are on the smaller side, which might make meal preparation more challenging.  If you’re looking for luxury appointments, full-sized widescreen entertainment systems or washing machines and dryers, then you’re going to have look elsewhere, there simply isn’t room for these items.  The capacity to carry cargo and supplies will also be limited, so you’ll need to factor that into your travel plans.

Pros

  • Maneuvering and driving is easy
  • Setting up for camping is dead easy
  • Running costs and fuel are minimal
  • Very easy to break camp and drive out for errands and excursions

Cons

  • Barebones amenities
  • Limited internal living area
  • Restricted cargo and storage space
  • Best suited for under two travelers

If you’re traveling by yourself or as a couple, then Class B Motorhomes offer fantastic value for money, convenience, and ease of use.  The last minute gets up and goes nature of these vehicles means they are great for anyone that likes to travel on the spur of the moment or if they only have limited travel time.

Class C Motorhomes

The Class C Motorhome is midsized RV that will commonly range between 20 and 33 feet.  Most types are designed around existing van and truck chassis, and they are particularly well suited for small groups or families that are looking to have a vacation on a limited budget.  One of the big selling points of these RVs is that they offer many of benefits of a Class A motorhome but at a fraction of the cost of their larger cousins.

This class of RV offers a nice balance between Class B and Class A, offering substantially more living space than Class B homes while also offering many of the luxury appointments available in class A. It’s not unusual to be able to find shower and toilet facilities, a kitchen with many of the features you’d need, as well as ample room for socializing and sleeping.  You might even find some models that boast a master bedroom located at the rear of the RV, however, this is usually at the expense of maneuverability.

Often couches and eating areas can convert into comfortable beds in the evening, which serves to maximize the space available during the daytime. You’ll unlikely to struggle for space with plenty of overhead storage areas as well as huge amount of space above the driver’s cab for storing all the gear you might need.

It should be noted that some of the larger Class C motorhomes can be equally as challenging to drive as Class A, but maneuvering in areas with limited space is often less of a concern.  Drivers will often tow an additional vehicle which can be used for day trips and excursions.  In terms of running costs, Class C is often cheaper in terms of fuel, maintenance, and insurance when compared to Class A, however, Class B is still much cheaper in comparison.

Pros

  • Roomy enough to comfortably accommodate a family
  • Tons of sleeping areas and storage spaces
  • All of the essential amenities are taken care of
  • Not as expensive to run or buy as a Class A motorhome

Cons

  • Not as cheap to buy and maintain as a Class B motorhome
  • Driving can still cause issues
  • Some of the more luxurious amenities might not be available
  • Challenging to take out on day trips unless you’ve towed a separate car

We think the class C motorhomes are fantastic options for those with a family but can’t stretch to the expense of class A.  They tick all of the boxes for most people that are looking to buy an RV, so it’s unlikely you’ll be left wanting more.

Towable RVs

RVs are not just restricted to motorhomes, so it’s important to consider all the available options and balance your personal requirements with the features and costs of the RVs available to you.  A towable RV is an extremely popular option now, and for good reason, they offer many advantages over motorhomes.  Not only are they less expensive than a motorhome, but they are often more convenient, more reliable and allow you to move freely around once you’ve reached your destination due to the detachable design.

If you’re serious about finding the best RV to meet your needs and budget, then you need to consider all of the options available on market before committing to a purchase.

Travel Trailers

Travel trailers offer exceptionally large living spaces with all the mod cons you might expect from a modern apartment, they are essentially portable containers specifically designed for living in.  Most are built upon a trailer frame with some additional modifications made to facilitate camping.  Trailers can be anything from barebone models, with nothing but the essentials, all the way up to luxury offerings with every piece of technology you can think off.  Some models will contain their own water supplies, refrigerators, kitchens, and bathrooms.

As you can probably imagine, due to the sheer number and variety of amenities on offer, sizes between travel trailers can vary a great deal. Some models even provide an expandable section that further increase the available living space to the occupants.

One of the biggest advantages offered by travel trailers is the sheer number of towing vehicles that can be used, the only limiting factor is the towing weight of the vehicle.  Trailers are attached with a standard ball hitch, and can, therefore, be pulled by vans, SUVs, trucks or even cars, as long as they are rated to handle the tow weight.  You’ll not need to purchase a secondary vehicle to meet any of your towing requirements as there will undoubtedly be a travel trailer that can be pulled by your vehicle.

If you already have experience with a trailer, you’ll probably be aware that they can be a little bit tricky to maneuver.  This is especially true if you find yourself in a situation where you need to reverse into a spot.  Some of the larger travel trailers can experience tail swing when driving, which is something you’ll always need to be aware of and understand how to tackle.  Once you’ve set up camp, you’ll need to make sure the trailer has been set up and adjusted to ensure the living area remains level.

Pros

  • A huge array of towing vehicles can be used
  • Less expensive to buy and maintain compared to a motorhome
  • Towing vehicles can additionally be used for day trips and errands

Cons

  • Tricky to maneuver at times
  • Tail swings are a constant concern
  • Reversing with a trailer is very difficult

Travel trailers are great options for many families or those looking to travel full time, they offer a lot of space and amenities for the money spent.

5th Wheel Trailers

There are many similarities between traditional travel trailers and 5th wheel trailers with one major difference.  The largest differentiator is how they connect to the towing vehicle.  They use a gooseneck connector to attach to the towing vehicle, which offers several advantages as well as some disadvantages.

Towing a 5th wheel trailer is somewhat simpler due to the design of the connector.  The gooseneck design means that the connector extends over the rear end of the towing truck which in turn connects to an overhand on the trailer.  In practical terms, this means that the truck can exert more control over the trailer, which makes maneuvering easier. Additionally, the unique design offered by the overhanging connected means that a 5th wheel trailer offers additional internal space compared to a regular travel trailer.  From an engineering standpoint, the gooseneck design is stronger and easier to work with.

Unfortunately, the types of vehicles that can be used to tow this sort of trailer are limited.  You must use a truck with either a flat or open bed.  This vehicle limitation can be problematic for families or for anyone that requires additional passenger space.  Bear in mind that it is illegal for anyone to ride in a trailer as its being towed, which means passengers might have to be cramped up into the cab of the truck.  This is, of course, less than ideal for long-haul journeys.  Additionally, when it comes to day to day exploring or running errands, a truck is often less comfortable than an SUV or van.

Pros

  • Stronger and easier to work with gooseneck connector
  • The overhang design offers additional storage and living space
  • The trailers can offer plenty of modern conveniences and gadgets

Cons

  • The vehicles available to tow this sort of vehicle is extremely limited
  • Passengers may become uncomfortable during longer trips

5th wheel trailers are excellent options for travelers that are looking for a reliable and flexible RV at a reasonable cost.

Folding Pop-Up Tent Trailers

Folding camping pop-up trailers are fantastic for choices for anyone looking for an RV that takes up a small amount of space.  The defining feature is the collapsible design which means their external dimensions once collapsed makes them especially easy to store.  Most are designed to utilize either rigid composite walls or are made from durable canvas stretched across a rigid frame.

We think these trailers are great for the occasional and last minute camping trip.  The reduced footprint means that driving with them and maneuvering is relatively straightforward, at least compared to other RV choices.  Additionally, as they are lightweight, the range and types of vehicles that can be used for towing is substantially more than other trailer types.  From small trucks and station wagons to SUVs and sedans, if they are fitted with a ball hitch and they have the towing capacity to do so, then they can be used to tow a pop-up tent trailer.  Most pop-up trailers will at least offer the bare essentials, making them a step up from traditional camping in a tent.

Due to the compact nature of the folding trailer tent, the ability to store additional gear or supplies is often limited.  Some trailers offer the ability to lash or tie equipment to the top of the trailer, but this is not guaranteed.  As with anything that moves, the canvas and the joints themselves are vulnerable to wear and tear, and as such can develop leaks over time.  Tent style of camping will also expose campers to the elements more so than almost any other RV type on this list, so it’s possible its something you’d only want to do in the summer or spring months.  Features such as toilets, showers, and kitchens might be completely absent, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself in for.

Pros

  • Small exterior dimensions make it easy to tow and maneuver
  • Towing can be accomplished by a large array of vehicle types
  • Cheap to purchase and maintain

Cons

  • Internal dimensions are limited
  • Very small amounts of cargo space
  • Folding sections are prone to wear and tear
  • Occupants are more exposed to the elements

Pop-up travel trailers are fantastic options for those looking for an inexpensive RV or are just getting started with the hobby.

Sport Utility RV Trailers / Toy Hauler

These multipurpose trailers provide the comfort of an RV travel trailer with the functionality of the sports utility trailer.  If you like you to take your ATV, snowmobile or dirt bike with you on your camping adventures, then this trailer is the obvious choice.  Most of these trailers will feature a compartment at the rear of the vehicle that is specifically designed for storing sporting vehicles, the rear door will also often double as a loading ramp.  The rest of the RV will be used for living space much the same way as a regular camper.

It’s obvious why outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy motorsports would prefer to use these types of RVs.  Not only do they offer many of the luxury and comfort features offered by a traditional travel trailer, but they also offer they offer the camper the ability to take their garage with them.  If you’re into motorsports as well as camping, then choosing one of these sports RVs is a no-brainer.

These trailers do have a couple of disadvantages, the biggest is perhaps the reduced size of the living quarters.  So, while the trailer might be the same size if not bigger than many travel trailers, only a limited portion of that is dedicated to the comfort the camper, with the rest being afforded to the vehicles.  Additionally, if you’re sensitive to smells and odors, then being in such close proximity to vehicles, oils or fuel can be an unpleasant experience for many.

Pros

  • Great for those that like to take their toys with them camping
  • Offers many of the same luxury features as any other travel trailer

Cons

  • Sleeping in close proximity to vehicles and the associated paraphilia can be unpleasant
  • The liveable footprint is reduced compared to a regular travel trailer

Sports utility RV trailers offer a great compromise between living space and storage space for anyone that loves motorsports.  They provide more than enough amenities to suit even the most stubborn camper ensuring you’ll remain comfortable and well rested.

Final Thoughts

So, which sort of RV best meets your requirements.  Towable RVs and Motorhomes come in a huge array of sizes, classes, shapes, and styles, with each type offering distinct advantages and disadvantages.  At the end of the day, it’s up to you, the buyer, to decide on which type of RV is the best choice and the one that’ll be with you on your next adventure.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Six Amazing Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 3,000 Pounds

 

Searching for a lightweight travel trailer is no easy task. There are literally hundreds of models to choose from, many of which come in at well under 3,000 pounds. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of travel trailers to choose from and you probably want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

The demand and market for travel trailers remain strong, which is good news for the consumer, meaning there’s intense competition between manufacturers for your hard earned money. Our intention with this article is to offer an unbiased and informed list of what we think are the most outstanding lightweight travel trailers available on the market today. We’ve meticulously trolled through hundreds of user ratings, so-called “expert” opinions, feature lists and used our own first-hand experience to bring you our recommended considerations. For full disclosure, we haven’t personally tried every travel trailer ever made, so if you think that we’ve overlooked an important model, let us know by dropping us an email.

We wanted to make sure that every single one of our recommended RVs could be pulled with an average pickup or SUV. If you’ve been deterred from experiencing the joy and adventures you can have with an RV due to limited towing capacity, then this list is for you. Nothing beats the convenience, comfort, and freedom that comes with camping with an RV, it’s a fantastic way of getting yourself and your family out of the house and into everything that nature can offer. We feel that our list of the best travel lightweight travel trailers that weigh less than 3,000 lbs has something for every buyer with limited space or towing capacity. So, without further ado, let’s get stuck into our favorite picks.

The Top 6 Lightweight Travel Trailers

2018 Forest River R-pod 182G With R-Dome

To kick off our list we have the River R-Pod Travel Trailer. Even though the trailer itself is not the largest on our list, it’s highly durable fiberglass and powder coated steel frame ensure it’s no pushover either. This innate durability is reflected in its capabilities and design, with some floor plans featuring bunk beds which maximizes the sleeping capacity to 4 adults. There are an impressive amount of floor plans available, with nine to choose from, there’s bound to be something that meets your requirements, all of which come in well under the 3,000 lb threshold.

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In addition to its clever use of space, the travel trailer boasts a host of other features which make it an even more enticing purchase. For example, a furnace that’s capable of pumping out 20,000 BTU of heat, ports powered by solar energy, cleverly hidden dinette table as well as a host of other features. It’s, therefore, no surprise that the Forest River 182 G has made it onto our list of the best lightweight travel trailers that are under 3,000 lbs. If it’s something you’re considering, then check out the specs below.

Key Features:

Dimensions
  • Length: 20 ft. (240 in.)
  • Width: 8 ft. (96 in.)
  • Height: 9.58 ft. (115 in.)
  • Interior Height: 6.5 ft. (78 in.)
Weight
  • Dry Weight 2,836 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 1,049 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight 385 lbs.
Holding Tanks
  • Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity 36 gal.
  • Total Gray Water Tank Capacity 30 gal.
  • Total Black Water Tank Capacity 30 gal.

2018 Dutchmen Coleman Lantern LT Series

The Dutchmen RV Coleman Lantern LT Series Travel Trailer is a seriously impressive piece of kit that has managed something quite remarkable, offering competitive amounts of versatility and space at a fraction of the weight of its larger cousins. The Coleman is available with one of four floor plans, with each option having a unique layout and feel, we’re confident that you’ll not struggle to find a plan that meets your specific requirements. Whether you need to accommodate your family members, your friends, or would just like the extra room to store all your fishing gear, walking equipment or anything else, there’s a floor plan that’ll allow you to do that.

In addition to the above, the Coleman has a range of optional extras such as CSA seal and uplift that may improve your comfort levels. You can also choose to add a furnace rated for 18,000 BTU, power adapters, an internal entertainment system, a microwave oven as well as tinted all rounds safety glass. Considering all of these standout features, then it’s no surprise that the Dutchmen RV Coleman Lantern LT travel trailer is one of our recommend choices when it comes to choosing a lightweight travel trailer under 3,000 pounds.

Key Features:

Dimensions
  • Length 21.42 ft. (257 in.)
  • Width 8 ft. (96 in.)
  • Height 8.67 ft. (104 in.)
Weight
  • Dry Weight 3,205 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 645 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight 453 lbs.
Holding Tanks
  • Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity 27 gal.
  • Total Gray Water Tank Capacity 28 gal.
  • Total Black Water Tank Capacity 28 gal.

Aliner Ascape Travel Trailer And Floorplan

The Aliner Camper Series is a standout option for anyone looking to upgrade their camping style, it serves as an upmarket alternative to traditional tent camping and is looking to make their life somewhat easier. The travel trailer comes in either 12’ or 10’ boxes, equating to a trailer which measures in at 13 or 15 feet in length. One of the biggest selling features of this trailer is its incredible lightness, you’ll be looking at a maximum unloaded weight of 1,670 pounds. Even though the Aliner manages to keep its weight to a minimum, the design is rugged and functional, it can easily become your home away from home when you’re on an adventure or extended trip. It’s definitely a recommended trailer in our book.

Key Features:

Dimensions
  • Length 13 ft. (156 in.)
  • Length (closed) 13 ft. (156 in.)
  • Length (closed) 13 ft. (156 in.)
  • Length (closed) (mm) 3962.4
  • Length (closed) (m)4
  • Width 6.08 ft. (73 in.)
  • Height 8.33 ft. (100 in.)
  • Interior Height 6.33 ft. (76 in.)
Weight
  • Dry Weight 1,575 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 925 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight 220 lbs.
Holding Tanks
  • Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity 11 gal.
  • Total Gray Water Tank Capacity 13 gal.

2018 Airstream Sport 16RB

The Airstream Sport Travel Trailers are a line of trailers that pop up again and again in recommendations or top 10 lists, and for good reason. They are well made, robust, good looking and will last a lifetime of use. The Sport line up has been around for a good number of years now, but remains incredibly popular, even to this day. Our biggest complaint with these travel trailers is the slightly higher than the normal price tag, but we’re off the opinion that with Airstream, you definitely get what you pay for and they’re worth every penny. Sports models offer excellent amenities, fantastic construction that you know you can trust and interior and exterior décor and aesthetics that look fantastic and will endure.

All of this put together produces a travel trailer that you can confidentially take with you anywhere safe in the knowledge that it will provide luxury accommodation on your adventures. The Airstream sports line is available with two floor plans that come in under our 3,000-pound mark. In addition to its low weight, the Sport 16 and the Sport 16RB offer accommodation for up to for peoples, a high definition LED TV, mini blinds and one piece of vinyl flooring.

The luxury accommodation and lightweight design are not the only benefits offered by the RV. Airstream has worked hard to ensure the accommodation is safe as well as comfortable with the addition of several fantastic features. Not only do the trailers come fitted with the standard fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, but they also come fitted with an LP and carbon monoxide alarm, ensuring you can rest easy knowing that the environment is safe for your family and yourself. It’s due to a combination of all these reasons that this lightweight travel trailer has made it onto our recommended list. It might cost a little bit more than most, but these models offer great value for money.

Key Features:

Dimensions
  • Length 16.33 ft. (196 in.)
  • Width 8 ft. (96 in.)
  • Height 9.25 ft. (111 in.)
  • Interior Height 6.38 ft. (76.5 in.)
Weight
  • Dry Weight 2,860 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 640 lbs.
  • GVWR 3,500 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight 378 lbs.
Holding Tanks
  • Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity 23 gal.
  • Total Black Water Tank Capacity 21 gal.

2018 Jayco Hummingbird 17FD Interior

The beauty of the Jayco Hummingbird travel trailers is that they offer incredibly lightweight travel trailers that are capable of being pulled by nearly any truck, SUV or car. Overall the trailers have a smaller footprint than most, all floor plans are under 20 feet in length, so they are the obvious choice if your storage options are limited.

Despite their diminutive size, these lightweight campers provide everything you could ever want in an RV. On the outside, these RVs boast several luxury features such as blackened safety class throughout and reinforced aluminum fenders. As you make your way inside, you’ll be met with several indulgent features such as plush cushions, low power high output LED lighting and a U shaped dinette area for comfortable and spacious seating and dining. Additionally, options such as air conditioning and HD LED TV only serves to increase the value of these lightweight travel trailers. Despite the limited size, at no time does this lightweight travel trailer feeling cramped, cheaply made or claustrophobic, which is why we rate it so highly on our list of recommendations.

Key Features:

Dimensions
  • Length 19.75 ft. (237 in.)
  • Width 6.42 ft. (77 in.)
  • Height 9.08 ft. (109 in.)
  • Interior Height 6.5 ft. (78 in.)
  • Ground Clearance 0.42 ft. (5 in.)
  • Ground Clearance (mm)127
Weight
  • Dry Weight 2,715 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 1,035 lbs.
  • GVWR 3,750 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight 290 lbs.
Holding Tanks
  • Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity 26 gal.
  • Total Gray Water Tank Capacity 26 gal.
  • Total Black Water Tank Capacity 26 gal.

2018 KZ Spree Escape Bathroom

The KZ Spree Escape lightweight travel trailer is the last entry in our recommendations list. The RV features several floor plans, the lightest and smallest of which comes in at just 2,200 pounds, while the heaviest tops out at 2,900 pounds. The RV is particularly well suited for families that like a unique layout that meets their specific requirements. We’re big fans of this trailer, we especially like the Escape E191BH and the Escape 14RB floor plans, so, feel free to check them out for yourself.

If you’re worried that you’ll be left without certain features or that you’re going to be uncomfortable if you decide to buy a KZ Spree as your lightweight travel trailer option, then don’t worry. The KZ Spree Escape has everything you might need, including a bathroom, 12 v charging ports, a 12 year guaranteed aluminum roof and attractive recessed interior lighting. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have access to a 16,000 BTU heater which will make sure that every trip, even if it’s in the dead of winter will remain cozy and comfortable. It’s for these reasons that the KZ Spree Escape has made it onto our list of the best lightweight travel trailers under 3,000 pounds.

Key Features:

Dimensions
  • Length 20.75 ft. (249 in.)
  • Width 7 ft. (84 in.)
  • Height 8.33 ft. (100 in.)
  • Interior Height 6.25 ft. (75 in.)
Weight
  • Dry Weight 2,694 lbs.
  • Payload Capacity 806 lbs.
  • GVWR 3,500 lbs.
  • Hitch Weight 325 lbs
Holding Tanks
  • Total Fresh Water Tank Capacity 20 gal.
  • Total Gray Water Tank Capacity 15 gal.
  • Total Black Water Tank Capacity 9 gal.

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Top 5 Ultra-Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 2,000 Pounds

When we’re looking to buy a travel trailer, there are several factors that everyone considers, how important each point is to you largely depends on your requirements. Price is probably at the top of the list for most people, closely followed by weight and dimensions. The latter two are especially important if our vehicle of choice has a limited towing capacity, or if we’re trying to pull the trailer through locations that have height or width restrictions. If you’d like to avoid towing as much weight as possible, then you should consider one of the ultra-lightweight travel trailers on our list, all of which keep the tow weight under the 2,000-pound mark.

There are scores of travel trailers out there, and there are dozens of brands and most of them make trailers of varying weights and sizes, as well as a range of specs and floor plans. The sheer diversity of travel trailers can make shopping for one a daunting exercise, even more so if this is the first time you’re venturing into the world of travel trailers. You are perhaps aware that travel trailers can easily weigh anywhere from under 2,000 pounds to well over 5,000 pounds. In fact, luxury travel trailers can weigh substantially more than 9,000 pounds. As a rule of thumb, the longer and more spacious the travel trailer is, the more they are likely to weigh. The upside of these larger trailers is that they have more capacity and the interiors can border on the luxurious and are often times more akin to well-appointed apartments than they are to a portable travel trailer.

Those looking for ultra-lightweight travel trailers weighing under 2,000 pounds are in luck, as there are a ton of options out there. The biggest challenge is filtering out everything that doesn’t meet your needs and choosing the best out of what’s left. In order to come up with our list of the top five ultra-lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds we have used a range of quality markers, which covers but are not limited to make and durability, design and craftsmanship, reviews of users and experts, the features you get and the options or upgrades you may consider along with the variants that are available for each. Support is also crucial and particularly for those who are buying a travel trailer for the first time. Each point has been scored and rated and compared with the competition, So, without further ado, here are the five best ultra-lightweight travel trailers under 2,000 pounds.

Five Best Ultra-Lightweight Travel Trailers Under 2,000 Pounds

Riverside Retro Travel Trailer

The Riverside Retro Travel Trailer is simple, retro and simply brilliant. It sports a conventional look and is as utilitarian as light travel trailers can be. Do not be mistaken by its obvious simplicity as there are eighteen floor plans for you to choose from. Unfortunately, there are only two of these eighteen floor plans that would meet your prerequisite of unloaded weight under 2,000 pounds. The other sixteen plans will breach that threshold, but not always by a lot. The travel trailers within this series range from approximately 1,900 pounds all the way up to 6,100 pounds. The length ranges from thirteen feet to thirty-two feet. The smallest trailer in this series can accommodate two people. The largest can easily sleep six people in comfort. As we’re looking to keep things as lightweight as possible, we’ll need to keep our eyes on the Retro 155XL and Retro 509 Jr, both of which keep the unloaded weight under 2,000 pounds.

The durable Riverside Retro travel trailers come in bright colors, birch wood furniture, checkered floor, six cubic feet fridge, curtain toppers or mini blinds with birch valance, aluminum cage construction and a solar-powered port rated for fifteen amps. You can choose a single or double axle unit and that would determine whether you get the 16,000 BTU or 20,000 BTU furnace. The expandable trailer has modern amenities. There are USB ports for charging, electric jacks, solar powered prep, roof vents equipped with rain sensors and awning spanning fourteen inches. This is easily one of the most useful travel trailers under 2,000 pounds.

Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Trailer

The Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro travel trailer is affordable, easy to use and offers enough comfort to keep even the fussiest campers happy. This model is actually lighter than the two Riverside Retro travel trailers that we discussed above, it managed to keep its weight well under the 2,000-pound mark. The Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro trailers come with seven different floor plans. They can accommodate two to four people. The length varies from eleven to twenty-one feet. The unloaded weight ranges from just over 1,100 pounds to around 3,200 pounds. It should be noted that only one of all the models or variants in this series weighs over three thousand pounds unloaded. The other six campers in this series should be easy enough to tow for most vehicles due to their inherent lightness. All floor plans are impressive, not because of the options at your discretion but owing to the clever use of the space which ensures that despite the limited size and weight, you’ll be kept comfortable.

The Flagstaff E-Pro 16BH and Flagstaff E-Pro 17PR designs are the more spacious varieties, making them ideal for families of four. All four family members will be able to sleep comfortably in these two models, with plenty of room to stretch out. The travel trailers are constructed from using an aluminum frame and with walls and roof that are vacuum laminated as well as a fiberglass cap. It’s very uncommon to find other models within this weight class that features a fiberglass and it’s one of the features that make these trailers stand out from the rest. However, you will be required to pay slightly more for these trailers, but the build quality and features are worth the expense.

The exterior is pragmatic and in our opinion aesthetically pleasing. Complementing the exterior is the slick interior, which makes clever use of the footprint with amazing storage spaces, Murphy beds, a Wi-Fi range extender and décor that definitely feels contemporary. If you choose to do so, you can purchase additions too if you choose to enhance your experience. However, you do not have to go for any add-ons or expansions straightaway, instead, you can upgrade and add to your trailer over time or when money becomes available. The seven floor plans aside, the travel trailers are decked up with recessed cooktop and flush mount cover, outside speaker, tinted bonded frameless windows, 20,000 BTU furnace, and nitro filled radial tires.

Palomino PaloMini Travel Trailer

As the wordplay of the brand would have made it obvious, the Palomino PaloMini travel trailer is a smaller and lighter version of its heavier and larger cousin. This is not a standard mini trailer when we talk about the models under two thousand pounds but it is one when you consider the luxury trailers made by Palomino. The Palomino PaloMini travel trailer simplifies camping. It comes with ten different floor plans. The lightest of them all weighs 1,900 pounds, the heaviest weighs 3.800 pounds, these are dry weights or unloaded thresholds. The trailers can accommodate three to six people depending on its size and floor plan, with the length varying from sixteen to twenty-one feet.

The lightest and hence the most relevant PaloMini is sixteen feet long and it can easily accommodate three people to sleep at night. The dry weight is well under 2,000 pounds, which despite its modest weight and dimensions, the features included are remarkable. You can go for a slightly heavier variant if you need sleeping capacity for four people. Even though you are targeting travel trailers under two thousand pounds, your towing vehicle may be capable of pulling one that weighs a few hundred pounds more without breaking a sweat. Do the math and choose accordingly. If you are sure you need a travel trailer which weighs less than 2,000 pounds, then the most relevant options are PaloMini 177BH and the PaloMini 179BHS.

PaloMini travel trailers are sleek and durable. You can easily load bikes as well as well as a toy hauler, depending on the variant you choose. There are some standard features in all the variants, such as a regular fridge, storage space, an air conditioner, cabinets like the ones you have at home, walkable roof and pillow top memory foam mattress. Bunk beds are available in some models depending on the floor plan but all variants have vacuum bonded construction. Keeping things pleasant is the 13,500 BTU air conditioner which is mounted in the roof. There are several options to choose from if you’d like to upgrade some of the features, which can be added on further down the line as the needs arise or once the money to do so becomes available.

Jayco Hummingbird Travel Trailer

The Jayco Hummingbird travel trailer is a little bit more upmarket than most ultra-lightweight travel trailers discussed previously in this article. This travel trailer makes fantastic use of the space, giving it an airy feel without the additional weight you might expect. There are as many as eight distinct floor plans to choose from and the variants have an unloaded weight ranging from a little over 1,500 pounds to just under 3,000 pounds. Two to four people can sleep comfortably depending on the model chosen and floor plan. The length varies between eighteen and nineteen feet. This series is definitely not the lightest but the variants are definitely within a much smaller range of unloaded weight than the options put forth by other brands. You can effectively stay within 3,000 pounds even if you opt for the longest and the most spacious Jayco Hummingbird travel trailer.

Hummingbird 10RK is your default option if you want to keep things strictly under 2,000 pounds. If you have the luxury to be a little flexible then you can go for Hummingbird 16FD, it is still relatively light, coming in under 3,000 pounds, but it packs a ton of features and feels large on the inside. Jayco Hummingbird travel trailers come with a rear camera, exterior speakers that are of marine grade, grill, powered awning with LED lighting which can also be used as a tailgate lighting source.

The interior of this travel trailer is decked up with a cooktop that has a glass cover, this provides extra space on the countertop if you need it. A foldable picnic table is available, allowing you to have alfresco dinners, lunches or breakfasts if the weather is conducive to outdoor dining. The countertops are spacious enough to prepare even the most complicated meals and the built-in furnace means you’ll remain comfortable as you do so. In addition, the G-20 has tinted safety glass windows, outside grill powered by propane and with a quick disconnect port, two gas burners inside and decorative treatments for the windows with pleated nightshades, all of which make Jayco Hummingbird travel trailer an excellent environment that make you want to stay on the road for just another week.

Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro Travel Trailer

The last ultra-lightweight travel trailer in our list is a fitting alternative to the Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro. The Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro travel trailers are a favorite among lightweight campers. There are seven-floor plans. The unloaded weight ranges from just over 1,100 pounds to less than 3,200 pounds. The number of people you can have sleeping comfortably is two to four. The travel trailers are anywhere between eleven feet and twenty feet long. The Geo Pro is in some ways similar to the E-Pro, boasting similar features, but they differ in many key areas such as dimensions.

We really like the Rockwood Geo Pro 12RK which is a great option and comes in under our target weight of 2,000 pounds of dry weight. However, if you can push the weight envelope just a little bit, you can also consider the Rockwood Geo Pro 14FK, which tops out at just smidgen over 2,000 pounds. That little bit of extra weight does provide extra features and room, which might be worth it, as long as your towing vehicle can manage the additional load.

Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro travel trailers are lucky enough to have the company’s proprietary Wi-Fi range extender fitted as standard, ensuring uninterrupted snapchats, instagrams, or whatever else you might be needing wifi for. Additionally, there are outside speakers, a furnace and a plethora of add-ons or expansions available. The six-sided aluminum cage construction makes this one of the sturdier travel trailers among the lighter variants of most manufacturers. There is no air conditioner as a standard feature but you can always go for the upgrade when you buy your trailer, or at a later date when you plan an adventure during the summer months. All Geo Pro travel trailers have tinted bonded frameless windows, vacuum laminated walls and roof, magnetic baggage door catches, nitro filled radial tires and a combo of Coleman stove and grill.

Final Thoughts

Read as much as you can about all these top ultra-lightweight travel trailers weighing under 2,000 pounds. You may want to hear what fellow campers have to say. All the models are from reputed companies and they offer reliable support anywhere in the country. The craftsmanship of these manufacturers is well known and all these trailers are precisely engineered and do exactly what is described within the company literature. There are no unpleasant surprise as long as you do not go for any unnecessary and unregulated changes. If you are too stringent about the unloaded or dry weight threshold, then you would have to compromise on a few luxury features. You might need to strike a balance between weight, capacity, price and comfortable living. We wouldn’t for a second hesitate in recommending any of these travel trailers to any of our friends, family or readers.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Top Five Luxury Travel Trailers

Travel trailers are expected to offer a comfortable and safe space for you to camp and sleep during your adventures on the road. You could be headed for the mountains, the forests, the beaches or some remote place that is tucked away from the distractions of the modern world. You could be traveling cross-country or you may prefer to stick to the highways.

Regardless of the types of facilities that might be available at your destination or are available en-route, luxury travel trailers should provide more than the basic necessities and should offer more than a convenient location to your head at night. Some travel trailers are of course more luxurious than others. They will not only offer you a homely space where you can unwind, rejuvenate and attend to your daily needs but also a generous dose of fun and entertainment that is more often than not more akin to a well-appointed apartment.

We are now more than ever spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury travel trailers. However, luxury should be properly defined, as an abstract view will lead to inappropriate and possibly irrelevant comparisons. When we talk about the top five luxury travel trailers, we are prioritizing design and features, build quality and floor plan, ratings, and reviews from experts and fellow adventurers. So, without further ado, here is our tailor-made concise list of the five best luxury travel trailers right now. It perhaps goes without saying, but most of these are relatively expensive but they are more than worthy of being described as premium travel trailers.

Grand Design Reflection Travel Trailer

If you were to open up a dictionary, this travel trailer might just be the definition of what grandeur looks and feels like. There are five-floor plans you can choose from. The unloaded weight of the travel trailer ranges from around 7,500 pounds to almost 9,000 pounds. As few as five and as many as ten people can sleep in the trailer which is not surprising considering the dimensions of the trailer are thirty-three feet to thirty-seven feet long. The unloaded weight is in an ideal range but the loaded weight may be a tad too high for vehicles weighing half a ton, so make sure you know the towing capacity of your vehicle. This series of travel trailer is a fine example of a design that is a combination of substance and style. It looks amazing and is practical at the same time.

There are a reasonable number of variants so you may want to focus on Reflection 315RLTS or Reflection 285BHTS. The sleeping capacities of these two make them more desirable, especially for larger families. There is not much of a difference in regards to features as they remain the same regardless of the floor plan you choose. The more luxurious travel trailers in the Reflection series have a skylight with a wide view in the shower. All Grand Design Reflection travel trailers come with hand polished maple cabinet doors, a tri-fold hide-a-bed sofa, king sized wardrobe and oversized storage under the bed.

Keystone Hideout Travel Trailer

This luxurious travel trailer is one of the most spacious options that’s available on the market at the moment. The trailer is twenty-three feet to thirty-seven feet long. There are as many as forty-four different floor plans. The unloaded weight ranges from 4,100 pounds to just over 8,500 pounds. The trailer is spacious enough for three to ten people. The trailer is as spacious as it is versatile, boasting a range of features. The sheer number of floor plans offers you an opportunity to pick a unique layout to suit your specific needs, you’d be hard pressed to not find something that meets your requirements. The length, weight and other capacities would obviously vary depending on your choice. You can choose a more versatile plan if you want, provided it is sufficient for the number of people you want to accommodate. Or alternatively, choose a floor plan that provides ample room for your family, guests, and friends.  Just make sure you’re assessing all the floor plans if you wish to find the perfect Keystone Hideout travel trailer.

Hideout 28RBS and Hideout 32BHTS are relatively more popular right now owing to the features and the sheer number of choices available. There are variants that come with a roof upon which you can walk or camp and even sleep overnight if the weather is conducive to camping out. There is a high definition television inside and it is complemented by surround sound speakers, so it has your entertainment sorted if you want to have a movie night or if the weather has turned bad. There is enough storage. Most of the space under the master bed has been used for storage. There are the usual storage cabinets and spaces as well. Nearly all the variants of Keystone Hideout travel trailers come with reversible dinette cushions, six cubic feet fridge, surround sound speakers and full strutted storage under the master bed.

Palomino Puma Travel Trailer

The Palomino Puma travel trailer falls short by just one-floor plan compared to the Keystone Hideout travel trailer. There are forty-three floor plans but they come with the same features, so you are not going to compromise on any of the luxuries assured by the brand in this series. The length ranges from twenty-seven feet to thirty-eight feet. The unloaded weight ranges from just over 5,000 pounds to nearly 9,000 pounds. As many as ten people can sleep in the trailer, which even when maxed out, it doesn’t feel overly cramped or lacking in space.  If you’re traveling as a couple or even by yourself, the space available is a little bit excessive, we think it’s best for four or more travelers.

Palomino Puma travel trailer is versatile and spacious. It’s really comfortable and has in our opinion a really swanky interior. The luxury features are simply great given the price range. Many manufacturers tend to limit the luxury features when creating some of the more reasonably priced variants. This brand does no such thing with this series, with prices that are substantially more appreciable than those of some of the other luxury travel trailers on this list, you’ll be hard pressed to find better value elsewhere.

The Puma 32RKTS and Puma 27RLSS have been critically well received, and we think this is well deserved. Both have decorative kitchen backsplash, bath skylight, jackknife sofa, nickel finish kitchen faucet and extra storage space such as under the sofa among other places. There are four choices of interior décor, which is in addition to the floor plans you choose. The single control kitchen faucet has a high rise, the splashboard is utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing, the pull-down drink tray at the center of the jackknife sofa is well positioned and practical, and the extensive list of possible expansions and upgrades are going to be sufficient to satiate even the most demanding users.

Heartland North Trail Travel Trailer

The Heartland North Trail travel trailer excels at providing an environment for relaxation and entertainment, which are two quintessential elements that ensure you finish your travels relaxed and rejuvenated. The Heartland North Trail travel trailer has twenty-one different floor plans. The trailers weigh anywhere between 4,500 pounds to just over 8,000 pounds when unloaded.  The heartland is suitable for between four and nine people and is available in varying lengths from twenty-six feet to thirty-seven feet. The spectrum of choices is almost mind-blowing, which means that I will put money down that you’re bound to find one that meets your needs.  So, while other luxury travel trailers might not meet all your requirements, meaning you’ll be forced to make compromises. For example, you may find some luxury travel trailers are unsuitable for vehicles with lower towing capacity, but this is not something you’ll run into with the Heartland.  The heartland boasts so many options, sizes and configuration options that there’s something for everyone.

If you choose to go with the lightest Heartland North Trail which weighs 4,450 pounds without any additional load, it is well suited for those driving a half ton vehicle or have a little more towing capacity.  Anyone with this sort of vehicle is unlikely to be able to choose a trailer that weighs a whopping 8,000 unloaded pounds.

If your towing vehicle is up to the challenge, and you can afford to pull 8,000 pounds of unloaded weight, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive amount of floor space in which you can stretch your legs. That is more than enough space for as many as ten people, or less if you really like to stretch out. The diversity in the floor plans ensures you can find just the kind of layout you need for your adventures without compromising how you wish to go about your daily tasks, relaxation or anything else.

North Trail 33 BUDS and North Trail 31BHDD have been well received by the press recently and for good reason. They are exceptionally well appointed and incredibly spacious as well. It should be noted that the more compact models or variants within the series do not necessarily compromise on the luxurious features. You can still get the high definition LED television and the swivel feature so you can point the television towards the bedroom and fall asleep while watching your favorite show or movie. The interiors are brought to life courtesy of the accented walls, the decorative inserts made of glass and you may even choose outside speakers if you want to take the fun outside. All models or variants come with a monitor panel in the bathroom, shower skylight, designer accent walls, and decorative glass inserts and you can have outside speakers with any.

Jayco White Hawk Travel Trailer

The Jayco White Hawk travel trailer has a sleek external appearance, and it has just as comfortable interiors as the others on this list. The unloaded weight of this trailer ranges from over 5,200 to nearly 7,800 pounds. The length varies from twenty-six feet to thirty-seven feet. You can comfortably accommodate four to nine people depending on the floor plan you choose, which will determine the legroom to a large extent.

Jayco White Hawk travel trailer has a standout décor. There are three distinct options to choose from. While all the luxury travel trailers listed here look amazing inside, this one is sophisticated and chic at the same time. One décor makes it just another version of a typical home and another makes it look like a motorhome or vanity camper used by celebrities. Jayco White Hawk travel trailer has more than sufficient versatility in regards to floor plans. Sure, you do not get as many as forty-three or forty-four options but twenty-six variants you get to choose from are enough to satiate your need for distinctness. It is unlikely you would not find at least half a dozen plans suitable for your family and friends. White Hawk 32 BHS and White Hawk 31BH are the more popular ones right now but the others are equally worthwhile.

Jayco White Hawk travel trailers come with wood grain accent paneling, furnace with auto ignition, skylight in bathroom, thermostat and a whole gamut of optional upgrades that you can choose from on the basis of need, preference and of course affordability. For instance, you can choose tub surround, a better air conditioner or a secondary air conditioner, frameless windows or a skylight in the kitchen perhaps. Why should a bath or shower be under the sun or a starry sky, cooking could be too. The high output furnace with a thermostat in the wall, the décor and the variants, the closeable and directional vents for the air conditioner and floor plans pave the way for the versatility you would want.

Choosing the Best Luxury Travel Trailer

It is always imperative to tick the essential checkboxes prior to delving into the luxury features or additional amenities, regardless of how much you have prioritized the latter. You have to comply with the towing capacity, bear in mind the restrictions in length and in some cases weight depending on the routes you take or wherever you are headed, the accommodating capacity would always be important and so would be the storage space. The more people you have onboard, the storage requirement would escalate proportionately and not every travel trailer has the same space for such needs.

You should focus on imperative features that you need and which will satiate all the requirements of your family and friends. Prioritize the best manufacturers or the most reliable brands. Use some budgeting tools such as payment calculator and always explore finance options, tow vehicle ratings, and trade-in values before you choose a particular brand, model or specific variant. These may seem to be facilitating factors but they can be crucial and almost consequential when you have to account for a substantial difference in what you can conveniently afford and what you must pay, whether or not the value would be worthwhile and if the travel trailer will be appropriate given the towing capacity of your vehicle. You may want to consider upgrades or optional features after you have zeroed in on a model or variant. The surplus factors would only complicate the process of choosing the best among the top five luxury travel trailers.

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Best Camping Knife – Reviews and Buying Guide

Camping is always fun – being in the vast outdoors, fresh air, good company. Leaving all of your worries aside usually begins and ends as soon as you pack up, and that’s precisely what we want to talk to you about.

Among the most important gear pieces a camper need is a good knife – today we’ll talk to you about the best camping knives you can find on the market, so without any further ado, let’s get straight to it.

The Best Camping Knife

Bestech Knives Tactical Folding Camping Knife

Features:

The first camping knife we’re reviewing today is Bestech Knife’s tactical camping knife. It features a sharp blade made of D2 HRC steel, a G10 handle, and comes available in three color variations (beige, green, and orange) and two finishes (stone wash & satin).

The overall length of this knife is 9,06 inches, its closed length is 5,12 inches, and weighs only 4,9 ounces. Furthermore, the SpeedSafe lock provides superb blade’s steadiness – there are steel plates behind the blade which prevent it from unfolding on accident. It’s very easy to use it as it features a flipper which is convenient for both left and right-handed people.

What we liked about this knife:

First of all, this camping knife is plain and easy to use – it doesn’t come outfitted with complex features which only the veteran campers would be able to benefit from. What’s more, with a blade as small as 5-inch long, you can cut, pierce, or carve pretty much anything.

Secondly, the D2 HRC steel material used in the manufacturing process of this knife shows a lot of promise. This blade is uniquely durable, and it’s safe to say that it’s one of the most reliable camping knives we’ve seen so far.

What we thought could be improved:

There’s only one issue we had with the Bestech Knives’ camping knife – it’s rather expensive. There are similar knives that could basically do the same thing that doesn’t cost as much, but if you want premium-quality, this model is your safest bet.

Why we picked this knife:

Camping knives are usually versatile, and this pick might seem odd as it doesn’t particularly excel in this field of performance, rather it compromises for this little flaw with exceptional reliability, supreme stability, and excellent build materials. This knife is also very easy to use, and it’s a perfect option for campers of all experience levels (newbies, experienced campers, and veterans).

Our verdict:

Surely enough, most people get the notion that Bestech Knives’ camping knife is all too expensive to be valuable. That might be the case if your budget is tight, in which case you might want to consider our other picks, but if you have the means to afford this knife, it will be your companion in years, if not decades to come.

Pros:

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Available in three color variations and two finishes
  • Looks fantastic
  • Safety SpeedSafe lock
  • Suitable for campers of varying levels of experience

Cons:

  • Costs quite a lot

Eafengrow EF333 Pocket Camping Knife

Features:

Next up is Eafengrow’s EF333 camping knife. It’s a 7.9-inch folding knife with a D2 blade, a half-serrated edge, and a titanium-alloy handle. It also comes outfitted with a frame-lock mechanism which prevents the blade from escaping the handle unless you need it. This knife comes in blue, gray, and green color variations.

What we liked about this knife:

Aside from its sharpness, EF333 boasts a plain design which is absolutely ideal for camping. This knife’s serrated edge can easily cut ropes of all thicknesses, and its durability is exceptionally high. The blade is neither too long or too short, rather it’s just perfect with 3,3-inches of length.

What we thought could be improved:

Just like our previous pick, this knife isn’t exactly versatile. It’s lightweight and sharp, and the majority of features it comes outfitted with are very simple in nature – it could, perhaps, be used for self-defense, but the lack of features such as for example fire-starter isn’t really helping in terms of versatility.

Why we picked this knife:

We mainly picked EF333 for our best camping knife reviews as it boasts a superb level of durability and reliability. The blade is small enough to be labeled as “easy to use”, and its lightweight properties make it easy to carry – in fact, you’d barely even feel it in your backpack, or on your belt.

Our verdict:

There’s an unwritten saying among campers that whichever knife you posses on a person will be the best knife you could have while camping. Any bladed tool could come in handy when it comes to cutting ropes, opening tin cans, or such, but if you’re not looking for “just about anything”, and rather search for quality, EF333 is what you need.

Pros:

  • Small blade suitable for all kinds of applications
  • Available in three color variations
  • Titanium lightweight handle
  • Frame lock
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Mediocre versatility
  • Pricey

Schrade SCHF36CP Frontier

Features:

Knife lovers simply adore Schrade – this is one of the most famous brands in this branch, and it’s widely known that they make some of the best camping knives on the market. The SCHF36CP Frontier is made of powder coated HC steel and features a drop-point blade, ring-textured handle, lanyard hole, and polyester sheath, as well as a Ferro rod & sharpening stone. The blade’s length is 5,05 inches while the overall length of the knife is 10,5 inches.

What we liked about this knife:

This is, in essence, a durable knife made by a leading brand – it will get you out of a pinch, it will serve you well in virtually every scenario, and it comes laden with a plethora of convenience features, such as lanyard hole, polyester sheath, and finger choil.

What we thought could be improved:

Apart from being pricey, SCHF36CP Frontier isn’t exactly light per se. Namely, it weighs 1,44 pounds, which is nearly twice (if not thrice) as much as your regular camping knife.

Why we picked this knife:

Any camper who’s worth his (or her) salt should have the Frontier tucked in his (her) belt – you need a rope cut, a fire started, your other knives sharpened, or to defend yourself? Rest assured, the Frontier will give you the means to do so.

Our verdict:

Schrade’s knives are very popular, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out one of their finest works. The SCHF36CP Frontier is one of the most valuable pocket knives, even though it’s not exactly light or cheap.

Pros:

  • A plethora of convenient features
  • Polyester sheath
  • Exquisite level of durability
  • Premium-quality HC steel build

Cons:

  • Heavy and pricey

Eafengrow CH3004-G10 Folding Camping Knife

Features:

We’ve reviewed Eafengrow’s EF333, and if you happened to like it, you’re going to love the CH3004. Basically, Eafengrow’s CH3004 is a 8,6-inch camping knife with a 3,7-inch blade, a G10 handle, and EDC ball-bearing system. It doesn’t, however, feature any fancy convenience features (such as fire starter, or glass breaker).

What we liked about this knife:

First of all, we loved the sheer plainness of Eafengrow’s CH3004. It’s a simple knife intended for simple purposes, and campers who don’t wish to pay a fortune for a good knife should consider the CH3004. It’s very durable, reliable, and sharp – all of the qualities a good knife needs to possess.

What we thought could be improved:

The only thing about Eafengrow’s CH3004 that’s not exactly likeable is the grip. Namely, this knife doesn’t feel too comfortable once gripped, although it’s far from being uncomfortable per se. What’s more, the blade is incredibly sturdy, so you might need to invest extra time and effort in sharpening it.

Why we picked this knife:

If you happen to come across a camper or outdoorsman who owns Eafengrow’s CH3004, you’ll probably hear that this knife has a ridiculously hard steel build. On top of that, it doesn’t cost much, so there’s no reason for you to not give it a shot.

Our verdict:

Our verdict concerning Eafengrow’s CH3004 is as positive as can be – this is a valuable, moderately pricey camping knife with a strong build that deserved its shiny reputation. All things considered, this is a great, nearly flaw-proof knife which does a major bang for the buck.

Pros:

  • Plain construction
  • Outstanding steel durability
  • Flat grind makes it perfect for slicing
  • Great value for the buck

Cons:

  • Hard to sharpen

SOG Instinct Fixed Blade NB1012-CP knife

Features:

Next up on the menu is SOG’s Instinct NB1012-CP knife. This is, perhaps, the smallest camping knife in our review, being only 4,9-inches long overall. The blade is petite in size, being 2,3-inch long. The NB1012-CP is a straight, fixed-blade knife with a clip-point edge. It comes outfitted with a machined G10 handle (alternatively, you could order a stainless-steel handle), and comes with a gratis nylon sheath.

What we liked about this knife:

Small knives are ideal if you are sporting other bladed camping equipment such as machetes, hatchets, or such. This is a remarkably small knife which will easily complement your other gear – it’s lightweight, it can be carried on a belt or even boots, and it’s as sharp as they come.

What we thought could be improved:

In truth, this is a perfect knife, but it won’t do you much good if you intend to rely on it standalone. Even though it’s sharp and durable, the blade is very small, so it’s suitable for specific tasks, whereas most camping knives so far could be used in numerous applications.

Why we picked this knife:

We picked SOG’s Instinct for campers who are looking for small-sized knives. It offers a quick solution for plain problems and regular camping chores, and it doesn’t cost much in turn.

Our verdict:

SOG’s Instinct is a wonderful knife – it’s small, easy to carry and use, it’s fixed blade can pierce right about anything, and you’ll even get a hard-molded sheath made of nylon as a complementary feature. Overall, it’s very good for the money, especially if you don’t intend to camp in high foliage areas.

Pros:

  • Ultra-small camping knife
  • Straight edge and fixed blade
  • Machined G10 handle
  • Very easy to use and carry
  • Decently affordable

Cons:

  • Intended for specific purposes

Hori Hori Multi-use Camping Knife

Features:

Essentially, Hori Hori’s multi-use knife is, by far, the most versatile knife in this review. It’s treated as a “all-in-one tool”, as it can be used in any number of applications, including gardening, mountaineering, camping, and generally any sort of outdoor activity. It features an exquisite concave blade which can cut, slice, and pierce any conventional material, but it can also be used for digging. It features a serrated side for easier cutting and a “clean” side for easy slicing.

The handle of Hori Hori’s knife is made of African Rosewood, which is both beautiful and sturdy. You’ll also get a leather stitched sheath as a complementary feature, as well as a neat little whetstone for sharpening.

What we liked about this knife:

The plain answer to “what we liked about this knife” is “everything”. It’s absolutely perfect for camping – it’s hard to imagine a chore with which this knife won’t be able to help you out with. That being said, it’s safe to say that the versatility of this knife is sky high.

What we thought could be improved:

Even though you’ll get a complementary sheath, this knife isn’t exactly compact. You’ll be able to carry it on your belt, but it’s a bit bigger than some of the models that we’ve reviewed.

Why we picked this knife:

Affordable, durable, reliable, and versatile. These are just some of the qualities that Hori Hori’s multi-purpose knife possesses, which have intrigued us. Cut, dig, slice, rip, and pierce your way through any obstacles that may come between you and your unique camping experience with this model.

Our verdict:

Though unconventional at first sight, Hori Hori’s knife is intended for all purpose application. It’s great for camping, hiking, mountaineering, and whatever outdoor activity you can come up with. On top of that, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, so it’s easy to see why it’s so valuable for the buck.

Pros:

  • One of the most versatile knives on the market
  • Decently affordable
  • Half-serrated, half-clean
  • Complementary whetstone and sheath

Cons:

  • A bit big for easy carry

Buying guide

What is it that makes the best camping knife “the best”? There are several qualities you should be looking out for.

Reliability

For starters, you’ll need a reliable knife – the one that won’t break down on you when you need it the most. Most camping knives are made of steel, the only difference between various models being in the steel type. Stainless steel knives and high-carbon steel knives are your best bet, and they aren’t too hard to find.

Blade type

Secondly, you should pay attention to the blade type – will it be fixed, straight, folded, or unfolded? You’re free to choose as per your own requirements – people who value convenience usually go with folded or pocket knives while those who rely on performance usually pick fixed-blade knives.

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Further on that point, whether you’ll use a straight-edge knife, tanto, or drop-point blade knife, it depends on what chores you’re expecting to do. Some knives are better for cutting, others slice or pierce.
Knife’s complexity – easy to use vs performance

Thirdly, there are “plain” knives which do not come outfitted with any special features, and there are “more versatile” models which do. These special features mean that the knife has more than one function, but it also means that it’s harder to use it. Again, if you value simplicity and intend to do the most basic chores, plain camping knives will do just fine. Some of those special features include the fire-starter, glass-breaker, serrated edge (or edges), and such.

Price

Lastly, you should pay attention to the knife’s price. There are models that cost well below $10 that could do the same job as models that cost $100. However, the level of reliability, the sturdiness, and overall performance in general of more expensive knives can’t even begin to compare to low-cost knives.

Conclusion

Finding and having the best camping knife on your person might make a difference – there are many ways by which you can complete certain camping chores, and having a good camping knife might be a solution for each and every one of them. We hope that you liked our selection of the best camping knife models, and we wish you good luck in finding the one best for you!

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The Best Bushcraft Knife – The Top Picks & Buying Guide

Before we get to bushcraft knives, it’s imperative that we answer the question – what is bushcraft? In essence, Bushcraft is a term that refers to survival skills, wilderness survival in particular (bush relating to the wilderness, craft relating to skills).

Now, even though there are plenty of similarities and differences between bushcraft knives and other knife types (see section below), there are numerous situations in which you’ll virtually need a tool as specific as a bushcraft knife. In our review, we aim to provide you with information regarding how to pick the best bushcraft knife and some of the finest models the market has to offer.

What’s the difference between survival knives, pocket knives, and bushcraft knives?

In essence, these are all knives, so they can be used for cutting, stabbing, peeling, and such. However, there are obvious and not-so-obvious differences between them which call for categorization.

  • Survival knives – usually come outfitted with fixed blades, versatile, ideal for all kinds of cases. Most survival knives come with very specific features, such as window breakers and door openers. Generally, all-around performance is their forte.
  • Pocket knives – sometimes referred to as “folding knives”. Pocket knives are the smallest knife type and are ideal for day to day tasks. Easy to handle, carry, and conceal.
  • Bushcraft knives – primarily considered to be a wood-cutting tool. Great for cutting down notches, feathering detailed points on wood like objects. Plain in design, easy to use.

Bushcraft knife uses

Even though bushcraft knives are intended for cutting, peeling, and detailing wooden objects, they are still knives – they can be used for self-defence, and if the situation allows, even for hunting smaller game.

People use bushcraft knives for skinning and simple survival tasks, such as making fire, sharpening sticks, and such.

Folding or fixed bushcraft knife – which is better?

It falls down to personal preference, but most veteran survival enthusiasts point out that fixed-blade bushcraft knives are better than folding ones. The reason why that is so is quite simple – folding knives tend to be less durable, and even though they’re easier to use and carry, they won’t be able to provide you with enough reliability.

Fixed-blade knives are a bit harder to maintain, but with a proper sheath, you’ll be able to use them for years, if not decades with the smallest amount of effort considering maintenance.

Designs

There are a plethora of designs when we talk about bushcraft knives. There are thick and thin, long and short, folding and fixed, heavy and light knives, and it’s up to you to decide which tasks are you going to tackle with. Generally, thick, medium-length fixed-blade knives are best for bushcraft as they offer a solid compromise between durability and performance at the expense of easiness of use.

Knife tip types

We’re going to talk about ten most famous knife tip types, even though you should be aware that there are probably even more (custom made knives and bleeding-edge tech made a tough job regarding categorization):

  1. Simple blade – straight spine, curving edge, ideal for heavy-duty work and people with beginner sharpening skills.
  2. Trailing point – curved edge and spine, larger belly, improved slicing, ideally used for filleting and fish processing.
  3. Clip point – straight spine (for the most part), a clipped tip section, fine profile, Bowie knives have a clip point, ideal for hunting or fighting.
  4. Drop Point – convex curve to the spine (the blade drops as it reaches the tip), strong and robust, ideal for cutting and piercing, ideal for self-defence and basic survival tasks.
  5. Spearpoint – symmetrically pointed tip, line in the centre of the blade’s axis, double-edged design, considered as a fighting knife and best when used for tactical operations.
  6. Needlepoint – symmetrical blade, exceptionally sharp needle-like tip, Arkansas toothpick is one of the most famous needle-point blades
  7. Spey point – straight-edge, defined curve, robust design, somewhat duller in comparison to other types
  8. Tanto – Chisel-like point, Japanese traditional dagger, angled edge, exceptionally sharp sides.
  9. Sheepsfoot – straight edge, curved tip, ideal for cutting making them some of the best survival knives.
  10. Hawkbill – concave claw-like edge, great for carving or cutting, can be used for self-defence if the wielder knows how to use it properly.

Steel-types

You might find this hard to believe, but there are over a hundred types of steel used in the manufacturing of a knife. Most of them, however, are scattered throughout four main types – Plain carbon steel, alloy steel, tool steel, and stainless steel.

Plain carbon steel

Plain carbon or high-carbon steel is among the most frequently used material when we talk about the manufacturing process of a modern knife. This material was used to build medieval swords and as technology advanced, it’s still very popular.

The best thing about plain carbon steel is that it provides exceptional durability. However, it lacks flexibility and rusts rather too easy.

Alloy steel

Alloy steel is basically carbon steel enriched with chromium in a special process that strengthens the core. It’s superior in terms of durability when compared to carbon steel, and it doesn’t rust as easily.

Tool steel

Tool steel sub-types are famous for holding the edge better. Most survival enthusiasts use knives made of tool steel as they require the least amount of maintenance in order to completely evade rusting.

Stainless steel

Tough, durable, and virtually rust-proof, stainless steel is definitely a material of choice of all veterans when it comes to knives. Stainless steel is incredibly robust, and a knife made of any sub-type of SS will serve you well for years, if not decades.

The Best Bushcraft Knives

CFK Cutlery Company Raptor Tanto Bushcraft Knife

Features and Accessories:

The first bushcraft knife in our review comes from CFK Cutlery company. This particular knife features an 11-inch Tanto blade measuring 3/16 inches of thickness. The handle is approximately 5 inches long, and the knife itself is pretty lightweight, weighing only 11 ounces.

It features custom tool steel construction – even though stainless steel is superior in terms of durability, this choice of material is great for survivalists and campers who are looking for a heavy-duty knife. With stainless bolsters and aluminium pins, you can rest assured that this knife was built to last and that it will withstand heavy abuse before giving in.

Additionally, you’ll get a buffalo leather sheath as a complementary feature – we’ve talked about the importance of sheathes in our buying guide, but in case you’ve skipped it, using a sheath will significantly reduce the amount of effort you need to put in maintenance.

What we liked about this bushcraft knife:

The first thing we liked about this knife was the premium-quality build. Tool steel is usually inferior to stainless steel and some HC steel types, but this time it was the other way around. Namely, the D2 hollow steel used to make this knife is as robust as can be.

Gratis goodies are always welcome, and with this knife, you’ll be getting a bonus sheath and fire-starter rod. Overall, there are plenty of things one could like about CFK Cutlery Company bushcraft knife, and but a few that could be improved.

What we thought could be improved:

Most people would feel reluctant to pay so much for a tool as simple as a knife. This is, perhaps, its only flaw – it belongs to the upper bracket of the moderately expensive price point category, and it’s safe to say that it isn’t cheap.

Price point category and value:

Despite being rather expensive, CFK Cutlery Company bushcraft knife holds a premium value for the money. It performs better than most bushcraft knives and it can be used in any number of situations – suffice to say, it could even substitute for a survival knife if the need arises.

Pros:

  • Incredible value for the money
  • Beautiful, custom made design
  • The outstanding quality of tool steel
  • Complementary fire-starter rod and buffalo leather sheath

Cons:

  • Costs quite a lot

Schrade SCHF9 Fixed Blade Knife

Features and accessories:

Schrade is one of the world-class leaders in the cutlery department, and it’s only fitting that we’ve picked one of their best knives for our bushcraft gear review. Schrade’s SCHF9 knife is 12,1 inch long overall, with the blade being 6,4 inches long and weighing 15,7 ounces (not lightweight, but not heavy either).
It’s made of premium-quality 1095 stainless steel materials with a big textured TPE handle. Other features include the full-tang construction and the lanyard hole. As for the gratis features, you’ll get a ballistic sheath and the removable easy storage pouch completely free of charge.

What we liked about this bushcraft knife:

Generally, most people who know their knives like Schrade, but apart from their sheer name, we really liked this model for its durability (stainless steel construction), reliability, easy maintenance, and exceptional performance. What’s more, it doesn’t cost too much, so if you’re looking to get a good bushcraft knife while saving up some cash along the way, Schrade’s SCHF9 knife is an excellent choice.

What we thought could be improved:

The only thing that could be improved regarding the Schrade’s SCHF9 knife is its weight. Generally, it nearly weighs a pound, and most bushcraft tasks can be executed with smaller, lighter knives. Be it as it may, Schrade’s SCHF9 knife makes up for this little flaw with incredible sharpness and impeccable sturdiness.

Price point category and value:

Schrade’s SCHF9 knife is absolutely great for the buck. It belongs to the medium bracket of the “moderate” price point category, and it’s among the cheapest high-quality bushcraft knives you’ll ever come across.

Pros:

  • Long, heavy-duty knife
  • Outstanding durability
  • Exquisite HCSS 1095 materials
  • TPE handle
  • Gratis belt sheath and removable storage pouch

Cons:

  • Heavy

Schrade SCHF3N Extreme Survival Knife

Features and accessories:

Here’s yet another fine specimen of Shrade’s outstanding craftsmanship – the SCHF3N excels where SCHF9 is lacking. Made of high-carbon SS, this bowie knife with grooved handle slabs both looks and acts the part. It features a lanyard hole and comes with a hefty storage pouch (complementary feature). The blade’s length is 6,4 inches, handle 5,6, and its overall length is 12 inches.

What we liked about this bushcraft knife:

Sharp, easy to use, decently light, long, and durable – these would be the words that would best describe how we felt about Schrade’s SCHF3N. Apart from being very sturdy and simple to use, we liked the price of SCHF3N – it’s a relatively cheap bushcraft knife which boasts a high level of versatility, so it could be used for tactical, bushcraft, and survival situations.

What we thought could be improved:

The only thing that’s not as good as the rest about Schrade’s SCHF3N is the retention of the edge. Namely, the stainless steel used to make this knife dulls a bit faster than expected, so you should either make sure to maintain it properly every day, or settle for a semi-sharp knife.

Price point category and value:

Schrade’s SCHF3N belongs to the same price point category as SCHF9 (medium bracket of the “moderate” price point category), and it packs a huge value for the buck.

Pros:

  • Superb value
  • Durable and easy to use
  • Top-shelf features
  • Long and decently light

Cons:

  • Dulls rather quickly if not properly maintained

Cima Fixed Blade Survival Knife

Features and accessories:

Cima’s fixed blade knife is basically a short, versatile bushcraft knife. It features an exquisite anti-slip handle and a standard blade tip. It’s made of AUS-8 stainless steel which is complemented by heat & cold treatment tech for outstanding crack and corrosion resistance.

What we liked about this bushcraft knife:

Don’t be fooled by its small appearance – Cima’s fixed blade knife is, by far, the most durable bushcraft knife in our review. It can withstand virtually every kind of force and live to remain useful to you. Atop of that, it’s also one of the cheapest knives we’ve come across.

What we thought could be improved:

It’s small, so it’s not exactly suitable for heavy-duty tasks. Apart from that, this is a perfect, nearly flawless knife.

Price point category and value:

Cima’s fixed blade knife belongs to the upper bracket of the “affordable” price point category – it’s a bargain, so it deserves consideration, to say the very least.

Pros:

  • Very cheap
  • One of the most durable bushcraft knives ever made
  • Excellent performance
  • AUS-8 steel build

Cons:

  • Not suitable for heavy-duty tasks

CDS Survival Bushcraft survival knife

Features and accessories:

Here we have something different that from what we’ve seen so far – CDC Survival bushcraft knife is a small, valuable tool that is as versatile as can be. As the brand states, it was specifically designed to accommodate the needs of hunters, campers, wildlife veterans and enthusiasts.

It features a handle made of Cocobolo wood, the blade is 3,9 inches long and 0,2 inches thick – notice that this knife isn’t meant for heavy duty due to its thinness, although you will be able to tackle down most wildlife survival tasks without any significant problems.

What’s interesting about this knife is the fact that the blade was cut by a laser – it sports stainless steel molybdenium vanadium S8 materials which boasts incredible sturdiness and robustness. On top of that, the brand pitched in a quality multi-position sheath as a complementary feature, with the addition of the firesteel.

What we liked about this bushcraft knife:

This is one of the smallest fixed blade knives you’ll come across – it’s as easy to conceal it as it’s easy to use it. On top of that, the thin blade is easier to handle for light and medium-duty work. Now, the thing we liked the best about this knife is that it was made by some of the finest stainless steel material types – the MOVA S8.

What we thought could be improved:

We found two things we didn’t like in particular about this bushcraft knife – its thickness and its price. Firstly, a small, thin knife should be used by experienced wildlife survival experts, as it can break more easily when compared to thick, heavy-duty knives. As for the price, suffice to say that this knife costs an arm and a leg.

Price point category and value:

CDS Survival’ Bushcraft hunting knife is one of the most expensive bushcraft knives in our review. It falls into the medium bracket of the “expensive” price point category, but it holds quite a value for the buck due to its exceptional versatility and superb outward appearance.

Pros:

  • Made of finest steel materials
  • Cocobolo wood handle
  • Stainless steel S8 build
  • Complementary sheath and firesteel
  • Ideal for light and medium-duty bushcraft

Cons:

  • Exceptionally pricey

Conclusion

Finding the best bushcraft knife takes time and the know-how. Hopefully, you’ll have the latter by reading our buying guide in the sections above, and if you’re still uncertain about how to pick the best knife for the buck, feel free to browse through our top picks. We wish you all the luck in finding the best bushcraft knife!

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