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Technology is advancing at a terrific rate and impacts nearly every aspect of your life, even something as simple as fishing. If you’re someone that frequently fishes from the shore or from a Kayak, you may have looked on at people in bigger boats with a touch of jealousy. Having a bigger boat means you may have a big advantage when it comes to locating fish, this advantage is, of course, a fish finder. However, advances in technology and readily available smartphones mean that portable fish finders are becoming increasingly popular. So, do portable fish finders work?
These convenient fish finders claim to be able to tell you a range of information, from depth and water temperatures to fish locations and movement. All you need to do is connect the fish finder to your phone, cast it out and wait for a wealth of information to be updated on your phone screen. All of this sounds amazing, but do these portable fish finders actually work and are they worth the expense? Within this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at this technology allowing you to decide for yourself if it’s something you’d like to invest in. We’ve used the Deeper PRO Plus Smart Sonar for our testing, there are of course many models available, but we’ve been very happy with the results of this model. You can find this model here
So the first question to answer is, do portable fish finders work? The answer is a resounding YES, they work very well in our testing and experience. We’ve managed to accurately gauge the depth of the water, locate shoals of fish and individual fish swimming around, as well as record the temperature of the water.
If that doesn’t convince you, here are a few more features that may sway you:
- Wi-fi connectivity, no wires required
- No internet data usage required when in use
- Compatible with most phones including Android and iOS
- Suitable for a range of fishing styles, including kayaking, bank, river, pier and more
- Suitable for salt water and fresh water environments
- Fantastic operating range up to 300ft
- Accurate depth mapping up to 260ft.
There’s no doubt in my mind that these devices tick all the boxes in terms of functionality and performance, but that’s not to say that there aren’t some quirks and challenges posed when using them. Overall though, I would say that investing in one of these devices might just change the way you fish forever. Regardless if you prefer salt water, fresh water or ice fishing, these devices work in a range of fishing environments.
Setting Up a Portable Fish Finder
Setting up a fish finder is relatively straightforward as long as you have everything you need to hand. The device itself only really needs a smartphone to pair it with to get started, either an iOS or Android device will do the trick, the smartphone acts as the fish finder screen. So if you don’t have a smartphone, then you might want to reconsider buying a portable fishing finder unless you want to pay for both. As well as a smartphone, I would recommend a couple of other items to make your life easier and possibly safer.
It’s well worth investing in a waterproof and buoyant overboard case for your phone, the last thing you’ll want to do is lose your phone over the side of your Kayak, or off the end of the pier while you’re checking out the fish finder. Even if your phone is waterproof, it can still sink, so buying a case that floats is a must have. They only cost a few dollars and could save you losing your precious phone.
If you don’t already have one, you’ll need an extra fishing rod and reel. This will be used to cast the fish finder out to your desired location and for retrieving it when you’re finished. If you’ve been fishing for a while, you probably have several spare rods lying around, if you don’t, now’s the perfect the perfect time to invest in one. You’ll also need some heavy duty fishing line and clip to attach the portable fish finder to the line.
These fish finders can have some minor niggles that can cause a certain amount of frustration, they can be annoying, but in my opinion, they aren’t deal breakers and I still enjoyed using the device. My biggest complaint was that the temperature readings were not always accurate or consistent, with significant variations with each cast and differences between the manually verified temperature and what the fish finder was reporting. These differences were not necessarily massive, but they were enough to potentially cause an issue, depending on what species of fish you were trying to catch.
The other annoyance I encountered is that after casting the sonar would frequently lose contact with the phone and would require a restart of the phone’s application to pick the connection back up again. I’m not sure if the shock of hitting the water caused the disconnect or if it was due being temporarily submerged in water, but it happened nearly 50% of the time. Closing the application and restarting it only took a few seconds, but it was still irritating. I think it could be prevented with better shock insulation or if the phone application automatically tried to reconnect if the signal was lost.
Even with these two issues I still think it’s a great buy.
Portable Fish Finder Pros and Cons
It’s time to tackle what’s good, what’s bad and what might cause an issue with these innovative devices. Like just about everything else in the world, there are some great features about these fish finders as well as some drawbacks, how serious these are and whether or not they are a deal breaker is a decision you’ll need to make. We also think there is one thing that could potentially be catastrophic but can be avoided with some forethought and by choosing the right gear.
Pros: You can use a fish finder without the expense of a boat. For a fraction of the cost and upkeep of a boat, you can use a fishing finder that actually works from the shore. It’ll tell you nearly everything you could possibly want, from depth to temperature to where the fish are and where they’re moving to. You can now tell whether or not you’re fishing in spots with no fish, which is amazing and can really take your fishing to the next level. This has the potential for being a significant game-changer for anglers.
Cons: Even though they are much cheaper than owning a boat, they are not cheap by any means. The one we used for this article is at the lower end of the cost spectrum at about $200, the price goes up from there. There’s also the two little niggling traits I’ve already talked about, which are the constant disconnects after casting and the temperature variations. You’ll also need to charge the devices regularly, but each charge should last around 10 hours, which is probably more than enough for most people.
As well as the cons listed above, we think there are a couple of other issues that have the potential for ruining your day, even though we didn’t experience them ourselves. I’m sure we’ve all lost gear before on a cast, whether that’s due to a snapped line or getting tackle wrapped around a tree branch, it’s happened to us all. Now imagine that happening with a $200 spinner on the end of your line, it’s almost nightmare material. So, if you want to avoid having to swim after your fish finder or climb an oak tree to retrieve it from a branch, you’ll need to be extra careful of your surroundings and where you’re casting. I would also strongly recommend using a very strong fishing line, you don’t need to worry about how visibly it is or any of that other stuff, go as strong as you can.
How Do Portable Fishing Finders Work?
Fishfinders use the same technology as military sonar which in itself was inspired by the way dolphins and other marine animals navigate. Essentially an electrical signal is turned into a sound wave by something called a transducer, this transducer is also known as a hydrophone. This sound wave propagates through the water and will be distorted or bounced back when it encounters something solid, such as a rock, fish or the bottom. These reflected sound waves bounce back to the water’s surface where they are picked up by the fish finder.
The fish finder can then use these reflective sound waves to build up a picture of what’s happening under the water’s surface, this, in turn, is displayed on the LCD screen of the fish finder or in the case of a portable version, it’s transmitted to your phone to be shown on your phone’s screen. Differing sizes and consistencies of objects will show different telemetry on the screen, which is how we can differentiate between a fish and a rock. The scanning of the water can happen very quickly, so it’s possible to spot when fishing is moving and in what direction, which can increase your chances of success by a huge amount.
Do Portable Fish Finders Work: Conclusion
When these portable fish finders were first released, I was a bit dubious as to how effective they would be, so I waited for a few years to see how the technology progressed. In my opinion, we’re now at a point where portable fish finders are just as effective as any other fish finder, and the price has come down massively in the last few years, they are now much more affordable than they were even a few years ago. When I bought my the portable fish finder, it set me back by about $200, but over the months of using it, I would say it was definitely worth the investment. If you’re on the fence about buying one of these products, I can hand on heart recommend them for anyone that fishes from the shore or a Kayak. As I said before, it’s definitely worthwhile using a heavy-duty line for the fish finder, you really don’t want to lose it on the first case. Buying some $20 braided line is a drop in the ocean compared to losing the whole gadget, so it should be part of your purchase.
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Trailers are a substantial investment and hence an adequate insurance coverage is a quintessential requirement. You should protect your trailer against theft, damage and other untoward developments. There is no simple or straight answer to how much does travel trailer insurance cost. The annual cost or premium can be a couple hundred dollars or you may have to pay tens of thousands. The type of trailer you own, including its size and shape, the weight and the various components it has, its value at the present point in time and the kind of coverage you want will determine the annual cost of travel trailer insurance.
Travel trailer insurance is not the same as normal auto insurance. This type of policy is specifically for your travel, the exact journey you have planned, where you are heading and for how long, what all you would have with you and the risks you or your trailer would be vulnerable to during the trip. You can embark on an online quest to know more about travel trailer insurance cost, you can speak with an expert or you can call up an insurer you have a policy with to find out if they have relevant policies for your trailer. It is usually easier and also better to check out travel trailer insurance cost online as you can completely customize your search, use all relevant filters and then get a specific quote. Telephonic conversations are often simplified and generalized. You may get a ballpark from an insurer or one of their executives but not the exact amount you would have to pay. You must also prepare to deal with a range of cost unless you get specific with all the details.
The Retail Value of Trailers
The actual value of your trailer will be a decisive factor. Utility trailers are priced anywhere between two hundred and eight thousand dollars right now. Snowmobile trailers cost around five hundred up to a hundred thousand dollars. Personal watercraft or boat trailers can cost seven hundred to five thousand dollars. Motorcycle trailers are priced from eight hundred to fifteen thousand. Horse trailers would cost around five thousand to a hundred thousand. Toy haulers are priced from six thousand to a hundred thousand. Just to give you an idea, the effective cost for a 2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2504S is $24,500 after factoring in the taxes, fees, and title among other expenses.
There are two ways this retail price of your trailer would impact the travel trailer insurance cost. The price is basically the value of your trailer so if you happen to lose it or it is stolen, then you would be compensated accordingly by the insurer. If your trailer is stolen a year or three down the line, then you would be compensated according to the prevailing value. The value of your trailer will depreciate in a year to three years. Some insurers would offer a coverage equivalent to the then value of your trailer. Some insurers would offer you enough money to buy a similar trailer. The exact terms the policy will determine how you get compensated.
Other Influencing Factors
Trailer insurance cost will be determined by the scope of the policy and hence the coverage. Small and light trailers that are not very costly can easily be insured with an add-on in the policy you have as a homeowner or renter. You may also go for this add-on in your auto insurance policy. The most inexpensive trailers can be added on without any extra charge or an increased premium. Expensive trailers must be insured separately, especially if they are large and can increase your liability if they come unhitched and cause damage to property and injury to fellow commuters or pedestrians. You will need a comprehensive insurance policy covering theft, damage, collision, total or wreck and other mishaps. The trailer insurance cost will depend on the size including length, width, and height, the shape and design, the way you use the trailer, the frequency of use and the time it spends on the road or away from your home. These factors effectively influence the risks for the owner and hence the insurer. The insurance cost will be worked out accordingly.
The Range of Travel Trailer Insurance Cost
With over fifteen million light trailers on the roads across the country, you should expect a vast range of travel trailer insurance cost. There are many insurers too and hence there are diverse policies influencing the specific ways of calculating travel trailer insurance cost. The specific type of trailer, its purpose, and frequency of use will cause massive changes in cost. A very small and light utility trailer that is relatively inexpensive would cost nothing to insure in most cases. A costly and heavy trailer, say a toy hauler worth ninety thousand dollars, will easily cost around five hundred per year to insure.
Travel trailer insurance cost is also dependent on various options you choose. For instance, trailer insurance coverage may be applicable only when the trailer is hitched to your vehicle and not otherwise. You need to choose a policy that will provide coverage even when your trailer is stored or parked. There should be comprehensive coverage against theft, whether or not the trailer is hitched to the vehicle. Some policies will assure coverage for the personal items, affects or cargo you carry in the trailer. Some policies will not cover such goods. You need to delve into such details. Do not just be content with the travel trailer insurance cost if it is lower than what you have found in other quotes. There may be a lot of exemptions in the policy and hence the coverage may prove to be futile.
Compare Travel Trailer Insurance Costs
You will need to compare travel trailer insurance costs vis-à-vis the types of coverage. You should also be sure that the insurer is reliable and make it simple for you to file claims. Some insurers are rather rigid and unfavorable with how they go about settling claims. Let us take the aforementioned 2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2504S worth $24,500 as a case study to compare travel trailer insurance cost.
Good Sam’s Insurance quotes an annual premium of $376 with a deductible ranging from $250 to $500. There are replacement plans but it is unclear if the insurer would value the trailer at the time of theft or damage while ascertaining the coverage. Progressive has a policy via USAA. The annual travel trailer insurance cost with Progressive ranges from $179 to $383 depending on the coverage amount. For the 2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2504S worth $24,500, Progressive quotes $289 a year. Anyone who already has a home insurance policy or auto insurance with or via USAA would get a deduction on travel trailer insurance with Progressive or a third party insurer working through the bank.
You can get quotes from both Good Sam’s and Progressive among other insurers online and over the phone. Go online to select every relevant detail so your quote is specific to your needs. A telephonic conversation would focus on the broader aspects and the quote may be completely futile as it would not factor in the specific needs you have given the type of trailer you have, how you operate it and what purpose it serves. All insurers will have exemptions in certain policies and some apparently all-inclusive coverage. You would need to choose the types of coverage you want and the kinds you do not need. You can always exclude the latter and bring the travel trailer insurance cost down.
Always prioritize replacement cost when you choose travel trailer insurance. You need to know if you get the complete replacement cost given the coverage. You should know how this value would be calculated now, a year down the line, two years or three years in the future. You would need sufficient financial coverage if your trailer is wrecked, stolen or damaged due to some reason four years later. The replacement cost may not be much at the time as it is now so choosing a policy that secures your interest.
You should also prioritize bodily injury while choosing travel trailer insurance. You can add bodily injury to the policy for an additional cost. You can go for two hundred and fifty thousand dollars coverage or you may choose half a million. Scaling up from a quarter of a million to half a million often does not cost much but the leap can be a lifesaver in a crisis. Get roadside assistance if you want. It can cost twenty-five bucks or so more every year. It is worthwhile to have some help when you need it the most. You must also get adequate coverage for your personal effects or items.
You may consider travel trailer insurance of Farmers, Progressive, Geico or Good Sam and others. Geico is not very forthcoming with its approach online. You would not get a quote after answering a zillion questions and you would be called by their relentless salespeople. You can always get actual quotes pertaining to your needs and then compare to make an informed decision.
It sometimes feels that summer is over in a heartbeat and before we know it we’re stuck into long cold nights and short cool days. One minute we’re basking in tropical heat and then within a week we’re being battered with freezing rain and gale force winds.
Maybe I’m showing my age, but the summers seem to be getting shorter, and the winters are getting longer. December is just around the corner, the kids are getting excited for Santa and the temperature will probably continue on its downward trend with no chance of warming up anytime soon.
Common sense dictates that most of the shelf RVs are not meant for exploring the Antarctic. If you’d like to take your RV out during colder weather, you’ll probably need to invest in what’s commonly named an arctic package. These will normally upgrade the existing insulation and provide additional heating for the enjoyment of the RVs passengers and driver.
However, there are certain models of RVs that have designed and built with the colder weather in mind. These vehicles are meant to be taken out when the mercury drops, through icy gales and even in some cases, snowy roads. If you stay in an area that experiences harsh winters, or you just want to experience the thrill of being on the road with your RV year-round, then these top cold-weather RVs are made to meet that need.
Windjammer 3008W Travel Trailer
Travel trailers are a great much cheaper alternative to the full-blown RV, they are ideal choices for beginners and those just looking to get a taste of the RV lifestyle. The Windjammer is a fantastic option, it can accommodate a maximum of five beds, so there’s no excuse for not bringing your family along.
This trailer is not exactly small, boasting an 897-pound hitch load, but it will do an admirable job of keeping the bad weather on the outside and the warmth and creature comforts on the inside. Given its impressive size, it can hold a generous 45-gallon black water tank, a 75-gallon gray water tank, and a commendable 45-gallon freshwater tank.
Additionally, the trailer does a great job of providing a host of other features such as a wardrobe, linen closet, a kitchen space with microwave, gas cooker hook-up and an awning to keep the sun or snow off. To top it all off, the master suite features a clever table that folds away and a large double bed.
If you’re wondering at this point what exactly makes this trailer a good fit for winter excursions, then read on:
- Inbuilt whole trailer insulation
- The heated tanks that are electronically controlled and monitored
- Upgraded windows
- Electronically heated master bedroom mattress
- Upgraded fireplace
- Heated floor ducts
Pros: This trailer features a ton of traits that make it particularly well suited to cold weather. Admittedly, it’s not much to look at, but what it lacks in the looks department it more than makes up for in the functionality department. We’re sure that if you are someone that likes camping trailers and enjoy the winter months outdoors, the Windjammer will definitely become a firm favorite.
Cons: It’s a heavy trailer to haul around, more so than most other camp trailers. Given its size and weight, it might take a while to get used to using it, especially if you’re new to pulling a trailer.
Jayco Redhawk 26XD
The Jayco is a visually stunning RV that all but guarantees a snug and warm environment, doubly so if you’re looking to purchase one of latest 2017 – 2018 models. You’ll be spoilt for choice with five floorplans to pick from, meaning you’ll no doubt find something to meet your specific requirements. All models boast a robust Ford chassis, ample linen closets, a generous refrigerator, an awning, as well as a massive queen sized bed.
Every Redhawk is generously proportioned, so in addition to the above, you should have little trouble fitting in the following:
- A queen sized bed
- More closet space
- A fully equipped bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet
- An array of kitchen appliances, storage, and work surfaces
- A large sofa
- A 32-inch television
Obviously, the equipment and space are impressive, how about the purpose of this article, how does it fare during cold weather? The huge fuel tank, powerful auto-igniting furnace and large capacity water heater all ensure you should feel warm and comfortable no matter what the outside weather is doing. If you want to take your family, your friends family, and your dogs with you on your winter excursions, then the eight-person sleeping arrangements should be more than adequate.
Pros: There’s an awful lot to like about the Redhawk, it’s massive and feels like a holiday home, but it’s also easy to maintain a very comfortable temperature no matter what the weather outside is doing.
Cons: To achieve all of these luxury offerings you’ll need to spend a small fortune on the Redhawk, prices are just shy of $100,000. Opting for the previous years model will be cheaper but you may have to sacrifice many of the newer luxury features.
Lance 4 Seasons Travel Trailer
Manufactured specifically for all season driving, including winter and warm weather, the Lance proves that you need not spend a fortune to experience cold weather trips. Here’s a quick breakdown of its features:
- Easily removable hatch covers, these can be added or removed in a matter of seconds depending on what the weather is doing outside. The insulated covers are designed to keep the outdoor weather conditions from encroaching into the indoors of your RV, which means happy campers.
- The design utilizes insulation, which supersedes the more traditional wood. The good thing about this thermoplastic is that it’s a natural insulator which is adept at keeping the heat in and the cold out, it will also provide a certain amount of soundproofing, meaning you’ll be at least partially immune from the sounds of generators or other outdoor noises. Lastly, the insulation won’t rot or be prone to hosting mildew or mold, unlike wood tends to do.
- The RV features an impressive ducted warming system. Clever engineering and design mean that the heating is equally directed across the whole of the RV, ensuring every room is warmed to the same level.
Lastly, the windows are dual paned and tinted, which provides an additional level of insulation and soundproofing.
Pros: With bags and bags of insulation, worrying about the cold weather will be a distant memory. The added benefit of the soundproofing makes driving it an almost peaceful experience.
Cons: Nothing we can find. The Lance package is available for a range of truck trailers and toy trailers, which provides a ton of adaptability.
Forest River Arctic Wolf
The Arctic Wolf is available with six floorplans to pick from, meaning it’ll meet the requirements of nearly every RV fan. The largest models top out at a huge 10,000 pounds, equating to a hitch load of approximately 1,400 pounds. This weight is down to its generous proportions which max out at 35 feet in length and 11 feet in height.
In addition to its comfortable dimensions, Artic Wolf owners can pick from either an Extreme Weather Package or the Arctic Package for any winter excursions. Let’s take a look at each package:
- Windows for the upper bunks
- Wired solar setup
- Pull-out kitchen taps
- Optional fittings for outdoor TV and shower
- Hardwired entertainment system
- Entry doors with friction hinges
Extreme Weather Package
- Arctic insulation fitted throughout
- Ducted air-con
- Featured fast cool fan
- Upper decking with insulation
- Powerful ceiling fan
- Underfloor heating
- High gloss wall construction
- A powerful furnace capable of outputting 35,000 BTUs in a matter of seconds
Pros: If you purchase the Arctic Wolf with the Extreme weather package, you’ll be comfortable, warm and immune from the outside weather conditions, no matter what it’s doing.
Cons: The size and mass of this RV can pose a hurdle for anyone inexperienced driving with such a large vehicle, turning, and other maneuvers may prove to be challenging.
Jayco 327CKTS Eagle
Jayco makes a second appearance on our list with the Eagle. The new model just released in 2018 includes a range of improvements and upgrades, including a sizeable refrigerator, a comfortable and luxurious queen-sized bed, massive wardrobes and a washer dryer combo.
Additionally, you’ll have a full 19 feet of outdoor warning to utilize, a well-equipped full bathroom which includes a toilet, sink, shower and closet, a kitchen with everything you might need, a large sofa and an extra recliner.
If that’s not enough to suit your needs, you can optionally choose a décor package which will make your RV feel more like a home away from home. Additionally, there are a few optional extras:
- Double glazed tinted windows
- The dry package, which provides LP storage and capacity
- The Waste System
- A digitally managed and monitored tankless water heating system
Pros: As we’ve already discussed, the Jayco name is well known in the RV industry for providing four seasons options. The upgraded 2018 model of the Eagle provides a range of comfort upgrades that rival those of your home. The capabilities and luxury appointments mean you could feasibly keep going on the trail all year round.
Cons: Only the most recent version of the Eagle feature everything detailed above, older models will cost less but won’t be as well appointed.
Heartland is a giant within the world of RVs and has established a reputation over the years as a firm that is more than capable of producing RVs that can go up against even the toughest of weather conditions. The Bighorn is not an exception and well deserves the hype associated with the brand. This trailer boasts close to a dozen floor plans to choose from, which means regardless of your requirement, budget or niche needs, there’s going to be a Bighorn which will tick all of your boxes.
These trailers are available in a variety of size combinations, with the largest coming in at an impressive 14,000 points, which equates to a hitching load of close to 3,000 lbs. This mass is largely due to the 45 feet in length.
Nearly every single floor plan features the following feet warming features:
- An inbuilt A/C System with insulation
- A heat pumping furnace that can crank out 42,000 warming BTUs
- Floor heating ducts that move heat equally around the RV
- The design and build feature insulation built into every aspect of the RV, including the floors, walls, roofing, and windows.
- A heated underside
- Enjoy a bathroom away from home with patented water lines.
- The aesthetics provided by the fiberglass walls, laminated flooring, and tinted windows means the RV will turn heads wherever it goes.
- If you’re looking for a comfortable night’s sleep, the Bighorn provides this in bucket loads with extra storage, large king sized bed, a mattress made from memory foam, and recessed lighting
Pros: Unfortunately we can’t cover every exciting feature of the RV in this article, best rest assured that the Heartland Bighorn delivers impressive comfort and winter capabilities that will leave you impressed. The large selection of floor plans means you’ll be hard pressed to find a combination that doesn’t meet your requirements.
Cons: We’re hard pressed to find any faults with the Bighorn, it’s a seriously impressive piece of kit.
Another brilliant camper trailer in our list is the Raptor. As you would expect from a brand such a Keystone, you’ll receive a ton of features, including artic packages to choose from. Additionally, you may choose some optional extras.
The Raptor has a range of eight intelligently designed floor plans to pick from. All designs feature the same basic rooms, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, however, the exact layout and the amount of room dedicated to each room changes based on the chosen floor plan.
Providing a comfortable and warming environment is the MaxFlo air conditioning unit which can pump out an impressive 15k BTUs. This will keep you warm and toasty during even the biggest cold snaps.
Pros: If you’re looking to buy a Keystone trailer, then we think the Raptor is an obvious choice. Once you’ve chosen your ideal floor plan and you’ve cranked up the heating, you’ll have no excuse for not heading out for a winter adventure.
Cons: None that we can find. The sheer popularity of the Raptor is a testament to its capabilities.
Heartland LM Arlington
If you choose to buy Arlington with the Yeti Package equipped, you’re buying on the most capable and beloved arctic packages that are available. The package is, of course, optional, but if you’re serious about taking your RV out in cold weather conditions, it’s an obvious choice.
Coupled with the away from home package, your RV is going to remain in tip-top condition regardless of how many times you choose to take it out. Read on for some of the outstanding innovations that are available as standard:
- A power bed with inbuilt reading and convenience lights
- A lockable and secure safe
- A generously equipped kitchen including an oven
- A tiled backsplash area with gorgeous backlighting
- Soft touch tables
- Inbuilt USB charging ports
- An inverter with built-in surge protection as standard
- An ambient illumination system
- You may optionally add the capability for an exterior TV, inbuilt dishwasher and powerful bathroom extractor fans.
In order to fit all these features in the Heartland weighs in at 15,170 lbs which equates to a 3,100 lbs hitch weight, and the ability to carry a further 2,780 lbs, this means that this vehicle is far from the smallest vehicle on our roster. The Heartland measures in at eight feet across and slightly larger than 13 feet in height.
Pros: Taking into consideration the Yeti Package, the Arlington is a seriously capable and comfortable cold weather RV. It is continually mentioned when the best four-season RVs are discussed. It’s without a doubt the premier artic packages available to buy.
Cons: Without the optional Yeti Package, the Arlington is not as capable. You’ll need to pay for the package which can make it a pricey purchase.
Northwood Arctic Fox
Very few arctic campers are as popular well know or held in such high regard as the Fox. The reason for this is simple enough, the Arctic Fox accomplishes what it was set out to do and contains a ton of helpful features. Let’s take a closer look:
- Built into the bedroom are USB charging ports, as well as a well-proportioned mattress and carpeting throughout
- A fully function bathtub with a skylight and foldable shower screen
- A foot-operated toilet
- Powerful extractor fans in the bedrooms
- Inbuilt skylights and a sizeable fridge as well as ample storage space
- A fully equipped kitchen including a microwave
- A booth eating area and L shaped sofa with comfortable pillows
- A digitally monitored and controlled thermostat for perfect heating
- Inbuilt smoke, carbon monoxide, and LPG detectors
- A foldaway 19-inch widescreen TV with Bluetooth connectivity and CD/DVD player
- A range of clever storage options
- Fully insulated through with four-seasons foam insulation, providing exceptional insulation properties
And that’s not everything! With all the features, it would be easy to mistake the interior for a luxury apartment. If you so choose, you can even add additional features such as generators, solar panels, cameras, thermal windows and much more besides.
Pros: A fantastic offering from an already impressive brand, the Arctic Fox proves that the cold weather doesn’t need to hinder your outdoor adventures. It’s entirely possible that you could be living in the lap of luxury that you’ll not want to go home.
Cons: Like anything that borders the line of luxury, you’re going to have to pay for the privilege of all of these features. The latest models from 2017 onwards will cost upwards of $56,000, and previous models don’t tend to depreciate that much, which in itself is a testament to their quality.
Perhaps the best known cold weather RV, the Montana is a legend in its own right. People have and still do live all year round in this capable vehicle. This model has a 15-year pedigree which has stood the test of time, proving year upon year that it’s at the top of the pile for all weather RVs and well deserving of its excellent reputation.
In developing and testing the Keystone Montana, technicians would use the RV in Indiana for several weeks on end during freezing temperatures to ensure the vehicle was capable of continued exposure to very low temperatures. Additionally, within the Montana testing facility, the Keystone was tested in temperatures as low as zero degrees Fahrenheit, which is far below what you’re likely to come across in the wild. Needless to say that Montana flew through every test with full marks. This is in part due to the equipment included:
- Digitally controlled and monitored dual thermostat
- Ducted secondary A/C
- Powerful free-flow 15,000 BTU air conditioning
- Heated water drains
- Electrically heated tanks
- Built-in water lines
- Insulated holding tanks and dump valves
- Insulated heated underbelly
- Attic system with full venting
- Insulated heated ducting system
- A 35k BTU heating furnace with auto-igniting feature
- Insulated roofing, flooring, walls, and windows that massively improve heat retention
Pros: If you’re looking for an RV that will stay warm on the inside no matter what the weather is doing on the outside, then you’d be hard pushed to find a better option than the Montana. The vehicle has been designed from the ground up to deliver outstanding cold weather capabilities, ensuring its occupants remain in the lap of luxury.
Cons: Top of the range options will cost quite a bit of money, which may be too much for someone starting out as an RV enthusiast.
As the saying goes ‘winter is coming’, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to migrate south with the starlings. If you want to head out into a winter wonderland, then choosing one of the ten cold weather RVs we’ve discussed will all but guarantee a comfortable trip. Some of them are larger, better equipped or costlier than others, but all are capable and will make great choices for anyone looking to spend some time exploring the winter landscape.