To some people, RVing means bringing your campervan to Venice Beach. To others, it means taking your Fleetwood Bounder to the New Mexico desert. And to some, it even means leaving the fifty states altogether to go north into Canada.
But wherever your RV journey takes you, it's important that it keeps you insulated from the outdoor elements. How equipped your trailer is to handle inclement temperatures will depend on its construction and material used— meaning that some RVs are better for extreme climates than others. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best insulated RVs.
These four models stand out above the rest when it comes to insulation, making them great for trips to the coldest and hottest reaches of the country.
If you’re looking for a full-scale travel trailer that you can tow behind most full-sized pickups, the Forest River Rockwood Windjammer is an excellent model, and the 3008V floor plan is as luxurious as it is well insulated.
It features vacuum bonded walls that are less likely to delaminate than typical pressed walls, foam board insulation, a fully enclosed aluminum undercarriage, and a 13,500 BTU air conditioning and heating unit.
At the triangular front of the trailer is a kitchen bigger than some apartments offer, complete with a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and sink. Behind that is a slide out section with a dinette booth and a full sized sofa, and across is a pair of rocker chairs (or optionally recliners) with overhead storage compartments. Further back, you’ll find a walkthrough bathroom complete with a shower, toilet, sink, and even linen closet. The master suite has a slide out to allow room for a queen or optional king size mattress, TV, and wardrobe. Outside there is an awning and even a gas grill, so if the weather is nice, you can have a barbecue outside.
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With a name like Northwood Arctic Fox, you would have to expect good winter weather performance. And the Arctic Fox line of travel trailers and fifth wheels delivers with some of the best insulated RVs on the market.
It all starts with high-quality construction. The walls are made from heavy gauge aluminum, covering up a combination of fiberglass insulation, rigid foam boards, and reflective foil insulation. This means that your RV will keep the heat inside in cold climates while keeping the heat out in hot environments. On top of that, the water tanks are contained inside the body of the RV, keeping it away from the elements and surrounded by warm air so you don’t have to worry about freezing over, or worse bursting the pipes and flooding your cabin.
For the passengers, there’s more than just the 30,000 BTU furnace to keep you comfortable. All floorplans come with at least a queen-size bed, a fully equipped bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, and storage, a kitchen that would put college housing to shame with a 3-burner stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and solid hardwood cabinets. The living area offers a dinette, and larger floor plans have one or more sofas and optional recliners. And if the furnace wasn’t enough for you, you can even add a fireplace on some layouts.
If you’re looking for a four-season RV, the Arctic Fox line has a lot of great options for you.
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Unlike the rest of this list, the Jayco Redhawk is not a towable trailer but a Class C motorhome. Built on the chassis of a Ford E-450, the Redhawk 26XD uses a Vacuum-Bonded fiberglass body with bead foam insulation to keep the temperature inside where you want it.
And whether you like it hot or cold, the Redhawk is ready with a 15,000 BTU air conditioning system and a 30,000 BTU furnace. There are several different floor plans in the Redhawk line, but the 26XD offers a great balance between spaciousness and maneuverability. Like all floorplans, the 26XD has two front swivel seats in the front of the truck with a bunk up above them, a kitchen equipped with an 8-cubic foot refrigerator, 3-burner stove with oven, microwave, a dual bowl sink, a dinette, a bathroom with shower, toilet, and sink, and a queen-sized bed. The 26XD also adds a sofa, or dual recliners if you would prefer. If you want an even bigger RV, you can go as large as the 31F model which has all the features of the XD plus a pair of bunk beds.
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Lance trailers and truck campers are great without any additional packages or add-ons, but their all-weather package really ups the ante and makes it ready for all four seasons.
Unlike many other RVs that feature a central heating and cooling unit that pumps hot air into the middle of the cabin, Lance trailers feature heating ducts that more evenly distribute the hot air throughout your space. One of those ducts also flows hot air straight to the water holding tanks at the bottom of the RV to avoid freezing over. The water system also features a heater bypass and easy draining valves for quick winterization. It features excellent insulation around the body including the dual pane windows that help prevent heat transfer.
Beyond that, all Lance trailers come well-equipped, and the 2285 model is no exception with fully equipped bathroom and kitchen, dinette, sofa, and a queen-sized bed.
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