Recreation Vehicle Reviews


February 14, 2017

PJ’s Picks

Compiled by OutdoorsNW staff

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OutdoorsNW media consultant PJ Watanabe, toured many RVs this year and has picked his favorites to review. To qualify, each RV needed to have a kitchen, bathroom and sleep two or more people. Towed or driven, each of these RVs offers any intrepid camper or adventure family a safe, cozy and convenient home on wheels.

(Editor’s note: Base prices listed do not include tax, title, license, delivery charges and can change at any time.)

Winnebago Travato Camper Van

The Winnebago Travato Camper Van is not only an easy RV to drive, it’s also fuel efficient, spacious and well outfitted for any adventure. Offering two flexible floorplans, each comes with a kitchen equipped with a two-burner stove top, microwave, six-seater dinette, refrigerator, stainless steel sink and a cold-water filtration system. The full bath includes a toilet, sink and shower. The dinette converts into a full-size bed in both floorplans; the larger floorplan includes a twin-bed option, which allows this camper to sleep up to four people comfortably.
Base Price: $90,910

Homegrown Trailers

Energy efficient, lightweight and durable, the innovatively designed Homegrown Trailer sleeps four comfortably. Equipped with a kitchenette and bath with composting toilet, sustainably and locally sourced wood with wool insulation and four roof-top solar panels that store enough electrical charge for four days of use, this trailer is responsibly built and ecofriendly.

Easily towed behind most mid-sized SUVs, the roomy tear-drop design with a pop-up roof offers plenty of headroom and storage. A locking rear hatch reveals more than 10 square feet of countertop space for outdoor cooking, picnics and tailgating.
Base Price: $32,500

Chalet XL 1920 A-Frame Trailer

With a high-wind harness that outperforms any other A-frame in inclement weather, the Chalet XL 1920 is a sturdy and convenient way to camp. Its patented Power Lift System allows for quick and easy setup.

A roomy interior hosts a full kitchen, eight feet of head room, a bathroom with optional shower, bunk beds and dining area that converts to a queen-size bed. This lightweight trailer is great for families of four and can be easily towed behind a mid-sized SUV, making it easy to spend more time outdoors.
Base Price: $22,000

Northwood Arctic Fox Truck Camper

With eight floor plans to choose from, the Northwood Arctic Fox Truck Camper will easily accommodate any sized pickup truck. Each floor plan offers a full bath and well-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, sink, three-burner stovetop and microwave. There is a roomy queen-size bed over the cab. Along with the dinette section that quickly converts into a full-size bed, the camper can sleep four adults comfortably. 
Base Price: $28,767

Airstream Basecamp Trailer

With a versatile floorplan and ability to transform from bedroom, to dining room, to convenient storage space for gear, the Basecamp is the newest travel trailer from the road-tested and trusted Airstream brand.

Comfortable, lightweight and easily towable with most midsized SUVs, the compact design offers a kitchenette, bath with toilet and shower, dining area and full-sized bed that easily sleeps two. The large-sized wheels tackle rougher back roads and inclement weather while the aerodynamic design diminishes the trailer’s drag on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

With the classic aluminum exterior and streamlined interior with plenty of storage space, the Basecamp is ready when you are.
Base Price: $35,000

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