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December 18, 2013
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Twenty-Seven Favorites Chosen from an Array of RV Products and Services

 

RVers are a savvy bunch. To travel the country in a truck and trailer, whether for a week, a year or a lifetime takes more than just a map and agenda. It requires knowledge of both the tow rig and your home on wheels; of tires, plumbing and suspension, weight ratings and accessories. It’s knowing about the friendliest overnight accommodations, the best places to shop and the most beautiful things to see. Because when it comes right down to it, a truck and trailer are more than two vehicles connected via a hitch — they’re a physical representation of a lifestyle that is best enjoyed with others who share the RV passion.
So, it stands to reason then, when you want to know who offers the best of the best, you ask a fellow RVer. After all, there’s a great likelihood that he/she has already seen it, done it, conquered it, photographed it, lived it — and is more than happy to pass his/her experiences on to you. That’s why we asked Trailer Life readers to vote for their favorite stuff in this, the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. We created a category for just about every aspect of RVing (27 in all) and asked our readers to choose from more than 100 brands, products and services. After more than three months of voting, the results are in … and here are the favorites.

Awning

 

RCA-carefree-coloradoGOLD: Carefree of Colorado
Carefree of Colorado manufacturers a variety of patio awnings for travel trailers, fifth-wheels, motorhomes, tent trailers and truck campers.
303-469-3324 | www.carefreeofcolorado.com
SILVER: A&E Blind and Awning
800-777-1221 | www.aeblind.com
BRONZE: Awnings by Zip Dee
800-338-2378 | www.awningsbyzipdee.com

Campground/Resort

 

RCA-Pechanga-1GOLD: Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula, California
Located near Temecula wine country in Southern California, Pechanga Resort’s 168 sites offer full hookups and other amenities.
877-997-8386 | www.pechanga.com
SILVER:: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
& Campground
— Orlando, Florida
407-939-5277 | www.disneyworldcamping.com
BRONZE: Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
843-238-5532 | www.oceanlakes.com

Casino/RV Resort

 

RCA-Pechanga-2GOLD: Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
A 200,000-square-foot gaming floor makes this California’s largest casino. And you can set up camp at the adjacent Pechanga RV Resort.
951-693-1819 | www.pechanga.com
SILVER: Seven Feathers Casino Resort,
Canyonville, Oregon
800-548-8461 | www.sevenfeathers.com
BRONZE: Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Jackson, California
800-822-9466 | www.jacksoncasino.com

Engine Oil

 

RCA-AmsoilGOLD: AMSOIL
AMSOIL introduced its first American Petroleum Institute (API) approved synthetic motor oil
in 1972.
800-956-5695 | www.amsoil.com
SILVER: Shell Rotella
800-237-8645 | www.shell.com/rotella
BRONZE: Mobil 1
800-662-4525 | www.mobiloil.com

Fifth-Wheel Hitch

 

RVA-Reese-HitchGOLD: Reese
Reese builds a number of hitches to handle any fifth-wheel trailer.
800-632-3290 | www.reeseprod.com
SILVER: B&W Trailer Hitches
800-248-6564 | www.turnoverball.com
BRONZE: PullRite
800-443-2307 | www.pullrite.com

Fifth-Wheel Trailer

 

RCA-Keystone-Montana-Fifth-WheelGOLD: Keystone
Keystone is a leader in North American RV sales, specializing in fifth-wheels, travel trailers and toy haulers.
866-425-4369 | www.keystonerv.com
SILVER: Forest River
574-389-4600 | www.forestriverinc.com
BRONZE: Heartland
877-262-8032 | www.heartlandrvs.com

Folding Camper

 

RCA-Jay_SeriesGOLD: Jayco
Jayco is one of the best-known names in the RV industry, and its folding campers are a staple of American highways, byways and campgrounds.
574-825-5861 | www.jayco.com
SILVER (TIE): Forest River
574-389-4600 | www.forestriverinc.com
Starcraft RV    
800-945-4787 | www.starcraftrv.com

BRONZE: Chalet
541-791-4610 | www.chaletrv.com

Fuel Additive

 

RCA-LucasGOLD: Lucas Oil Products
A manufacturer of oils, additives and lubricants, Lucas Oil Products has been a major player in the oil game since its founding in 1989.
800-342-2512 | www.lucasoil.com
SILVER (TIE) AMSOIL
800-956-5695 | www.amsoil.com
SILVER: Sea Foam
952-938-4811 | www.seafoamsales.com
BRONZE: STP
www.stp.com

Fuel Station

 

RCA-Pilot-Flying-JGOLD: Pilot Flying J
In 2010, Pilot and Flying J merged to form the largest network of RV-friendly travel centers in the United States and Canada.
877-866-7378 | www.pilotflyingj.com
SILVER: Love’s Travel Stops
800-388-0983 | www.loves.com
BRONZE: Shell
888-467-4355 | www.shell.us

 

Performance-Enhancing Product

 

RCA-banksGOLD: Banks Power
Banks offers a range of emissions legal products to improve power/fuel economy, from cold-air intake kits to PowerPack Systems.
800-601-8072 | www.bankspower.com
SILVER: Edge Products
888-360-3343 | www.edgeproducts.com
BRONZE: Bully Dog
877-285-5936 | www.bullydog.com

Portable Generator

 

RCA-Honda-GeneratorGOLD: Honda
A manufacturer of long-lasting and quiet portable generators, Honda’s power stations are offered in a range of output levels.
770-497-6400 | www.powerequipment.honda.com
SILVER: Yamaha
800-962-7926 | www.yamaha-motor.com
BRONZE: Cummins Onan
800-888-6626 | http://power.cummins.com

 

Refrigerator

 

RCA-Dometic-refrigeratorGOLD: Dometic
Dometic is synonymous with RV refrigerators for every type of RV. But the company also offers many other RV appliances, treatments and accessories.
800-544-4881 | www.dometic.com
SILVER: Norcold
800-543-1219 | www.norcold.com
BRONZE: Atwood
800-546-8759 | www.atwoodmobile.com

RV Cleaner

 

RCA-ProtectAllGOLD: Protect All
Products include polishes, washes, wheel and tire cleaner, rubber roof treatments, slideout lubricants and black-streak removers.
800-322-4491 | www.protectall.com
SILVER: Thetford
800-543-1219 | www.thetford.com
BRONZE: Camco
800-334-2004 | www.camco.net

 

RV Retailer

 

RCA-Camping-WorldGOLD: Camping World
Camping World is the nation’s largest retailer of RV supplies, accessories, as well as new and used RVs, with more than 75 stores coast-to-coast.
888-626-7576 | www.campingworld.com
SILVER: Local Dealer

BRONZE: Walmart
www.walmart.com

RV Toilet

 

RCA-ThetfordGOLD: Thetford/Tecma
Making portable and permanent toilets, chemicals, cleaners and convenience products, Thetford is a time-tested and popular builder of RV toilets.
800-543-1219 | www.thetford.com
SILVER: Dometic/SeaLand Toilet Systems
800-544-4881 | www.dometic.com

 

 

Satellite Hardware

 

RCA-WinegardGOLD: Winegard
Whether it’s portable or roof-mounted antennas — from manual models to fully automatic — Winegard’s products bring in the signals.
800-288-8094 | www.winegard.com
SILVER: DISH Tailgater by King Controls
www.dish.com/technology/tv-outdoors

BRONZE: King Controls
952-922-6889 | www.kingcontrols.com

 

Satellite Provider

 

RCA-DirecTVGOLD: DIRECTV
Beaming its first digital satellite transmission in 1994, DIRECTV has more than 20 million subscribers, many who tune-in from their RVs.
888-777-2454 | www.directv.com
SILVER: Dish Network
800-823-4929 | www.dish.com

 

Sit-Down Restaurant

 

RCA-Cracker-Barrel-StoreGOLD: Cracker Barrel
A friend to the RV community for its parking-lot policy, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurants has more than 600 U.S. locations.
800-333-9566 | www.crackerbarrel.com
SILVER: Applebee’s
888-592-7753 | www.applebees.com
BRONZE: Denny’s
800-733-6697 | www.dennys.com

 

State to RV In

 

RCA-oregonGOLD: Oregon
With a multitude of outdoor activities to choose from, as well as breathtaking natural beauty, Oregon has long been a destination state for RVers.
800-547-7842 | www.traveloregon.com
SILVER: Michigan
888-784-7328 | www.michigan.org
BRONZE: Colorado
800-265-6723 | www.colorado.com

 

Tire Monitoring System

 

RCA-TireMinderGOLD: TireMinder
TireMinder’s complete systems and components keep tabs on tire pressure for greater peace of mind on the road.
772-463-6522 | www.minderresearch.com
SILVER: Doran
866-816-7233 | www.doranmfg.com
BRONZE (TIE): Hopkins nVISION
800-835-0129 | www.nvisionsafety.com
PressurePro
800-959-3505 | www.advantagepressurepro.com

 

Tires

 

RCA-MichelinGOLD: Michelin
Michelin RV tires are engineered to provide excellent handling, comfort and durability.
866-866-6605 | www.michelinman.com
SILVER: Goodyear
800-321-2136 | www.goodyear.com
BRONZE: Toyo
800-442-8696 | www.toyotires.com

Travel Trailer

 

RCA-KeystoneGOLD: Keystone
From lightweight travel trailers to fifth-wheels and toy haulers, Keystone offers products to fit RVers needs and budgets.
866-425-4369 | www.keystonerv.com
SILVER: Forest River
574-389-4600 | www.forestriverinc.com
BRONZE: Jayco
574-825-5861 | www.jayco.com

Travel Trailer Cover   

 

RCA-ADCO-CoversGOLD: ADCO
ADCO specializes in RV covers, as well as covers for tires, windshields, air-conditioning units and propane cylinders, among other RV-centric items.
800-541-2326 | www.adcoprod.com
SILVER: CoverQuest
888-726-9300 | www.coverquest.com
BRONZE: Calmark
800-838-7236 | www.calmarkcovers.com

Travel Trailer Hitch

 

RCA-EqualizerHitchGOLD: Equal-i-zer
Focused on building products that reduce sway, Equal-i-zer builds four-point sway/weight-distribution products that help make RV travel easier and safer.
800-478-5578 | www.equalizerhitch.com
SILVER: Reese
800-632-3290 | www.reeseprod.com
BRONZE: Hensley Mfg.
800-410-6580 | www.hensleymfg.com

 

Truck Bed Liner

 

RCA-Line-X-F150GOLD: Line-X
Line-X spray-in bedliners offer tough protection against truck-bed damage, helping to keep truck beds looking better, longer.
877-330-1331 | www.linex.com
SILVER: Rhino Linings
800-422-2603 | www.rhinolinings.com
BRONZE: Bed Rug
800-462-8435 | www.bedrug.com

 

Truck Camper

 

RCA-Lance-CampeGOLD: Lance
Lance builds truck campers and travel trailers, including many units focused on reducing their ecological footprint.
661-949-3322 | www.lancecamper.com
SILVER: Northwood Manufacturing
800-766-6274 | www.northwoodmfg.com
BRONZE: Bigfoot RV
250-546-2155 | www.bigfootrv.com

 

Truck For Towing

 

RVA-Ford-F-150GOLD: Ford
Maker of the top-selling truck for 25 years, the F-150 — and the beefy Super Duty pickup — Ford has become the ubiquitous American-made truck.
800-392-3673 | www.ford.com
SILVER: Chevrolet
800-222-1020 | www.chevrolet.com
BRONZE: Dodge
800-423-6343 | www.dodge.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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