The Readers Have Spoken


December 18, 2013
Filed under Feature Story, Top Stories


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.



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 |
SILVER: A&E Blind and Awning
800-777-1221 |
BRONZE: Awnings by Zip Dee
800-338-2378 |



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 |
SILVER:: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
& Campground
— Orlando, Florida
407-939-5277 |
BRONZE: Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
843-238-5532 |

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 |
SILVER: Seven Feathers Casino Resort,
Canyonville, Oregon
800-548-8461 |
BRONZE: Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Jackson, California
800-822-9466 |

Engine Oil


AMSOIL introduced its first American Petroleum Institute (API) approved synthetic motor oil
in 1972.
800-956-5695 |
SILVER: Shell Rotella
800-237-8645 |
BRONZE: Mobil 1
800-662-4525 |

Fifth-Wheel Hitch


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

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 |
SILVER: Forest River
574-389-4600 |
BRONZE: Heartland
877-262-8032 |

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 |
SILVER (TIE): Forest River
574-389-4600 |
Starcraft RV    
800-945-4787 |

BRONZE: Chalet
541-791-4610 |

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 |
800-956-5695 |
SILVER: Sea Foam
952-938-4811 |

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 |
SILVER: Love’s Travel Stops
800-388-0983 |
888-467-4355 |


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 |
SILVER: Edge Products
888-360-3343 |
BRONZE: Bully Dog
877-285-5936 |

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 |
SILVER: Yamaha
800-962-7926 |
BRONZE: Cummins Onan
800-888-6626 |




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 |
SILVER: Norcold
800-543-1219 |
BRONZE: Atwood
800-546-8759 |

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 |
SILVER: Thetford
800-543-1219 |
800-334-2004 |


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 |
SILVER: Local Dealer

BRONZE: Walmart

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 |
SILVER: Dometic/SeaLand Toilet Systems
800-544-4881 |



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 |
SILVER: DISH Tailgater by King Controls

BRONZE: King Controls
952-922-6889 |


Satellite Provider


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 |
SILVER: Dish Network
800-823-4929 |


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 |
SILVER: Applebee’s
888-592-7753 |
BRONZE: Denny’s
800-733-6697 |


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 |
SILVER: Michigan
888-784-7328 |
BRONZE: Colorado
800-265-6723 |


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 |
866-816-7233 |
800-835-0129 |
800-959-3505 |




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

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 |
SILVER: Forest River
574-389-4600 |
574-825-5861 |

Travel Trailer Cover   


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 |
SILVER: CoverQuest
888-726-9300 |
BRONZE: Calmark
800-838-7236 |

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 |
800-632-3290 |
BRONZE: Hensley Mfg.
800-410-6580 |


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 |
SILVER: Rhino Linings
800-422-2603 |
800-462-8435 |


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 |
SILVER: Northwood Manufacturing
800-766-6274 |
BRONZE: Bigfoot RV
250-546-2155 |


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 |
SILVER: Chevrolet
800-222-1020 |
800-423-6343 |







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