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Readers’-Choice-Awards

December 18, 2013
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Our Readers’ 2013 Favorites in 26 RV-Centric Categories

 

Whether you’ve been an RVer for a few weeks or a few decades, it probably didn’t take long for you to figure out what works — and what doesn’t — for your motorhome lifestyle. Life in an RV, whether part time or full time, requires knowledge on a broad scale; after all, as it is often said, a motor­home is a vehicle and a home. It’s cool stuff like flat-screen TVs and surround sound systems, but also things we may take for granted, like toilets and tires. But outside of the coach itself, there’s so much else to learn — like who has the most convenient dinghy brake system, what truck stops are most convenient, and of course, who has the nicest RV park or campground.
RVers are a social bunch, and they love to share their experiences and knowledge with others who share their passion. That’s why we asked Motor­Home readers to vote for their favorite stuff in this, our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. We created a category for just about every aspect of RVing (26 in all) and asked our readers to choose from more than 150 brands, products and services. After more than three months of your voting, the results are in … and here are your favorites.

Appliances & Accessories

 

Carefree-2NewMotorhome Awning

Gold: Carefree of Colorado, www.carefreeofcolorado.com
Carefree of Colorado offers patio awnings to suit any motorhome.
Silver: Dometic, www.dometic.com/enus/Americas/USA/RV-Products
Bronze: Girard, www.girardrv.com/rv

 

 

 

 

Cummins-Onan-RV-GeneratorNewMotorhome Generator

Gold: Cummins Onan, www.cumminsonan.com
Take all the comforts of home on the road with the power of a Cummins Onan diesel or gasoline AC generator.
Silver: Honda, www.powerequipment.honda.com
Bronze: Generac, www.generac.com/RV/RV_Generators

 

 

Norcold641RV Refrigerator

Gold: Norcold, www.thetford.com
Norcold has a wide 
variety of refrigerators 
to complement any motor-home galley.
Silver: Dometic, www.dometic.com
Bronze: Atwood, www.atwoodmobile
.com

 

 

Thetford-TecmaEasyFitRV Toilet

Gold: Thetford/Tecma, www.thetford.com
The Tecma gets top honors for floorplan flexibility and performance.
Silver: Dometic/SeaLand, www.dometic.com

 

 

Cleaning & Protecting

 

EMPIRE77C6Motorhome Cover

Gold: Empire, www.empirecovers.com
Made in the USA, Empire’s factory-direct covers help to 
protect motorhomes from the ravages of Mother Nature.
Silver: ADCO, www.adcoprod.com
Bronze: CoverQuest, www.coverquest.com

 

ProtectAllRV Cleaner

Gold: Protect All, www.protectall.com
The name says it all. From the tires to the trim, Protect All has a product to keep RVs in tip-top shape.
Silver: Thetford, www.thetford.com
Bronze: Camco, www.camco.net

 

Dinghy Towing

 

BrakeBuddy_classic_digitalBrake Actuator

Gold: Hopkins BrakeBuddy, www.brakebuddy.com
Hopkins’ portable BrakeBuddy helps improve safety when towing a dinghy.
Silver: Roadmaster, www.roadmasterinc.com
Bronze: SMI, www.smibrake.com

Jeep013_004WRDinghy Vehicle

Gold: Jeep Wrangler, www.jeep.com
Relatively lightweight and capable of going almost anywhere, Wrangler is a versatile dinghy vehicle.
Silver: Honda CR-V, www.automobiles.honda.com
Bronze: Jeep Liberty, www.jeep.com

blue_ox_BNewTow Bar

Gold: Blue Ox, www.blueox.com
Blue Ox has towing equipment designed for just about any dinghy.
Silver: Roadmaster, www.roadmasterinc.com
Bronze: Demco, www.demco-products.com

 

 Engine Performance

 

LUCASfuel-treatment-5Fuel Additive

Gold: Lucas Oil Products, www.lucasoil.com/products
Lucas additives and lubricants are designed to improve the performance and longevity of any vehicle.
Silver: Sea Foam, www.seafoamsales.com
Bronze: Gold Eagle STA-BIL, www.goldeagle.com

5-Star-rv-motor-home-x3-power-flash-device-ford-68l-v10-Performance enhancement

Gold: 5 Star Tuning, www.5startuning.com
5 Star Tuning specializes in custom tuners for more power and/or improved fuel economy.
Silver: Banks Power, www.bankspower.com
Bronze: Bully Dog, www.bullydog.com

 

Shell-Rotella-familyNew

RV Engine Oil

Gold: Shell Rotella, www.shell.us
The Shell Rotella line of synthetic, synthetic blend and petroleum-based heavy-duty diesel engine oils are designed to protect engines under all conditions.
Silver: Mobil 1, www.mobiloil.com
Bronze: Pennzoil, www.pennzoil.com

 

Motorhomes

 

 

Freightliner-XC-S_2011_040111Chassis

Gold: Freightliner, www.freightlinerchassis.com
Freightliner is the leading supplier of diesel pusher chassis to coachbuilders.
Silver: Ford, www.ford.com
Bronze: Spartan, www.spartanchassis.com

 

TiffinAllegro_3_qtr_HiResClass A Motorhome

Gold: Tiffin, www.tiffinmotorhomes.com
Tiffin specializes in Class A coaches 
in gas and diesel configurations, and 
is known for its customer service.
Silver: Winnebago Industries, www.winnebagoind.com
Bronze: Newmar, www.newmarcorp.com

Roadtrek_RS-Adventurous_class_B_motorhome-camper_van-green-3_qtr-RGBClass B Motorhome

Gold: Roadtrek, www.roadtrek.com
Roadtrek’s claim to fame is fuel-efficient Class B’s with the comforts of larger rigs.
Silver: Leisure Travel Vans, www.leisurevans.com
Bronze: Pleasure-Way, www.pleasureway.com

Winnebago-AC-ExPs-Cobblestone-14Class C Motorhome

Gold: Winnebago Industries, www.winnebagoind.com
You can’t think of a Class C without thinking of Winnebago favorites 
like the Minnie Winnie and the high end Aspect.
Silver: Jayco, www.jayco.com
Bronze: Forest River, www.forestriverinc.com

Retail Outlet

 

Camping-WorldStorefront_BGRV Retailer

Gold: 
Camping World, www.campingworld
.com
Everything you need 
for a great RV experience can be found at 
Camping World, either 
online or at one of its 
nationwide locations.
Silver: Local Dealer
Bronze: Walmart, www.walmart.com

 

Satellite TV

 

Winegard-travler_allSatellite Hardware

Gold: Winegard, www.winegard.com
Watch your favorite programming almost 
anywhere with a portable or roof-mounted 
satellite system from Winegard.
Silver: DISH Tailgater by King Controls, www.dish.com/technology/tv-outdoors
Bronze: KVH Industries, www.kvh.com

 

 

DirecTV2Satellite Provider

Gold: DirecTV, www.directv.com
DirecTV’s wide variety of programming 
packages brings high-quality entertainment to just about anywhere.
Silver: DISH Network, www.dish.com

Tires

 

XRV-305-70R225RV Tires

Gold: Michelin, www.michelinrvtires.com
Michelin RV tires are engineered to provide excellent 
handling, comfort and durability. Choose from XCA, 
XPS, XRV, XZA or XZE designs.
Silver: Goodyear, www.goodyearrvtires.com
Bronze: Toyo, www.toyotires.com

TireMinder-TPMS-NewTire Monitoring

Gold: TireMinder, www.minderresearch
.com/tireminder
TireMinder’s complete systems and components keep tabs on 
tire pressure for greater peace of mind on 
the road.
Silver: Pressure Pro, www.advantagepressure
pro.com
Bronze: Doran, www.doranmfg.com

 

Travel Services

 

Flying-J-parking-lotFuel Station

Gold: Pilot Flying J, www.pilotflyingj.com
Pilot Flying J offers the largest network of 
RV-friendly travel centers in the U.S. and Canada.
Silver: Love’s Travel Stops, www.loves.com
Bronze: Costco, www.costco.com

Pechanga-RV-Resort-2012RV Campground/Resort

Gold: Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula, Calif., www.pechanga.com
Located near Temecula wine country in Southern California, this RV resort’s 168 sites offer full hookups and cable TV.
Silver: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Orlando, Fla.,
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-
wilderness-resort
Bronze: San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa, Calif., www.sdrvresort.com

PechangaCasino_Floor_1RV Casino Resort

Gold: Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif., www.pechanga.com
A 200,000-square-foot gaming floor makes Pechanga 
California’s largest casino. And of course, you can set up camp at the adjacent Pechanga RV Resort.
Silver: Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville, Ore., www.sevenfeathers.com
Bronze: Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, N.Y., www.turningstone.com

Cracker-Barrel-storefrontSit-Down Restaurant

Gold: Cracker Barrel, www.crackerbarrel.com
Comfort food dishes are the specialty 
of Cracker Barrel Restaurants, which 
also offer quaint country stores.
Silver: Applebee’s, www.applebees.com
Bronze: Denny’s, www.dennys.com

 

FLORIDAState to RV In

Gold: Florida, www.visitflorida.com
There’s more to this state than Gators and oranges. Florida’s warm weather and natural beauty makes it an ideal motor-home destination.
Silver: Oregon, www.traveloregon.com
Bronze: Texas, www.traveltex.com

 

 

 

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