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
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
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
Cleaning & Protecting
Gold: Empire, www.empirecovers.com
Made in the USA, Empire’s factory-direct covers help to â€¨protect motorhomes from the ravages of Mother Nature.
Silver: ADCO, www.adcoprod.com
Bronze: CoverQuest, www.coverquest.com
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
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
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
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
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
Gold: Tiffin, www.tiffinmotorhomes.com
Tiffin specializes in Class A coaches â€¨in gas and diesel configurations, and â€¨is known for its customer service.
Silver: Winnebago Industries, www.winnebagoind.com
Bronze: Newmar, www.newmarcorp.com
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
Gold: Winnebago Industries, www.winnebagoind.com
You can’t think of a Class C without thinking of Winnebago favorites â€¨like the Minnie Winnie and the high end Aspect.
Silver: Jayco, www.jayco.com
Bronze: Forest River, www.forestriverinc.com
Gold: â€¨Camping World, www.campingworldâ€¨.com
Everything you need â€¨for a great RV experience can be found at â€¨Camping World, either â€¨online or at one of its â€¨nationwide locations.
Silver: Local Dealer
Bronze: Walmart, www.walmart.com
Gold: Winegard, www.winegard.com
Watch your favorite programming almost â€¨anywhere with a portable or roof-mounted â€¨satellite system from Winegard.
Silver: DISH Tailgater by King Controls, www.dish.com/technology/tv-outdoors
Bronze: KVH Industries, www.kvh.com
Gold: Michelin, www.michelinrvtires.com
Michelin RV tires are engineered to provide excellent â€¨handling, comfort and durability. Choose from XCA, â€¨XPS, XRV, XZA or XZE designs.
Silver: Goodyear, www.goodyearrvtires.com
Bronze: Toyo, www.toyotires.com
Gold: TireMinder, www.minderresearchâ€¨.com/tireminder
TireMinder’s complete systems and components keep tabs on â€¨tire pressure for greater peace of mind on â€¨the road.
Silver: Pressure Pro, www.advantagepressureâ€¨pro.com
Bronze: Doran, www.doranmfg.com
Gold: Pilot Flying J, www.pilotflyingj.com
Pilot Flying J offers the largest network of â€¨RV-friendly travel centers in the U.S. and Canada.
Silver: Love’s Travel Stops, www.loves.com
Bronze: Costco, www.costco.com
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.,
Bronze: San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa, Calif., www.sdrvresort.com
Gold: Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif., www.pechanga.com
A 200,000-square-foot gaming floor makes Pechanga â€¨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
Gold: Cracker Barrel, www.crackerbarrel.com
Comfort food dishes are the specialty â€¨of Cracker Barrel Restaurants, which â€¨also offer quaint country stores.
Silver: Applebee’s, www.applebees.com
Bronze: Denny’s, www.dennys.com
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