2012 MotorHome Readers’ Choice Awards

November 29, 2012
Filed under Feature Stories, Top Stories

No doubt, RVers are a special breed, and the RV lifestyle is just as special. In your motor­home you’re free to explore, to do what you love with the people who matter most.

MotorHome readers have traveled thousands of miles, and along the way they’ve learned a lot — they are motor­home experts in their own right. Whether it’s finding the most accommodating campgrounds, the best tow bar, the most durable awning or fuel additives that actually work, they’ve learned through experience.

We tapped into those vast resources and asked readers to vote for their favorites in our first-ever Readers’ Choice Awards. We created 24 categories and readers chose from 104 brands. This year’s winners include many of North America’s most popular motorhomes, campgrounds, and RV products and services.

Thousands cast their votes and the results are in. Here are the companies you love and the products and services you use. Congratulations to all the winners!

Appliances & Accessories

Carefree AwningsMotorhome Awning

Gold: Carefree of Coloradowww.carefreeofcolorado.com
» Take shelter or simply a relaxing break under an awning from Carefree.
Silver: Dometic; www.dometic.com
Bronze: Awnings by Zip Dee; www.awningsbyzipdee.com

Cummins Onan RV GeneratorMotorhome Generator

Gold: Cummins Onanwww.cumminsonan.com
» Get off the grid or overnight in a parking lot without losing power thanks to Cummins Onan’s diesel, gasoline and LP-gas generators.
Silver: Honda;  www.powerequipment.honda.com
Bronze: Yamaha; www.yamaha-motor.com

Dometic refrigeratorRV Refrigerator 

Gold: Dometic; www.dometic.com
» Take your favorite foods on the road and keep them fresh in one of Dometic’s 18 refrigerator models.
Silver: Norcold; www.thetford.com
Bronze: Maytag (home style); www.maytag.com

Thetford/TecmaRV Toilet

Gold: Thetford/Tecma;  www.thetford.com
» You certainly don’t want trouble when it comes to the toilet, and Thetford’s products ensure functionality.
Silver: Dometic/SeaLand; www.dometic.com 

Cleaning & Protecting 

Protect All Cleaning ProductsRV Cleaner 

Gold: Protect Allwww.protectall.com
» They say cleanliness is next to godliness and Protect All’s cleaning products help apply that standard to motorhomes. 
Silver: Star britewww.starbrite.com 

RV Cover

ADCO RV coverGold: ADCOwww.adcoprod.com
» Though they’re made for the outdoors, motorhomes still need protection from the elements and ADCO’s covers provide it.
Silver: CalMark Cover Co.www.calmarkcovers.com
Bronze (tie): Covercraftwww.covercraft.com  &  CoverQuestwww.coverquest.com

Dinghy Towing

SMI ManufacturingBrake Actuator

Gold: SMI Manufacturingwww.smibrake.com
» Improve coach stopping power while towing your dinghy by providing consistent braking with SMI’s vacuum-assisted systems.
Silver: Roadmasterwww.roadmasterinc.com
Bronze: Blue Oxwww.blueox.com

Blue Ox Tow BarTow Bar

Gold: Blue Oxwww.blueox.com
» With more than 11 tow bars to choose from, Blue Ox helps keep your dinghy vehicle in its place.
Silver: Roadmasterwww.roadmasterinc.com
Bronze: Demcowww.demco-products.com


Sea FoamFuel Additive

Gold: Sea Foamwww.seafoamsales.com
» Put your fuel to work with Sea Foam’s petroleum-based additives that help clean carburetor jets and passageways, and help clean deposits.
Silver (tie): Amsoilwww.amsoil.com  &  Lucas Oil Productswww.lucasoil.com  &  Royal Purplewww.royalpurple.com
Bronze: Gold Eagle STA-BIL; www.goldeagle.com

Banks PowerPerformance Adding

Gold: Banks Powerwww.bankspower.com
» Everyone wants improved horsepower and fuel economy and Banks products are designed to optimize drivetrain performance.
Silver: 5 Star Tuningwww.5startuning.com
Bronze: Pacbrakewww.pacbrake.com

Shell RotellaRV Engine Oil

Gold: Shell Rotellawww.shell.com/home/content/rotella
» Shell Rotella’s line of full synthetic and synthetic blend engine oils protect against corrosion and provide deposit and wear control. 
Silver: Mobil 1www.mobiloil.com
Bronze: Pennzoil; www.pennzoil.com


Freightliner ChassisChassis

Gold: Freightlinerwww.freightlinerchassis.com
» Flexibility is good for your body, but not for your motorhome chassis. Freightliner’s 9-inch-frame construction keeps everything in line.
Silver: Fordwww.fleet.ford.com
Bronze: Spartan Chassiswww.spartanchassis.com

Winnebago Class AClass A Motorhome

Gold: Winnebago Industrieswww.winnebagoind.com
» They’ve been around since 1958, and a look inside the flagship Tour (page 46) will tell you why.
Silver: Tiffin Motorhomeswww.tiffinmotorhomes.com
Bronze: Fleetwood RVwww.fleetwoodrv.com

Roadtrek Class BClass B Motorhome

Gold: Roadtrekwww.roadtrek.com
» You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for convenience with any of Roadtrek’s seven models.
Silver (tie): Leisure Travel Vanswww.leisurevans.com  &  Winnebago Industrieswww.winnebagoind.com
Bronze (tie): Phoenix USAwww.phoenixusarv.com   &  Pleasure-Way Industrieswww.pleasureway.com

Winnebago Class CClass C Motorhome

Gold: Winnebago Industrieswww.winnebagoind.com
» Winnebago’s lineup of Class C motor­homes offers plenty of amenities and sizes to accommodate the RV experience without taking up too much real estate.
Silver: Jaycowww.jayco.com
Bronze: Fleetwood RVwww.fleetwoodrv.com

Retail Outlet

Camping WorldRV Retailer

Gold: Camping Worldwww.campingworld.com
» Founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s No. 1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair.
Silver: Local Dealer
Bronze: Lazydayswww.lazydays.com

Satellite TV

WinegardSatellite Hardware

Gold: Winegard; www.winegard.com
» You want to get away from it all, except your TV, which is why Winegard offers an array of RV satellite antennas.
Silver: KVH Industries; www.kvh.com 
Bronze: King Controlswww.kingcontrols.com

DirecTVSatellite Provider

Gold: DirecTVwww.directv.com
» DirecTV’s Choice Mobile package for RVers provides access to more than 185 channels and get ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC channels with the Distant Network Service.
Silver: Dish Networkwww.dish.com


Michelin TiresRV Tires

Gold: Michelinwww.michelinrvtires.com
» Michelin radial tires for motorhomes are designed to provide excellent handling, comfort and durability.
Silver: Goodyearwww.goodyearrvtires.com
Bronze: Continentalwww.continental-truck.com

TireMinderTire Monitoring

Gold: TireMinderhttp://www.minderresearch.com/tpms.html
» Tires don’t always behave but TireMinder’s digital monitor helps you keep an extra eye on them.

Silver: Pressure Prowww.advantagepressurepro.com
Bronze: Hopkinswww.hopkinsmfg.com

Travel Services

Pilot Flying JFuel Station

Gold: Pilot Flying J; www.pilotflyingj.com
» RVers are friendly and Pilot Flying J reciprocates with its RV-friendly travel centers that offer free overnight parking.
Silver: Love’s Travel Stops; www.loves.com

Pechanga RV ResortRV Campground

Gold: Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula, Calif.; www.pechangarv.com
» Located near Temecula wine country, the resort’s 168 sites offer electric (20-, 30- and 50-amp), water, cable TV and sewer hookups, and are adjacent to Pechanga Resort and Casino.
Silver: Rincon Country West RV Resort, Tucson, Ariz.; www.rinconcountry.com
Bronze: San Diego RV Resort, La Mesa, Calif.; www.sdrvresort.com

Cracker BarrelSit-Down Restaurant

Gold: Cracker Barrel; www.crackerbarrel.com
» Settle in for some home-style comfort food and make a night of it — most of Cracker Barrel’s 600-plus locations allow overnight RV parking.
Silver: Applebee’s;  www.applebees.com
Bronze: Chili’s; www.chilis.com

FloridaState to RV In

Gold: Florida; www.visitflorida.com
» There’s more to the Sunshine State than its coasts, making it an ideal motor­home destination.
Silver: Oregon; www.traveloregon.com
Bronze: Texas; www.traveltex.com

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12 Responses to “2012 MotorHome Readers’ Choice Awards”

  1. Bob O'Leary on November 27th, 2012 12:34 pm

    Interesting survey and results which will guide future buying decisions of many.

    I would be more interested in knowing the sample size and the number of votes cast for each: Gold Silver and Bronze category.

    A question remains as to wheither this is brand awareness, preferrance, or actual purchases made and degree of satisfaction ! Nevertheless it is a base line from which future survey, with more statistical data, can be compared as trends are revealed.


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    Is there a similar facility for grading 5th wheels and towing vehicles?


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  7. charles martel on January 15th, 2013 7:36 pm

    i have a chinook motorhome best motor home i ever owned i wish they still made them i have traveled all the states also the state of alaska an the yukon an british columbia i have never had a major problem . .


  8. Dwayne Simon on January 15th, 2013 9:06 pm

    Enjoyed your efforts. We have just turned 80 yrs, and this yr will not be traveling in our Motor Home as much…since nec to work to keep up with expenses!
    Thanks for allowing us to enjoy others JOY in traveling our great country.
    Dwayne and Evelyn Simon…Member since 1992! Still going strong, thanks to our Lord.


  9. Jes R. Gregg on January 16th, 2013 6:51 pm

    Readers Choice Awards
    Class A Motorhomes
    I’m on RV # 9, and my third motorhome. I now have a 36 foot Winnebago diesel pusher. If I only knew then, wait I do now, I would have saved thousands.


  10. Tom Williamson on January 22nd, 2013 7:48 pm

    Your above comment about Pilot Flying J offering “free overnight parking” seema to me, to make the wrong suggestion to our RV community.I am strongly in favor of patronizing that network of campgrounds that are there for us travelers. That being said, I would like to urge those campground owners to create a special discount rate for those RVers who are “on the road” and only stopping in from dusk to sunrise. Full day rates, in excess of $25 only chase travelers to Walmarts, Flying Js and highway rest areas, where an overnight stop is free. This would be an inyeresting subject for one of your reader polls.


    Bruce Jenkins Reply:

    I agree. Think of the money revenue they are losing out on!


  11. Gabriel Aguayo on February 26th, 2013 4:46 pm

    Hello, I am writing because I would like to know how we could obtain recognition as RV in Mexico.

    We are located on the beaches of Rosarito in Baja California, about 35 miles south of San Diego.

    Thanks for your attention.

    Best regards.


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