You Voted for ’em, Here They Are

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By Kristopher Bunker
October 29, 2014
Filed under Feature Stories, Top Stories


RVers are an opinionated bunch, and that’s what makes us so special. Part of the allure of the lifestyle is to share experiences (good and bad) with like-minded individuals. Just sit by a campfire with a group, and sooner or later the talk will turn toward which fixtures work best, or which destinations produce the best photography, or even which satellite provider offers the best programming in the area.

Of course, in such a small sample size, it’s easy to write off many of the suggestions as “that may work for you, but I have a different set of circumstances.” But when an entire, knowledgeable group of RVers — such as MotorHome magazine readers — weigh in on their favorite RV-related products and services, it’s difficult to chalk up to personal preference. That’s why we’ve assembled the winners of our annual MotorHome Readers’ Choice Awards, and it’s hard to argue with the results.

Following are the companies you voted for, free from any obligations/limitations, apart from the fact that they work best for the majority of our readers.

 

Auxiliary Braking System


SMIGold: SMI Manufacturing
SMI’s braking systems are loaded with proprietary features that give users the latest in towed-vehicle braking technology. SMI’s efficient, easy-to-install systems are made in the USA and feature a five-year warranty. The Delta Force (pictured) features the Set-It-Once Pedal Clamp that allows for true one-handed setup without the use of springs and catches.

SMI Manufacturing | 800-893-3763   www.smibrake.com

Silver: Hopkins Brake Buddy
(800) 470-2287 | www.brakebuddy.com
Bronze: Roadmaster
(800) 669-9690 | www.roadmasterinc.com

 

Class A Motorhome


TiffinGold: Tiffin Motorhomes
Located in Red Bay, Alabama, family-based Tiffin Motorhomes produces several Class A models, including the Allegro (pictured) family, the Phaeton and the Zephyr. All Tiffin coaches come with the manufacturer’s Five-Star Warranty, which includes 10 years on construction, five years on lamination, one year of comprehensive and one year of roadside assistance.

Tiffin | 256-356-8661 www.tiffinmotorhomes.com

Silver: Winnebago
(800) 537-1885 | www.winnebagoind.com
Bronze: Newmar
(800) 731-8300 | www.newmarcorp.com

 

Class B Motorhome


pleasure-wayGold: Pleasure-Way
Pleasure-Way manufactures the popular Plateau, Prestige and Ascent models, in addition to others. The Class B motorhomes are not mass-produced, allowing Pleasure-Way to ensure quality craftsmanship in each RV it manufactures. The motorhomes are backed by a limited five-year warranty.

Pleasure-Way | 800-364-0189   www.pleasureway.com

Silver: Leisure Travel Vans
(877) 992-9906 | www.leisurevans.com
Bronze (tie): Roadtrek
(800) 537-1885 | www.winnebagoind.com
Bronze (tie): Winnebago
(888) ROADTREK | www.roadtrek.com

 

Class C Motorhome


winnebagoGold: Winnebago
Winnebago offers a number of popular motorhomes, including the View seen here. Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the View is available in four floorplans. Sleeping arrangements range from a cabover bunk to a queen bed to twin beds.

Winnebago Industries   www.gowinnebago.com

Silver: Jayco
(574) 825-5861 | www.jayco.com
Bronze (tie): Forest River
(574) 389-4600 | www.forestriverinc.com
Bronze (tie): Thor Motor Coach
(800) 860-5658 | www.thormotorcoach.com

 

Dinghy Vehicle


JeepGold: Jeep Wrangler
With a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that delivers 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, the Jeep Wrangler once again takes the award for top dinghy vehicle. Features include all-wheel ABS, skid plates, tow hooks, hill-start assist and Electronic Stability Control.

Jeep | www.jeep.com

Silver: Honda CR-V
http://automobiles.honda.com
Bronze: Jeep Grand Cherokee
www.jeep.com

 

Fuel Additive


Lucas-OilGold: Lucas Oil Products
Lucas lubricants and additives are designed to improve the performance and longevity of motorhome engines. Lucas’ fuel treatment (pictured) is formulated to increase power and mileage while lowering emissions.

Lucas Oil | 800-342-2512 | www.lucasoil.com

Silver: Gold Eagle Sta-Bil
(888) 234-5450 | www.goldeagle.com
Bronze: Amsoil
(800) 956-5695 | www.amsoil.com

 

 

Fuel Station


Flying-JGold: Pilot Flying J
With nearly 700 locations from coast to coast, Pilot Flying J offers fuel, business conveniences, CAT scales, restaurants, Snap Fitness centers, shower facilities, snacks, beverages and more. Future plans include urgent care centers.

Pilot Flying J | www.pilotflyingj.com

Silver: Love’s Travel Stops
(800) OK-LOVES | www.loves.com
Bronze: Costco
(800) 774-2678 | www.costco.com

 

Holding-Tank Chemicals


ThetfordGold: Thetford
Thetford’s holding-tank deodorants are available in liquid and toss-in forms for ease of use. Thetford brands include Aqua-Kem, Campa-Chem and Eco-Smart, among others.

Thetford | 800-543-1219 | www.thetford.com

Silver: Camco
(800) 334-2004 | www.camco.net
Bronze: Happy Camper
www.happycampersworld.com

 

 

Motorhome Awning


dometic-awningGold: Dometic
Dometic offers a complete line of patio, door and window awnings to help keep things comfortable while you’re outside at the RV park. Dometic offers a vast selection of awning models, fabrics, sizes and colors, from add-on screen rooms to slide toppers.

Dometic | 800-544-4881 | www.dometic.com

Silver: Carefree of Colorado
www.carefreeofcolorado.com
Bronze: Girard
www.girardrv.com

 

Motorhome Chassis


FreightlinerGold: Freightliner Custom Chassis
Freightliner offers a number of chassis that are the basis for popular motorhome models. Chassis include the best-selling XC-S chassis, which is a straight-rail diesel pusher; a FRED chassis, which offers diesel power on a front-engine frame; and the SL-Series chassis, which is a premium frame used on performance luxury coaches.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. | 864-487-1700 | www.freightlinerchassis.com

Silver: Ford
www.ford.com
Bronze: Spartan Chassis
(800) 543.4277 | www.spartanchassis.com

 

Performance-Enhancing Product


5-Star-TuningGold: 5 Star Tuning
Specializing in custom tuning for motorhomes and fifth-wheel tow vehicles, 5 Star Tuning offers cutting-edge solutions for more power, additional torque, improved fuel economy and smoother drivability. The family-owned business provides custom dynamometer chassis-tuning products and services so that drivers can fear no mountain.

5 Star Tuning | 843-536-1244 | www.5startuning.com

Silver: Banks Power
(800) 601-8072 | www.bankspower.com
Bronze: Bully Dog
(940) 783-9914 | www.bullydog.com

 

RV Campground Resort


PechangaGold: Pechanga RV Resort
This 168-site RV resort can accommodate the largest coaches and offers full hookups, Wi-Fi and cable. Guests have the use of a resort pool, two Jacuzzis, a game room, dog-walking area and more. A free shuttle transports RVers to the casino.

Pechanga RV Resort | 877-99-RVFUN   www.pechanga.com

Silver: Fort Wilderness
(407) 934-7639 | https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort/
Bronze (tie): Ocean Lakes Family Campground
(843) 238-5636 | www.oceanlakes.com
Bronze (tie): Seven Feathers RV Resort
(541) 839-3599 | www.sevenfeathersrvresort.com

 

RV Casino Resort


Pechanga-casinoGold: Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers 200,000-plus square feet of gambling nirvana in Temecula, California.

Pechanga Resort & Casino | 877-711-2946   www.pechanga.com

Silver: Seven Feathers RV Resort
(541) 839-3599 | www.sevenfeathersrvresort.com
Bronze: Jackson Rancheria
(800) 822-9466 | www.jacksoncasino.com

 

RV Cleaning Product


MeguiarsGold: Meguiar’s
Marine and RV Rinse Free Wash-N-Wax makes caring for an RV quick and easy by lifting away dirt and grime and providing a high-gloss layer of hydrophobic wax with one spray.

Meguiar’s | 800-347-5700 | www.meguiars.com

Silver: Thetford
(800) 543-1219 | www.thetford.com
Bronze: Protect All
800-322-4491 | www.protectall.com

 

RV Covers


ADCOGold: ADCO
ADCO RV covers are produced in universal and custom configurations in a variety of outdoor fabrics. ADCO’s core products are what they refer to as Designer Series Contour-fit RV Covers, available in SFS AquaShed and DuPont TyvekRV.

ADCO | 800-541-ADCO | www.adcoprod.com
Silver: CalMark Cover Company
(800) 838-7236 | www.calmarkcovers.com

Bronze (tie): CoverKing
(800) 268-3754 | www.coverking.com
Bronze (tie): CoverQuest
(888) 726-9300 | www.coverquest.com

 

RV Engine Oil


shellGold: Shell Rotella
The Shell Rotella family is available in different configurations offering varying levels of protection. Rotella T Triple Protection oils help control wear, deposits and emissions. Products include Rotella T5 Synthetic Blend Heavy Duty Engine Oil and Rotella T6 Full Synthetic Heavy Duty Engine Oil.

Shell Oil | www.shell.com/rotella

Silver: Mobil 1
www.mobil1.com
Bronze: Amsoil
(800) 956-5695 | www.amsoil.com

 

RV Generator


cumminsGold: Cummins Onan
Cummins Onan AC generators allow RVers to spend more time off the grid without worrying about their power needs. The gasoline-powered RV QD7000 pictured here boasts quiet operation, low vibration and digital voltage regulation.

Cummins Power Generation | 800-888-6626 | www.power.cummins.com

Silver: Honda
(770) 497-6400 | www.powerequipment.honda.com
Bronze: Generac
(888) 436-3722 | www.generac.com

 

RV Refrigerator


dometic-refrigeratorGold: Dometic
Dometic’s RV refrigerators are designed to make the best use of the available space in coaches. Dometic’s Versatile Racking System, eye-level control panels and automatic system that securely locks the refrigerator doors as you turn the ignition key are impressive features.

Dometic | 800-544-4881 | www.dometic.com

Silver: Norcold
(800) 543-1219 | www.norcold.com
Bronze (tie): Samsung
www.samsung.com/us
Bronze (tie): Whirlpool
www.whirlpool.com

 

RV Retailer


camping-worldGold: Camping World
Needing no introduction in the RV industry, Camping World is the No. 1 spot for your RV needs. Whether through its website or at one of the hundreds of stores/dealers across the country, Camping World has everything from new motorhomes to awning lights to grills.

Camping World | 888-626-7576 | www.campingworld.com

Silver: Local Dealer
Bronze: Lazydays
(800) 306-4002 | www.lazydays.com

 

RV Tires


michelinGold: Michelin
Michelin offers a variety of tires for coaches. The XRV (pictured) is an all-position radial tire for motorhomes that has a shallow, stable tread engineered with a cool-running compound that generates lower heat for greater durability and improved handling.

Michelin | www.michelin.com

Silver: Goodyear
www.goodyear.com
Bronze: Toyo Tires
(800) 442-8696 | www.toyotires.com

 

RV Toilet


dometic-toiletGold: Dometic
Dometic offers a variety of space-saving toilets designed specifically for RV bathrooms. Models range from residential-style gravity discharge toilets to VacuFlush toilets and highly efficient macerator systems.

Dometic | 800-544-4881 | www.dometic.com

Silver: Thetford
(800) 543-1219 | www.thetford.com
Bronze: N/A

 

 

Satellite Hardware


WinegardGold: Winegard
Winegard makes every type of RV antenna, from batwing to portable to roof-mounted. Popular units include the Rayzar, the Carryout Portables, the TRAV’LER and the Road Star series.

Winegard | 800-288-8094    www.winegard.com

Silver: King Controls
(952) 922-6889 | www.kingcontrols.com
Bronze: DISH Tailgater by King Controls
(952) 922-6889 | www.kingcontrols.com

 

 

Satellite Provider


DirecTVGold: DirecTV
With the DirecTV Choice Mobile Package, RVers can take their favorite programming with them (provided they purchase the proper equipment). More than 285 channels available, including premium, local and sports channels.

DirecTV | www.direcTV.com

Silver: DISH Network
(888) 439-4409 | www.dishnetwork.com
Bronze: Shaw
(888) 472-2222 | www.shaw.ca

 

 

Sit-Down Restaurant


cracker-barrelGold: Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel offers Southern cookin’, just like “mama use-ta make,” in more than 40 states. The restaurant features delicious comfort-food meals like roast beef, meatloaf and delectable country-fried steak.

Cracker Barrel | 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 in Which to RV


florida-robert-goodierGold: Florida
White-sand beaches, world-class golfing, the Daytona Speedway … and we haven’t even mentioned the famous mouse and other top-notch theme parks! There’s plenty to do outdoors in the Sunshine State, from world-class fishing to scenic tours of wetlands and historical cities and settlements.

Visit Florida | www.visitflorida.com

Silver: Oregon
(800) 547-7842 | www.traveloregon.com
Bronze: California
(877) 225-4367 | www.visitcalifornia.com

 

Tire-Pressure Monitoring Systems


TireMinder-TPMSGold: TireMinder
Minder’s new TireMinder TM66 monitors up to 22 tires and offers several RV-friendly features such as front- or rear-disconnect modes (allowing separation of dinghy sensors) and a micro USB charger. Available exclusively at Camping World.

Minder Research | 772-463-6522 | www.minderresearch.com

Silver: Truck System Technologies
(770) 889-9102 | www.tsttruck.com
Bronze: Hawkshead
(888) 321-TPMS | www.tpms.ca

 

Tow Bar


BlueOxGold: Blue Ox
Blue Ox offers baseplates and tow bars. The Class IV Aventa LX tow bar features a ball-in-socket design that reduces wear points between the coach and dinghy. The 360-degree swivel makes hooking up a breeze, and connecting is made simple with Signature Series easy-release locking handles.

Blue Ox | 800-228-9289 | www.blueox.com

Silver: Roadmaster
(800) 669-9690 | www.roadmasterinc.com
Bronze: Demco
(800) 543-3626 | www.demco-products.com

 


 

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3 Responses to “You Voted for ’em, Here They Are”

  1. Kim Wardle on November 14th, 2014 12:07 pm

    Banks Powerpack System. We recently bought a new Forest River Class C motorhome with the Ford E450 base. We truly love the Lexington but the V10 motor was weak. We bought the Banks System with a K&N intake and the difference is dramatic. The motorhome goes up any hill/mountain at 65 mph at much lower rpms. Cruising on the freeway is now at 2,000 rpms instead of 2,600 rpms at 65 mph. We have not had enough long trips to check the mileage but it must be higher. I would highly recommend the Banks System.

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  2. Don Cummings on June 15th, 2015 12:18 pm

    I recently purchased the “5 Star Tuning” for my 2007 motorhome with V10 3valve eng., I was amazed how much more performance I gained and increased gas mileage jumped from 71/2 -81/2 to 91/2-101/2, gpm. As advertised 30 more horses and 70 ft/lb torque. Was skeptical about any product to perform this much improvement. I’m really satisfied. Thanks 5Star.

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  3. Don Cummings on June 15th, 2015 12:26 pm

    RVI 2 braking system has proved to me to be the best system, regarding ease of use, cost, performance, and operational quality, I have owned this braking system for 3 years, and have had quality operation and support.

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