And The Votes Are Counted …

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,
Carefree of Colorado offers patio awnings to suit any motorhome.
Silver: Dometic,
Bronze: Girard,

Cummins-Onan-RV-GeneratorNewMotorhome Generator

Gold: Cummins Onan,
Take all the comforts of home on the road with the power of a Cummins Onan diesel or gasoline AC generator.
Silver: Honda,
Bronze: Generac,



Norcold641RV Refrigerator

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



Thetford-TecmaEasyFit rv toiletRV Toilet

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



Cleaning & Protecting

EMPIRE77C6 motorhome coverMotorhome Cover

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


ProtectAllRV Cleaner

Gold: Protect All,
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,
Bronze: Camco,


Dinghy Towing

BrakeBuddy_classic_digital brake actuatorBrake Actuator

Gold: Hopkins BrakeBuddy,
Hopkins’ portable BrakeBuddy helps improve safety when towing a dinghy.
Silver: Roadmaster,
Bronze: SMI,

Jeep013_004WRDinghy Vehicle

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

blue_ox_BNewTow Bar

Gold: Blue Ox,
Blue Ox has towing equipment designed for just about any dinghy.
Silver: Roadmaster,
Bronze: Demco,


 Engine Performance

LUCASfuel-treatment-5Fuel Additive

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

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

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



RV Engine Oil

Gold: Shell Rotella,
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,
Bronze: Pennzoil,




Freightliner-XC-S_motorhome chassisChassis

Gold: Freightliner,
Freightliner is the leading supplier of diesel pusher chassis to coachbuilders.
Silver: Ford,
Bronze: Spartan,


TiffinAllegro_3_qtr_HiResClass A Motorhome

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

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

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

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

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

Retail Outlet


Camping-WorldStorefrontRV Retailer

Camping World, www.campingworld
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,


Satellite TV


Winegard-travler_sattelite dishesSatellite Hardware

Gold: Winegard,
Watch your favorite programming almost 
anywhere with a portable or roof-mounted 
satellite system from Winegard.
Silver: DISH Tailgater by King Controls,
Bronze: KVH Industries,


DirecTV2Satellite Provider

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


Michelin RV tireRV Tires

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

TireMinder-TPMSTire Monitoring

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


Travel Services

Flying-J-parking-lotFuel Station

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

Pechanga-RV-ResortRV Campground/Resort

Gold: Pechanga RV Resort, Temecula, Calif.,
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.,

PechangaCasino_Floor_1RV Casino Resort

Gold: Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, Calif.,
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.,
Bronze: Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, N.Y.,

Cracker-Barrel-storefrontSit-Down Restaurant

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



Gold: Florida,
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,
Bronze: Texas,





  1. Howdy;

    As many folks have learned, holding tank gauges are really inaccurate It would be really great if someone could come up with a fix for this problem, An additive, or what ever.

    Love Motorhome magazine and have incorporated several of your ideas into our RV.


  2. Some time ago I read an article on Dingy towing. It concerned front end alignment. The article stated that to make towing better, on camber to add 2 degree on camber. I had this done on my Jeep and it pulled much better when turning. Increasing camber caused the dingy to follow better.
    I now have a Honda SR-V and I am going to this vehicle as soon as I put the tow hardware on it.
    We have been camping since 1971, and still enjoy doing it. We are in The Gold Leaf Good Sam chapter. This was named Gold Leaf because a lot of our Charter members worked and raised tobacco.
    Happy Trails,
    Merle Minor

  3. Reference the Reader’s Favorites awards for Motorhome Awnings, which selected Carefree awnings as the number One favorite. My own experience with Carefree awnings on two different RVs has NOT been favorable. The Carefree awning that came with our current motorhome was electric and while it extended easily, it could not be used until the supports were manually removed and deployed as the door could not be opened without hitting the underside of the awning. Removing and replacing these support legs was tedious and time-consuming. I replaced this very unsatisfactory awning with a Dometic WeatherPro. It has operated easily and flawlessly and I personally rate it as Number One!.
    Another awning brand that was not listed in the ratings is Fiamma. We had this awning installed on a Class B+ Winnebago Rialta and I rate it high up on the list of excellent awnings. One of it’s outstanding features was it’s “shock absorbing” brackets that would lessen the jerk on the awning during a wind gust.

  4. Ron Manning commented that it would be great if someone could come up with a solution to inaccurate holding tank gauges. Well, someone has… SeeLevel II uses external sensors that tape to the holding tank and give an exact percent (e.g. 67%) rather than just LOW, MID, and FULL. I installed these sensors on black, grey, fresh water tanks and the propane tank in our Class A motorhome four years ago and have had no issues with them. You can find out about them at


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