Staying cozy while RVing when the temperatures drop is crucial for enjoying cold weather camping. A four-season travel trailer is a great option, whether you want to live in an RV full time or for a weekend to start the camping season early. Today we will look at seven of the best four-season travel trailers to ensure you stay cozy when it gets cold. Let’s get started!
What Is a 4 Season Travel Trailer?
You may see the “4-Season” sticker on the outside of your travel trailer, but what does it mean? Unfortunately, the 4-season camper designation is not standardized across the RV industry, so that badge means different things on different RVs.
Generally speaking, these campers are better equipped to handle the cooler temperatures of spring and fall and the hot temperatures of summer. Many could do winter, but winter RVing requires a bit more knowledge than the sticker will give you. You will need to do research on the camper itself to find out just how prepared it is to handle the elements.
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Key Features to Look For in a 4 Season Travel Trailer
While each 4 season travel trailer is different, there are some common things to look for to gauge its fitness. Here are a few of the things manufacturers might add to keep you warm during those cold months.
Travel trailers usually don’t have the best RV insulation. If you turn the air conditioning off, even for a short period, you’ll find the temperature rising quickly. The same goes for the winter; the cold air finds its way in fast without a constant heat source.
Four-season trailers may have better insulation to help reduce heat loss. This means you could maintain your ideal interior temperature even in extreme conditions a little easier.
Double Pane Windows
Windows are great in RVs until it comes time for extreme temperatures. Those beautiful picture windows do little to help you maintain the temperature in your trailer. Choosing a travel trailer with double pane windows reduces heat loss in the winter and helps keep out the searing heat in the summer.
Extra or More Efficient Heat Source
Great insulation and dual pane windows won’t do very much for you if you fail to have a heat source. In the most extreme temperatures, you might opt to use both your propane furnace and a space heater.
Many trailers these days come with a built-in fireplace that serves as a space heater. Be extra careful with stand-alone heaters. Take great care that they are not too close to other items as they could start a fire.
Heated and Enclosed Underbelly
The best four-season travel trailers come equipped with a heated and/or enclosed basement underbelly. This serves as an added layer of protection against the elements.
Your basement has many essential components, such as your freshwater tank, waste tanks, and plumbing. Additionally, a four-season travel trailer should also have ducts directing heat into the enclosed basement area.
Four-season travel trailers often have reinforced ducting coming from the furnace and air conditioning. This helps guarantee that both hot and cold air reach your vents without much loss in temperature. This reinforcement can often keep you cozy in your RV all year.
You may even find that your tanks and pipes have special ducts from the furnace running to them as well. This helps prevent lines and tanks from freezing during colder temperatures.
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7 Best 4 Season Travel Trailers for Staying Cozy When It’s Cold
Four-season travel trailers have many features to keep you warm and cool no matter the season. Now that you know how these features can make a big difference in your experience, let’s look at a few great options.
1. Outdoors RV Mountain Series
The Outdoors RV Mountain Series has three classes of travel trailers available and a fifth wheel one coming soon. Each class, separated by weight and length, has many floor plans.
As for the 4 season features, these travel trailers offer thermal pane windows, cold weather kits to 0 degrees F, triple layered roof insulation, thicker doors, and insulated skylights and bedroom vent. The come with an “XL Furnace” for more extreme camping, as well as heated and insulated holding tanks.
2. Northern-Lite Boreal
The Northern-Lite Boreal, a four-season fiberglass travel trailer, sleeps four and measures 23 ft long. It comes with two 100 watt solar panels. Northern-Lite claims the Boreal is the “industry’s first 1-Piece ‘No Seams’ Leakproof Fiberglass unit with 4-Season Construction.”
This unit has no slides, which helps control the temperature. The Boreal has a 13,500 BTU A/C with Heat Pump, as well as a 35,000 BTU ducted furnace. The basement includes heat enclosed tanks. Insulation for this rig is rated at R5.
3. Oliver Travel Trailers
Oliver travel trailers have two trailers in their lineup. The Legacy Elite and Legacy Elite II are both made in Tennessee. These fiberglass trailers have a sleek design with a double-hulled fiberglass shell. These double-hull shells have an air gap and insulation in between for increased efficiency. The water tanks lie in the space between the shells, which protect it from harsh weather and temperatures.
The Legacy Elite is a compact 18.5 ft single axle travel trailer. This standard package includes a 11,000 BTU ducted furnace to evenly distribute the heat. Oliver offers double pane windows, too. All Oliver travel trailers come built to order.
4. Arctic Fox North Fork
The Arctic Fox North Fork has seven layouts in its lineup. The smallest of the floor plans is the Arctic Fox 22G at only 23 ft 10 inches. The largest of the group is the Arctic Fox 32A touting 34 ft 4 inches. Each layout has a front bedroom, and most have a rear living space. Some options feature a rear bathroom.
Each floor plan comes insulated with R-18 in the ceiling and has R-15 reflective foil insulation in the roof and slides. Additionally, each unit has heated tanks in the underbelly.
5. Northwood Nash
All models are four-season trailers. They feature R-14 insulation in the ceiling and R-15 reflective foil insulation in the roof and slides. Each unit also comes equipped with heated tanks and enclosed underbellies.
6. Lance Travel Trailers
Lance Campers, a well-known name in the travel trailer world, are known for their quality. They have 11 models. The 1475 trailer is the smallest, measuring 19 ft 8 inches in overall length. For those looking for a longer trailer, the 2445 and 2465 models come in at 29 ft 5 inches.
These four-season trailers feature enclosed and well-insulated heated tanks. They come equipped with aluminum-framed sidewalls, floors, and ceilings. The walls have block foam insulation throughout, helping you keep a consistent temperature.
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7. Forest River IBEX
You will find eight different floor plans in the IBEX lineup. Four floorplans measure 7 ft wide and weigh less than 5,000 lbs, making them great for towing with smaller vehicles. Four of the models come 8 ft wide and under 7,000 lbs which works great for smaller trucks.
The cold weather package includes a heated and enclosed underbelly to ensure your piping will not freeze. The package also provides tank pad heaters to help keep your tanks from freezing. These four-season travel trailers also offer an enclosed termination system.
Enjoy Longer Camping Seasons
No one likes having to cut their camping season short because of an early cold snap. Thankfully, four-season trailers can help extend your camping even when the cold comes early.
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