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Best Aluminum Travel Trailers of 2020 and 2021

9 Lightweight aluminum-framed Travel Trailers of 2024

Aaron Richardson

  • Last Updated: March 1, 2024
  • 16 minutes read

Aluminum travel trailers are often more lightweight than other travel trailers, making them perfect for towing with smaller vehicles or optimizing your gas mileage while traveling.

However, with so many different aluminum frame travel trailer manufacturers and styles available, it can be hard to choose the right aluminum travel trailer for your needs. 

What are the best aluminum camper? 

In this article, I have done the legwork to find the best aluminum-framed camper trailers for 2024, so that you can start your search for the perfect trailer.

I included important specifications like the trailer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC), length, sleeping capacity, and more to give you a clearer picture of the RV, as well as highlighting special features and amenities. 

9 Best and Latest Aluminum Travel Trailer Models for 2024

I compiled a list of the top travel trailers with lightweight aluminum frames for 2024, featuring their key specifications and other details to help you see how each trailer compares with each other. Keep reading to learn more about the best aluminum travel trailers for this year.

Here are the 9 best aluminum travel trailer with quality craftsmanship and and all the features you need for touring:

  • Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB Travel Trailer
  • Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways Luxury Travel Trailer
  • Dutchmen Aerolite 2923BH Travel Trailer
  • Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FKBS Travel Trailer
  • Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite 8336BH
  • Forest River Sonoma 2404RB Travel Trailer
  • Grand Design Imagine 2150RB Travel Trailer
  • Heartland Wilderness 2475BH Travel Trailer
  • KZ RV Connect C332BHK Lightweight Travel Trailer

1. Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB Travel Trailer

Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB

With 14 floorplans to choose from, Airstream’s Flying Cloud model has lots of options in lengths between 23 feet and 30 feet long. While the floorplans can accommodate between four and eight for sleeping, the 25FB can sleep up to six people comfortably. 

The Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB has a convertible dinette and lounge area at the rear, with a queen-sized bed at the front.

The kitchen is spaciously integrated with the living space and includes a three-burner stove, LP oven, microwave, sink and a 2-way, 7 cu.ft. refrigerator.

The stove also has a cover to expand your countertop space for food prep. The trailer’s bathroom facilities are separated for convenience and maximum interior space, with the toilet and vanity across the hall from the independent shower and wardrobe. 

A notable and attractive feature of the Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB is its natural light. There are 17 interior windows and skylights, as well as a rear hatch that allows you to let a breeze flow through the trailer during nice weather. You can also use the hatch to make loading and unloading more easy.

  • 25,000 BTU ducted furnace
  • 15,000 BTU 30 AMP Service Single A/C with Heat Pump
  • Fresh Water: 37 gal
  • Gray Water: 35 gal
  • Black Water: 40 gal
  • Price: Starting at $89,400

2. Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways Luxury Travel Trailer

Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways

If you’re looking for an aluminum-framed travel trailer that’s all luxury, and you have the budget to afford it, the Endless Highways model from Bowlus Road Chief is fancy as they come. The angular, cone-shaped nose of the trailer holds the true king-sized bed (convertible to two twins).

Moving back in the trailer, Bowlus has separated the shower and toilet into three rooms to make the space more versatile, with a large, hotel-style shower with amenities that’s finished in teak with Italian marine-grade fixtures.

The showerhead even extends outside, so that you can clean up in the great outdoors before stepping into the comfort of your camper. The toilet and vanity are also stored in separated areas for privacy and convenience. 

The dinette area has comfortable seating for four, with charging stations underneath the table so that you can work from the road. The dinettes convert into two twin-sized beds by night for additional sleeping space. 

In the spacious, modern galley, you’ll find a beautifully appointed cooking space with stainless steel counters, sink, and storage, including a mini fridge and a two-burner stove. The entry is over the hitch, to maximize wall space in this compact, lightweight aluminum travel trailer. 

With a starting price of $190,000, this is by far the most expensive aluminum travel trailer on this list, but the quality construction and clever design certainly make it worth it.

  • 25,000 BTU boiler furnace
  • 10,000 BTU ducted A/C
  • Fresh Water: 19 gal
  • Gray Water: 21 gal
  • Black Water: 4.5 gal
  • Price: Starting at $109,000

3. Dutchmen Aerolite 2923BH Travel Trailer

Dutchmen Aerolite 2923BH

Dutchmen is a well-known name in the RV industry, and their Aerolite models are crafted with an aluminum frame and aluminum wheels to maintain lightweight construction.

There are nine floor plans available, but our pick is the 2923BH. This trailer is more comfortable for larger families, with a double bunkroom at the rear that can accommodate four people. The bathroom is next door, with a cleverly situated tub/shower, toilet and vanity. 

In the main living area, there’s a tri-fold sofa and convertible dinette for additional sleeping space if needed, across from the entertainment center and fireplace.

The kitchen has a walk-in closet and pantry, 8 cu.ft. double door refrigerator, flush mount three-burner range, 21” oven, stainless steel microwave, double sink with a high-spout pull-out faucet, and spacious countertops beneath overhead storage cabinets. 

The main bedroom at the front of the trailer has a queen-sized bed, two wardrobes and overhead cabinets for even more storage space.

  • Flush Mounted Glass Fireplace w/ 5K BTU Furnace
  • 13,500 BTU ducted A/C
  • Fresh Water: 50 gal
  • Gray Water: 67 gal
  • Black Water: 28 gal
  • Price: Starting at $24,995

4. Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FKBS Travel Trailer

Forest River Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FKBS

Perhaps the smallest aluminum travel trailer on this list, the Flagstaff Micro Lite 25FKBS trailer from Forest River is really only comfortable for two, since it doesn’t have a sofa bed, convertible dinette or bunkroom. 

However, it is extremely spacious for a couple who wants to travel in comfort in a low-weight trailer, and you can switch out the 67-inch theater seat for a hide-a-bed sofa or a convertible dinette.  

Forest River designs their Micro Lite campers for lighter weight, with six-sided aluminum cage framing for the trailer itself, as well as aluminum-framed beds, kitchen furniture, and storage compartments. 

Forest River has nearly a dozen floorplans to choose from in their Micro Lite series, but we like the 25FKBS because of its queen bed slide, double entry, and thoughtfully-planned interior layout.

The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed in the side slide-out, a large wardrobe, and a small TV on a swiveling mount. The bathroom is in the middle of the trailer, with access from the bedroom and main living space. 

A 67-inch theater seat rests in the living area slide-out, with an entertainment center across the way and the spacious kitchen in the front of the trailer.

The kitchen has a large refrigerator, pantry, double sink, three-burner stove, oven, microwave, and coat closet (which can be used as a pantry) next to the entry door. There’s a 19-foot power awning outside, which covers both entry doors.

  • 35,000 BTU ducted furnace
  • 13,500 BTU roof A/C
  • Fresh Water: 52 gal
  • Gray Water: 60 gal
  • Black Water: 30 gal
  • Price: Starting at $25,995

5. Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite 8336BH

Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite 8336BH

As you can see from this list so far, there are a few different aluminum travel trailer series from Forest River that have made our top picks list for the best aluminum travel trailers.

Their Rockwood Signature series offers seven different floorplans, and their models are excellent lightweight campers for towing with a half-ton pickup truck. The Ultra-Lite 8336BH is our top choice in Forest River’s Rockwood Signature series. 

It has a bunkroom at the rear with three bunks and a TV center, and a side-slide queen-sized bed and wardrobe with washer/dryer prep in the front of the camper for the master bedroom.

There’s only one bathroom, but it’s conveniently placed within the floor plan and plenty spacious for accommodating the whole family. 

In the main living space, there’s a 44-inch king U-shaped dinette and a 60-inch HAB sofa bed across from the angled entertainment center and fireplace.

The kitchen has a large stainless steel sink in an island in the middle of the room, with lots of countertop space, a three-burner cooktop, oven, microwave, fridge and pantry in the kitchen slide-out.

Overall, this camper has four slide outs. It also has an outdoor kitchen with a fridge, two-burner stove, and countertops so you can conveniently prepare your meal when cooking outside.

  • 13,500 BTU ducted A/C with 50 AMP service and prepped for second A/C
  • Fresh Water: 54 gal
  • Gray Water: 130 gal
  • Black Water: 50 gal
  • Price: Starting at $41,995

6. Forest River Sonoma 2404RB Travel Trailer

Forest River Sonoma 2404RB

There are nearly 20 different floorplans to choose from in Forest River’s Sonoma series, but our favorite is the 2404RB. It has a unique setup for the bathroom, with a full walk-in closet next to the space for the toilet, shower and sink. 

The cooking and dining area makes up most of the main living space, with a convertible U-shaped dinette, pantry, refrigerator, three-burner cooktop, oven, microwave, and large island sink. Across from the sink, the tri-fold sofa can be converted into additional sleeping space. 

At the front of the aluminum trailer, the bedroom has a queen-sized bed, dual wardrobes and shelving for your belongings, and even a laundry chute that empties into the pass-through storage below.

  • 20,000 BTU ducted furnace
  • Fresh Water: 56 gal
  • Gray Water: 41 gal
  • Black Water: 41 gal
  • Price: Starting at $31,900

7. Grand Design Imagine 2150RB Travel Trailer

Grand Design Imagine 2150RB

Another top name in RVs and travel trailers is Grand Design. Their Imagine 2150RB model is an excellent example of their manufacturing abilities with weight in mind. 

The trailer has aluminum cage construction, with laminated aluminum framed walls, roof and floor. The entry is toward the back of the trailer, with a large, full bath taking up the full rear area.

The multi-functional chaise lounge dinette and removable table offer convenient dining and lounging in one space to maximize interior space. 

In the kitchen area, there’s a pantry/wardrobe behind the entertainment center, a three-burner gas stove range with an oven and microwave, a double-door refrigerator, residential countertops with a flip-up countertop extension, and a stainless steel sink with a sink cover.  

The Grand Design Imagine 2150RB has some special features designed to make life on the road more comfortable and convenient, such as shoe storage next to the entry, a pet dish below the refrigerator, and the chaise lounge dinette with its removable table. 

The master bedroom is similar to some of the other aluminum travel trailers on this list, with a queen-sized bed, clothes storage and bedside tables, and overhead cabinets.

  • 35,000 BTU furnace
  • Gray Water: 82 gal
  • Black Water: 45 gal
  • Price: Starting at $36,137

8. Heartland Wilderness 2475BH Travel Trailer

Heartland 2475BH

Like the Dutchmen Aerolite 2923BH, the Wilderness 2475BH model aluminum travel trailer from Heartland has a spacious double bunk at the back. However, this trailer has two queen-sized bunks for a little bit more space. 

At 6,900 pounds GVWR, this trailer is also one of the more lightweight models on this list. It has aluminum framing and a fiberglass skin. 

Inside, the main living area makes up the heart of the trailer. It has a U-shaped convertible dinette, pantry, 10.7 cu.ft. fridge with double doors, three-burner stove and oven, and a double, deep bowl kitchen sink with a pull-out faucet. There’s even a kids doodle station to keep them busy while you cook.

The bedroom is standard, with a queen-sized bed (king sized bed option available) and clothes storage. The Heartland Wilderness 2475BH’s outdoor space is pretty great, as well.

There’s a 14-foot awning, 12 volt AM/FM/CD with indoor/outdoor speakers, and an outdoor kitchen with a two-burner stove (grill optional).

  • 30,000 BTU furnace
  • 13,500 BTU A/C
  • Fresh Water: 45 gal
  • Gray Water: 40 gal
  • Price: Starting at $35,718

9. KZ RV Connect C332BHK Lightweight Travel Trailer

KZ RV Connect C332BHK

KZ RV has several floorplans for their Connect series of travel trailers, which all have laminated sidewalls constructed with aluminum framing and high density solid block insulation. The C332BHK floorplan is very spacious, featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and lots of extra highlights. 

The second bedroom sits at the rear of the trailer, with two 50-inch by 75-inch double bunk beds, a wardrobe, dresser, and private half-bath.

It also has its own exit/entry door. In the main living area, this aluminum travel trailer has a 70-inch sofa, convertible dinette and an entertainment center with a 30-inch fireplace.

There’s a large island in the center of the space with a deep, undermount stainless steel sink, and full kitchen setup with an 8 cu.ft. fridge, three-burner cooktop, oven, microwave and pantry. 

Ingenuity and a mind for space clearly went into planning the layout of the main bathroom, which features a corner shower, toilet, small vanity and even a mini closet.

The master bedroom is at the front of the trailer, with a king-sized bed (standard) and two wardrobes.  Outside, the KZ RV Connect C332BHK has an 18-foot awning and an outdoor kitchen with a mini fridge, griddle, and countertop prep space.

  • Gray Water: 64 gal
  • Black Water: 32 gal
  • Price: Starting at $49,165

Conclusions About the Best Aluminum Travel Trailers of 2024

We’ve covered our favorite nine aluminum travel trailers in this list, and there’s a lot to choose from! If you’re looking for a go-to brand for aluminum campers, Forest River is a great place to start.

If you’re looking for classic design and durable longevity, Airstream is a good choice. If you have a larger budget and can afford something exclusive and luxurious that’s on the cusp of modern design and technology, the Bowlus Road Chief Endless Highways is a beautiful aluminum camper to choose.

We also included a few models from other brands, so that you can compare and contrast.  What’s your favorite travel trailer with an aluminum frame?

If you’re looking for more great travel trailers, be sure to check out our recent article about the Top 12 Best Travel Trailer Brands Of 2024.

Aaron Richardson

About Author / Aaron Richardson

Aaron Richardson is an expert RVer and the co-founder of RVing Know How. Aaron, along with his wife Evelyn, has been living and traveling in their Keystone Fuzion RV since 2017. Their adventures span across the country and beyond, including memorable RVing experiences in Mexico. Aaron's passion for the outdoors and RVing shines through in his writings, where he shares a blend of travel stories, practical tips, and insights to enhance the RV lifestyle.

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10 Best Aluminum Travel Trailers

August 8, 2021 by Charlotte Phillips

Last updated on April 2nd, 2024 at 10:22 am

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While Airstream is the most popular manufacturer of aluminum travel trailers today, these shiny, rounded rigs were one of the first styles of RVs ever made ! 

Imagine enjoying a beautiful day in a state park or campground with a handsome aluminum travel trailer beside you. Vintage or new, it’s going to look great!

But what are some of the best aluminum travel trailers on the market today? And why might you be interested in purchasing one? 

Let’s learn about aluminum trailers together, and why they might be the best choice for your next rig.

What Are Aluminum Travel Trailers Like?

If you’re shopping for a travel trailer, you may be wondering what aluminum travel trailers are like and why they might suit your lifestyle best. This is an important question to answer before you start shopping!

There are many types of aluminum travel trailers, whether they be aluminum-sided, aluminum-framed, or just utilizing aluminum components. This article will address and highlight total aluminum framing, sides, and shiny silver aesthetics! All travel trailers are designed to be towed, including aluminum ones. Aluminum is a great material when used in RV manufacturing because of its lightweight capabilities and easy maintenance. 

Weight is important when you look at purchasing a travel trailer . You should never tow more than your tow vehicle can handle. Thankfully, many aluminum travel trailers are lightweight, making them versatile for many vehicles. These trailers are primarily stylish, but many are being built to handle boondocking or full-timer lifestyles. Aluminum travel trailers not only turn heads but can be wonderful homes as well!

But there’s, even more, to learn when it comes to aluminum travel trailers. What might some pros and cons be?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of An Aluminum Travel Trailer?

Make sure you check out our pros and cons list before you move on to some of the best aluminum travel trailers on the market today. You may be swayed one way or another!

Pro: Aluminum Is Lightweight

Making rigs out of aluminum often leads to some of the lightest weight travel trailers on the market. Aluminum is easy to work with and bend, and can be used in many parts of RV manufacturing, from the frame to the roof.

Having a light rig means you may find an RV to work with your standard vehicle or car, or perhaps you won’t need to buy a truck capable of towing a huge rig. Aluminum is great for novice RVers because of its forgettably light weight while on the road!

Con: Aluminum Dents Easily

A noticeable con for aluminum is the fact that it dents or gets physically damaged with ease. An unfair but true fact about aluminum rigs, especially if it’s brand new and sparkly.

Fortunately, a lot of aluminum dents are easy to fix , as you can see in the video, though it is something for you to consider before making a final decision.

Aluminum can also show a lot of scratches over time, so take care of these rigs under low-hanging branches. 

Pro: Aluminum Travel Trailers Are Stylish And Trendy

There’s nothing like looking at a classic Airstream travel trailer, whether you’re on the road or tucking in at a campground. Aluminum travel trailers are stylish, beautifully designed, and trendy right now.

While being on trend may not matter to you or your family, having a new aluminum travel trailer means you usually also get all the bells and whistles. When a certain type of RV is popular, manufacturers always take care of them!

Con: Aluminum Travel Trailers Are Expensive

You might’ve guessed this, but fully aluminum travel trailers are expensive. Should you opt for a travel trailer that only utilizes aluminum for its frame or rippled siding, you’ll definitely be looking at a lower price tag.

However, trends never come cheap, and Airstreams or other aluminum-styled rigs are pricey, to say the least! You may not be able to afford one of these travel trailers right away, and it may always be a dream should your budget be low.

Pro: Aluminum Is UV Resistant

Some traditionally painted RVs don’t look very good after a few years of adventuring, and many warranties for repainting usually expire after a year or two. Fortunately, aluminum travel trailers don’t have this problem!

These silver guys will stay gleaming and shiny with very little maintenance; mainly just a wash a few times a year. You won’t have to worry about your trailer ever looking too shabby, no matter how many camping trips you take!

Con: Aluminum Travel Trailers Can Be Poorly Insulated

While many technological marvels have come about for insulating travel trailers, aluminum is never my first choice for cold-weather camping . These rigs are often noisier and colder, given their lack of thick walls.

However, many modern Airstreams are built with insulation in mind and can be great rigs for all-season travel. If you choose to get a vintage aluminum travel trailer, definitely make sure the insulation and noise levels suit your needs!

What Are Good Brands of Aluminum Trailers?

While there aren’t many strictly-aluminum travel trailer manufacturers out there today, there are a few big hitters. Let’s take a look at them now, and what they may be able to offer you.

The one and only, a classic, one of the world’s most prized travel trailer manufacturers out there: it’s Airstream. These rigs got their start in the 1920s, and this manufacturer was one of the few travel trailer brands to survive the great depression.

Airstream is known for its silver bullet design, luxurious interiors, and consistent RV manufacturing innovations. Airstream is even building space shuttles in partnership with NASA, taking recreational vehicles to space!

Airstream has the most floor plan and layout options for all aluminum trailers on the market today. They are definitely popular, and you can’t go to an RV park or campground without seeing an Airstream trailer.

If you’re looking for a classic aluminum trailer look without the fuss of fixing up a vintage rig, check out Bowlus. These rigs are vintage marvels, both inside and out, with luxurious features that only the highest of budgets can afford.

Contrary to popular belief, Airstream was not the first manufacturer of aluminum rigs. Bowlus was, and there is controversy surrounding Airstream for stealing design ideas from Bowlus all the way back in the 1920s.

All this to say, Bowlus still manufactures their classic silver rigs, beautiful in design and narrowing at one end, making the design inherently more unique when compared with Airstreams. 

If you have the budget, Bowlus is a great pick! They are indeed a luxury though.

Living Vehicle

Are you hoping to live and work full-time in your aluminum travel trailer? Then Living Vehicle is the best way to go. While these rigs cost the same as a modest single-family home, these rigs make it so you never have to have a traditional home ever again.

This is a new company based in Santa Barbara, CA, and they make all aluminum trailers for living and working. These rigs are versatile, with multiple layout configurations and setups. They are spacious and fluid rigs, full of hidden perks and space-saving designs to wow any RVer.

The main drawback to these rigs besides the overwhelming price? The weight. Contrary to the majority of aluminum rigs, Living Vehicle travel trailers are very heavy. Often over 10,000 pounds, their rigs may be too heavy for many customers who are new to towing, and tow vehicle capacity should be checked.

Forest River

Some brands only focus on one type and style of RV, but Forest River, a leading name in the RV industry is shaping the way with a wide variety of adventure vehicles, some including aluminum travel trailers. This is a brand that’s been recognized and trusted for years by so many avid RVers all across the country, and their tried and tested trailers are some of the most popular in the camping community.

Forest River is the name behind countless styles of travel trailers and RVs, and some of their trailers are constructed with aluminum, so get ready to learn more about them later on in this blog!

What Should I Consider In An Aluminum Travel Trailer?

Besides the above brands, there are more things that you should consider in an aluminum travel trailer. Let’s take a look at some of those considerations now.

The length of your travel trailer should always be an important factor for you. The overall length of your rig matters when it comes to your safety while towing, overall interior space, and your ability to fit into various campgrounds and RV parks.

Travel trailers can range in length from 10 feet all the way to 40 or more. This includes all aluminum travel trailers too. I’m sure you can imagine what length of travel trailer is easier to drive! The longer your rig, the more floor plan options and interior designs you will have available to choose from. However, a longer rig is harder to control when driving at highway speeds.

A longer rig will also usually be more expensive than a shorter one, and many campgrounds and RV parks have length limits for individual spots . You don’t want to book a site that’s too short for the overall length of your rig! There are perks and drawbacks to longer and shorter aluminum rigs, but it all comes down to your own personal preferences.

The weight of your rig corresponds to the overall length, and your rig’s weight arguably matters even more than the length. You’ll want to ensure your tow vehicle can handle the overall weight of your new RV, and never go over the weight limits supplied by your vehicle’s manufacturer.

While it’s a nice idea to have a rig that can do it all, travel trailers are often heavy when fully loaded, especially with water and other supplies. You may want the biggest and best trailer available, but make sure your tow vehicle can handle it!

If it wasn’t a no-brainer, your budget should be a big consideration when you are shopping for an all-aluminum rig. These silver beauties don’t often come cheap, so ensuring you have a realistic budget is very important!

Unfortunately, this list is not ideal for those of you shopping for a budget-friendly rig. Many are over $100k, and some are indeed the price of a traditional home purchase! However, this could be exactly what you’re looking for, and budget may not be an issue for you.

There’s a lot to be said for budgeting a camping trip or trip planning around a set price. The upfront cost of many of these rigs will be high, and it could put a damper on your travel plans! 

Available Floor Plans

When you’ve worked out your desired length, weight, and budget for your new RV, choosing a floor plan that best suits your family or situation is very important. Many RVers dislike their first RV because of the floor plan they chose!

Are you a single person looking for a small aluminum rig to drive around ? Or are you hoping to fit the entire family and then some in your silver beauty? What about travel trailers with multiple bathroom options  or unique bed situations?

Floor plans are the most important part when it comes to loving your new RV! Making sure you can tow and afford it is important, but the next best step is loving the available floor plans.

Some of the rigs on this list offer varying floor plans depending on how many people you plan to house in your RV. Some of these RV manufacturers will even work with your dreams and create something bespoke and special, just for you! Floor plans are my favorite part of exploring various RVs.

Standard Vs. Upgradable Features

Unless you are shopping for a vintage aluminum rig, you will have many choices to make when buying a new RV. There are many notable standard features, as well as countless upgrades possible for new rigs, and you may have a hard time deciding what you need and want.

Are you hoping to boondock with your aluminum rigs? What about an outdoor kitchen? Would you like your trailer to have solar or even self-leveling capabilities? These are all things to think about before you go shopping for a new travel trailer.

Your budget will be affected by your non-standard choices, and this is something to keep in mind while you are daydreaming. Stay realistic, and know your needs before you get upsold!

The Best Aluminum Travel Trailers 

Feeling confident about your wants and needs in an all-aluminum travel trailer? Are there certain non-standard features you can’t wait to have installed? Great! Let’s take a look at some of the best aluminum travel trailers on the market.

Best Overall: The Airstream Classic

There’s a reason Airstream is one of the most popular travel trailers on the market today, aluminum or otherwise. This classic design can’t be beaten, both inside and out. The Airstream Classic takes our best overall spot for a great many reasons. Ranging from 30 to 33 feet, the Classic Travel Trailer provides dedicated cooking, dining, lounging, bathroom, and bedroom areas, each as luxurious as the last.

Created for longer trips or full-time living, the Classic Travel Trailer offers every comfort of home I can imagine, along with plenty of amenities I didn’t even know I needed. I love hitting the road, knowing I’ll start and end each day surrounded by features to transform a road trip into a true getaway.

With all-new Smart Control Technology, I can easily control and monitor the Classic’s most important features from anywhere. Turn the exterior and interior lights on and off, extend and retract the awning, adjust the air conditioner or heat pump, and monitor tank and battery levels, all from the app on my phone or device. This is particularly helpful after a long day of hiking when I’m feeling cold, tired, and just want to snuggle down in my cozy trailer.

I also enjoy the GPS system that allows me to navigate back to the location of my trailer, and I can use 4G LTE data or the boosted Wi-Fi signal to stay connected. But for me, t he kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home, and it’s no different in the Classic. The galley makes no compromising and is equipped with a stove, oven, hood, convection microwave, and refrigerator/freezer so I can whip up my favorite recipes in no time.

The finish is high-end, sleek, and stainless. Plus, Corian countertops, a large stainless steel sink, and a Kohler faucet add to the style. One of the struggles I have with smaller RVs is the often cramped bathrooms that feel stuffy and tight, but in the Classic floor plan, the bathroom feels nothing like a regular RV bathroom!

It’s a spacious, three-piece residential-style layout, with a large shower and a mirrored double-door wardrobe that makes getting ready a true pleasure. It also includes a heated shower floor to warm me up as soon as I step inside, and a heated towel bar to keep me warm when I step out. It’s these little things that completely change my day, giving me the added bits of comfort and luxury I typically miss when RVing.

Best For Boondocking: Bowlus Endless Highways Performance Edition

There’s nothing quite like finding a rig capable of handling off-grid adventures, and the Bowlus Endless Highways Performance Edition hits the mark. Huge skylights in the main cabin, crafted by Bowlus artisans, bring the outdoors inside and are optimized for stargazing and enjoying all the beauty of boondocking locations. 

The skylights are in the Bowlus signature shape, which is the ideal form to allow full tensile strength to transmit along the Bowlus exterior armor-like shell. Beautiful wood covers can be stored in one of the closets and can be used to configure the rig to the traditional main cabin when needed. It’s this versatility that helps put Bowlus in a league of their own when it comes to travel trailers, and since I like to keep my rig authentic and unique, I’m drawn to these trailers in an instant!

The Bowlus electrical power system is designed to enable an effortless off-grid adventure. The yacht quality pure sine inverter is 3,000W, powerful, and capable of handling use from kitchen and bathroom gadgets. I like that I’m not too limited with power use when camping off-grid in the Bowlus Endless, as the lithium iron phosphate system’s capacity is capable of tackling up to two weeks of off-grid battery use.

The impressive system rapidly charges in 3-4 hours too so I don’t have to wait around for days for everything to get charged up.  The air-conditioning in the Endless Highways, which since 2016 has been able to run off of the batteries entirely, is estimated in the Performance Edition to power up to two overnights.

The entire power management system is connected via Bluetooth and the internet (another Bowlus first in 2016) so all critical data is easily accessible on my smartphone whenever I want to monitor the power situation. With all outlets live at all times, this RV is designed so owners never need to think about their power consumption.

Something that stands out to me is that I’ll never find myself stranded during my zero-emission road trip with a Bowlus, as the external 110V outlet additionally can give an emergency micro-charge to the electric vehicle. With a full battery, the Bowlus could extend EV SUVs currently on the market for up to 16 miles which is a big thumbs up from me, and an even bigger one from the planet!

The exterior is Outdoor Kitchen Ready with a 110V outlet and propane outlet. This kitchen-ready setup allows each owner to customize this to their needs, and appliances like induction cooktops, propane BBQs, or even a margarita blender are ready to plug and play.

The best part about Bowlus? Their impeccable design, both inside and out. In addition to their two standard interior design options, Bowlus offers two distinctive Bespoke Customization Programs for those looking to add their personal touch and style to their Bowlus. With each program, the Bowlus design team works with RVers to personalize their Bowlus from over fifty-six million possible combinations!

Best For Families: The Airstream Flying Cloud

The Flying Cloud is Airstream’s most popular, versatile, and family-friendly travel trailer. With more floor plans available than any other model, there’s a “just right” for everyone. And the light and airy design keeps everyone ready to float from one adventure to the next, bringing comfort right along the way!

The rear hatch is a stunning feature usually reserved for special edition travel trailers, but Airstream added it to the Flying Cloud. I adore the ability to open the hatch for the ultimate view at dinner, to let the breeze flow through, or to load and unload gear more easily than ever. Then I can simply close it all back up securely when I’m done. It’s a game-changer.

Bring on the pots, pans, food, clothes, camping and hiking gear, and more. The Flying Cloud’s clean wood look provides plenty of places to keep things out of sight, including roomy cabinets, pull-out pantries, and lots of smart little nooks for all of my sentimental travel items. I like not having to make tough choices on what to leave behind; there’s a place for everything!

I love camping, but sometimes I miss the convenience of appliances at my old house, so I love Flying Cloud’s kitchen. A four-burner gas stove, Baraldi cooking vent, optional microwave, and a large bowl sink make cooking not just easy, but enjoyable. And I can still make s’mores on the campfire whenever I want to!

The Flying Cloud’s dinettes and sofas let me relax and entertain when I need the seating space, and then easily convert into comfortable sleeping when I’m ready for bed. Converting the dinette to a sleeping space is simple: tables act as bases and cushions double as mattresses and are perfect for the kids, friends, and family. 

And it’s not just dinettes that enhance the space! The extended lounges and reclining sofas are perfect sleeping spots, too. There’s space for everyone to find their perfect nook on this all-aluminum rig!

Best For Single Travelers: The Airstream Caravel

There’s no reason in my eyes that RVs shouldn’t have just as much style as home. The revival of Airstream’s historic Caravel Travel Trailer line has an upscale modern interior, with clean lines and sophisticated residential fixtures, and a neutral canvas which is easy to add personal taste to. RVs are notorious for not being the most attractive vehicles , but this little rig has style and ranges from 16-22 feet in length, making it ideal for one or two travelers!

The Airstream Caravel was first introduced in 1956 and continuously appeared in the Airstream lineup as a lightweight, nimble option. The Caravel name comes from early European sailing ships specifically good at sailing windward. Airstream’s founder Wally Byam loved the sea and had many adventures of his own onboard, so it’s easy to see where the inspiration came from. 

The Caravel product line includes some of Airstream’s most lightweight travel trailers able to be towed with an SUV. And no matter your tow vehicle, you’ll enjoy the benefits of the iconic Airstream travel trailer design with its lower center of gravity, weight distribution, and aerodynamic aluminum shell.

The Caravel galley has extra design touches that get the inspiration going – like the stainless steel gas stove with cast-iron burners, Baraldi vent, special black Moen faucet, and rectangular stainless sink. It’s amazing how much more enjoyable cooking can be when I love the space I’m in.

For me, RVing is all about the view, and no matter which side of the Caravel 16RB I’m on, I love that I’ve got a panoramic scene as shown in the video above. 

The hand-crafted, custom Airstream windows are riveted right into the frame of the travel trailer and designed to provide a bigger opening radius so more breeze can flow throughout the cabin. Traveling on your own can be tough, and a bit daunting at times, but traveling in an Airstream will no doubt make your trip easier!

Best On A Budget: The Airstream Bambi

The most budget-friendly all-silver aluminum trailer out there, the Airstream Bambi gives owners the best of both worlds: a small, lightweight travel trailer and the iconic Airstream curved aluminum design. It makes a statement wherever it goes and, more importantly, lasts a lifetime!

The galley kitchen has all the appliances I could dream of having in an RV, thoughtfully arranged according to the way I’ll use them. The dinette doubles as a lounging space and even transforms into an extra sleeping space which is ideal for when the whole family wants to go on a trip! I love that the bathroom has plenty of space to get clean without having to sacrifice space elsewhere in the trailer. This means I don’t feel uncomfortable and cramped, but excited to get ready in the morning.

Every inch of the Bambi is thoughtfully created to meet RVer’s needs on the road. The Bambi trailer is perfect for a weekend adventure with a partner,  but it’s also a great way to bring some family, friends, and pets along for the trip, too. Two people can comfortably sleep in the dedicated bed, and it’s easy and quick to convert the dinette into extra sleeping space for two, then convert it back when it’s time for breakfast the next day.

Inside a lockable compartment on the outside of the Bambi is an exterior shower with hot and cold water. I find this ideal for rinsing off gear or sand after a trip to the beach before stepping inside the trailer. Personally, I love showering outside. It gives me the connection to nature I yearn for on RV trips, so exterior showers are a win for me

If you’re ready to live the Airstream life but not ready to upsize your tow vehicle, Bambi is the perfect fit. Most Bambi models are light enough to tow with an SUV, simple to maneuver, and easy to fit into smaller campground spots. Plus, you’ll still have all the comforts of home following you everywhere you go!

Best For Full Timers: Living Vehicle Pro EV

If you’re truly looking to live full-time in an RV, I can’t recommend Living Vehicle rigs enough. While the price point is very high, it truly is an entire home on wheels. You won’t be making the same sacrifices as other RVers, but keep in mind that this rig is a beast: over 15,000 pounds and about 30 feet long!

As the flagship of the Living Vehicle lineup, the Pro is their most innovative and technologically advanced offering available to date. Living Vehicle has designed the 2022 Pro with unequaled performance and capabilities. The energy system goes well beyond the required provision of necessary power for electrical equipment needs and is truly luxurious in design and capability giving me the reliability and functionality I need for full-time life on the road.

The Pro EV has a 3,520-watt solar capacity, 57.6 kWh possible for its energy storage, a 20 kWh hybrid inverter, and 240V level 2 ‍EV charging. All this to say: I won’t have any problem maintaining the rig off of the grid! With daily solar exposure, the LV Pro energy system is capable of powering the RV’s primary air conditioner completely off-grid – indefinitely.

LV was designed with day-to-day living in mind. Each space is highly functional and intuitive to use, some spaces taking on multiple functions so that you can get the most out of your home. Open up your space by placing the removable kitchen island outside where you can do cooking on the deck. An optional stainless steel BBQ with inline propane quick connect is available for top-of-the-line outdoor cooking and entertaining.

The Mobile Office Option effortlessly transforms the bedroom into an on-the-go workspace so I can work remotely without being limited to a couch or a bed. Living Vehicle sleeps four people as standard with separate sleeping spaces for each pair. I love that I can effortlessly adjust the dining table and rearrange the cushions of the lounge to create a comfortable Queen-sized bed in the living area.

Guests don’t miss out either and can enjoy a fixed Queen-sized bed in the master bedroom suite for a designated private sleeping area. The Euro Loft option increases sleeping capacity to six through a hidden full-size bunk that automatically lowers from the ceiling when needed.

This rig is truly a marvel- if you can afford it. I only recommend it to serious full-timers, as it is prohibitively expensive and luxurious. However, if you’re looking to leave your traditional home and desire zero compromises, definitely check out Living Vehicle’s many amazing designs and rigs.

Most Stylish: Bowlus Terra Firma

The Terra Firma from Bowlus is a travel trailer offering an abundance of innovative and creative additions. The Bowlus signature style is clear with this rig and it’s capable of offering off-grid ability for camping in the raw wilderness.  

Weighing 4,000 pounds dry and capable of sleeping up to 4, this Bowlus is functional and fashionable. It’s perfect for every member of the family, including pets; with remote temperature monitoring, bowls that slide out seamlessly from a drawer, and a coordinated pet bed, every family member is comfortably included which is something often missed with other RVs and travel trailers.

The Fresh Water System with two-stage filtration gives odor-free, better-tasting water which is a feature not commonly found with many RVs and is yet another fantastic quality of the Bowlus. A carbon filter removes bacteria, sediment, chlorine, and other chemicals from entering the water supply so I know my partner and I have clean water to drink and enjoy.

This Bowlus is also built with a HEPA filtration system for the air conditioner, proving they have made well-being a priority with this build. This rig has an integrated Bluetooth brake controller for the modern nomad. With a triple-axis, motion-sensing accelerometer for highly responsive, smooth braking to any tow vehicle without any mods, you can seamlessly perform a tow vehicle transfer with vehicle-specific memory profiles! The interiors and exteriors of this rig are simply stunning; don’t miss touring in one of these!

Most Versatile: The Airstream International

With easy, peaceful style and purposeful design, the Airstream International Travel Trailer earns its name everywhere you look. Ready to excite as well as comfort, it’s all about a fine balance that makes for the perfect adventure. With 12 floor plans and countless add-on features, this rig can be built to suit anyone’s needs and wants. That’s what the International is here for – a silver sanctuary to help RVers get back to what really matters.

Every inch of the International is designed with balance and comfort in mind. Step inside and there’s an immediate feeling of calm energy thanks to cool wood tones, clean modern lines, and natural seashore textures that make all the difference. Some floor plans on this particular Airstream have the optional rear hatch which is a touch I love as it allows nature and all its wonder to flood into the rig.

It’s no surprise as an avid cook that I love the galley kitchen in the International and it’s perfect to inspire some amazing road trip meals. A premium Furrion stove, microwave or convection oven, refrigerator, and a large stainless steel sink with a modern Moen faucet are all at your disposal, ready to create something great, no matter where you are.

Natural light reflects off the cool-toned upper lockers with a liquid glass appearance, and seaside textures are built into the design of the International interior surfaces, surrounding owners with the comfort of nature as they get ready for the day.  There’s nothing I love more than winter camping and getting coy with a book. In this trailer, light fills the room from the panoramic windows but when softer lighting is wanted, blackout curtains provide warm privacy, limited light, and added security.

Plus, certain floor plans feature built-in wardrobes to store clothes and keep things organized, and I can stash all my favorite reads along the sides. The iconic Airstream shape isn’t just aerodynamic. It also allows for panoramic windows that wrap around the curves of the trailer and let natural light fill the interior space. Open them up for a gentle breeze to flow through, watch the landscape as you cook a meal, or watch the sunrise from your bed.

Airstreams aren’t too wallet-friendly, so it’s no surprise the International will set you back a fair price. However, it’s a mighty trailer with a renowned name, so it’s clear to see why this is an investment! For many, Airstreams are an iconic trailer that will forever be looked upon as a revolution in the RV industry.

Best Tandem Axle Option: Forest River Ozark

Forest River is a big name in the RVing world, and the Ozark doesn’t disappoint. There are many different floor plans to choose from, but I’m going to be focussing on the tandem axel floorplan 2420BHKX. This travel trailer is a perfect addition to any family or couple looking for an adventure rig, and with a king bed, double bunks, and a tri-fold sofa, there’s a comfortable spot for everybody to sleep.

The bathroom isn’t the biggest I’ve ever seen in a travel trailer, but it has everything needed for RVing including a spacious shower with a skylight above, a toilet, and a corner sink with wall storage. The kitchen is pretty impressive too and is kitted out with a refrigerator, microwave oven, countertop space, a large sink, and a skylight above for maximum airflow which I love when cooking.

I think upgrading to the Convenience Package is wise for those looking to live full-time on the road, as a 20K BTU Furnace, 13.5K BTU AC, spare tire and carrier, upgraded TUFFCOAT aluminum exterior, and diamond plated rock guard on the front will all aid in ultimate convenience and longevity on the road.

The 200W standard solar setup is ideal for venturing further off-grid and parking up for a few days away from the campground. This can feel a bit nerve-wracking, but having solar power and being able to power an RV without a generator is an awesome, rewarding feeling! 

The 19′ awning is a great addition for bringing shade on hot days and shelter on drizzly ones, as let me tell you, travel trailers can often feel a bit cramped when there are more than two people hanging out inside! Overall, the Ozark has a lot to offer and is a decent size for small families or couples wanting to head out and make the most of nature.

Best Off-Road: Acorn HD Expedition 

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I intentionally tend to only purchase RV products I know will last me a considerable amount of time. When I chose to buy my travel trailer, I knew I was getting an RV able to handle years more of adventure, and the Acorn HD Expedition has a 100% aluminum construction for durability and longevity. No, this trailer doesn’t look like other travel trailers on the market, and it might not suit the taste of everyone, but I think it has a retro, classy feel!

The Dexter Torsion EZ lube axles help keep things level and stable, whilst the aluminum wheels provide stability from the tarmac up. With a GVWR of just over 11,100, it’s possible to pack plenty inside the Acorn, without having to worry about carrying too much on board.

I like the addition of the four jacks for each corner of the trailer as I camp year-round and often experience high winds and testing weather! When purchasing the Acorn, there’s the option to pick and choose through an extensive number of extras to essentially chose the perfect Acorn setup for your camping desires.

I love this freedom and flexibility, as even when a travel trailer has 5 different floor plans, none of them may have everything you need and want! This is a unique RV, but it’s surprisingly affordable. Although the add-ons will inevitably increase the overall price, it’s possible to bag an expedition with custom features for a fraction of other branded trailers.

Choosing an aluminum travel trailer shouldn’t be a chore. You should feel confident while shopping for one, with this helpful buyer’s guide to accompany you. From the most expensive to the most stylish, there’s an aluminum rig out there for you.

Aluminum travel trailers are amazing rigs to see the country in, and I have no doubt you can find one that suits your budget, needs, and dreams!

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Last updated on: February 14, 2022

The Best Aluminum Travel Trailers: 5 Models to Consider

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by Chris Coleman

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Campers! Camping season is here and it’s time to start preparing for your camp outs. If you’re looking for easy-to-maneuver RVs, consider aluminum travel trailers. These units are lightweight and easier to pull than other model types on the market today.

RV camping offers an amazing opportunity for families and individuals to spend time outside, connecting with nature, and enjoying nature’s gifts. It also helps people stay healthy and fit by giving them access to fresh air, sunshine, and relaxation in beautiful places all over the country. An aluminum RV could be the best companion for such camping trips

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Aluminum campers are great for anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors and have a little comfort. They’re lightweight, easy to tow, and some can even be towed by small cars ! They are also affordable, which is great for those on a budget.

With all of these benefits as well as being less expensive than other options in the market, there’s no reason not to get one now! There are many aluminum frame travel trailers to choose from, so let’s dive right into some of the top models.

This travel trailer has a dry weight of less than 12,000 pounds. It has a slide-out kitchen with all the amenities you need to cook or entertain guests. This features a huge rear living room with a convertible sofa bed and a bathroom big enough for a family.

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The Signature Ultra-Lite by Forest River comes in 36.7 feet long, making it perfect no matter what your needs are. This big trailer is a good choice if you are traveling with your family. However, because of its huge size, it sometimes becomes difficult to tow it.

Do you love to travel? Do you want a lightweight aluminum trailer that can go anywhere the wind takes it? If so, the Airstream Flying Cloud is one of the best aluminum travel trailers for you!

This trailer is incredibly easy to transport no matter where life may take your next adventure. Available in lengths between 23 feet and 30 feet long, this model is best suited for a small family. The best part about this trailer is its super sleek design.

The trailer has an exterior shower, kitchen with convection microwave and three-burner cooktop, and comfort features like a water heater, air conditioner, LED TV, and more.

Built to last for years, the Aluma-Lite is a high quality all aluminum travel trailer for the whole family! With its durable construction and sleek design, you’ll be able to go everywhere in style. It’s also one of the best lightweight aluminum travel trailers . However, the lighter framework is durable enough to tolerate the wind effects.

Made by one of the best aluminum frame travel trailer manufacturers , Holiday Rambler, the 24.1 feet Aluma-Lite trailer is perfect for a family or group of travelers. It accommodates a queen bed, convertible sofa bed, a spacious bathroom, and a large kitchen. It is equipped with all the amenities, from air conditioning units to LED TV and refrigerator, needed for camping or long trips!

And that’s not all! The trailer glides on rough terrains easily, thanks to the aerodynamic design. Also, its gas mileage is pretty impressive.

The Aerolite is perfect for a small family as it has a private room with a queen bed along with large bunks. It comes with all of your essential features like a tri-fold sofa, microwave, refrigerator, double sink, two wardrobes, and more. Whether you’re looking at camping or long-term traveling, these aluminum frame travel trailers are worth taking a closer look at today.

There is a walk-in closet and pantry in the Aerolite kitchen, which are great for people who like to cook even when they are traveling. It uses an in-Command system that transforms your smartphone into a hub to control various fixtures, such as the outside awning.

The trailer comes with several floor plans with loads of customization options. So, there is always room for tailoring it to your particular camping needs. The aluminum construction makes it lightweight for easy transport and storage – not to mention that it’s quite affordable too!

This aluminum travel trailer from Forest River is perfect for those who like to go off the beaten track. With 20 different floor plans, there are options for every family and every traveler. The 2404RB model is the right choice if you want a trailer big enough for accommodating 6 people.

With plenty of storage space and amenities galore. The interior features include one bathroom with toilet, sink, and glass shower stall; pantry area under kitchen countertop, refrigerator, microwave, oven, and 3-burner cooktop; and a living area with a convertible U-shaped dinette and a tri-fold sofa that can transform into a bed during a sleepover. A 56-gallon freshwater tank is enough for the drinking/cleaning purposes of six people.

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High quality insulation helps reduce heating and cooling costs in the summer and winter months respectively, all while protecting against outside noise pollution. Because of an aluminum framework, towing and maneuvering this trailer is quite easy.

Price starts at $31,900 so you won’t have any reason not to get your hands on this new rig today! Constructed using aluminum panels over an all-steel frame means they’re lightweight when it comes to transporting. Also, the whole structure is quite durable to withstand the rigor of camping in various seasons.

All the aluminum travel trailers in the list are from renowned manufacturers that have been in the business for years. All these units are guaranteed to last far longer than your average rig on the market today.

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If you’re looking for something lightweight but not lacking when it comes to storage space or amenities, these trailers should be right up your alley. They are worth checking out whether you’re a solo camper or looking to haul your whole brood along on an adventure.

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About Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman is an interesting travel blogger and outdoor photographer with a great sense of humor. He owns an RV Accessories shop in New York City so he has the knowledge necessary to provide thorough reviews and give advice on how to choose the right products for RV travel. He puts all that RV knowledge and experience to good use in his sharing posts. Besides product buying guides/reviews, Chris also writes informative articles, how-to articles and RV camping guides in his own interesting viewpoint. Chris’s blog is one of the most reliable information sources for RV campers no matter if you're an expert or a determined beginner.

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The Best 9 Examples of Lightweight Aluminum-Framed Campers & Trailers

Published on July 3rd, 2020 by Charles Joseph

In previous eras, wood was predominantly the primary building material for RV frames. With fuel-efficiency affecting towing capabilities, the RV industry changed with the times by using aluminum instead of wood as a framing material. Here are 9 lightweight campers with aluminum frames that are the best examples of how manufacturers to consumer needs.

Factors that Changed the Market

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There are many factors that changed RV construction methodology. Causal issues like fuel prices, down economies, and changing consumer needs are major considerations. Other factors like advances in technology led to cost-saving building methodologies and new construction materials.

Fuel Prices

If you level the playing field to 2020 prices, did you know we’re not paying the most expensive prices at the pump? Paying almost $150 a tank for your motorhome’s gas tank, or $60 every 200 miles for your SUV’s tank can seem harsh. Think about what it would be like if you were paying these prices:


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The top 5 highest gas prices in u.s. history.

  • 1918: $4.27/gallon
  • 2012: $3.99/gallon
  • 2008: $3.86/gallon
  • 1981: $3.83/gallon
  • 1934 & 1938: $3.66/gallon

The lowest price per gallon happened in 1998. Adjusting for 2020 prices, you’d fill up at $1.61/gallon. For perspective, during that year, President Bill Clinton was in office, and that was a mid-term election year.

New Era in the RV Industry

During the 2008 financial crisis, the RV industry when through a big shift. Big players became small, some went out of business, others were bought out, and new players hit the marketplace.

While all of this shifting was happening, the auto industry went through its own changes. Previously, the top consumer concerns when buying a car was safety and reliability. After the financial recession, fuel efficiency joined those concerns. Today’s passenger vehicles expend the least amount of fuel in their categories than any other time.

A byproduct of this is some loss in towing strength. To compensate, the RV industry had to find lighter weight construction materials to build their products that these new modern vehicles could tow and lessen the fuel expenditure.

The industry was already starting to frame some of their coaches with aluminum, but other new ultra-light camper materials were hitting the scene like Azdel and other fiberglass-type materials. RV manufacturers retooled and redesigned to make the lightest travel trailers on the market today.

RV Aluminum Frame Construction

Aluminum framing starts with extruded square tubing created to size. This minimizes having weak points at unnecessary points. Skilled welders piece the frame together.

Each aluminum frame goes through testing for strength and rigidity. This metal weighs less than hardwoods, yet is many times stronger. Builders install secondary aluminum frame supports to hold windows, doors, and cabinetry. The frame is responsible for keeping holding the walls, bolted-on features, and resist wind.

The other great thing about aluminum is its resistance to moisture, pests, and other degradation concerns. Oxidation (rust) never breaks through the first layer. It’s not flammable, and can handle virtually any climate humans would normally camp in (the Antarctic projects uses other materials).

The Best Lightweight Campers With Aluminum Frames

We’ve selected nine of our favorite lightweight travel trailers with aluminum frames. Their weights make them mid-size SUV-friendly. Each is an example to appeal to a different audience to show how this framing has advanced the RV world.

1. Airstream Basecamp 16

  • Dry Weight: 2,585 pounds
  • Length: 16.3 feet
  • Sleeps: Up to 2 people
  • Starting Price: $37,900

Who wouldn’t start a “best example” list of Americana without showcasing an Airstream? The Basecamp is a small aluminum travel trailer with the same quality construction of its bigger sister coaches.

Its rear doors have great utility value for storing long items while you’re traveling. The attachable rear tent adds extra interior space when you’re set up. This year’s model also has a side tent that fully encloses to use as additional guest quarters.

The interior of the coach has a full kitchen, a wet bath, and a full dinette that folds down to a queen-size bed. To add a personal touch, you can choose from three different colors to accent the grey interior.

This is a 21st century RV with the latest in technology. There are pop-up charging stations with 110v and USB ports. You’ll also find a great place to install your LED TV with a media system that accepts all inputs.

2. Palomino Backpack HS-750 Truck Camper

  • Dry Weight: 1,870 pounds
  • Length: 16.5 pounds
  • Center of Gravity: 27 inches
  • Sleeps: Up to 3 people
  • Average Price: $20,000

Not all RVs come with wheels. Palomino’s Backpack HS-750 is an aluminum frame truck camper that many full-time millennials are gravitating to as an alternative to the #VanLife. It fits comfortably in any half-ton pickup with a standard or long cargo bed.

This coach has all of the amenities you need for long term adventures. A full kitchen, wet bath, queen bed, and full-size sofa with a removable table. Its solid construction can take all of the punishment of off-road trekking.

You’re definitely “wired for sound” with this camper. It’s prewired with a solar port, satellite jack, media center, and all the charging stations you need to stay connected to the world. There’s even an external battery kill switch to prevent your battery from running dry when you’re traveling.

3. KZ Sportsmen Classic 180TH

  • Dry Weight: 3,250 pounds
  • Length: 21.6 feet
  • Sleeps: Up to 5 people
  • Average Price: $17,500

Aluminum RV frames are especially important when it comes to toy haulers. Having a coach that has the strength to carry your motorized toy, yet light enough to keep not max out your towing capacity is essential. The KZ Sportsmen Classic 180TH balances this perfectly.

This travel trailer toy hauler gives you a lot of creature comforts in a small RV. After a day of blazing your own trail, you and your friends can rest comfortably on the double-sized front bunks. The spacious dry bathroom gives you enough room to clean up.

The media center can set the mood both inside and out with speakers in both locations. The fold-up sofa has a removable table where you can enjoy your meals and watch the game or favorite show.

If you don’t want to turn on the A/C or furnace, open the windows and pull down the rear door screen to enjoy the evening. Nature’s always more enjoyable without having to worry about mosquitoes and other critters bothering you.

4. Lance 1575 Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 2,775 pounds
  • Length: 15.9 feet
  • Sleeps: Up to 4 people
  • Average Price: $38,000

Lance Camper builds some of the best lightweight truck campers and travel trailers in the industry. The 1575 has a lot of room and features worth consideration. This aluminum framed trailer uses Azdel sidewalls in concert with rigid foam insulation to contain inside temperatures and dampen sound.

The U-shaped dinette sits on a slideout. It sits up to six people and folds down to sleep two guests. The front master bed measures to a queen, giving RVers plenty of room to sleep. Lance thought creatively by making the dry bath without a sink to maximize space.

The overhead cabinetry, 6 cubic foot refrigerator, and under bed storage that’s accessible externally will give you a lot of room to store everything you need. Lance even put two corner overhead cabinets in the slideout as a way to make use of unused space.

Lance also added many conveniences. Most of the industry adds back up camera brackets, solar prewiring, media centers, and reinforced walls for TV mounts. Lance goes a step farther by syncing the locks with their Keyed- Alike system so the entry door, storage bays, and other locks use all the same key. There’s even an option to add a keyless entry panel.

5. Riverside Retro 190BH

  • Dry Weight: 3,415 pounds
  • Length: 20.6 feet
  • Sleeps: Up to 6 people
  • Average Price: $19,000

Riverside RV has a Retro series of trailers that give you that vintage look with modern technology. This vintage aluminum travel trailer has an aluminum frame, corrugated aluminum sidewalls, modern appliances, but aesthetics that remind you of the 1950s.

The Retro 190BH is a bunk bed floorplan with the bunks in the rear, queen master up front, and full kitchen mid-coach. The full dry bathroom is in the rear driver’s side corner.

The interior has medium wood paneling, a monochrome checkerboard vinyl floor, and interior cushions that match the exterior paint. The color scheme has the 50s diner look with a white base and diner accent color that runs along the side of the RV.

Modern conveniences include an electric awning, LED lights, electric charging ports , and dual climate systems. If you’re feeling nostalgic, you can pop in your favorite 50’s CD in the media center and play it through the outdoor speakers to start your an impromptu sock hop at the campground (sorry, poodle skirts and cardigans aren’t included).

6. Travel Lite Falcon F-Lite FL18RB

  • Dry Weight: 2,176 pounds
  • Length: 18.2 feet
  • Average Price: $23,000

If you’re looking for something with a futuristic post-modern look with a full bathroom, Travel Lite’s F-Lite series might be something to consider. The 18RB has a rear dry bathroom with a lot of storage in it.

The cabinet doors have black frames with frosted glass. The LEDs inside the cabinets that give off ambient light and set the mood. Despite the dark coloring, the walls, ceiling, and vinyl wood flooring give an overall light open feel inside.

Like the bigger Falcon series, this aluminum-framed travel trailer has an aerodynamic shape that cuts wind resistance. This helps with fuel economy but doesn’t neglect interior space.

7. Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 183RB

  • Length: 21 feet
  • MSRP: $19,943

Jayco sets a high benchmark as an industry leader for aluminum frame RV manufacturers. Many of the innovations they bring to the RV industry set the tone for each model year.

Jayco uses a plywood alternative called lumber core. Like aluminum, it’s a lightweight material that’s very strong. This material allows their cabinetry to hold a lot in small dimensions.

They’re also very creative in finding storage in their furniture and other components. You’ll find a lot of space under the master bed, dinette seats, and you can keep your storage bays sanitary by placing your sewer hose inside the rear bumper.

This multi-purpose mentality has led to other ideas. On the 183RB, Jayco placed the outdoor speakers on the awning arms. They also use PEX piping for their plumbing. This pipe is thinner and more flexible than PVC. This helps to keep the plumbing out of the way for storage needs.

8. Keystone Passport 175BH

  • Dry Weight: 3,421 pounds
  • Length: 21.3 feet
  • MSRP: $19,481

The Passport 175BH is a unique bunk bed model with a cargo door on the rear driver side. This utility door allows you to store bigger items when you’re traveling. As you unpack, you can easily pull them out without having to walk them through the RV.

This Keystone unit received a Best In Class award for its use of storage. Only an aluminum-framed coach could accomplish this design. Wood framing requires support beams to be closer together. A wide cargo door on the side would be cost-prohibitive.

Between the two rear twin bunk beds, front queen master, and fold down dinette, this RV sleeps up to 5 people. The tub style shower and spacious bathroom are possible through the sacrifice of a sink. Washing up isn’t a problem with the large single basin kitchen sink.

This small travel trailer has a lot of character with the front interior cap wood panel accent and standard sidewall wallpaper. You’ll enjoy the wide walkway of this non-slideout coach. It’s also all-season ready if you decide to take that late fall or early spring trip.

9. inTech Sol Dawn

  • Dry Weight: 2,650 pounds
  • Length: 16 feet
  • Average Price: $28,000

You’ll always recognize an inTech Sol coach by its front panoramic window and tilt forward design. The Sol Dawn has a front dinette that sits up to six people and a rear kitchen full of gourmet level amenities.

The U-shaped design of the dinette gives the RVers the choice of sleeping configuration. They can lay together in a queen-sized bed laying east/west. Otherwise, the north/south option allows two sleepers to have their own space in a two twin layout.

The wet bath has a touch of luxury to it with plenty of space and a porcelain commode. The woven vinyl floor is easy to clean and is resistant to wear. Overall, this travel trailer has the elegance mature campers seek, without the complexity of upkeep.

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Top 10 Best Lightweight Campers with Aluminum Frame

Campers allow you to enjoy extended travel plans without worrying about hotel bookings. Over the last few years, aluminum is the main item preferred by RV manufacturers due to its incredibly lightweight.

There are numerous options available for these campers. We have reviewed the best aluminum campers to help you make an informed decision.

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Best Lightweight Travel Trailers with Aluminum Frames Reviewed

Airstream cloud travel trailer.


It comes in various sizes to suit all the travel groups’ sizes, making it a suitable choice to go for. Furthermore, it ensures the top-notch comfort level to the travelers. Hence, long-distance traveling gets easier and comfortable.

This lightweight aluminum camper has been designed after extensive research processes and considering customers’ needs.

The innovative design offered by the manufacturers and the lightweight structure has made it the most favorite camper for travel lovers. The features are convenient and encourage the user to go on frequent tours to far-off areas.

This trailer comes with several floor plans that tend to enhance the margin of choice for travelers. In addition, the designs of all these options are quite airy, ensuring that the travelers don’t feel confined inside them.

  • Airy designs.
  • Modern and compact design.
  • Offers a solar panel option.
  • Air-conditioned camper.
  • Lasts for many years.
  • Lightweight yet durable.
  • Various floor plans options.
  • Limited external storage.

Bowlus Chief Luxury Travel Trailer


What sets this camper apart from others is its extensive electrical system. The manufacturers have made sure that the electronics work for long tours without any halt or discrepancy. On a single charge, it can work for many days without interruption.


The off-grid adventures get a boost, thanks to the electrical power system of the trailer. The battery used can work for around two weeks on a single charge, which is quite expensive.

Moreover, the hotel-style bathroom doesn’t let travelers miss their homes and offer them maximum comfort. The travelers can even entertain the guests on dining, which is available for at least four people.

  • Extensive storage.
  • Sophisticated power management system.
  • Offers a dining table.
  • Cupboards and medicine cabinets are available.
  • Provides maximum comfort.
  • Frequent plumbing repairs.

Dutchmen Aerolite Travel Trailer

Dutchmen Aerolite

The air conditioning option ensures that travelers don’t sweat their way to a desert. The heater provides enough warmth to stay comfortable in a cold area. In addition, the aluminum wheels let travelers move even to the most challenging tracks without any halt or repair requirements.

To add to the safety of the travelers, the glass windows have dark tinted safety glass. There is an exterior shower as well, which cleans the camper thoroughly after every rain or storm. The fiberglass exterior ensures a sophisticated design and longevity of the camper.

The baggage door has a slam latch, which further augments the safety level for travelers. LED lights are also available to make the camper appear beautiful both from the inside and the outside.

There is a spare tire and a carrier already available in the trailer to deal with any emergency. In addition, the speakers on the outside, patio, triple entry steps, and jacks make the vehicle’s exterior quite desirable.

On the insider, it offers a microwave, durable appliances, bedroom with LCD backer, porcelain bathroom, double door refrigerator, and many other amenities.

  • A well-designed exterior.
  • Lightweight and long-lasting.
  • Highly sophisticated kitchen and bathroom.
  • Comfortable queen bed.
  • Extensive floor plan options.
  • A bit expensive camper.

Dutchmen Aerolite FP

Forest River Flagstaff Travel Trailer


The camper also has a rain dump and LED lighting, adding to the travelers’ overall experience. It is so well designed from the inside that the campers never really want to end their tour.

Even if you don’t feel like coming out of it, the huge frontal window gives a good sight of the outside. Hence, even while staying inside, you can hold on to the outer view for a long time.

Furthermore, the standing table and chairs can help you host sudden and unexpected guests without embarrassment. With the sidewalls adorned with laminated fiberglass, the design of the camper turns to be highly sophisticated.

The windows are frameless and tainted, while the doors have magnetic catches. On the inside, the kitchen has three burners.

Hence, you can make a lot of food quite quickly. The kitchen is designed in a residential style, so you won’t feel awkward working in it. The heated tanks, radius roof, insulated ceiling, and microwave oven make cooking worthwhile.

  • Detailed designing.
  • Well-styled bedroom.
  • The kitchen comes with all the amenities.
  • A lightweight option.
  • Requires constant maintenance and upkeep.

Heartland Wilderness 2475bh

As the name specified, you can take the Heartland Wilderness 2475BH even in the wildest most places where no one had imagined taking their vehicles. As this camper is extremely lightweight, it gets possible for travelers to make it tread on the most unexpected places.

The outside of the camper is of fiberglass that is 2′ thick. This adds to the sophistication of the design. Furthermore, the camper’s exterior is constructed to endure minimum damage in case of any unfortunate incident.

The two kind size beds available in the bedroom ensure that the travelers can have a comfortable sleep. However, it still doesn’t affect the overall space of the camper. The storage is available, and that too is quite extensive.

Moreover, the interior gets even more comfortable with the air conditioning facility, which is a polar vortex. In addition, the floors are made with groove plywood that is quite durable and long-lasting.

The entry doorstep is solid, ensuring the camping partners’ maximum level of protection and safety. The compartment doors also have a slam latch allowing the travelers to have maximum privacy and comfort.

Lastly, this camper is constructed well with brick insulation, providing it maximum strength and durability. The roof system is laminated, and the axle system is quite comprehensive. A backup camera augments the safety offered to the travelers.

  • A solid construction.
  • Indoor and outdoor speakers.
  • Hose storage.
  • Well-designed kitchen.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Not enough ventilation.

Livin’ Lite Camplite Travel Trailer


The fact that wood is not used in its construction at any point sets it apart from others. The travelers can’t spot even a single trace of wood in this trailer, which adds to its lightweight.

The floors of this travel trailer are given utmost importance and the maximum attention by the manufacturers. Therefore, the company has developed the most extensive and highly sophisticated floor plans to woo travelers.

The material used in constructing these floors is top-notch, which lets the camper be a durable option for the users. In addition, the lamination and insulation further add to its durability and longevity.

The insulation of this trailer is also quite extensive. The block foam insulation is six-sided, which gives it a well-protective feature. The sidewalls are made of Azdel, while the roof comes with a warranty of twelve years.

Hence, this extensive warranty augments the trust of the user in this camper. The kitchen is also stylish and has long-lasting aluminum cabinets, solid countertops, and a modern design.

  • Well-designed interior.
  • Lightweight and easy to move around.
  • Spacious from the inside.
  • Fiberglass on the outside.
  • Extensive floor plans.
  • Highly expensive.

Aluma-Lite Travel Trailer

What makes the Almus-Lite Travel Trailer the best option is its durability. It is so long-lasting that you can even make it work through generations! In addition, the exterior is quite solid, which can endure any incident happening, unfortunately.

At the same time, the inside is designed in the most sophisticated manner possible. Hence, the functionality, coupled with durability, makes it a desirable product to opt for.

This camper comes with around six options when it comes to layouts. Alongside this, you can customize your plan in whatever manner you want to make your trailer look like.

As it is a considerable investment, the company ensures to provide its customers with the maximum value, comfort, and choice options.

If you are worried about the lightweight of this camper and have decided not to visit a highly windy area, you need to change your perception about it. The exterior of the camper is of aerodynamics, which provides strength to the outer side.

Therefore, the wind tends to slide past them. Rather than hitting it and affecting its form, the wind gives a good cooling effect to it. Hence, you can take it to even the windiest place on the Earth, and it won’t be affected by it.

Being lightweight, the camper doesn’t require a lot of gas to work efficiently. So, you will be able to save a lot of money in this way.

  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Doesn’t require much gas to work.
  • Aerodynamics design.
  • Molds due to insufficient ventilation.

Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer  


The solar power inlet indeed makes this camper a functional vehicle to have. While traveling across many places, this feature lets the camper save enough energy to work efficiently at night. This also saves a lot of money for the travelers, as this solar energy makes the appliances work.

If you are worried about your safety while staying in the trailer, the camera security will make you feel protected. It also has a backup camera prep, which adds to the protection offered by the camper to the travelers.

Furthermore, it uses a tint safety glass to keep the insiders safe from all outer absurdism. Finally, the radius door entry, along with augmenting the safety, maintains the privacy of the insiders.

To add to the entertainment factor, the trailer has exterior speakers. Thus, you can blast the music if you want to have an outdoor party with your co-travelers. Additionally, there is a high-capacity water pump working in the camper to add to travelers’ convenience. The large Tank Capacities never reduce the availability of water!

  • Safety Glass Windows.
  • Hose Breakaway Cable is available.
  • A roof ladders.
  • Backup Camera Prep.
  • Quite expensive.

Forest River Rockwood Ultra-Lite 8336bh


It has a kitchen island, which offers facilities even better than that of a home kitchen. In addition, the outside kitchen is so well constructed that one never wants to step out of it.

The fireplace inside the camper is its highlight. During the winter nights, it offers a cozy option inside the trailer. In addition, this vehicle comes with power stabilizer jacks and tongue jacks to help you with the power issues. Both provide great efficiency to travelers. They can deal with all kinds of problems arising during the travel sessions.

The trailer can keep around eight members quite comfortable inside it, no matter how extensive the tour gets. Be it a weekend outing or a month-long exploration; the Forest River Rockwood comes in handy.

The hide-a-bed sofa aids in hosting an unexpected guest quite conveniently. Additionally, there is a U-dinette, which adds to the sleeping space available to travelers.

A queen bed slide, pantries, and bunks help elevate the comfort level one can feel while traveling in this vehicle.

  • Huge space.
  • Can manage eight people simultaneously.
  • Well-crafted interior.
  • Stylish kitchen.
  • No aerodynamics.

Kz Rv Connect Lightweight Travel Trailer


The doorway of this trailer is quite wide. This makes it easier for you to load and unload your stuff. The kitchen is well-designed, and everything of convenience is added to it.

For example, it comes with an attached pantry where you can stuff food for future usage. Finally, the bedroom is yet another eye candy. It has a king-size bed and still doesn’t compromise on space.

There is an inside and an outside kitchen. Both kitchens can be used simultaneously in accordance with the kind of task one needs to perform.

The interior of the vehicle is highly commendable. It comes with heat insulation, making it easier for travelers to beat the outer wind and cold. In addition, during the extreme winter season, the electric fireplace offers warmth to those sitting around it.

  • Stylish interior décor.
  • Creative floorplans.
  • Nitrogen-filled tires.
  • Kitchen skylight.
  • Electric fireplace.
  • Limited warranty.


How To Choose The Best Lightweight Campers With Aluminum Frames

Rv aluminum frame construction.

Campers are either made of wood or aluminum. Choosing the latter is a good option as it makes the vehicle lightweight as well as safe. It also uses less fuel as its low weight doesn’t require many loads to be carried around. Hence, owing to be a feasible option, the traveler prefers it.

Overall Space

The more space on the inside, the better it is to make the camper functional.

A comfortable bathroom is the most important thing when it comes to traveling long distances. Therefore, campers that come with stylish and convenient bathrooms are the first choice of travelers.

It is necessary to have a camper who can endure the outer environment and deal with all kinds of weather. Hence, a highly insulated inside and solid outside should be preferred while choosing a camper. No matter what kind of road or path you take your camper, it should not be affected by it.

Most of the campers can host at least eight members simultaneously. However, you can choose the vehicle according to the number of people. Most of the time, additional sofa come beds to aid the travelers in hosting extra people quite conveniently. A well-designed kitchen with all the amenities also helps in preparing enough food for all the travel buddies.

What Is An A-Frame Camper?

The A-frame camper offers ample living space to travelers who never want to return home. They are made of lightweight material and are extremely durable. The walls are waterproof, and hence are quite compact.

Alongside this, these A-frame campers are also entirely within the budget. Therefore, they don’t place a hole in the pocket.

What Is the Lightest Frame Camper?

Mostly a frame camper has a weight minimum of 1200 lbs and a maximum of 2300 lbs. Thus, the former one is the lightest.

What Is Better, Fiberglass or Aluminum?

Fiberglass and aluminum both come with their pros and cons. Where the former is easy to maintain and has the aerodynamics feature, the latter is much sturdier. Hence, you should choose according to the kind of features you are looking forward to having.

Can You Paint an Aluminum Camper?

Yes, an aluminum camper can easily be painted. Choosing the right kind of paint, however, is necessary to keep it long-lasting.

What Kind of Paint Do You Use on A Camper?

To paint a camper, you would need acrylic latex. If not this, you can use any oil-based paint. However, it’s always better to take professional help and get assistance from your camper dealer before painting the camper.

A lightweight camper is a dream come true for those who love to travel. Being lightweight, these campers can be taken to almost any destination across the globe. They also take lesser gas, which further reduces the cost of having them along on long trips.

Furthermore, they come with aerodynamics and sturdy outer structures; no external inconvenience affects them. Alongside them, with stylish interiors, well-crafted floor plans, and customization options, you may never want to return home!


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 10 Amazing Campers With Aluminum Frames in 2021

By Mark on January 29, 2021

10 Amazing Campers With Aluminum Frames

Aluminum has become a very popular material that is used in RV’s building material. Most of the campers and RV, a present in the market, are built using wood frames that are adding weight on a person’s journey. Besides, Aluminum is very light and is very useful, especially when one needs to haul a given RV for long miles.

Moreover, RVs advertising ultra-weight and lightweight are trying to convey a trailer that is lighter and will thus end up saving your money, especially in gas, while you are towing it. Aluminum is currently the best building material for various kinds of RV’s.

1. Airstream Cloud Flying Travel Trailer

Airstream is a widely known powerhouse company that is defining the market of durable RV’s and lightweight RV’s. Besides, they have also been employing the usage of aluminum materials used in building and also in the process of manufacturing since the time they start. Additionally, the Flying cloud not 0nly is its Airstream trailer constructed using Aluminum. All the different Airstream trailers are manufactured using lightweight material. As a result, it has been regarded as the company’s staple for many decades.

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2. Lite-Aluma Travel Trailer

It is a travel trailer that was built to ensure it ends up lasting for an extended period. Besides, Aluminum frames are making RV to become more durable to ensure it will end up lasting for a long time as a person is desiring. More also, the travel trailer is regarded as being among the Holiday Rambler family. Additionally, it is containing interiors that are beautifully crafted and will thus ensure one is feeling at home.

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3. Lite’s Livin’ Camplite Trailer Travel

It is a product that is widely known as a result of its usage of Aluminum in many structures and also in the physical frame, which is present in the whole place. More also, the Campsite is offering a lot of versatile design options. Besides, there are many floorplans which one may consider choosing from. The product is coming in six different exterior color options which are including:

  • Victory Red
  • Charcoal Grey
  • Light Pewter
  • Silver Frost

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4. Crystal White Rockwood Ultra-Lite Signature Travel Trailer

The Signature Rockwood Ultra-Lite trailer travel is coming from the forest river, which is widely usually described as bearing an aluminum cage, which is six-sided. Besides, the excellent RV is happening in many forms. More also, you may end up getting it as a Travel Trailer and a Wheel.

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5. Heartland 2475BH Wilderness

Similar to most of the trailers, this product is Aluminum framed and light-weighted. The best thing concerning the design is the many different floor plans and the allegiance to the many specific parts present in a country. Besides, the item is containing styles and floor plans that are made specifically for the West coast.

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6. Grand Imagine Design Travel 2150RB Trailer

No rule is laid to sacrifice luxury while one is making the trailer end up being lighter. Besides, the various containers are proofing that. More also, there is an addition of the travel trailer through the use of Grand Design to the listing of the structures on an innovative aluminum trailer.

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7. River Micro Lite Flagstaff Travel Trailer

This product is, in most cases, seeming like the ordinary RV while one looks at it from the outside. However, the product is modern and sleek while one looks at it from the inside. Additionally, the aluminum frame is making it among the trailer of the less non-wood-based frame all around.

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8. Forest Sonoma River

The design elements of the darker nature of Sonoma 22RBS are made by the Forest River, which is creating a feeling which is sophisticated for the sake of travel trailer. More also, the meticulously designed and high-end appliances are choosing to be a terrace, especially while one is buying the various necessities.

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9. Dutchmen Aerolite

Aerolite trailer travel is modern and comfortable and therefore ushering during the technology age. Besides, the item has ended up developing a system that is referred to as in-Command that is allowing one to consider using the smartphone to control various features on the trailer with inclusion on the outside awning.

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1o. TANAMI Hybrid 10 Off-road Camper

It is a high breed camper that is coated with Aluminum. Following the assurance and quality, this product is assuring you that you will end up having a great experience while using it. More also, the trailing arm is independent and even light weighted and therefore, it will end up following the vehicle tow in all the places which you will need to explore.

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You now have the ten amazing campers with aluminum frames. Therefore, it is now among you to consider the product which pleases you most. All the products are equally good, and consequently, you are going to benefit from the various items regardless of the choice you make.

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Related Questions:

You might have a few questions about campers and how to fix them up, or you might wonder which one to buy. If you are curious about the paint to use on them, which camper is the lightest, and what type of material is best, then you can read the answers to the questions below. These questions and answers will help you make the right decisions.

What Kind Of Paint Do You Use On An Aluminum Camper?

Acrylic latex paint is what you need for the aluminum camper. It is what will stick, after a few coats of primer have been put on the camper, and it is easy to find. Most stores that offer paint, such as home improvement stores, have it for sale.

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What Is The Best Constructed Travel Trailer?

The best-constructed travel trailers come from the Airstream brand. People love how long they stay on the road without any issues. These travel trailers have been tested over time, and one of the best models is the Classic.

What Is Better, Fiberglass Or Aluminum?

If you want a lighter trailer, then fiberglass is the better option. If you want to know that your trailer will stay in good shape longer, then fiberglass is the better choice for that, as well. It depends on what you can afford, though, and if you want to invest in a fiberglass trailer.

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What Is The Lightest A-Frame Camper?

Some of the lightest A-frame campers come from the Aliner brand. There aren’t too many options for A-frame campers available, and when looking for a light one, keep its features in mind. Is it easy to assemble, and does it have the stove, fridge, and more that you need?

Can You Paint An Aluminum Camper?

Yes, painting an aluminum camper is possible. Just clean it off first to remove any dirt and oil that has been stuck on for some time. Prime it well, and then paint it, so that it will look as good as new.

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What Kind Of Paint Do You Use On A Camper?

The primer is almost more important than the paint, and every camper needs to be primed well as the first step. Acrylic latex paint is a good one to use, especially for an aluminum trailer, and if that is what you have, then buy it. Check out home improvement or automotive stores to find the paint you need for your trailer, no matter what material it is.

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11 Lightweight Aluminum Travel Trailers (2022)

Aluminum Travel Trailers

Camping accounts for nearly one-third of the total number of outdoor activities in North America. This has resulted in an ever-expanding demand for RV Vehicles in the US. More than 500,000 RVs were sold in 2017, an increase of 17% from 2016. The growth in sales has been about 200% since 2009.

People have interest in Aluminum Travel Trailers. Why? The number of people living in RVs full time is approximately 1 million. Here are some more interesting facts about the industry:

  • Over 11% of US households own a recreational vehicle.
  • The industry supports nearly 600,000 jobs.
  • Over 16,000 campgrounds and parking facilities are available for RV camping.
  • There are more than 100 RV manufacturers with most of those being in the United States.
  • RV Vacations can cost about 60% less than a traditional holiday.
  • The Instagram hashtag #vanlife has been used more than 7.7 million times.
  • About 472,000 recreational vehicles were manufactured in 2019. This was a slight decrease of 2.1% since 2018.
  • Sales have increased by about 200% from 2009 to 2019.
  • Almost 85% of the recreational vehicle manufacturing industry in the United States is based in and around Elkhart County, IN.

Future of RV industry in the US

Aluminum Travel Trailers

RV shipments in North America are expected to grow in 2020-2023. Consumer demand for lightweight vehicles, with greater technology and other amenities, is growing. Research and development show a direct relationship between fuel efficiency and vehicle weight. It is also notable that 14% of people who never owned any RV are planning in the future. The following facts highlight the future potential of the RV market in the US:

  • There are industry growth predictions of more than 500 BPS by 2023 and increase by volume about 7x.
  • 46 percent of leisure travelers in a survey conducted in the US and Canada, stated that camping would be the safest type of travel once COVID-19 restrictions are fully lifted, as opposed to 8 percent who saw international air travel as the safest option.
  • Aluminum recreational vehicles are expected to see a spurt in growth in the near future.
  • Increase in US tariffs on steel and aluminum and a hike in other duties on many Chinese-made RV parts have hit the industry badly.

Prominent RV manufacturers in the US

  • Forest River : was established by Peter Liegl in 1996. The company is counted among the top-most manufacturers of RVs in the world. Forest River is currently headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana. In 2005, Berkshire Hathaway acquired the company.
  • Oliver Travel Trailers : manufactures and sells high-quality fiberglass travel trailers and is known for making some of the best travel trailers on the market. Oliver Travel Trailers is located in Hohenwald, Tennessee.
  • Thor Industries : manufactures and sells RVs through its subsidiaries like Airstream, Heartland RV, Jayco, Livin Lite RV. Thor Industries has manufacturing facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Idaho, and Oregon, with its headquarters in the RV manufacturing hub at Elkhart, IN.
  • Coachmen RV : is one of the most recognized RV manufacturers in the world and has been in the game for over 50 years. Coachmen is currently owned by Forest River Inc., and its RV models include the Pursuit, Freelander, Prism, and Leprechaun.
  • Airstream : notable for their distinctive rounded shape and aluminum build. The company dates back to the 1920s — making it one of the oldest RV manufacturers in the business. The company is currently under the ownership of Thor Industries.

Aluminum RVs

Traditionally, RVs have been built from a mix of materials like wood, aluminum, fiberglass, and steel.

Aluminum is used extensively in building airplanes, cars, and boats. There has been a marked increase in the use of aluminum to build RV frames in the RV manufacturing industry. Wood frames are heavier when compared to aluminum frames. Lightweight travel trailers, built mainly with aluminum frames, are fast becoming a very popular segment of recreational vehicles.

The reasons for lightweight travel trailers becoming very popular in contrast to average travel trailers are manifold. They can be easily hauled with standard trucks or SUVs, and are cheaper than other comparable RVs in the market. They also do not affect gas mileage as much as other travel trailers do when being towed.

In view of their growing popularity, more RV brands have started making lightweight travel trailers and, hence, the use of aluminum in the industry has grown. The RV manufacturing industry is witnessing an increase in the use of aluminum as compared to wood because aluminum also has the advantage of being stronger and more durable than wood.

10 Best Aluminum Frame Travel Trailers

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1. Heartland Wilderness 2475BH

  • Dry Weight: 5,470 lbs.
  • Length: 28.75 ft.
  • Height: 11.33 ft.

Probably the best-in-class aluminum frame travel trailer. It is extremely lightweight and thus, easy on the fuel mileage when it is being towed. One of the coolest things about the Heartland Wilderness aluminum-framed travel trailer is the fact that several exciting floor plans are available. Some of the floor plans are quite exclusive, and some are specifically tailor-made for the west coast. But whichever floor plan you choose, you’ll have ample space and storage available.

It has a fully functional kitchen that is quite spacious, apart from a sizable bathroom. One of the unique features of this travel trailer is an exterior panel that opens up and can be used as an outdoor bar or food preparation area. This leaves more space inside without having to give up on quality and amenities. I was impressed with the number of storage compartments practically designed in such a manner as to remain hidden out of sight. It helps in keeping the trailer clutter-free, especially if you’re traveling with family. It can sleep 8 people easily and is a good choice to travel with family or a group of friends.

2. Airstream Flying Cloud Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 4,500 lbs.
  • Length: 19 ft.
  • Height: 10 ft.

Airstream has been a pioneer in using the light-weight aluminum frame for manufacturing its travel trailers. Airstream’s RVs are renowned to be very lightweight and durable. Since the company has been using aluminum frames for a long time, there is also a substantial demand in the market for old and used Airstream travel trailers, which can be renovated and converted according to the buyer’s tastes.

The Airstream Flying Cloud is a tough, lightweight, and durable travel trailer that can be easily towed by a standard SUV. This aluminum travel trailer comes with a huge variety of floor plans – 18 in all. The layouts are quite versatile and are designed to satisfy specific requirements and tastes. Whichever floor plan you choose depending upon your needs, you can be assured of a good-sized bed, a decent-sized kitchen, bathroom, and sufficient compartments for storage. Another USP of Airstream Travel trailers is that all their models come with big, panoramic windows. So if you want to feel one with nature while being inside your travel trailer, Airstream is the one for you.

3. Livin’ Lite Camplite Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 3,684 lbs.
  • Length: 20 ft.

This one is for the design aficionados! An aluminum frame travel trailer that is sleek, ultra-modern, and avant-garde. It is also lighter than most trailers on this list. It also has a surprisingly compact shape which makes it easier to tow. Camplite is known for its use of aluminum not only in the frame but also in the structure. In spite of being lightweight and compact, it has a remarkable cargo-carrying capacity of 1706 pounds.

It is a good option if you are fond of long trips, or even if you’re thinking of living full-time in it. The coolest thing about this travel trailer is the choices it offers in terms of personalization. There are options galore, in colors and designs. You can customize both the interior décor as well as the exterior appearance. If you are looking for a personalized, sleek, modern travel trailer that is light-weight, compact, and can carry a lot of cargo; this is the one for you.

4. Aluma-Lite Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 6,160 lbs.
  • Length: 10 ft.
  • Height: 8.2 ft.

Aluma-Lite travel trailer is the product of Holiday Rambler Company. The company is known for making exceptionally reliable yet trendy travel trailers for a long time. Their RVs are a perfect mix of nifty interiors, assorted features as well as functional amenities. There are legions of satisfied Holiday Rambler RV users owing to its functionality and durability.

Again, like other aluminum-framed trailers on this list, Aluma-Lite is easy to haul. Its aerodynamic design makes it easy to tow even in strong headwinds. This also ensures savings in fuel by not putting your towing vehicle under too much strain. With a handful of floor plan options, it gives you the freedom to personalize as well. If you are looking for a tried and tested aluminum frame travel trailer that is easy to tow and is well-known for its durability, you should strongly consider this product.

5. Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 8,781 lbs.
  • Length: 35 ft.
  • Height: 11 ft.

Forest River is a company that has been around since 1996, the year it was founded by Peter Liegl, and is known for making some of the most compact, trendy, and light-weight RVs.Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite is one of Forest River’s lightest travel trailers. Its frame and structure are built out of very light but strong aluminum. While it may be one of the heaviest travel trailers on this list, it is probably the most versatile too. The best thing about this travel trailer is that it is available in a variety of forms. It is available as a travel trailer or as a fifth-wheel.

The travel trailer version is available in 8 different layouts, while the fifth-wheel version is available in 4 layouts. It is designed to provide maximum comfort, spacious living spaces, and amenities to ensure you lack nothing while camping or traveling. The main differentiating factor between the fifth-wheels and travel trailers is the design.

The fifth-wheels are designed in a manner that they can only be towed using trucks. On the other hand, travel trailers can be directly hitched and towed using trucks and standard SUVs. The fifth-wheels are also typically bigger than travel trailers. You can decide whether to purchase this Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite travel trailer as a travel trailer or as a fifth-wheel, based on how you want to use it.

Another impressive thing I must also mention about this travel trailer is its huge cargo-carrying capacity. It can carry 2,394 pounds of cargo. This is a very significant cargo-carrying capacity. This travel trailer has the capability to carry plenty of equipment, accessories, food, gas, and water. So, if you are looking to go on a long trip for a while, it is the type of RV you should strongly contemplate buying. In short, this is an incredible aluminum frame travel trailer that is suitable for long trips or full-time RV living.

6. Grand Design Imagine 2150RB Travel Trailer

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  • Dry Weight: 5,195 lbs.
  • Length: 27 ft.

Amongst all the well-established RV brands, Grand Design is known to make some of the most lavish and sturdy recreational vehicles. The company’s RVs last for generations. If you buy one, you can be sure it will last long enough for you to pass it on to your son or daughter. The Imagine 2150RB travel trailer, like most Grand Design recreational vehicles, is quite upscale and durable. This trailer is very state-of-the-art and nifty inside.

The interior has some spectacular finishes and delightful features. The cabinets are made of dark hardwood and designed aesthetically. The purpose of the design is to make you feel the comforts of home while being in a travel trailer. Even the floor and the walls are double insulated to help maintain the temperature inside the trailer at comfortable levels even when it gets extremely cold outside. Apart from the luxurious features and amenities, the Grand Design travel trailer has all the basic facilities, like a kitchen, a bathroom, and sleeping quarters.

7. Forest River Sonoma 22RBS Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 5,709 lbs.

Forest River has been making some of the most compact, trendy, and light-weight RVs for almost three decades. They are well-known for quality and innovation. The Sonoma 22RBS aluminum frame travel trailer looks and feels very sophisticated. It comes with the option of many floor plans, starting with the basic one which is minimalist. You have the option to upgrade to more comfort and luxury, by paying more.

Like most Forest River recreational vehicles, all Sonoma 22RBS travel trailers come with all the essentials, including a kitchen, a bathroom, a dining area, and sleeping quarters. All the variants of this travel trailer have a fully functional and well-equipped kitchen. To be honest, we haven’t seen a better kitchen fitted inside an RV, than this. This is because it is spacious and comes equipped with high-end appliances.

The dining area is also well-designed in all the variants of this Forest River trailer. However, it is one of the heavier travel trailers, among all the trailers on this list, alongside the Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra-Lite Travel Trailer. In brief, if you are looking for a lightweight travel trailer that is big on comfort as well as durability, and you are brand-conscious to boot, look no further. Forest River Sonoma is the one for you.

8. Forest River Flagstaff MicroLite Travel Trailer

  • Dry Weight: 4,816 lbs.
  • Length: 22 ft.

Another on the list from Forest River, one of the top manufacturers of travel trailers in the world. Microlite is one of the lightest and most compact aluminum frame travel trailers from Forest River, comparable in quality with any of the other recreational vehicles in this list. Weighing in at less than 5,000 pounds, its length is 22 feet. It is not only lightweight and compact but is also extremely smart and practical. It’s a common fallacy to assume that some essential features and facilities would have to be sacrificed in a ‘lightweight’ trailer.

We must say that presumption would be entirely baseless, especially in this case. Forest River Microlite has all the necessary attributes anyone might expect to find in an RV and more. The RV might seem ordinary on the outside, but don’t let the looks deceive you. It’s every bit trendy and sleek inside. And there are ten-floor plan options available.

Depending on what you can afford, you have the option of the lavish full-featured floor plan with all the luxuries, or one of the more economical minimalist ones. Most of the storage compartments, the kitchen amenities, and the beds in all the Flagstaff MicroLite Travel Trailers are made of aluminum. This makes them extremely durable. Last but not least, the cargo-carrying capability of this travel trailer is nothing less than remarkable at 1,744 pounds. In short, we’d say this is a recreational vehicle that you will be very proud to own and to use.

9. Dutchmen Aerolite

  • Dry Weight: 5,665 lbs.
  • Length: 28 ft.

Dutchmen Aerolite is manufactured by Dutchmen, a recreational vehicle company that is known for making sleek and state-of-the-art recreational vehicles. Dutchmen was the 2nd largest manufacturer of travel trailers and is now owned by Thor Industries. Their in-command system allows you to use your smartphone to control different functions of the trailer including the awning outside.

This Dutchmen recreational vehicle is very trendy, chic, and high-tech, like most of the company’s products. It is classic white on the outside, but the inside can be personalized according to your specific requirements. Each of the ten floor plans available for the Dutchmen Aerolite RV can be fully customized based on your preferences. There’s a whole range of choices available, from the basic to luxurious. Personally, the Dutchmen Aerolite travel trailer, with its queen bed and large bunk beds for children or guests, seems to be one of the best options available in the market.

10. Tanami Hybrid Off-Road Camper

  • Dry Weight: Approx. 2,425 lbs.
  • Length: 18 ft.
  • Height: 8 ft.

Tanami travel trailer is one of the lightest aluminum frame trailers in the market. This high-quality product is made by Tanami, a new kid on the block amongst RV manufacturers. The company is producing extremely edgy but practical recreational vehicles. One of the things that I liked about this camper is the fact that it is designed in such a manner that it is very easy to tow. You will be hard-pressed to find a recreational vehicle like this one. It can be so easily hauled by many types of vehicles. In spite of being the smallest and lightest on the list, this camper has all that you need for your road trip.

Try to learn more about the weight lingo of the RV world. It’s always helpful to know exactly how much you can haul. The demand for aluminum frame travel trailers is growing at a fast pace. Hope this small selection helps you to find the one suitable for your needs. Happy travels! Keep safe.

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Top Aluminum Campers for Lightweight Travel

Over the years, aluminum campers have become popular options for RVers of all types. Aluminum campers have several key benefits. For instance, they’re lightweight; they’re also designed to be aerodynamic. That makes them easier to tow and more fuel efficient. 

Aluminum campers are also durable and able to withstand a wide range of weather conditions, ensuring you’ll enjoy your RV for years to come. In addition, aluminum campers are easy to maintain because they don’t rust. That also makes them easier to clean and maintain. 

In addition, there are several different models with a variety of layouts and designs, so you can find one to fit your family’s needs. And let’s face it, many aluminum campers have an iconic look that’s just cool. 

There are, however, some drawbacks to consider with aluminum campers. For one, they tend to be a more expensive purchase upfront. If you will be using your trailer for years to come, the cost could balance out due to its durability and low maintenance costs. 

While an aluminum shell is durable, it does tend to be easier to scratch or dent, and there may be less noise insulation inside. Quality builders, however, often take steps to minimize any drawbacks with improved construction quality. 

To ensure you get the best bang for your buck for an aluminum camper you’ll enjoy for years to come, look at the material quality, brand reputation, and durability before choosing features and amenities, size and layout, or customization to suit your needs. 

Why Go for Lightweight Travel?

Lightweight aluminum campers are easier to tow. You can often find one that fits your needs without switching to newer, heavier vehicles that take more fuel. Pulling a lightweight camper is also more fuel-efficient, saving you big bucks when you’re on the road. You may even be able to pull the lighter trailer with an SUV or crossover vehicle. 

Lightweight trailers also tend to be more stable, offering more control and maneuverability even when the wind picks up.

Top 10 Aluminum Campers

You also have a lot of choices when it comes to aluminum campers to fit your pulling preferences and your budget. Ten of the top aluminum campers are:

  • Airstream Basecamp due to its iconic design, aerodynamic shape, and efficient use of space. These fantastic aluminum campers come in two lengths—16 and 20 feet, with the 2024 models starting at $46,900. And while the shape is a bit different from past Airstream models, the new design helps improve fuel economy while offering a panoramic view to take in the beauty around you.  
  • The Airstream Flying Cloud offers the unique and iconic design Airstream is so well-known for, starting at $96,400. This highly popular, versatile, and family-friendly trailer offers several floor plans to fit your family’s needs, including a separate bedroom and room to sleep up to 8, with plenty of storage.

If you’re looking for a lightweight camper made with an aluminum frame, other options include:

  • Legacy Elite II , which is again made with an aluminum frame and a fiberglass shell for towability. This 23’6” long rig is double-hauled to provide comfort throughout all four seasons to enjoy the great outdoors anytime. Prices start at $74,000.

Whether you’re in the market for a specific iconic look or an RV that’s lightweight, easy to tow, with exceptional durability and fuel efficiency, an aluminum camper from a quality brand can easily fit your needs and budget. In addition, aluminum campers tend to hold their value, which makes them a good long-term investment.

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EXQUISITE, EXPANSIVE INTERIORS AS THE NORM. WELCOME TO THE CLASSIC SERIES, REDEFINING THE CAMPING EXPERIENCE THROUGH AN ARRAY OF REMARKABLE FEATURES. With its inviting open floorplans and ample storage capacity, there's room for those cherished guests or family you wish to bring along. As you nestle into the embrace of a plush king or queen sized bed, the restlessness of your adventures fade away. Through its efficient layout and panoramic windows, the classic travel trailers offer you an opportunity to luxuriate in your surroundings, all while enjoying the comfort of your serene interior.

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GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight, including cargo, fluids, optional equipment and accessories that can be safely supported by a combination of all axles.

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)* - is the typical weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory. It includes all weight at the unit’s axle(s) and tongue or pin and LP Gas. The UVW does not include cargo, fresh potable water, additional optional equipment or dealer installed accessories. *Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)** - is the amount of weight available for fresh potable water, cargo, additional optional equipment and accessories. CCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW. Available CCC should accommodate fresh potable water (8.3 lbs per gallon). Before filling the fresh water tank, empty the black and gray tanks to provide for more cargo capacity. **Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

Each Forest River RV is weighed at the manufacturing facility prior to shipping. A label identifying the unloaded vehicle weight of the actual unit and the cargo carrying capacity is applied to every Forest River RV prior to leaving our facilities.

The load capacity of your unit is designated by weight, not by volume, so you cannot necessarily use all available space when loading your unit.

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Exterior features.

  • High Gloss Front Cap with Automotive Windshield (N/A 832RKSB)
  • Exterior Battery Disconnect Switch
  • Power Awning w/ Adjustable Rain Dump & LED Lighting
  • Tinted Frameless Windows
  • Slam Latches & Magnetic Compartment Door Catches
  • Cable & Satellite Hookup
  • Ground Solar Panel Prep (All Models)
  • Outside Griddle w/ LP Hook Up
  • Friction Hinge Entrance Door with Window Shade & ScreenShot Screen Door
  • Outside Antifreeze Station
  • Black Tank Flush
  • 360 Siphon Vent Cap On All Black Tanks
  • Solid Entry, Strut Assist Fold Out Entry Steps
  • Keyed Alike Locks
  • Rear Ladder
  • Power Stabilizer Jacks
  • 2" Accessory Hitch
  • Sheilded Awning Cover
  • 200W Roof Solar Panel with 1800W Inverter
  • MorRyde fold up grab handle  
  • Laminated White Fiberglass Sidewalls
  • Outside Sprayport

Interior Features

  • Autumn Wood Cabinetry
  • Screwed & Glued, Solid Wood Cabinet Doors & Drawers With Hidden Hinges, Soft Closing Metal Drawer Glides & Residential Hardware
  • 35K BTU Ducted Furnaces
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Interior 12V Outlet
  • 55 AMP Converter with Charger
  • Ceiling LED 12V Interior Lighting
  • Fireplace (select floor plans)
  • Quick Recovery Water Heater w/ Interior Gas/Electric Switches
  • 86" Interior Height
  • One Control Touch Button Control Panel w/ WeRV App Control
  • Day/Night Roller Shades
  • Sedona Wood Cabinetry
  • One Control We RV App Control for Lights/Awnings/Slides/Water Heater/Water Pump
  • 15,000 BTU Ducted A/C w/ 50 AMP Service & Prepped for 2nd A/C (STD 2nd AC on 832BWS, 832IKRL, 832RKSB)

Living Area Features

  • Marine Grade Carpet in slides
  • Fireplace (N/A 826MBR, 826KBS)
  • Deluxe Tri-Fold Sleeper Sofa (N/A 826MBR Std. all others)
  • Deluxe Theater Seating
  • 15,000 BTU Ducted Roof Air (STD 2nd AC on 832BWS, 832IKRL, 832RKSB)
  • Bluetooth Ceiling Mounted Speaker

Bedroom Features

  • Optional Bedroom TV
  • Washer/Dryer Prep (N/A 826MBR, 826KBS, 826BHS)
  • Carpetless Main Bedroom Floor
  • Under Bed Storage
  • Designer Headboard & Bedding
  • Individual Reading Lights
  • Two Bed Side Power Outlets
  • STD Bunk ENT TV (STD 832BWS)
  • 72 x 80 King Beds (Optional on 832BWS, 832RKSB)

Construction Features

  • 6 Sided Aluminum Framed (Side Walls, End Wall, Front, Floor & Roof)
  • 5/8" Plywood Tongue & Groove Subfloor
  • Insulation Factors R-7 Side Wall, R-12 Floor & R-14 Ceiling
  • Radiant Foil Insulated Underbelly & Slide Out Floors
  • Enclosed Underbelly
  • Electronically Controlled Heated Holding Tanks
  • Radius Roof w/ Interior Vaulted Ceilings
  • Vinyl/Rubber Composite Roofing Membrane
  • Vacuum Laminated One Piece Roof & Walls
  • Aluminum Cage Dinette & Bed Base
  • Interior & Exterior Azdel Sidewall Construction

Towing Features

  • Rear Observation Camera Prep w/ Molded Mounting Plate
  • Easy Lube Axles & Nev-R Adjust Brakes
  • Torsion Axle, Rubber-Ryde Suspension
  • Spare Tire w/ Carrier & Cover
  • Power Tongue Jack
  • Nitrogen Filled, Goodyear Endurance Tires w/ Polished Alloy Wheels
  • TST Tire Pressure Monitor System w/ Monitor
  • 2 5/16" Ball

Kitchen Features

  • Three Burner High Output Gas Range with Flush Mount Glass Top Cover
  • 21" Gas Oven
  • Under mount Single Bowl Kitchen Sink w/ Residential Style Faucet & Cover
  • Microwave Oven
  • Water-Pur Filtration System
  • Residential Full Extension Soft Close Drawers
  • Residential Solid Surface Kitchen Countertops
  • Designer Kitchen Backsplash
  • 11 cubic foot 12V Refrigerator (N/A for 832RKSB)
  • 18 Cubic Foot 12V Refrigerator (832RKSB only)
  • Double Door Auto Gas/Electric Large Refrigerator Optional (STD 832RKSB)

Bathroom Features

  • Showermiser Water Saving System
  • Bathroom Skylight
  • Water Heater By-Pass Kit
  • Foot Flush Toilets
  • Maxxair Ventilation Fan & Cover
  • Upgraded Residential Faucet
  • Deluxe Tri-Fold Sleeper Sofa (Opt only on 826MBR & 832BWS, Std. all others)
  • Extra Maxxair® Ventilation and Vent Cover
  • Tongue Mount Bike Rack
  • Slide Toppers
  • ThermoPane Window Upgrade
  • Electric Auto Leveling System
  • Washer/Dryer (N/A 826MBR, 826KBS, 826BHS)
  • 8 Cubic Gas/Electric Refrigerator (N/A 832RKSB)
  • Optional Smart Bedroom TV
  • Free Standing Table, Chairs and Bench (N/A 826MBR, 826KBS)
  • 2nd Roof 15,000 BTU A/C with Chill Chaser Heat Strip & Digital Dual Control Thermostat (STD 2nd AC on 832BWS, 832IKRL, 832RKSB)

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Table of Contents

1. the chassis.

2. Subfloor & Framing

3. Roof Design

4. cabinetry construction, 5. interior finishes.

6. Low- to No-maintenance & Service

7. Exterior Materiality

8. the lifespan of materials by design, 9. poor quality disguised as lightweight.

By definition, a luxury product should be a quality product.  Unfortunately, in the travel trailer industry, this certainly isn’t the norm.  I will start with this subject to help understand the concepts of quality as it relates to luxury.

When it comes to travel trailers, it’s common practice to disguise a cheap product with an overtly false “luxurious label.”  In 2020, this is no longer a rare occurrence but commonplace with nearly every manufacturer claiming to be luxurious. I get it, travel trailers are selling a dream – this dream is to experience adventure in a high-class and luxurious way. The reality is that very little attention has been given to the design, lifespan, or functionality of the product. Only after the customer takes delivery of the unit will the little quality demons start to show their heads.  For this reason, it is extremely important to know what to look for when buying a new luxury travel trailer.  

These 9 tips are the most important things to look for when considering a luxury travel trailer purchase.

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We’ve all heard the quote about building your house on rock vs. sand – the same can be said for aluminum travel trailers.  The chassis is quite literally the foundation that every component and structure is built, and there are several types of chassis on the market today.

Steel is known for being heavy, but very strong and rigid. It is by far the most prevalent and widely used chassis in the travel trailer market today.  However, one of the disadvantages of a steel chassis is rust and corrosion.  Having personally remodeled over 400 vintage travel trailers with all of them having steel chassis, I can’t remember one that didn’t have a significant structural failure.  Over time, when mixed with water, heat, cold, critters, and minerals steel will literally turn into dust.

Like San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a steel chassis must be regularly maintained and painted to prevent complete failure over time.  Aluminum chassis are relatively new and have tremendous advantages over steel.  Naturally resistant to corrosion, aluminum simply does not rust, yet it is very strong.

Another advantage of aluminum is weight savings.  An all-aluminum chassis can weigh in at well under half the weight of a comparable steel design.

2. Subfloor & Framing

The subfloor is the horizontal structure resting directly over the chassis that creates the platform to build the entire travel trailer on.   Without proper waterproofing, wood subfloors will fall-apart and decay over time.  This is the closest design choice for building a house on sand that I can think of.  Look for an all-aluminum subfloor and accept nothing less.  This design will provide a strong foundation for generations to come. With a strong, lightweight, and timeless chassis design, the next spot to look for quality is in the framing of walls and roofs.  There are a number of methods used here with clear winners.  By far, the lowest quality and cheapest to build is a “stick-frame” all-wood construction.

I shudder to consider that over 90% of all travel trailers built today use stick-frame walls and ceiling joists.   Witnessing a stick-framed travel trailer post major accident is all the proof I ever needed to swear off this type of construction.  It’s hard to even imagine how a vehicle built out of wood was even approved for road use.  Think covered wagon!

It simply boggles my mind.  Not only is this building method dangerous, but it is also highly susceptible to rot, decay, and rodent infestation.  In fact, most of the stick-frame travel trailers I have dismantled have serious structural and pest infestation issues.  Another method is similar to this type of building but with light-gauge steel.   This is far superior to wood as steel does not have the pest and decay tendencies of wood, however, steel framing is typically galvanized.  This method is highly susceptible to rust and will not stand the test of time.

By far, the best wall and roof framing methods are aluminum.  Take one look at the way airplanes are made to take a cue for the best structural design for high-quality trailers.  The best way to build out of aluminum is to be completely welded to create a very rigid wall and ceiling envelope.  Aluminum, when smartly integrated with insulation, is by far the best type of quality construction. Look for a travel trailer with an aluminum frame to be sure you are getting the best quality.

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This is quite possibly the most overlooked aspect for most travel-trailer buyers.  Most trailer roofs are installed are either rubber, EPDM, or TPO.  All of these are a composite material that is rolled down over the structure (often plywood sheets) to keep water out.  In my experience, this construction method simply does not work.  Water will leak inside from day one.  Over the years, the sun will beat down on the roof and cause a slow decay and eventual failure.

The only way to prevent this is to require the roof of a true luxury travel trailer is made from a stronger product that will not decay or break down.  The best solution I’ve found is making the roof from 100% aluminum.   A roof is the one area where water is most likely to find a way into the interior.  To counteract this, it’s key to ensure that the roof is made from a single sheet of aluminum, with no seams, because seams on the roof are potential spots where water will find its way in overtime and cause damage to the interior.  

aluminum travel trailer with aluminum cabinets

When looking at cabinetry, the key item to realize is that this space will be undergoing what is equivalent to a 9.0 earthquake each time you travel.  Quality cabinetry construction is key.  Wood cabinets are made from lightweight composite wood, resin, and plastic, which is just another industry term for cheap. These veneers have unhealthy levels of glues (hello VOCs!), particle-board, and fake looking representations of wood.

Wood easily degrades with repeated use, especially in a small space.   Screws fall out, laminated panels come apart, handles fall off.  The hardware is most important as well.  Residential-style cabinetry hardware is simply not built to be used on the road.  These hinges, handles, and locking mechanisms will inevitably fail and require constant adjustment or replacement.  With this type of hardware, it will be common to reach your destination and find several cabinets open and all the contents shattered or broken on the floor.

I can only recommend one style of cabinetry – that is purpose-built for use in mobile environments, you guessed it, all-aluminum cabinetry.  This style of cabinets has features like full-length piano hinges, full aluminum frame, and multiple positive locking mechanisms to keep the drawer and doors closed while the travel trailer is being moved.   The surface of aluminum cabinets must be powder-coated as well.  This all-aluminum cabinetry design is highly durable, very easy to clean, and will last a lifetime.

aluminum travel trailer cabinets locked

Interior finishes are one major area where “looks can be deceiving.”  In the travel trailer industry, the interiors of trailers are receiving visual makeovers and becoming much more in line with modern-day design needs.  But before buying a trailer, look a little deeper to understand exactly how the unit was built.  Things to look out for include:

  • Most interior walls have nothing more than a one-eighth thick piece of cheap plywood with a faux wallpaper.  Take another look at how these are put together. What trailer builders call “mechanical-fasteners” are in reality just staples.
  • Cheap wood framing as the structural component of the wall.
  • Wallcoverings with dangerous VOC-emitting adhesives.
  • Fake elements – Take a closer look at that beautiful wood cabinetry. Is it actually wood or just a high-resolution “picture” of wood printed on top of composite sawdust?  Is the tile in the shower real or just plastic made to look like tile? Are the countertops solid-surface or just a thin veneer laminate designed to look like real stone?
  • Paint is made for covering drywall in homes and has no place inside a travel trailer.

A quality interior will be built from real materials that are purpose-designed to last a very long time – materials that are real and durable.  Pay close attention to the types of fixtures used – are they plastic or metal?  Look for real wood accents, not laminate or particleboard.  Is the flooring durable and installed in a way that won’t crack, peel or fall apart?  Are the countertops solid surface?  Is the cabinetry made from metal or wood – metal is by far superior.

6. Low- to No-maintenance & Service

When buying a travel trailer, you are inviting something beautiful into your lifestyle.  This is something that will provide you the home-base for all sorts of travels, adventures, and discovery.   Perhaps the simplest, and oddly most overlooked value when it comes to selecting a travel trailer, is what the ownership experience will feel like.

I encourage you to search online for “RV horror stories” to understand what it means to welcome a poor-quality travel trailer into your life.   A luxury travel trailer should perform well now and 10 years from now.  Daily, monthly, and yearly maintenance needs to take time.

How much maintenance will a trailer really require?  It depends on whether you bought quality or not. Consider how much time you are willing and able to dedicate to keeping your trailer maintained and in tip-top shape.  While cheap breaks and falls apart, quality is designed to function and designed to last.   Consider how much time you are willing to spend dealing with repairs and service items when components break or fail all together.

A luxury travel trailer is all about spending time with the ones you love, in the places you love.  It should be purpose-built with little-to-no maintenance requirements and allow you to spend the most time doing the things you love.

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Travel trailers are designed to move and to be experienced in all types of environments.  Whether it be rain, snow, or salt on the road, or desert sun and sand, the exterior must be designed to withstand a myriad of elements.  Unlike a traditional brick and mortar home, trailers must respond to ALL conditions – as the open road and adventure is not always sunny and 75!

The most common for wood-framed construction is to use fiberglass. Over time, fiberglass is quite simply, a very poor choice. Fiberglass requires constant maintenance, cleaning, and caulking.  Because it may not be welded, fiberglass relies heavily on excessive use of caulking to keep out water.  An aluminum exterior is my top choice.  Aluminum is naturally light in color to keep heat radiation down in hot environments and is naturally resistant to decay.  And aluminum offers many options, be it raw mill finished, heat-treated with paint, or anodized like the aluminum used on most metal roofs today.  I highly recommend an anodized aluminum finish to create a very even appearance that is not susceptible to differential oxidization.

As an architect, I’m fascinated by the concept of the honesty of materiality.  One key feature of a material’s honesty is how well it functions over a long period of time.  Take one look at the Statue of Liberty, for example.  The manner Lady Liberty was built will last centuries, as it was intended.  The green color is a natural protective layer that was formed from copper and resists all sorts of decay.  Similarly, materials used in trailer design should embrace the natural characteristics of the material itself and actually get better with age.

A material successfully used in one application may not be appropriate for another.  Adopt this critical viewpoint when considering the materials of a trailer and ask yourself, “How will this wear in 5, 10, or 20 years?”  Consider the way you plan to use the travel trailer.  What types of abuse will the material be up against?   What expected maintenance will be required to keep the material functioning at a high level and doing what it is intended to do?

Lightweight design is one of the key principles of trailer design and engineering.  Weight is often directly at odds with quality and is a very delicate road that trailer designers must navigate.   One of my biggest disappointments in the trailer industry today is this “lightweight design” illusion – which is really just another way to hide the concept of “cheap.”   This is by far the biggest lie I’ve found in the industry today.

True lightweight design is difficult, time-consuming, and meticulous.  If a travel trailer is being touted as lightweight, consider this a red flag and be skeptical.  The main point here is to dig deeper to make your own decision based on real data, not flowery high-design interiors.   Take a closer look at the quality of the walls, cabinets, and fixtures.  Push on the walls – what are they made out of?  Open the cabinet door, what type of hinges are used?  How will the cabinet door be kept closed while being transported, with your food and dinnerware pushing up against the door?  Is the cabinet itself real – made from genuine, solid materials?  

Touch and feel the fixtures, such as faucets, lights, switches, handles, and anything that is designed to be touched on a regular basis.  What are the fixtures made of?  Plastic is very common and disguised as metal and wood. This is not quality.  Do the switches look cheap?  If something looks good on the surface but feels poorly made, consider first, and please take this one seriously – how long will this last given the harsh realities of what a travel trailer is actually designed to do?  

Most importantly, if the manufacturer is putting cheap fixtures right out front and center for everyone to touch and see, consider what the quality would be in all the items you aren’t able to see – inside where quality really matters. So, take a close look at walls, cabinets, and fixtures.  These are three excellent indicators that will tell you instantly if the term lightweight is a clever lie that is covering up the truth – cheap.‍

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The items in this list are what I have found to be the greatest indicators of a quality-built travel trailer. The responsibility to learn the truth is up to you.  I encourage you to ask questions and take your time to determine if a travel trailer meets your quality standards.  If you discover that a trailer does not meet your high-quality needs, the answer becomes an easy “no thank you”, and the search continues.

When it comes to purchasing a new travel trailer, I do not recommend buying a trailer that is lacking in quality, no matter the price.  It simply isn’t worth your time or money.  A travel trailer not only a sizeable investment but will be housing the friends and family you care about most - yourself included.  Shortcuts when it comes to quality are not only a poor investment but dangerous for your personal safety.  Unfortunately, the travel trailer market has become commoditized and manufacturers are competing on price.  Very few are focused on quality.  

If you are primarily focused on budget and are not able to find a quality new travel trailer that suits your needs, I highly recommend considering buying pre-owned.  The unfortunate truth is that many manufacturers of travel trailers are simply okay with releasing products that barely work.  In fact, I have found this practice has become a sort of a consumer-led, quality-control business model. Instead of making all components built to a standard of quality to last for years to come, this becomes a fix it in warranty game.  

I believe that quality is not only possible but will one day become the standard in the RV industry.  This does require a cultural shift.  If consumers stop buying poor-quality travel trailers, manufacturers will no longer build them.  

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RV Confidential #9:  Aluminum or Wood RV Framing

RV Confidential #9: Aluminum or Wood RV Framing

By : JD Gallant October 04, 2017 4 Comments

But first, let me remind you that an RV, whether new or used, should not be purchased for any reason other than an adventure. It is not a financial investment! It is not an automobile! It’s a vehicle for adventure, whether full-time or part-time. As you’ll see at the end of this narrative on framing, Connie and I use RVs as part of our philosophy for life. The money and energy you spend to buy the right RV, and to keep it fit for your adventures, will be a necessary part of those expenditures. So read on and learn. It’s all part of those wonderful years ahead.

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4 responses.


August 18, 2022

Hello I was researching on how to do a roof replacement because I have a camper that needs a whole new roof including the trusses how can I make or purchase trusses for my camper? I would like to be possibly an aluminum are they might be lighter and stronger

Leanna Delone

Leanna Delone

I’m planning to have a custom built THOW with the foundation being a used U-Haul truck. I have decided on my insulation, and your experience has made all the difference in getting me off the fence and use aluminum framing. And I am hoping welding is not required, but I will cross that bridge when I get there. Thank you for your assistance!!!


Thanks for your knowledge, it’s helping me rethink what I will be buying in the near future.


Hello! My partner and I are currently doing a trailer rebuild and would love any advice that you are willing to share. We want to use metal studs to save on weight and we do not know how to weld aluminum. We are first-time builders and it sounds like you know your stuff. Please email me if you are open to some trailer-building discussions. Thanks!

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The Ultimate Guide to RV Construction — Which Materials are Best?

By Amy Wake

You’ve researched and made your pros and cons lists.  You’ve shopped and talked to fellow RV’ers about everything you could possibly need to know about manufacturers, brands, floorplans, and even towables vs. motorhomes.  But have you considered what is inside the walls of your RV?   Your RV’s structure and how it holds up is vital when it comes to making sure you enjoy a low maintenance RV lifestyle.   So, when it comes to RV construction, what are your options and which is best?

A Quick Rundown On RV Material Choices

What materials CAN your RV be constructed from?  There are two main forms of construction that RV manufacturers use.  The first method is the tried and true “stick-n-tin” construction that has been used since around the 1940s.  The “stick-n-tin” consists of laying aluminum over a wood frame.

The second is a newer process called “laminate” which consists of laying fiberglass over an aluminum frame.  Both have pros and cons and an obvious cost difference.  But is the savings worth the potential headache down the road?  Is there even a worry about a headache down the road?  There’s some great information available in favor of both.

Wood RV Structure

Some people think of wood in a negative way due to it’s susceptibility to rot, water damage and warping.  But the problem is not really with the wood, but how well the RV is constructed USING the wood.  If your RV is built correctly, there should be no reason that any moisture gets into the wood frame causing these nightmarish problems.

When buying your RV, don’t just inspect the caulking job, ask the salesperson the hard questions.

Some great questions to ask would be:

  • What did the RV manufacturer do to keep water from penetrating a wall or roof?
  • Did they use staples, screws, or both?

Wood framing offers insulation and the ability to flex as needed and return to its original configuration continually over time.

  • Pros:  Affordable, durable, easier to repair, and flexible.
  • Cons:  Heavier, potential need for repairs due to water damage, and difficult to clean.
  • Who it’s best for:   Price conscience shopper looking for the tried and true option.
  • Who should avoid it:  RV shopper with light weight towing needs.

Aluminum RV Structure

Considered the “new” way of constructing an RV, the aluminum structure is made to support a fiberglass outer structure.  While this makes RVs lighter and thus they use less fuel, there are some draw backs.   “Laminate” construction has a drawback called “de-lamination”.   De-lamination  is caused by water intrusion that has occurred to the sidewall, causing the plywood/luan backer and adhesive(s) to let go of the exterior fiberglass panel.  This results in blistering of the outside skin.

However, strides in the construction of laminate are being made every day to continue to improve its construction against the problem of de-lamination.  And with its lighter weight, it’s a viable choice for your RV’s construction.

Aluminum Construction

  • Pros:  Lightweight, more durable, easy to keep clean, and less likely to dent.
  • Cons:  De-lamination, not easily repaired, and can’t easily be altered for after market parts.
  • Who it’s best for:  The RV shopper looking for a light weight towing option.
  • Who should avoid it:  RV shoppers on a tight budget.

How Do You Spot The Difference?

As you head off to the dealerships, how do you quickly spot the difference between an RV with a wood frame and one with an aluminum one?  The hallmark sign of a “stick-n-tin” camper are the “ridges” on the metal which provide lateral lines that improves the look of the trailer.  A great example of this type of trailer is the Jayco Jay Flight travel trailer .

The aluminum frame campers also have a unique look.  You can spot one by its sleek looking, flat side panels.  A great example of these RVs is the Grand Design Imagine travel trailer .

Great example of a wood frame design-the Jayco Jay Flight.

So Which RV Construction Do You Choose?

Armed with all of this information, which construction do you choose?  The main point when it comes to construction is doing your due diligence when you pick a manufacturer or brand.  Reputation and standards of the builder of your RV is most important when it comes to construction.

Speak with owners that already have your choice of RV and ask what problems they may or may not have had and more importantly how their problems were handled.  Another deciding factor for choosing between material is towing weight.  If you already have a vehicle you are looking to use to tow your new camper, make sure whichever route you choose is compatible.

Wood and aluminum can both provide you and your family with an RV you will enjoy for years to come.

More Information

Interested in the future of “laminate” and how they are improving this process?  A company in Elkhart, Indiana called Dicor Corporation is constructing a composite for use in RV building.  The process is a newer technology and has the ability to be constructed without human interaction.

This process would allow manufacturing to be both more consistent and produced at ambient temperatures beyond the extremes most vehicles see.  With the benefits of being able to withstand a high temperature environment and a lighter weight, strides are being made to make this construction a viable choice for RV’ers everywhere.

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Would you like more information on all aspects of the RV’ing lifestyle?  Here are some great resources to find answers to questions you may have regarding RV’ing life, how to care for your RV, and even how to RV on a budget!

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Ready to start your adventure as an RVer or “buy up” with a brand new RV? It all starts with a stellar shopping experience! You want one that has the right construction for your style of road tripping so that you and your family are as comfortable as possible, no matter what the road throws at you. Need a good place to start?  Choose which type or brand you are looking for and explore your choices!  Check out the hundreds of options listed here:   shop RVs .

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Best Fiberglass Travel Trailers – Complete Round-up

Fiberglass travel trailers are a very popular type of camper that's kind of built its own little niche in the RV community.

They're cool, compact, and typically retro looking. They're easy to tow, and best of all are a sturdy base for anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

The best fiberglass travel trailers offer some luxuries, but as they're a small trailer, you do have to give up on many. But that shouldn't put you off because, they really are a fantastic and cheap alternative to other trailer types.

So, if you are thinking about investing in a fiberglass travel trailer, we have you covered. We've put a review together of what we think are some of the best models on the market.

We also take a closer look at the pros and cons of owning a fiberglass camper and do a compare and contrast against aluminum travel trailers.

We've also included an FAQ section just to cover any possible unanswered questions you may have. So, with that said, let's take a look at what makes fiberglass travel trailers so appealing.

fiberglass travel trailer

  • Lightweight yet strong built
  • Generator Ready (C/W Auto Transfer Switch)
  • Has high-density insulation with thermal pane windows
  • Features air conditioning (11,000 BTU) and exterior speakers
  • Dual propane tanks with an automatic switch over in storage compartment
  • Number of Floorplans: Eight (8 models)
  • Number of Slide-Outs: None
  • Length: 17'-5"
  • Width: 8'-0"
  • Weight: 3179 Lbs

The Bigfoot 2500 Series has eight models with varying degrees of exceptions, but all have been designed in a manner that gives its user experience second to none yet doesn’t require you to spend a fortune.

One particularly commendable thing is how this fiberglass travel trailer has an immense storage area, be it for your luggage, kitchen or bedroom cabinets, propane tanks storage, or the dinette area. There is attention to detail, and the manufacturer has tried to facilitate the customer using little details.

The bedroom has day and nightshades along with two windows and reading lights. There's ample tank storage for fresh, grey, and black water in the bathroom. And, the dinette has a large window and comfortable leg space along with outlets and USB ports so that you can work easily.

Another crucial feature is that despite having large windows, the trailer is quite soundproof and offers privacy too. All in all, this is a trailer in which the manufacturers have gone all out to ensure you do not regret purchasing this.

Best Small Fiberglass Travel Trailer: Scamp 13' Standard Trailer

Best Small Fiberglass Travel Trailer: Scamp 13' Standard fiberglass travel Trailer

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In Transit: Notes from the Underground

Jun 06 2018.

Spend some time in one of Moscow’s finest museums.

Subterranean commuting might not be anyone’s idea of a good time, but even in a city packing the war-games treasures and priceless bejeweled eggs of the Kremlin Armoury and the colossal Soviet pavilions of the VDNKh , the Metro holds up as one of Moscow’s finest museums. Just avoid rush hour.

The Metro is stunning and provides an unrivaled insight into the city’s psyche, past and present, but it also happens to be the best way to get around. Moscow has Uber, and the Russian version called Yandex Taxi , but also some nasty traffic. Metro trains come around every 90 seconds or so, at a more than 99 percent on-time rate. It’s also reasonably priced, with a single ride at 55 cents (and cheaper in bulk). From history to tickets to rules — official and not — here’s what you need to know to get started.

A Brief Introduction Buying Tickets Know Before You Go (Down) Rules An Easy Tour

A Brief Introduction

Moscow’s Metro was a long time coming. Plans for rapid transit to relieve the city’s beleaguered tram system date back to the Imperial era, but a couple of wars and a revolution held up its development. Stalin revived it as part of his grand plan to modernize the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s. The first lines and tunnels were constructed with help from engineers from the London Underground, although Stalin’s secret police decided that they had learned too much about Moscow’s layout and had them arrested on espionage charges and deported.

The beauty of its stations (if not its trains) is well-documented, and certainly no accident. In its illustrious first phases and particularly after the Second World War, the greatest architects of Soviet era were recruited to create gleaming temples celebrating the Revolution, the USSR, and the war triumph. No two stations are exactly alike, and each of the classic showpieces has a theme. There are world-famous shrines to Futurist architecture, a celebration of electricity, tributes to individuals and regions of the former Soviet Union. Each marble slab, mosaic tile, or light fixture was placed with intent, all in service to a station’s aesthetic; each element, f rom the smallest brass ear of corn to a large blood-spattered sword on a World War II mural, is an essential part of the whole.

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The Metro is a monument to the Soviet propaganda project it was intended to be when it opened in 1935 with the slogan “Building a Palace for the People”. It brought the grand interiors of Imperial Russia to ordinary Muscovites, celebrated the Soviet Union’s past achievements while promising its citizens a bright Soviet future, and of course, it was a show-piece for the world to witness the might and sophistication of life in the Soviet Union.

It may be a museum, but it’s no relic. U p to nine million people use it daily, more than the London Underground and New York Subway combined. (Along with, at one time, about 20 stray dogs that learned to commute on the Metro.)

In its 80+ year history, the Metro has expanded in phases and fits and starts, in step with the fortunes of Moscow and Russia. Now, partly in preparation for the World Cup 2018, it’s also modernizing. New trains allow passengers to walk the entire length of the train without having to change carriages. The system is becoming more visitor-friendly. (There are helpful stickers on the floor marking out the best selfie spots .) But there’s a price to modernity: it’s phasing out one of its beloved institutions, the escalator attendants. Often they are middle-aged or elderly women—“ escalator grandmas ” in news accounts—who have held the post for decades, sitting in their tiny kiosks, scolding commuters for bad escalator etiquette or even bad posture, or telling jokes . They are slated to be replaced, when at all, by members of the escalator maintenance staff.

For all its achievements, the Metro lags behind Moscow’s above-ground growth, as Russia’s capital sprawls ever outwards, generating some of the world’s worst traffic jams . But since 2011, the Metro has been in the middle of an ambitious and long-overdue enlargement; 60 new stations are opening by 2020. If all goes to plan, the 2011-2020 period will have brought 125 miles of new tracks and over 100 new stations — a 40 percent increase — the fastest and largest expansion phase in any period in the Metro’s history.

Facts: 14 lines Opening hours: 5 a.m-1 a.m. Rush hour(s): 8-10 a.m, 4-8 p.m. Single ride: 55₽ (about 85 cents) Wi-Fi network-wide

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Buying Tickets

  • Ticket machines have a button to switch to English.
  • You can buy specific numbers of rides: 1, 2, 5, 11, 20, or 60. Hold up fingers to show how many rides you want to buy.
  • There is also a 90-minute ticket , which gets you 1 trip on the metro plus an unlimited number of transfers on other transport (bus, tram, etc) within 90 minutes.
  • Or, you can buy day tickets with unlimited rides: one day (218₽/ US$4), three days (415₽/US$7) or seven days (830₽/US$15). Check the rates here to stay up-to-date.
  • If you’re going to be using the Metro regularly over a few days, it’s worth getting a Troika card , a contactless, refillable card you can use on all public transport. Using the Metro is cheaper with one of these: a single ride is 36₽, not 55₽. Buy them and refill them in the Metro stations, and they’re valid for 5 years, so you can keep it for next time. Or, if you have a lot of cash left on it when you leave, you can get it refunded at the Metro Service Centers at Ulitsa 1905 Goda, 25 or at Staraya Basmannaya 20, Building 1.
  • You can also buy silicone bracelets and keychains with built-in transport chips that you can use as a Troika card. (A Moscow Metro Fitbit!) So far, you can only get these at the Pushkinskaya metro station Live Helpdesk and souvenir shops in the Mayakovskaya and Trubnaya metro stations. The fare is the same as for the Troika card.
  • You can also use Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Rules, spoken and unspoken

No smoking, no drinking, no filming, no littering. Photography is allowed, although it used to be banned.

Stand to the right on the escalator. Break this rule and you risk the wrath of the legendary escalator attendants. (No shenanigans on the escalators in general.)

Get out of the way. Find an empty corner to hide in when you get off a train and need to stare at your phone. Watch out getting out of the train in general; when your train doors open, people tend to appear from nowhere or from behind ornate marble columns, walking full-speed.

Always offer your seat to elderly ladies (what are you, a monster?).

An Easy Tour

This is no Metro Marathon ( 199 stations in 20 hours ). It’s an easy tour, taking in most—though not all—of the notable stations, the bulk of it going clockwise along the Circle line, with a couple of short detours. These stations are within minutes of one another, and the whole tour should take about 1-2 hours.

Start at Mayakovskaya Metro station , at the corner of Tverskaya and Garden Ring,  Triumfalnaya Square, Moskva, Russia, 125047.

1. Mayakovskaya.  Named for Russian Futurist Movement poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and an attempt to bring to life the future he imagined in his poems. (The Futurist Movement, natch, was all about a rejecting the past and celebrating all things speed, industry, modern machines, youth, modernity.) The result: an Art Deco masterpiece that won the National Grand Prix for architecture at the New York World’s Fair in 1939. It’s all smooth, rounded shine and light, and gentle arches supported by columns of dark pink marble and stainless aircraft steel. Each of its 34 ceiling niches has a mosaic. During World War II, the station was used as an air-raid shelter and, at one point, a bunker for Stalin. He gave a subdued but rousing speech here in Nov. 6, 1941 as the Nazis bombed the city above.

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Take the 3/Green line one station to:

2. Belorusskaya. Opened in 1952, named after the connected Belarussky Rail Terminal, which runs trains between Moscow and Belarus. This is a light marble affair with a white, cake-like ceiling, lined with Belorussian patterns and 12 Florentine ceiling mosaics depicting life in Belarussia when it was built.

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Transfer onto the 1/Brown line. Then, one stop (clockwise) t o:

3. Novoslobodskaya.  This station was designed around the stained-glass panels, which were made in Latvia, because Alexey Dushkin, the Soviet starchitect who dreamed it up (and also designed Mayakovskaya station) couldn’t find the glass and craft locally. The stained glass is the same used for Riga’s Cathedral, and the panels feature plants, flowers, members of the Soviet intelligentsia (musician, artist, architect) and geometric shapes.

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Go two stops east on the 1/Circle line to:

4. Komsomolskaya. Named after the Komsomol, or the Young Communist League, this might just be peak Stalin Metro style. Underneath the hub for three regional railways, it was intended to be a grand gateway to Moscow and is today its busiest station. It has chandeliers; a yellow ceiling with Baroque embellishments; and in the main hall, a colossal red star overlaid on golden, shimmering tiles. Designer Alexey Shchusev designed it as an homage to the speech Stalin gave at Red Square on Nov. 7, 1941, in which he invoked Russia’s illustrious military leaders as a pep talk to Soviet soldiers through the first catastrophic year of the war.   The station’s eight large mosaics are of the leaders referenced in the speech, such as Alexander Nevsky, a 13th-century prince and military commander who bested German and Swedish invading armies.

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One more stop clockwise to Kurskaya station,  and change onto the 3/Blue  line, and go one stop to:

5. Baumanskaya.   Opened in 1944. Named for the Bolshevik Revolutionary Nikolai Bauman , whose monument and namesake district are aboveground here. Though he seemed like a nasty piece of work (he apparently once publicly mocked a woman he had impregnated, who later hung herself), he became a Revolutionary martyr when he was killed in 1905 in a skirmish with a monarchist, who hit him on the head with part of a steel pipe. The station is in Art Deco style with atmospherically dim lighting, and a series of bronze sculptures of soldiers and homefront heroes during the War. At one end, there is a large mosaic portrait of Lenin.

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Stay on that train direction one more east to:

6. Elektrozavodskaya. As you may have guessed from the name, this station is the Metro’s tribute to all thing electrical, built in 1944 and named after a nearby lightbulb factory. It has marble bas-relief sculptures of important figures in electrical engineering, and others illustrating the Soviet Union’s war-time struggles at home. The ceiling’s recurring rows of circular lamps give the station’s main tunnel a comforting glow, and a pleasing visual effect.

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Double back two stops to Kurskaya station , and change back to the 1/Circle line. Sit tight for six stations to:

7. Kiyevskaya. This was the last station on the Circle line to be built, in 1954, completed under Nikita Khrushchev’ s guidance, as a tribute to his homeland, Ukraine. Its three large station halls feature images celebrating Ukraine’s contributions to the Soviet Union and Russo-Ukrainian unity, depicting musicians, textile-working, soldiers, farmers. (One hall has frescoes, one mosaics, and the third murals.) Shortly after it was completed, Khrushchev condemned the architectural excesses and unnecessary luxury of the Stalin era, which ushered in an epoch of more austere Metro stations. According to the legend at least, he timed the policy in part to ensure no Metro station built after could outshine Kiyevskaya.

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Change to the 3/Blue line and go one stop west.

8. Park Pobedy. This is the deepest station on the Metro, with one of the world’s longest escalators, at 413 feet. If you stand still, the escalator ride to the surface takes about three minutes .) Opened in 2003 at Victory Park, the station celebrates two of Russia’s great military victories. Each end has a mural by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli, who also designed the “ Good Defeats Evil ” statue at the UN headquarters in New York. One mural depicts the Russian generals’ victory over the French in 1812 and the other, the German surrender of 1945. The latter is particularly striking; equal parts dramatic, triumphant, and gruesome. To the side, Red Army soldiers trample Nazi flags, and if you look closely there’s some blood spatter among the detail. Still, the biggest impressions here are the marble shine of the chessboard floor pattern and the pleasingly geometric effect if you view from one end to the other.

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Keep going one more stop west to:

9. Slavyansky Bulvar.  One of the Metro’s youngest stations, it opened in 2008. With far higher ceilings than many other stations—which tend to have covered central tunnels on the platforms—it has an “open-air” feel (or as close to it as you can get, one hundred feet under). It’s an homage to French architect Hector Guimard, he of the Art Nouveau entrances for the Paris M é tro, and that’s precisely what this looks like: A Moscow homage to the Paris M é tro, with an additional forest theme. A Cyrillic twist on Guimard’s Metro-style lettering over the benches, furnished with t rees and branch motifs, including creeping vines as towering lamp-posts.

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Stay on the 3/Blue line and double back four stations to:

10. Arbatskaya. Its first iteration, Arbatskaya-Smolenskaya station, was damaged by German bombs in 1941. It was rebuilt in 1953, and designed to double as a bomb shelter in the event of nuclear war, although unusually for stations built in the post-war phase, this one doesn’t have a war theme. It may also be one of the system’s most elegant: Baroque, but toned down a little, with red marble floors and white ceilings with gilded bronze c handeliers.

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Jump back on the 3/Blue line  in the same direction and take it one more stop:

11. Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square). Opened in 1938, and serving Red Square and the Kremlin . Its renowned central hall has marble columns flanked by 76 bronze statues of Soviet heroes: soldiers, students, farmers, athletes, writers, parents. Some of these statues’ appendages have a yellow sheen from decades of Moscow’s commuters rubbing them for good luck. Among the most popular for a superstitious walk-by rub: the snout of a frontier guard’s dog, a soldier’s gun (where the touch of millions of human hands have tapered the gun barrel into a fine, pointy blade), a baby’s foot, and a woman’s knee. (A brass rooster also sports the telltale gold sheen, though I am told that rubbing the rooster is thought to bring bad luck. )

Now take the escalator up, and get some fresh air.

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Most Beautiful Metro Stations in Moscow

Most Beautiful Metro Stations in Moscow

Visiting Moscow? Get yourself a metro card and explore Moscow’s beautiful metro stations. Moscow’s world-famous metro system is efficient and a great way to get from A to B. But there is more to it; Soviet mosaic decorations, exuberant halls with chandeliers, colourful paintings and immense statues. Moscow’s metro is an attraction itself, so take half a day and dive into Moscow’s underground!

The best thing to do is to get on the brown circle (number 5) line since the most beautiful metro stations are situated on this line. The only exception is the metro stop Mayakovskaya one the green line (number 2). My suggestion is to get a map, mark these metro stops on there and hop on the metro. It helps to get an English > Russian map to better understand the names of the stops. At some of the metro stops, the microphone voice speaks Russian and English so it’s not difficult at all.

Another thing we found out, is that it’s worth taking the escalator and explore the other corridors to discover how beautiful the full station is.

Quick hotel suggestion for Moscow is the amazing Brick Design Hotel .

These are my favourite metro stations in Moscow, in order of my personal preference:

1. Mayakovskaya Station

The metro station of Mayakovskaya looks like a ballroom! Wide arches, huge domes with lamps and mosaic works make your exit of the metro overwhelming. Look up and you will see the many colourful mosaics with typical Soviet pictures. Mayakovskaya is my personal favourite and is the only stop not on the brown line but on the green line.

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2. Komsomolskaya Station

Komsomolskaya metro station is famous for its yellow ceiling. An average museum is nothing compared to this stop. Splendour all over the place, black and gold, mosaic – again – and enormous chandeliers that made my lamp at home look like a toy.

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3. Novoslobodskaya Station

The pillars in the main hall of Novoslobodskaya metro station have the most colourful stained glass decorations. The golden arches and the golden mosaic with a naked lady holding a baby in front of the Soviet hammer and sickle, make the drama complete.

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4. Prospect Mira Station

The beautiful chandeliers and the lines in the ceiling, make Prospekt Mira an architectural masterpiece.

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5. Belorusskaya Station

Prestigious arches, octagonal shapes of Socialistic Soviet Republic mosaics. The eyecatcher of Belorusskaya metro station, however, is the enormous statue of three men with long coats, holding guns and a flag.

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6. Kiyevskaya Station

The metro station of Kiyevskaya is a bit more romantic than Belorusskaya and Prospect Mira. Beautiful paintings with classical decorations.

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7. Taganskaya Station

At the main hall Taganskaya metro station you will find triangle light blue and white decorations that are an ode to various Russians that – I assume – are important for Russian history and victory. There is no need to explore others halls of Taganskaya, this is it.

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8. Paveletskaya Station

Another and most definitely the less beautiful outrageous huge golden mosaic covers one of the walls of Paveletskaya. I would recommend taking the escalator to the exit upstairs to admire the turquoise dome and a painting of the St Basil’s Cathedral in a wooden frame.

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Travelling with Moscow’s metro is inexpensive. You can have a lot of joy for just a few Rubbles.

  • 1 single journey: RMB 50 – € 0,70
  • 1 day ticket: RMB 210 – € 2,95

Like to know about Moscow, travelling in Russia or the Transsiberian Train journey ? Read my other articles about Russia .


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My partner and I did a self guided Moscow Metro tour when we were there 2 years ago. So many breathtaking platforms…I highly recommend it! Most of my favorites were along the Brown 5 line, as well. I also loved Mayakovskaya, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovski Sad and Ploshchad Revolyutsii. We’re heading back in a few weeks and plan to do Metro Tour-Part 2. We hope to see the #5 stations we missed before, as well as explore some of the Dark Blue #3 (Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bul’var, for sure), Yellow #8 and Olive #10 platforms.

That’s exciting Julia! Curious to see your Metro Tour-Part 2 experience and the stations you discovered.

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EPIC MOSCOW Itinerary! (2024)

Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

Red Square | Moscow Kremlin | Lenin’s Mausoleum | St. Basil’s Cathedral  | GUM Department Store

Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

The Red Square

The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

Discover this beautiful Russian fairytale city on a private trip, where all of the planning is taken care of for you!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

What are some unusual things to do in Moscow?

I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

What are some fun things to do in Moscow?

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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