Whether you’re an occasional camper looking for something small to pull to your next campsite or you want a top-of-the-line, no-expense-spared Xpedition vehicle, we got you covered. We scoped out some of our favorite recreational vehicles that do away with the typical aesthetics they’re general known for and focused on the modern variety that have been popping up more and more as people look to get away. Take a look at six of our favorite modern RVs, XVs, campers, and caravans.
The DROPLET is a compact teardrop trailer decked out with a light-filled, insulated shell that fits a queen size bed for a good night’s sleep. The large windows are perfect for stargazing or if you’re looking for privacy, the shades come down for added coziness. A sheltered kitchen is on the back of the trailer making it easy to fix meals while still enjoying everyone’s company outside. The DROPLET is lightweight enough to be towed by a MINI Cooper or Volkswagen Golf, so there’s no need to upgrade to a truck or SUV to haul it to your next destination.
New for 2021, the Airstream Basecamp 20 trailer is an upgrade from the top-selling Basecamp 16 with additional room and added features for those seeking to venture onto more rugged terrain. The new model separates the sleeping and eating spaces allowing the rear bed to remain setup during the day while still having room to dine in the front. The dinette easily converts to an extra sleeping space for kids or guests. There’s also the option to get the Basecamp 20X that’s off-road ready with 12 inches of ground clearance and front stone guard protection.
The all-mighty EarthRoamer vehicles are not like any other – they’re the true baller of a modern RV. In fact, they’re considered XVs – Xpedition Vehicles. They’re hand built in Colorado with the highest quality materials and a real attention to detail. They’re durable, all-in-one packages with everything built right in, including the Ford truck that drives it. While the EarthRoamer is made to handle tough, off-road adventures, they’re like luxury apartments on wheels that will probably make you never venture into a tent ever again.
The Mehrzeller, which we fell in love with back in 2010, is probably unlike anything you’ve passed on the road with its faceted exterior that will probably make you wonder what in the world is happening inside it. In all actuality, it’s a customizable, multicellular caravan that’s a step up from the Airstream or your typical campers. The same faceted surfaces show up on the mostly white interior making this a great option for people who don’t want to leave their modern aesthetic back at home. Unfortunately, we think this is still a concept, but we hope it happens soon!
Happier Camper adds a touch of nostalgia with their travel trailers that have a distinctly classic, retro-modern feel. If you’re looking for affordable adventures, these ultra-light campers might be your thing. Each one features their Adaptiv™ modular interior so you can customize it when you’re out on the road for camping, hauling, or as guest quarters, in a matter of minutes. They also have a ton of features you can add-on, like shower fittings, digital heaters, iPad/tablet docking station, solar panels, and a lightweight air conditioner. Despite its compact size, the modern RV sleeps five!
Canadian-based Safari Condo’s teardrop camper is another lightweight alternative to the larger variety. While it’s a compact teardrop design, their Alto R models feature electric, retractable roofs giving more interior space when parked. The aerodynamic exterior will help keep gas costs low without compromising the extra living space larger, heavier campers offer. With the option to sleep 3-4 people, along with the typical comforts most trailers offer (toilet, dinette area, kitchenette), the interior boasts a clean, modern aesthetic.
Definitely one of the most recognizable brands out there, the Airstream, with its sleek silver exterior, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. The iconic brand partnered with another well-known American company, Pendleton Woolen Mills, for a limited edition Airstream in 2016. With just 100 made, the Limited Edition Pendleton® National Park Foundation™ Airstream® Travel Trailer, paid tribute to our nation’s parks and all the great adventure possibilities out there. The 28-foot trailer slept six and was outfitted with a lodge-like feel with national park-inspired Pendleton decor and bedding, all geared around enhancing the outdoor adventure experience. Despite the fact that it’s long since sold out, we still love the design.