RVs’ popularity continues to skyrocket. And with camping season around the corner, you, too, might be looking to buy a camper. If six-figure motorhomes are out of your price range, you might be interested in a new model for much less. In fact, one simple yet modern camper van has everything you need for the ultimate road trip for less than $75,000.
A few of the best campers this year
MotorHome‘s “The Most Exciting Motorhomes for 2021” lists popular brands, such as Newmar, with its flagship model King Aire 4531. This ultra-luxe motorcoach comes with Euro-style cabinets, Viking appliances, quartz countertops, and an 8K TV. It’s also the most expensive model on this list, with a $1.2 million price tag.
Newmar’s all-new Canyon Star 3719, with its entirely redesigned interior, also appears on the list. With a starting price of $238,770, it costs much less than its King Aire sibling.
Other brand models include the four-wheel-drive Winnebago Revel for $174,906. And Thor’s new all-wheel-drive Class C motorhomes, the Gemini 23TE and Compass 23TW, retail for around $117,000 each.
But this new camper van has everything you need for under $75,000
If you’re not up for spending over $100,000, consider the Pleasure-Way Tofino. This minimalistic camper van measures less than 18 feet long and rides on a RAM ProMaster 1500 chassis, according to Pleasure-Way. It retails for less than $75,000. But doesn’t force you to forgo must-haves.
The Tofino has two 100 Ah lithium batteries, a touchscreen control panel, and an available 200-watt solar package. It offers 70 cubic feet of cargo space, perfect for holding bikes and camping gear. The kitchen features a stainless-steel sink and an induction stovetop. And the manual pop-top provides additional sleeping space in an overhead bunk.
Discovering your must-have camper van features
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Myriad RV and camper van sizes and models can make shopping tedious. If the thought of spending more than your house is out of the question, don’t worry. There are plenty of camper vans for less than six figures. The most efficient way to begin your search is to create a list of your must-have features that will complement your travel plans.
The Wandering RV offers a full roster of tech and features that most of today’s camper vans can offer. Look for operational upgrades, such as easy-to-use control panels and convenient water hook-ups. Also, look for comfort amenities, including sleeping rooms, cargo areas, and entertainment extras. And create a list of camping experience upgrades, like food preparation appliances and awnings.
What to consider before you buy
There are some additional tips to consider as you explore your RV or camper van options. Browse dealerships near you to see if you can check out certain features and models in person. Create your list of must-have features to guide you. And don’t rule out the idea of a used model if these brand-new campers still seem to be too much vehicle. Some of the best advice comes from Follow Your Detour, whose team suggests focusing on not overextending yourself with an RV purchase. Stick to what you can afford and only the extras you need.
2021’s shiny new model RVs are impressive at every level. And you might decide one of those listed on the MotorHome sneak peek is perfect for your adventures. But if your budget is a bit tighter, don’t fret. There are plenty of camper van models that cost much less but will still offer the amenities you need to enjoy your summer travels.