2020 has been a huge year for recreational vehicles. Not only have RVs, campers and trailers seen huge innovations in the last few years; they’ve also gained more popularity now than ever before. Here are some of the best recreational vehicles of 2020.
Popular Mechanics ~ ” When we decided to take stock of the state of campers of 2020, we faced a daunting task. Over the last several years, technologies from broadband to solar to lithium power, LED lighting, and high-efficiency refrigeration and air conditioning are have gotten better and been integrated in all sorts of novel ways into new camper builds. This has created an explosion of innovation capitalized on by upstart #vanlife, off-road, and truck-camper manufacturers. Facing that barrage of innovation, storied manufacturers like Winnebago and Airstream have responded with newfound inventiveness of their own. In short, this means there’s a ton of cool stuff out there from camper makers who are packing remarkable luxuries and livability upgrades into small spaces. Here, along with some important things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to get a camper for yourself, are eleven of the best, from small to large.
Mercedes Benz Metris Weekender – It took years of complaining from the automotive press and #vanlife pundits, but after nearly two decades, a German pop-top camper will be up for sale in American car dealers sometime this spring. Yet rather than VW, we have Mercedes to thank for it. The Metris Weekender looks to strike a great balance between family grocery getter and weekend escape pod. It occupies a unique size niche very similar to VW’s storied Vanagon and Eurovan campers. And with an innovative rear fold-down seat bed and very comfy pop-top sleeping quarters with an independently sprung mattress, it’s capable of seating five and sleeping four—though an added two-person middle seat is a likely future option. At the same time, unlike most other campers on the road, it will fit in any standard garage and should present no problem to those living in HOA-controlled, RV-restricted neighborhoods.
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AT Overland Atlas – We really dig AT Overland’s Atlas. First off, unlike familiar, VW Westfalia-inspired, wedge-shaped roof topper tents, the Atlas pops straight up, delivering 6 feet, 10 inches of interior standup height when deployed in the bed of your pickup or Jeep Gladiator. With over 100 pounds of roof cargo capacity and gas-filled struts to assist lifting, you can also raise it with standup paddleboards, kayaks, or bikes on the roof. The 360-pound Atlas is well-insulated and features bear-spotting, zippered windows on all four tent walls and a queen-size fold-out bed. Unlike many other pickup truck camping options, the Atlas can be closed to seal you in completely—way better for making breakfast or dinner in a raging storm.” ~ Popular Mechanics
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