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7 Best 4 Season Travel Trailers for Staying Cozy When It’s Cold

7 Best 4 Season Travel Trailers for Staying Cozy When It’s Cold

Staying cozy while RVing when the temperatures drop is crucial for enjoying cold weather camping. A four-season travel trailer is a great option, whether you want to live in an RV full time or for a weekend to start the camping season early. Today we will look at seven of the best four-season travel trailers to ensure you stay cozy when it gets cold. Let’s get started!

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What Is a 4 Season Travel Trailer? 

You may see the “4-Season” sticker on the outside of your travel trailer, but what does it mean? Unfortunately, the 4-season camper designation is not standardized across the RV industry, so that badge means different things on different RVs.

Generally speaking, these campers are better equipped to handle the cooler temperatures of spring and fall and the hot temperatures of summer. Many could do winter, but winter RVing requires a bit more knowledge than the sticker will give you. You will need to do research on the camper itself to find out just how prepared it is to handle the elements.

➡ Learn more about What is a 4-Season Camper?

Key Features to Look For in a 4 Season Travel Trailer

While each 4 season travel trailer is different, there are some common things to look for to gauge its fitness. Here are a few of the things manufacturers might add to keep you warm during those cold months. 

Insulation

Travel trailers usually don’t have the best RV insulation. If you turn the air conditioning off, even for a short period, you’ll find the temperature rising quickly. The same goes for the winter; the cold air finds its way in fast without a constant heat source. 

Four-season trailers may have better insulation to help reduce heat loss. This means you could maintain your ideal interior temperature even in extreme conditions a little easier. 

Double Pane Windows

Windows are great in RVs until it comes time for extreme temperatures. Those beautiful picture windows do little to help you maintain the temperature in your trailer. Choosing a travel trailer with double pane windows reduces heat loss in the winter and helps keep out the searing heat in the summer.  

Man installing double pane windows on RV.
Four-season campers may offer double pane windows which keep heat in in the winter and out in the summer.

Extra or More Efficient Heat Source

Great insulation and dual pane windows won’t do very much for you if you fail to have a heat source. In the most extreme temperatures, you might opt to use both your propane furnace and a space heater. 

Many trailers these days come with a built-in fireplace that serves as a space heater. Be extra careful with stand-alone heaters. Take great care that they are not too close to other items as they could start a fire. 

Heated and Enclosed Underbelly

The best four-season travel trailers come equipped with a heated and/or enclosed basement underbelly. This serves as an added layer of protection against the elements.

Your basement has many essential components, such as your freshwater tank, waste tanks, and plumbing. Additionally, a four-season travel trailer should also have ducts directing heat into the enclosed basement area. 

Family bundled in jackets RVing in winter.
If you’re planning on RVing in the colder months, a four season RV is necessary to stay warm.

Ducting

Four-season travel trailers often have reinforced ducting coming from the furnace and air conditioning. This helps guarantee that both hot and cold air reach your vents without much loss in temperature. This reinforcement can often keep you cozy in your RV all year.

You may even find that your tanks and pipes have special ducts from the furnace running to them as well. This helps prevent lines and tanks from freezing during colder temperatures.

Pro Tip: Enjoy cold weather camping? Here’s How to RV in Winter.

7 Best 4 Season Travel Trailers for Staying Cozy When It’s Cold

Four-season travel trailers have many features to keep you warm and cool no matter the season. Now that you know how these features can make a big difference in your experience, let’s look at a few great options. 

Group of older friends sitting and laughing in front of RV.
Keep warm or cool no matter the season in your four-season RV.

1. Outdoors RV Mountain Series

The Outdoors RV Mountain Series has three classes of travel trailers available and a fifth wheel one coming soon. Each class, separated by weight and length, has many floor plans. 

As for the 4 season features, these travel trailers offer thermal pane windows, cold weather kits to 0 degrees F, triple layered roof insulation, thicker doors, and insulated skylights and bedroom vent. The come with an “XL Furnace” for more extreme camping, as well as heated and insulated holding tanks.

New 2021 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 23DBS Mountain Series Four Season Trailer Walk Through

2. Northern-Lite Boreal

The Northern-Lite Boreal, a four-season fiberglass travel trailer, sleeps four and measures 23 ft long. It comes with two 100 watt solar panels. Northern-Lite claims the Boreal is the “industry’s first 1-Piece ‘No Seams’ Leakproof Fiberglass unit with 4-Season Construction.” 

This unit has no slides, which helps control the temperature. The Boreal has a 13,500 BTU A/C with Heat Pump, as well as a 35,000 BTU ducted furnace. The basement includes heat enclosed tanks. Insulation for this rig is rated at R5.

northern lite boreal travel trailer
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3. Oliver Travel Trailers

Oliver travel trailers have two trailers in their lineup. The Legacy Elite and Legacy Elite II are both made in Tennessee. These fiberglass trailers have a sleek design with a double-hulled fiberglass shell. These double-hull shells have an air gap and insulation in between for increased efficiency. The water tanks lie in the space between the shells, which protect it from harsh weather and temperatures.

The Legacy Elite is a compact 18.5 ft single axle travel trailer. This standard package includes a 11,000 BTU ducted furnace to evenly distribute the heat. Oliver offers double pane windows, too. All Oliver travel trailers come built to order. 

The 2020 Legacy Elite Oliver Travel Trailer Walkthrough Tour

4. Arctic Fox North Fork

The Arctic Fox North Fork has seven layouts in its lineup. The smallest of the floor plans is the Arctic Fox 22G at only 23 ft 10 inches. The largest of the group is the Arctic Fox 32A touting 34 ft 4 inches. Each layout has a front bedroom, and most have a rear living space. Some options feature a rear bathroom. 

Each floor plan comes insulated with R-18 in the ceiling and has R-15 reflective foil insulation in the roof and slides. Additionally, each unit has heated tanks in the underbelly.

2020 Northwood Arctic Fox North Fork 22G Travel Trailer • Guaranty.com

5. Northwood Nash

The Northwood Nash lineup features nine floorplans. The most compact is the Nash 17K which totals 22 ft 4 inches. The largest is the Nash 29S which measures 32 ft 4 inches long. 

All models are four-season trailers. They feature R-14 insulation in the ceiling and R-15 reflective foil insulation in the roof and slides. Each unit also comes equipped with heated tanks and enclosed underbellies.

Quick Tour of The Nash 17K Travel Trailer

6. Lance Travel Trailers

Lance Campers, a well-known name in the travel trailer world, are known for their quality. They have 11 models. The 1475 trailer is the smallest, measuring 19 ft 8 inches in overall length. For those looking for a longer trailer, the 2445 and 2465 models come in at 29 ft 5 inches. 

These four-season trailers feature enclosed and well-insulated heated tanks. They come equipped with aluminum-framed sidewalls, floors, and ceilings. The walls have block foam insulation throughout, helping you keep a consistent temperature. 

Lance camper parked with awning open.
“Source: www.lancecamper.com” Arguably one of the most well-known camper brands, Lance offers excellent four-season RV travel trailers.
2021 Lance 1475 Travel Trailer • Guaranty.com

Pro Tip: If you know a thing or two about RVs, you’ve probably heard of Lance Campers, but do you know how it was purchased by one of the largest RV companies in the industry today? Read more to find out about Who Owns Lance Campers?

7. Forest River IBEX 

You will find eight different floor plans in the IBEX lineup. Four floorplans measure 7 ft wide and weigh less than 5,000 lbs, making them great for towing with smaller vehicles. Four of the models come 8 ft wide and under 7,000 lbs which works great for smaller trucks. 

The cold weather package includes a heated and enclosed underbelly to ensure your piping will not freeze. The package also provides tank pad heaters to help keep your tanks from freezing. These four-season travel trailers also offer an enclosed termination system.

Forest River 2021 Ibex 19QBS Owner Review

Enjoy Longer Camping Seasons

No one likes having to cut their camping season short because of an early cold snap. Thankfully, four-season trailers can help extend your camping even when the cold comes early.

Do you consider a four seasons travel trailer a must-have? Drop a comment below!

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Blake+H

Friday 15th of October 2021

Thanks for the good info! I would not have considered a 4 season rating a necessity but having owned a poorly insulated RV for 2 years… now I certainly do! We’re currently shopping for a shorter fifth wheel but living in Texas I’m tired of things melting in the pantry and our AC running almost nonstop!

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

You make a good point! 4 season doesn't just mean staying warm in the cold. It also means staying cool in the heat.

Steven Lsmoureaux

Saturday 11th of September 2021

We have a Jayco 24rl travel trailer, we love it , has the glacier package and works very well , happy on the roed..

Mortons on the Move

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

That's great! Thanks for sharing! :)

Charles

Saturday 11th of September 2021

Wow, it baffles me why you keep leaving out Bigfoot. For 4 season use and quality of construction, they are right up there with Oliver!

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