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8 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. Unfortunately, finding a true 4-season travel trailer can be tough, as “4-Season” isn’t a standard designation in the RV industry. Today, we’re sharing what you need to really look for to be comfortable in all four seasons, as well as the best four-season travel trailer brands out there.

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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.

Real 4-season travel trailers are those equipped to handle all four seasons, from the cold temperatures of winter and the hot temperatures of summer. Most “4-season” campers are really “3-season” campers. The cold weather packages offered by most manufacturers will fall short of performing in the true extremes of the seasons. But, a few true candidates deliver exceptional winter and summer performance.

We’ve researched the specific features of each of these campers to find out just how prepared it is to handle the elements. The best four-season campers in our list have plenty of insulation, thermal windows, efficient heat and cooling systems, and an underbelly protected from dangerous temperatures. This allows for year-round camping comfort, even in the winter.

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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 for the extremes. 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 travel 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. In our opinion, this is the single biggest factor in determining a true 4-season travel trailer from one that is just okay in cooler weather. 

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. 

Most RVs are heated by a propane RV furnace. The furnace should be sized appropriately to fit the space and the climate you’re heading to. While you can run your furnace all the time to keep the interior warm, they tend to go through propane quickly. The best 4-season travel trailers will have adequate insulation and construction to save on propane and maximize efficiency.

Some RVs have RV heat pumps are great because they operate on electricity. If you’re plugged in at a park, you don’t have to worry about running out of propane. However, they typically only work down to around 45 degrees F. This is great for shoulder season weather, but will not help too much when you get the really cold temperatures.

Heated and Enclosed Underbelly

The best four-season travel trailers come equipped with a heated and/or enclosed basement RV underbelly. Since your camper doesn’t sit on the ground, air moving underneath your rig can quickly remove any heat on the underside. 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. 

travel trailer camping in the snow
If you’re planning on RVing in the colder months, a 4 season travel trailer 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.

8 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 your eight best options. 

1. Outdoors RV Travel Trailers

The Outdoors RV Travel Trailers have four classes of travel trailers. Each class, separated by weight and length, has many floor plans. This is a newer brand on the market that has been doing quite well in the four-season market.

As for the 4-season features, these travel trailers offer thermal double 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. You also have an option to add a 12V heating pad for your fresh water tank.

Estimated Cost Range: $45,000-$100,000

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2. Bigfoot Travel Trailers

When it comes to four-season, we also have to call out the Bigfoot fiberglass travel trailers. Bigfoot RV is a well-known company that has been around for a while with a niche in all-season campers. In their 2500 series of travel trailers, they have three models, the B17FB, the B21, and the B25. All of these models come standard with a 2-piece fiberglass exterior with high-density foam insulation and thermal paned windows. The foam is 1 1/2″ high-density EPS insulation of R8.

Heated & enclosed water tanks are standard in all of their trailer models. They are warmed by a 30,000 BTU ducted furnace. These are fed by dual, auto-chang over 30-lb propane tanks that come with a molded fiberglass cover to keep them protected. This propane tank size is quite large for standard travel trailers, and will help reduce the number of refill visits.

Estimated Cost Range: $62,000-$100,000

3. Oliver Travel Trailers

Oliver travel trailers have two four-season 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 protects them 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 distribute the heat evenly. Oliver offers double-pane windows, too. All Oliver travel trailers come built to order. 

Estimated Cost: Starting at $66,000 for the Legacy Elite and $74,000 for the Legacy Elite II.

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The 2020 Legacy Elite Oliver Travel Trailer Walkthrough Tour

4. Arctic Fox North Fork

The Arctic Fox North Fork has seven layouts in its travel trailer lineup. All their trailer are four-season ready. 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. Arctic Fox has a good reputation as a quality RV builder and for meeting expectations in four-season capabilities.

Estimated Cost Range: $50,000-$82,000

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 travel 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. They have residential-style ducted heating and 25,000 BTU furnaces.

Estimated Cost Range: $37,000-$68,000

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 4-season travel trailer 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 travel 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. 

Estimated Cost Range: $45,000-$100,000

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. Imperial Outdoors Off-Road Travel Trailers

Imperial Outdoors was born out of an ice fishing house manufacturer — so they know a thing or two about cold weather. The goal with these trailers is to get far out in any weather. Their two 4-season travel trailers are the X145 and the X195. Imperial Outdoors claims 4-season capability to -40˚F. How do they do it? Take a look:

  • 12V DC air-conditioner – 6,824 BTU
  • Fully insulated composite exterior walls with gelcoat surface
  • 1pc, fully insulated composite floor and fully walkable composite roof
  • Twin 20lb LP Fuel Tanks
  • Cold Weather LP Furnace – 14,300 BTU
  • Thermal acrylic windows (Xtreme Package)
  • Heated/Insulated Water Storage Tanks (Xtreme Package)

Estimated Cost Range: Imperial Outdoors four-season trailers typically cost $110,000-$143,000.

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8. Living Vehicle Off-Grid Travel Trailers

If you’ve heard of Living Vehicles, you won’t be surprised that they made our list. These amazing RVs, while pricey, have some of the most amazing and energy-efficient technology in them. They have so many cool things going on that we wrote a dedicated article all about them.

For their four-season travel trailer offerings, they have the HD24 and the HD30. They both have the dual-zone European-Style Mini-Split HVAC system, an ultra-efficient AC/heat combo unit capable down to -4° F with fully electric heat. This unit can be powered off-grid with its robust solar and lithium battery system. Their basement storage area is keeps tanks, plumbing lines, and sensitive electronics at the ideal temperature range — no heating pads required.

They offer an additional 4-Season Performance Package that upgrades the following trailer equipment:

  • Single pane windows and patio slider upgraded to a dual pane thermal glass
  • Passive aluminum radiant warm floor with full-time basement air circulation
  • Electric heat water hose capable of negative 40˚F/4.4˚C.
  • Three electric radiant heaters in the bedroom, bathroom, and living area
  • Digital wall thermostat for three independent electric heaters

Estimated Cost Range: Starting at $300,000 for the HD24 and $400,000 for the HD30.

What Brand of Travel Trailer is Best for Cold Weather?

As we mentioned earlier, all “4-season certified” trailers mean different things. If you’re truly looking for four-season capabilities, we recommend digging into the actual construction of the RV, not just the “cold weather package.”

While cold weather packages help in cooler temperatures and can work for most camping trips, construction features like dual pane thermal windows and better insulation aren’t usually included. These make the most difference in performance and comfort.

All of the brands listed above are well-known manufacturers of four-season travel trailers that we would recommend. Bigfoot, Lance, Northwood Manufacturing, Arctic Fox, Oliver, and Outdoors RV pride themselves in this four-season category, and we believe they are the best brands for cold-weather camping. Other manufacturers may just offer a cold weather package to be able to say they have it without actually intending their customers to camp in below-freezing or scorching temperatures.

However, while many of these trailers could do winter, winter RVing requires more knowledge than the sticker will give you. Learn how to RV in winter in order to get the most out of your four-season camper.

Can All Travel Trailers Be Used In Winter?

Not all travel trailers should be used in consistently below-freezing winter weather. You could damage the camper. Only those that are truly 4-season qualified, completely winterized, or heavily modified and monitored can be used responsibly. If you work to meet these conditions, winter camping in your travel trailer is possible.

travel trailer in winter
If your travel trailer isn’t four-season rated, it may struggle in consistently below-freezing temperatures.

Enjoy Longer Camping Seasons

No one likes having to cut their camping season short because of an early cold snap. Autumn and spring are beautiful times to go camping, even if 70-degree weather is rare. Thankfully, these four-season trailers can help extend your camping even when the cold comes early.

Think we missed one? Drop a comment below to let us know your 4-season travel trailer pick!

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Tom Arnold

Monday 23rd of October 2023

Will you follow-up this article with one covering 4 season 5th wheel RV's and Class A and C Motorcoach's?

jim buss

Thursday 19th of October 2023

Any toy haulers in this group, especially smaller ones to go off road?

Ian Claughton

Monday 14th of August 2023

How about roughneck trailers they have been built buy various manufacturers. I have one built by triple E has 2x 40,000 but Furness's standard is 2 x 100 lbs propane tanks Built now buy general coach. I have lived in mine at -40 100 lbs propane per week.

Raymond

Monday 17th of July 2023

Watch out for some manufacturers claims of their products saying they have the Arctic Package or similar names. If the holding tank drain valves are outside of the underbelly, thats a freeze break waiting to happen. The tanks may have cable driven valves that are ok with the handles outside as long as the valves themselves are inside the heated underbelly. Some campers have electric release valves for their holding tanks with the switches in an easy to acess area.

Mortons on the Move

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Great point, I suggest approaching any RV claim from a manufacturer with a bit of skepticism... should probably write an article about that.

Ma

Sunday 26th of March 2023

I have a Jayco 264BH. We have stayed in it from 18 deg F to 106 deg F. The only problem is that the water froze up both nights it got down to 18 degrees. We had not planned on camping out with it got that cold put our plans changed. I think leaving the water drip when it got that cold might have solved our problem.