5 New, Beautiful RVs You'll Want To Camp In Now

Sleek and Off Grid-Capable, These RVs are Perfect for Modern RVers

In RVing, 2 city kids like us found a very attainable way to adventure.

What was meant to be nothing more than a 3-month stint in an RV, has become nearly 3 years of full-time RV Living.


Along the way we’ve come from never having seen an RV in person, to being RV fans. We can’t get enough of all things RV from custom vans to expedition vehicles, and everything in between.


So now whenever we get the chance to attend trade and consumer RV shows, like the FL RV Supershow or Overland Expo, we jump on it.


Last month we attended RVX, the RV Industry’s new kickoff to camping season. We saw tons of amazing concepts and new RVs at the trade show.

 
 

Gone (well almost) are the brown on brown (on brown) dated interiors that were standard when we first jumped into an RV. We were also happy to see more off grid capable RVs that can serve the needs of modern campers looking to escape and adventure.


These are 5 RVs we wish we could have gone camping in right then and there! Keep an eye out for these.

 
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1. TAXA Outdoors Camper Trailers

A Little Background

TAXA founder and CEO, Garrett Finney spent years working for NASA. The quality and engineering of the TAXA camper trailers really is out of this world––it makes perfect sense.


He wanted to go out exploring with his kids, but when he couldn’t find a camper that was durable enough for their adventures, he set out to build his own. So after working on the International Space Station and consulting on lunar habitats, he began TAXA Outdoors by designing their first camper, the Cricket.

 
The Cricket, TAXA Outdoor’s very first Camper Trailer, is just perfect for off-grid adventures. We’d love to adventure around the PNW in this! (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

The Cricket, TAXA Outdoor’s very first Camper Trailer, is just perfect for off-grid adventures. We’d love to adventure around the PNW in this! (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

 

Why We Loved It

We just love the NASA “origin story” of TAXA.


One concern we’ve seem come up time and again as we’ve delved into the RV world is quality and durability.


Based on conversations we’ve had along the way with RVers and camping enthusiasts, it seems that for a time, a few of the bigger players in the RV industry may have become too comfortable, perhaps even complacent, in regard to innovation and looking toward the future.


So,we have to say we loved the forward thinking design of TAXA campers. Their designs are rugged, yet modern. We love boondocking and exploring dirt roads, and we could really see adventuring in the Cricket or the Mantis.

 
Both the Mantis and the Cricket fit in most regular garages! These are amazing camper options for anyone with limited space, or that doesn’t own a truck. (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

Both the Mantis and the Cricket fit in most regular garages! These are amazing camper options for anyone with limited space, or that doesn’t own a truck. (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

 


Some Specs

At 19 feet long, The Mantis is the largest camper in TAXA’s lineup. The Mantis also has a 20-gallon fresh tank, 22-gallon grey water tank, a cassette toilet, and a wet bath so you have an indoor shower option. The Mantis has a dry weight of just 3,020 lbs! Pretty impressive given it has a bathroom, 2 burner stove, and can sleep 4 adults. At 6’10” when the pop-up roof is closed, The Mantis can fit in most garages. And, in just 10 seconds, the roof pops up to give you a height of 10 feet.

 
Loving the acrylic windows, off-grid capability, compact size, and sturdy construction of the Mantis. We love that TAXA is truly looking to the future of camping. (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

Loving the acrylic windows, off-grid capability, compact size, and sturdy construction of the Mantis. We love that TAXA is truly looking to the future of camping. (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

 


The Cricket is 15 feet long and is TAXA’s original camper trailer. It comes with a 15-gallon fresh water tank and a 16-gallon grey water tank, a portable toilet, and an outdoor shower. The Cricket’s dry weight is 1,590 lbs and it can sleep 2 adults and 2 kids. The Cricket will also fit in most garages at a height of 6’11” with the pop-up roof closed. Once the roof pops open, the height is 9’2”.

 
Thinking the dinnerware in this pic is cool? US too! TAXA further showcased they’re the perfect for the modern camper by partnering with  Snow Peak, who makes Japanese-inspired outdoor gear.  (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

Thinking the dinnerware in this pic is cool? US too! TAXA further showcased they’re the perfect for the modern camper by partnering with Snow Peak, who makes Japanese-inspired outdoor gear. (Credit: TAXA Outdoors)

 


Why You Should Check Them Out

TAXA has superior design and quality. They also avoid the use of formaldehyde in their camper interiors.


If you’ve ever thought to yourself that you wish RVs were a little more rugged or more off-grid capable, definitely check them out.


The TAXA camper trailers would make a great camper for weekend adventurers, especially those of you with limited space to store one.


And, if you’re an avid tent camper, looking to upgrade without losing touch with nature, you’ll definitely love TAXA Outdoors.

2. Lance 1975 Concept Travel Trailer

A Little Background

Lance is perhaps best known and loved for their truck campers. Lance began in SoCal back in 1965. Just last year Lance joined the REV Group family of RV brands. You may be familiar with some of REV Group’s other RV brands like Fleetwood, Monaco, and Holiday Rambler.

 
Do you see the 2 wine glasses? That little counter right underneath lifts up to reveal dedicated wine storage!

Do you see the 2 wine glasses? That little counter right underneath lifts up to reveal dedicated wine storage!

 

Why We Loved It

We’ve often seen Lance as an RV brand that stands for quality, but their interiors have often been a little dated for our personal taste.

We were drawn to Lance’s booth by the graphics wrap on one of their truck campers (mountains rather than swooshes!), but it was this 1975 Concept Travel Trailer we fell in love with. The interior was incredibly reminiscent of a rustic cabin getaway. All of the finishes were modern yet warm and cozy. We could totally see this RV being the perfect couples or friends mountain getaway.

We especially loved the giant, comfy u-shaped dinette and the hidden wine storage. Attention to detail was evident in the shelf and drawer liners.


One thing we’ve always thought we would miss about our Winnebago TREND is its moon roof. We’re spoiled with so much natural light in our current rig! We absolutely loved that this Lance Concept had a moon roof in the Master Bedroom.

 
Loving the natural light this moonroof will bring into the master bedroom. Also note the various textures used, and how they bring a homey, cozy, quality feel.

Loving the natural light this moonroof will bring into the master bedroom. Also note the various textures used, and how they bring a homey, cozy, quality feel.

 

Some Specs

As a concept, not all of the specs were yet available. The interior floor length was listed as 19’6”. The fresh, grey, and black tanks all have a capacity of 45 gallons. The dry weight was listed as TBD, though it was called out as “Ultra Light Weight”. A neat feature included is a pull out “tailgate” kitchen at the rear of the camper.

 
This is the Lance 1975 Concept’s gorgeous outdoor kitchen.

This is the Lance 1975 Concept’s gorgeous outdoor kitchen.

 

Why You Should Check Them Out

The comfort and luxurious feel of this camper was impressive, especially given the size. This “homey” feel is more commonly found in large 5th Wheels, Diesel Pushers, or luxury Class Cs (think Leisure Travel Van). The combination of aesthetics and functionality is strong here.

 

3. KZ’s Venture RV Sonic X Travel Trailer

A Little Background

Venture RV is known for its family friendly travel trailers and ultra-lightweight travel trailers. They’re actually owned by KZ. KZ began building truck campers in 1972, though they quickly expanded into travel trailers. KZ was acquired by Thor Industries back in 2014. Thor Industries also owns Airstream, Dutchmen, Jayco, Keystone RV, and a few others.

Why We Loved It (and some Specs)

What was not to love? This concept was so well done! Although it included so many features that it likely wouldn’t make it all the way to production as is (it had carbon fiber wrapping!), all the features showed KZ is paying attention to what RVers and campers are hoping to see more of when RV shopping.


We loved the carbon fiber exterior replacing the swooshes, though we realize that’s a bit of a luxury feature, and for us would be the first to go if we couldn’t have all the features in this concept. The carbon fiber does however keep the weight down while improving durability. And, it would be great for protecting the camper while going down dirt roads.

 
The Carbon Fiber wrapped, self-sustainable, ingenious Sonic X Travel Trailer Concept. (Credit: K-Z RV)

The Carbon Fiber wrapped, self-sustainable, ingenious Sonic X Travel Trailer Concept. (Credit: K-Z RV)

 


It also had rock sliders all around the body to protect the camper from scraping up on rocks or boulders too!


The battery bank and solar package was phenomenal! It had solar panels with a capacity of 1,000 watts mounted up top. On top of that it had 9 Lithium Batteries totaling an estimated 1,000 amp hours of Lithium power! This made our boondock-loving hearts so happy!

 
The more than robust lithium battery bank, and incredible outdoor entertainment system of the Sonic X concept by K-Z RV’s Venture RV. Also notice the kayak rack.

The more than robust lithium battery bank, and incredible outdoor entertainment system of the Sonic X concept by K-Z RV’s Venture RV. Also notice the kayak rack.

 


The Sonic also had LED light bars mounted on the roof to aid in visibility along backcountry trails. Also mounted was a kayak rack and bike rack.


The interior decor was sleek and modern. Their were thoughtful touches like a hidden safe, space saving in the closets, a two level vanity in the bathroom for usable counter space, deep tinted windows, chroma-coated shades (to keep heat out), and a murphy bed.

 
The clean lines, modern design, and ambient lighting are just stunning in the Sonic X. We love that this concept is both rugged and beautiful!

The clean lines, modern design, and ambient lighting are just stunning in the Sonic X. We love that this concept is both rugged and beautiful!

 


When it comes to water, the Sonic X had a feature called the “Secondary Infinite Water System” which allows you to use a provided 25 foot hose to pump water in from any nearby lake, river, or stream. The advanced water filtration system then stores up to 100 gallons of clean fresh water!  


It is only a concept, but as equipped, it weighed 6,030 pounds.


It was just beautiful! We were just about ready to jump back into towing (we’ve towed before but are in a motorized RV right now) after seeing this one.

 
The generously sized dinette in the Sonic X concept. We loved the substantial and sturdy table!

The generously sized dinette in the Sonic X concept. We loved the substantial and sturdy table!

 

Why You Should Check Them Out

Besides innovation in electric (at this show Winnebago won the top prize in one of the judged categories for their work with electric powered RVs, but so far those are only available for the commercial market), we have not seen this kind of innovation from an RV manufacturer. Especially in towables! Keep an eye on this RV company, great things are surely on the horizon.

4. Travel Lite RV’s EVOKE Travel Trailers

A Little Background

Travel Lite is a relative newcomer having started in 1998. They produce truck campers, camper trailers, and soon Fifth Wheels (summer 2019 for the Fifth Wheels). We first saw them at the 2017 Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. At the time, it was their Falcon line of Travel Trailers that caught our attention. The sleek exterior styling, lacking swirls and swooshes, made us fans.

Why We Loved It

Catching a glimpse of the EVOKE series at RVX, we were impressed immediately upon entering the travel trailers. The feel was much more “modern loft” than “grandpa’s RV”. The countertops were light, the walls were gray or white neutrals (without the counter or wall color repeated on every other surface)

 
Ambient lighting, contrasting textures, and a fireplace give the EVOKE series the feel of a cozy loft. Credit: Travel Lite RV

Ambient lighting, contrasting textures, and a fireplace give the EVOKE series the feel of a cozy loft. Credit: Travel Lite RV

 

The lighting exuded a nice bright feel. The color temperature was more “daylight” than “tungsten”. Modern appliances complemented the lighting and surfaces.


We will add that the surfaces, including the countertops, were all very lightweight. However, this is their lightweight travel trailer series so it makes sense to us that counters wouldn’t be solid surface for example. We think it was nice that the Evoke series shows that a travel trailer can be “lightweight” and still look good!

 
Lightweight surfaces that look good and feel modern inside the EVOKE X Series.

Lightweight surfaces that look good and feel modern inside the EVOKE X Series.

 


Some Specs

Currently, you’ll find 6 floorplans in the EVOKE X series. The dry weights range from just over 3,000 pounds to about 4,500 pounds. Not including the hitch and bumper length of 4 and half feet, the trailers range in size fro 16’5” to 24’4”. All floorplans contain a 31-gallon fresh tank, a 30-gallon grey tank, and a 30-gallon black tank. Woven vinyl flooring, LED lighting, and the modern, stainless steel appliances are standard.

 
The eye-catching front cap of the EVOKE Travel Trailers.

The eye-catching front cap of the EVOKE Travel Trailers.

 


The large, or Full-Size EVOKE series is available in 4 different floorplans. The dry weight for these range from 6,400 pounds to 7,060 pounds. Trailer lengths range from 24 and a half feet to 34 and a half feet. All floorplans contain a 54-gallon fresh tank, 40-gallon grey tank, and 40-gallon black tank.

Why You Should Check Them Out

If you’re looking for a light weight trailer, the EVOKE X series is definitely worth checking out. It’s also worth taking a look at both lines if you like a little bit of glam with your camping–their travel trailers would make for some awesome glamping. They’re a great option if you want a nice aesthetic without having to renovate an RV.


5. Limited Edition National Park Foundation Winnebago Travato

A Little Background

Winnebago doesn’t really need an introduction. It’s practically synonymous with RVs. RV’s are sometimes called “Winnebagos” even if they’re not, just the same way we call tissues Kleenex even when they’re not. The very first Winnebago produced rolled out in 1966. Since then, Winnebagos have become iconic, often woven into pop culture. Think MTV’s Road Rules, Breaking Bad, and the Walking Dead.

Why We Loved It

While RVing we’ve discovered and come to love the national treasures that are our National Parks. We’ve visited larger National Parks (like Yellowstone) as well as some of the smaller national monuments and other NPS sites (think White Sands, Bear’s Ears, Natural Bridges). We’re happy anytime we see any initiatives that support and provide funding for our National Park System. In this case, the National Park Foundation partnership will even encourage visitors to visit #ParksLessTraveled.

 
We’re so excited to see an RV manufacturer partner with the National Park Foundation to support and fund our National Parks!

We’re so excited to see an RV manufacturer partner with the National Park Foundation to support and fund our National Parks!

 


In addition to being fans of the partnership, we really loved the exterior of the Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato. The matte black with a bold pop of yellow feels fresh, modern, and rugged.

 
Bold pops of yellow complement the gun-metal grey and matte black exterior paint in the Limited Edition National Parks Foundation Travato.

Bold pops of yellow complement the gun-metal grey and matte black exterior paint in the Limited Edition National Parks Foundation Travato.

 


The all-terrain, mud-rated, BF Goodrich T/A-K02 tires allow for some off-road adventuring beyond your typical asphalt path. That’s something that’ll always speak to our hearts! We love the Pure 3 Energy Management System in the Lithium Travato, but in the National Park Foundation edition they give you 33 percent more power than the regular Lithium Travato.


Some Specs

The exterior package includes the rugged tires we mentioned above, but also SumoSprings in the front and rear. So you’ve got a higher suspension and greater clearance than you normally would. In the interior you get a new woven floormat and an air conditioner that’s 8 decibels quieter than the regular Travato’s A.C.


The specs for the Travato are those of the current Travato KL and Travato GL (the L denotes the Lithium powered versions of the Travato).

 
The interior of the National Park Foundation Travato features a new woven floormat, a quieter A.C., and 33% more power than last year’s Lithium Travato.

The interior of the National Park Foundation Travato features a new woven floormat, a quieter A.C., and 33% more power than last year’s Lithium Travato.

 


In case you’re not familiar with the popular Winnebago Travato, it’s a Class B RV on the RAM ProMaster platform. The Travato is a compact 21 feet in length. Lithium Travatos have an 18-gallon fresh tank capacity. The 59GL Travato has a 15-gallon grey water tank and an 11-gallon black tank. The 59KL has a 13-gallon grey water tank and a 12-gallon black tank.


Why You Should Check Them Out

The Travato has been an insanely popular Class B with RVers, and the Pure 3 Management System makes any power concerns just about nonexistent. The Travato is a Class B worth considering for anyone looking for a fun, nimble RV, and in this case it just gets better with a portion of Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato sales being donated to the National Park Foundation.


There were many new exciting RVs at RVX, but these 5 really stole our hearts and made us want to camp in them now! RVing has been a gateway to adventure, nature, travel, creativity, and more time together as a couple, and so we can’t help but love talking RVs.


What are some of the new changes and features you’re looking for in RVs? Have you seen anything cool lately? Please let us know in the comments.