Road trips are relaxing and adventurous with so much to eat, see and do with your family, friends or other adventure seekers. People do road trips for different reasons, but the experience is most times similar and preparing for it depends on the length or duration of the trip – some involve camping.
Therapists recommend road trips as a form of respite or getaway after a gruesome period of consistent workload. BUT… how much relaxation or fun you’ll get on a road trip is largely dependent on how much relaxation and fun your vehicle can offer.
So as not to turn your quest for relaxation and adventure into a nightmare with the wrong choice of vehicle, we’ve listed here the 10 best Caravans for road trips.
10 NISSAN DALBURY E ELECTRIC
We start this list unconventionally from an all-electric recreational vehicle option – the Dalbury E Electric. Simple, stylish, ecofriendly and an exquisite interior finishing, this EV tops it all with good driving performance. Doing 105 miles range on a full charge and taking a mere 30 minutes to get 80% of charge, this RV with its 5 years or 60,000 miles warranty is a bargain for its lowly 41,190 dollars price tag.
The exquisitely finished interior has standard equipment like Bluetooth, AC, climate control, electric window, iPod compatibility, rearview camera among other things for an ultimate driving experience.
9 VOLKSWAGEN CALIFORNIA
The Volkswagen California is a classic recreation vehicle and very well optimized for road trips and even long journeys at that. This caravan is also known to be the first RV designed and built in-house by the Volkswagen Company hence the company did their best to make a very good first impression.
I’m sure no one wants to spend all they earn fueling a caravan just for a leisure trip hence California has exceptional fuel efficiency. Other pros of California include an anti-lock braking system (ABS), acceleration slip regulator (ASR) cruise control, air conditioning among other features.
8 FIAT DUCATO
The Ducato has been in production since as far back as 1981, currently, in its third generation that started in 2006, this RV efficiently gets the job done. Sitting on a Ford Puma engine, the Ducato produces 150 hp at 3,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 260 lb-ft at 1,750 rpm.
A fourth-generation Ducato introduced in 2014 with the major change in it being a facelift is running concurrently with the third. The 2019 model has a revised grille and increased payload among other things. For these positive features, the Fiat Ducato takes the 8th spot on this list.
7 FORD TERRIER M SPORT
This campers caravan makes one wonder if it was built for camping or road trips – let’s say both because this Ford Terrier is a road monster and also a camper's delight. The Terrier M-Camper has an improved performance courtesy of the highly-rated Ford 2.2 liter Duratorq TDCi engine with 155 PS (about 152.88 hp) as standard, with 385 Nm of torque coming with an incredible six-speed manual transmission.
The Terrier range has Ford’s latest driver assistance technologies for the best driving experience and a new eye-catching front-end design with an all-new cab interior.
6 ROADTREK SS-AGILE
This spot is occupied by a Mercedes brand, and by that, I guess we already know what to expect. Yes – class, luxury and premium quality, the RoadTrek SS-Agile has it all. With 3.0 liters V6 diesel BlueTec engine producing 181 hp at 325 lb-ft of torque, this was RV built ready to take on any road obstacle.
The SS-AGILE is stuffed with so many features to make a road trip in it as pleasant as it can be. It can seat 5 people while sleeping two and has a freshwater capacity of 36 U.S. gallons among other features.
5 WEEKENDER MERCEDES SPRINTER RV
The Midwest Automotive Designs is an Indiana based company that specialized in custom conversions for the Mercedes Sprinter Vans and are credited with the design and conversion of the Weekender Mercedes Sprinter RV. Using the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Weekender is either powered by a V6 diesel or inline-four engine and could churn out up to 254 hp at 251 lb-ft of torque.
Aesthetics and interior modification dexterity is the Midwest Automotive Designs forte hence the Weekend RV is luxuriously crafted to provide the best comfort available on a road trip.
4 VW CRAFTER ATACAMA
Did we just include a concept RV that hasn’t even made it to production yet? Hmmm… YES! In our defense, this nicely built vehicle shouldn’t end up as just a concept. Standing ostentatiously like the road king it was built to be, the VW Crafter Atacama is powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that produces 164 hp with a 6-speed gearbox on a 4x4 wheel drive.
We do hope that Volkswagen releases this car into production soon so we get to know what it’s like to drive it and what it looks like on the inside.
3 WINNEBAGO REVEL 4x4
The Winnebago Revel 4 x 4 epitomizes comfort and luxury in a simple package judging by its simple outward demeanor while on the contrary it has a mean interior and it’s propelled by a powerful engine. Built by the Mercedes Company, this RV leverages on the already tested and trusted 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis fitted with a 3-liter turbo-diesel putting 325 lb-ft of torque.
A road trip is so much fun on the Revel with an in-built refrigerator, toilet, sleeping space and an innovative galley earning this awesome machine the 7th spot on this list.
2 EARTHROAMER XV – HD
What’s the point of having a boring, uncomfortable and tedious road trip? None! All these negatives can never be experienced on the Ford Roamer XV HD as this RV has been optimized for the greatest comfort on the road.
Accommodating up to six people, the XV-HD is powered by Ford’s 6.7 Litre V8 turbo-diesel engine, serving a 330 hp and 725 lb-ft of torque. The EarthRoamer is a 4WD that cruises on 46-in Michelin XZL tires with hydraulic leveling and rear air suspension with Fox shocks. Power is also catered for with an optional 20-kWh battery bank – EarthRoamer XV-HD is in a class of its own.
1 EARTHROAMER XV-LTS
The luxury and comfort this RV offers will have you confusing it for a first-class flight on a luxury plane or a luxury private jet flight – although with considerable turbulence depending on the smoothness of the road or the driver’s sanity. The Earthroamer XV-LTS offers the best on-road, off-road and off-the-grid experience for road travelers and campers.
Built on the Ford F-550 Chassis, the XV-LTS is powered by a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel that supplies 330 hp and 750 lb-ft of torque. It can take up to 95 gallons of fuel on a 9-11mpg and has a maximum range of 1000 miles. The ultimate best!