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A-Frame and Teardrop – Why You Should Buy Compact

Through the nation, the tiny movement is on the rise. From the tiny home takeover to Marie Kondo teaching us the magical ways of minimal lifestyle, small and simple has taken the world by storm. Keeping with the trend, the RV industry has expanded its A-frame and teardrop builds. Despite their trendy arrival, compact campers are likely here to stay. As they’ve grown in popularity, people have begun to see the benefits of buying small. In this post, we’ll go through some of the reasons you should buy compact.

Compact campers for compact cars

For those who long to camp but are held back by highway hatchbacks, a smaller RV is the perfect solution. A-frame and teardrop campers are lighter and can be towed by much smaller cars. Along with their lightweight benefits, these smaller options are much easier to tow and park. Towing a 40 foot, 12 thousand pound fifth-wheel down the highway can be difficult, making for long, stressful hours on the road. Compact campers can be as low as 1,200 pounds, light enough for almost any car to handle.

Compact saves cash

Buying an A-frame or teardrop comes a couple thousand dollars cheaper than travel trailers or truck campers, but the unit price is just the beginning of your savings. Lighter campers mean towing with smaller, less expensive cars and spending much less on gas during your road trip. Even if you aren’t ready to make a big purchase there are plenty of financing opportunities available.

More campsite choices

When planning trips, many campsites will have size and weight limits on RVs. Even if there are lots big enough for a 40-footer, there usually are not many options available. With a small RV, size limit issues will likely be nonexistent. When the size of the lot doesn’t matter as much it gives you more options on where you’d like to stay. Near the bathrooms or on the water? The choice is yours when your camper fits into almost any lot available.

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Spend more time outside

With motorhomes and fifth-wheels, the space and amenities provide a lot of comfortable entertainment. More along the lines of glamping, these RVs are equipped with cushioned armchairs and flat-screen TVs that might draw your attention away from the great outdoors. When you choose compact, there isn’t much room for hanging out. They’re designed to be slept in after a long day in the sunshine. There are often built-in outdoor kitchens and sometimes an outdoor shower attachment so you don’t have to completely rough it in the woods. Aside from sleeping, the rest of your time will be spent outside.

Cozy and snug

Compact campers provide a closeness not found in larger RVs. Although if you’re traveling with plenty of little ones, compact might not be the way to go! If you’re traveling solo, with your boo, your bestie, or even a four-legged companion A-frames and teardrops are the perfect place to cozy up at night. With their small spaces it’s easy to keep warm on cold winter nights and the shared space can provide plenty of time spent together. Plus, a warm bed to tuck into after a long day beats a sleeping bag or tarp.

Simple at-home storage

Between picky HOAs and one-car driveways, most homes don’t have the space or opportunity to park a large RV. While renting a parking spot may be an option, it’s cheaper and often brings more peace of mind to park your unit at home. Smaller dimensions provide a perfect opportunity to store your compact camper in your driveway, or even in a garage, for safekeeping at a great price – free!

While there are plenty of other benefits to be found in compact RVs, these are some of the most common ones when you ask teardrop-enthusiasts why they’ve chosen the style. Juniata Valley RV offers an ever-changing variety of new and used compact units. Check our site or give us a call at (717) 436-8883 to see what we have available.

Best Campgrounds for Your Dog in PA

Wherever you roam on your RV adventures, most will agree that the entire family should come with. That includes the furry and four-legged. Unfortunately, not all campgrounds are on the same page, charging pet fees or refusing to allow dogs on the premises. To avoid any upset and make things a little easier, we found four of the dog friendliest campgrounds in Pennsylvania. These sites around the state are perfect for your best friend, as long as they remain on a leash.


dog friendly campsites in PA dog on picnic table

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Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountain

East Stroudsburg

Offering an assortment of cabins, RV sites and tent sites this KOA campground is perfect for any type of camping. Along with pet friendly cabins and shaded or sunny campsites, Delaware Water offers a complimentary K-9 play park. Your pup can lose the leash and run free in the fenced in dog park. If you’re looking for more interactive fun, there are plenty of obstacles and agility equipment to provide stimulation and fun for a totally pooped pooch.

YMCA Camp Sherwin

Lake City

On the sunny shores of Lake Erie, Camp Sherwin is a dog-friendly campsite with plenty of space for relaxation. Tent, RV and cabin sites are available, and dogs are more than welcome. While there is no dog park, there’s also no shortage of grassy fields and sandy lakefront campsites. Camp Sherwin is the perfect campground for your favorite water loving breed.

dog friendly campsites in PA dogs in woods

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Forest Ridge Cabin & Campgrounds


If lakefront isn’t your thing, or your dog isn’t a fan of the water, Forest Ridge might be the perfect option. It’s named aptly, with quiet, wooded campsites that encourage privacy and peace on the southwest edge of the Allegheny National Forest. The campsites and cabins are spacious and pet friendly, close to a number of hiking trails and other outdoor attractions for your whole family.

Mount Pocono Campground

Mount Pocono

This family-focused campground located in the Pocono Mountains feels like a rural paradise while only 90 minutes from New York City. The mountainous campground features a heated swimming pool for their human guests and a dog run for their K-9 campers.

dog friendly campsites in PA dog in doghouse

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This forested campsite offers both a connection with nature and echo of American history. Near downtown Gettysburg, this KOA campground welcomes your pup to join your tour though the historic battlegrounds. It also offers a pet playground for some exercise and agility training.


Before you choose a campsite, it’s always smart to check if pets are allowed on the premises. While the campgrounds listed here don’t mind, many will have pet fees and breed restrictions. We don’t want any pooch left behind, so make sure to double check online or by calling the campground! Happy travels to you and your furry family!



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