In a world where bigger is always better, we’re conditioned to find the biggest thing for the best price. TVs, houses, cell phones – but what about RVs?
Enter micro campers: some of the smallest campers made. While they do come in endless amounts of shapes and sizes, they aren’t for everyone. But, for an RVer looking for just enough space, a micro camper could be a perfect choice.
Micro campers don’t just have a catchy name – they come with multiple benefits. They’re lightweight, so easy to use, they’re versatile and affordable. Because they’re lightweight, you don’t have to worry about spending the money on a tow vehicle if you don’t already have one. They’re also a newer concept, so expect some unique designs and interesting layouts.
Here are just a few of our favorites to get you started!
Aliner Expedition Base
The latest concoction from the genius minds at Aliner, your original A-frame camper builders! This time it’s an Expedition model, kicked up a notch with a front kitchen floorplan.
Coming in at only 3,000 lbs GVWR this lightweight camper is made for adventure!
Travel Lite Truck Campers
Travel Lite RV is not just concerned about building reliable units; they also strive to make them the best-looking truck campers on the market. Just because you want to go camping does not mean you have to settle for something that looks boring or insignificant — the interior of the Extended Stays use inspiration from modern luxury homes by using attractive neutral colors!
Looking to step up your adventure? Lightweight and easy to tow, the TAG takes your camping experiences to a whole new level.
No matter where you go, the TAG teardrop trailer is ready for adventure.
Nucamp Cirrus Truck Camper
If you’re looking for a hard-side, non-slide truck camper that comfortably fits a 3/4-ton truck with a 6-foot bed, the Cirrus Truck Camper is for you — outfitted with modern, forward-thinking aesthetics.
We hope you get a few ideas of awesome micro campers from this blog. As always, contact us today for any RV questions you have.
Happy micro camping!
We can’t think of a better way to spend quality time with your family than to hit the road in an RV. RV travel is adventurous and brings the family together unlike any other type of vacation. Any campground can be a great campground for a family RV vacation, but there are some that provide more family-friendly amenities than others, such as water slides, organized event nights, and outdoor activities. Juniata Valley RV’s home state is packed with campgrounds that offer fun for the whole family, so we’ve selected just a few of our favorites so your next family RV vacation in Pennsylvania will be a blast.
One of the most popular destinations for vacationers in Pennsylvania is the Pocono Mountains. This area is blanketed in natural beauty, rich forests and riverside beaches. If your family loves the outdoors, you won’t find a better vacation, and Otter Lake Camp Resort is the perfect family-friendly spot to adventure from. In addition to activities like swimming or fishing in the stocked 60-acre lake, there are planned activities so you’ll never have a dull moment. They offer things like fire truck rides, bingo nights, archery lessons and ceramics classes, so there’s something for everyone. And since you’re right in the heart of the Poconos, there are plenty of day trips to get out and explore the area as well.
This campground in eastern Pennsylvania gets its name from a massive boulder field on its 100 acres. It’s a wonderful escape for families who like to spend their time exploring, as the property is home to miles of hiking trails, rock formations and streams. Blue Rocks bills itself as a “hiker’s paradise” where you can access the Appalachian Trail and see formations such as The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock. That certainly doesn’t mean you have to be outdoorsy to enjoy your trip here, though. Does the family love classic cars? Check out the campground’s classic car garage. Like old-fashioned fun? Stop by the 1930s era soda fountain bar at Woody’s Filling Station. Need a campsite with conveniences? There’s a snack bar, gift shop, general store, propane station and golf cart rentals. No matter your interests, you’ll find something fun to do at Blue Rocks.
Everyone has heard of Hershey, Pennsylvania – if not the town, you know the candy company by the same name. Originally founded as a way for workers at the Hershey factory to have a little fun, the Hersheypark theme park is one of the biggest attractions in Hershey. Here, you’ll find water slides, roller coasters and candy-themed rides that both kids and grown-ups will love. If it sounds like the perfect family vacation, you’re right! And luckily Hersheypark makes an RV trip here easy with the Hersheypark Camping Resort. You’ll set up shop just outside of the theme park at a traditional campground and enjoy VIP park perks like early access, preferred pricing, and guaranteed Hersheypark reservations for the days of your visit. Of course, there’s a country store on-site that’s packed with treats and more. You’ll undoubtedly make some sweet memories here!
If a water park meets campground is your family’s idea of summer fun, head to Splash Magic Campground in Northumberland. This spot lives up to its name with waterside fun for the whole family. Here, you’ll find multiple pools, a splash park and two massive water slides for the kids to enjoy. You can also fish in the campground lake Dolphin Cove, rent paddleboat and rowboats, or try your hand at taking down the competition in water gun-armed bumper boats. The kids will love the foam pit and jumping pillow, and everyone can sit back and take in a movie at the outdoor theater. You’re also not far from an amusement park and the Little League Museum if you want to check out the area while you’re there.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Another popular vacation draw in PA is visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A family vacation here is equal parts educational and out of the ordinary, and it’s one your family will never forget. The camp sits come with all the modern conveniences like full hookups, concrete pads and access to laundry and bathroom facilities, but the experience is like stepping back in time. The park’s fictional hosts are gnomes, and you’ll find the theme woven throughout. Visit the Gnome Cafe for a bite to eat, or pick up a few things you forgot at the Trading Post. There’s also an ornate old-fashioned entertainment hall on site complete with a pipe organ. When it comes to activities, there’s plenty. Play a game of mini golf, basketball, volleyball or softball, hit the pool or rent rowboats, paddleboat or bicycles. You can also participate in organized activities like ceramics classes, bingo and fire engine rides. Don’t forget to venture out to see even more of Amish country while you’re in the area!
The Best RV Campgrounds for PA Families
Whether you’re headed for a theme park, the mountains, or Amish country, there’s an RV vacation that awaits you at one of these family-friendly campgrounds in Pennsylvania. To get started with your search for an RV that fits the whole family, search Juniata Valley RV’s online inventory or contact us today to speak with someone on our expert RV sales staff in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.
Buying a used RV is no minor decision, but is an incredibly smart move because it saves you so much money. That’s why they’re such a great option out there for a wide range of customers. But, that doesn’t mean every used RV you come across will be a great buy. Some older rigs don’t have the necessary technology for today, and they might not be up to par as far as safety goes. The staff here at Juniata Valley RV is ready to help you find the right one for you and your family.
Some RVers like the idea of buying an older or used RV because they feel they were constructed better and withhold more weathering than newer models in addition to being less expensive. Or, people buy them because they are particular to a specific brand or year and don’t mind spending the money to renovate or refurbish. These are all great ways of thinking about used RVs, but it’s still important to do your research and be well informed on whichever used RV you plan to purchase.
There are many things to consider when shopping for a used RV. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, so it’s important to be armed with as much information as you can on the process of buying a used motorhome. Below, we discuss a few things to consider when looking at used RVs, and we talk about what to know before purchasing one.
So, buying a used RV is probably going to get you the biggest bang for your buck. But, it’s still important to be careful when shopping around so you aren’t taken advantage of. Here are a few things to look at when viewing a used RV!
Look for any signs of mold or water damage
Even if you don’t see any immediate signs of water damage on the interior of the rig, mold usually means there are leaks and other plumbing issues. Take a flashlight with you and open up all the cabinets, check the walls, corners, the caulking in the bathroom, and every nook and cranny you can to ensure there isn’t mold or signs of leakage. If the cabinets or closets feel warm, it’s a possibility there’s mold growing.
Check the roof
Gently walk on the roof of the rig and make sure it’s sturdy and doesn’t give. If you can feel too much give, it might be rotting.
Closely inspect the floors
Similarly, to the roof, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t too much give on the floor. Walk heavily or even jump in a few spots to test for yourself. Make sure you don’t see any brown spots, as these are never a good thing to see.
Do an in-person tour before you buy
It’s easy for sellers to hide any imperfections of an RV by simply not uploading photos of them online. Because of this, it’s critical to tour the RV in person before you make any decisions. The seller should be more than happy to accommodate this request, but if not, your best bet is to walk away. Any hesitancy here should raise a red flag that something is seriously wrong with the rig and they aren’t telling you.
Remember – if you buy the RV from a private seller, it’s automatically your responsibility for repairs. It doesn’t matter if it’s two or twenty years old.
If you’re unsure about the quality or uncomfortable looking it over yourself, you can always have it professionally inspected. Take it to your local RV dealer and have them do a full inspection. Since it’s not their RV and they aren’t trying their best to sell it, you’ll get a more objective inspection, too. If this isn’t an option, another thing to do is look for RVs that have already been inspected by the dealer and received a seal of approval.
Things to consider when looking at used RVs
Used RVs and trailers still won’t exactly be cheap, but they’ll easily be less expensive than their new counterparts. New RVs depreciate around 10 percent the minute they’ve driven off the lot, so buying used automatically saves you money.
There are other ways you can benefit from buying a used RV, besides saving lots of money. The previous owners may have already repaired any problems or issues they’ve had, and they may have even conducted a bit of premeditated maintenance in case something was about to happen. It’s also normal for them to have added any homey touches, like more storage, spice racks, or an extra mirror in the bathroom.
When shopping used RVs, be sure the rig isn’t too old. Some parks and campgrounds have restrictions on age. If you plan to visit luxurious resorts, be sure your RV isn’t too vintage. And, the older an RV gets, the more wear and tear it accumulates, which can mean multiple and/or expensive repairs down the road. If you don’t want to waste the money you saved from buying used immediately on repairs, do a thorough walkthrough and look for any water damage or mold along any walls and inside cabinets.
If you decide to buy a used RV, be sure you go to a trusted RV dealership in your area (or even out of your area) that you know will be honest with you. The most important thing is you do your research before settling on anything at all. If you don’t, you might end up with a rig that doesn’t fit your needs or a payment that simply isn’t worth it.
With Aliners, it’s easy to say you get more for less. It’s quickly become one of the world’s most loved campers and for good reason. Aliners are made small but don’t think a single inch of space is wasted. The value of an Aliner is incomparable to any other its size because it somehow squeezes in all the essentials but still leaves room to move.
Just what is an Aliner? It’s simply an A-frame pop-up camper that folds flat for transport and storage. A-frames usually have insulated walls with windows and skylights for the perfect night of stargazing.
At Juniata Valley RV, we have an endless amount of Aliners for you to choose from. Below, we’ve listed a few of our favorite Aliners. Keep reading for more.
If you’re wanting a top of the line Aliner, the LXE is for you. This is the one for you if you’re wanting a true home on wheels. The hard-walled front dormer gives plenty of space for a shower and cassette toilet. The best part? Its weight is less than 2000 pounds. The LXE truly has it all.
Next, let’s look at a Scout model. This model does not come with as many essentials as the Classic, (we’re thinking sink, microwave, refrigerator, etc) but it weighs 1395 pounds, which is less than the Classic. The Scout offers plenty of storage space for all your hiking and camping gear. Check out this model if you’re ready to start your outdoor adventures!
If you decide on a ranger, you’ll have two models to choose between. Each Ranger has the same equipment package, which has less than the Classic and Expedition, but it still features a comfortable and easy way to camp.
The first camper we’ll talk about is the Aliner Classic. With a total weight of only 1590 pounds, you can take this thing nearly anywhere! This is where it all began, and most other Aliner campers are variations of this classic camper. It’s an incredibly comfortable camper with all the essentials inside, like a sofa bed, sink, refrigerator, and microwave. You can’t go wrong with this model! (It’s called the Classic for a reason.)
The Expedition model is ready for any adventure! It offers 30 percent more storage room, which is great for all your hiking and camping gear. It weighs less than 2000 pounds and can be towed my multiple fuel-efficient vehicles. This is perfect for a couple but has enough room for the whole family.
The above campers are just a few of what we have to offer on our lot right now. They’re going quick since it’s getting close to camping season. Aliner campers continue to be one of America’s go-to small pop up campers because they’re so lightweight and roomy. They’re easy to tow because of their size, but they expand to give plenty of room. Some of these can even sleep up to five! Contact us for any questions you may have about these Aliners. Happy RVing!
Most of the time, when people shop for a vehicle, they tend to find a brand they love and stick with it as long as they can. RV shoppers typically do the same when they’re in the market for a new motor home. Winnebago Industries, Inc. is a leading United States manufacturer of outdoor lifestyle merchandise under the Winnebago Grand Design and Chris-Craft brands. Winnebago builds high quality motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products and even boats. The company has several facilities in Iowa, Indiana, Oregon, Minnesota and Florida.
The staff here at Juniata Valley RV absolutely under understand how important it is to find the right RV for you and your family, and we care about the needs of our Harrisburg community. Our purpose is to help you explore he outdoor lifestyle, while giving you the best vehicle to do just that, enabling them to have outstanding experiences as they work, travel and play. Keep reading for a few of our favorite Winnebago models!
One Winnebago model we just can’t get enough of is this 2020 Spyder 23FS. As we’re sure you know, Winnebago is known for packing their RVs full with all kinds of neat features and standard equipment, whereas many brands offer them only as options. This toy hauler is no different. Built with a rear fold down ramp patio screen, power stabilizing jacks, an Onan 4000w generator and so much more, this sport utility package is what you’re missing from life!
If you’re looking for a travel trailer instead, we still have you covered. This 2021 Hike H170S could be what you’re looking for. This trailer sleeps three and comes with a Bluetooth stereo, stainless steel appliances and a full kitchen.
However, for those just stepping in to the RV world, a Winnebago Minnie might be best for you. Don’t let the name fool you, either. This model is small, but it sure packs a punch with all its amenities and space. This 2020 Minnie 2301BHS sleeps eight, comes with a slide out and a full kitchen. Possibly one of their most popular models, you won’t go wrong with a Winnebago Minnie, no matter which model you go for.
Maybe the Minnie is still a bit big for you. Winnebago thought this through and made a Micro Minnie for those who don’t need or want as much space. If that sounds right, this 2020 Micro Minnie 2108TB might be the right fit for you. This small buy mighty RV sleeps four and comes with a furnace, air conditioner, king size bed, solid surface countertops and all leather furniture. You’ll be riding in style with this Micro Minnie!
From State College to Harrisburg, PA, Juniata Valley RV has you covered with the best Winnebago has to offer. Get started on finding the best Winnebago RVs in central Pennsylvania by searching Juniata’s new Winnebago models. We even try to have a few used models on our lot, as well. Check them out here!
That’s about does it for our favorite Winnebago RVs at the moment. We truly love our Winnebago RVs, and we hope you can find one on our lot that you and your family can envision yourselves in for years to come. RVs are surely an investment, so come on down and talk to a staff member about what you’re looking for in an RV today.