Car Tent Topper, Small Travel Trailer or Motorhome?

So, for those of you who have #wanderlust and want to take an epic road trip, live nomadically or live full-time in the #RVLifestyle, what would you do and what setup would you get? Motorhomes are the most comfy. And they are completely self contained. They suck up fuel to the tune of 4-20 MPG, depending of course on what class, size and fuel/engine arrangement you decide on. And then there are travel trailers, which can really be just as comfy as a motorhome. They are most always cheaper- unless you go the Airstream route, but you usually need a larger vehicle to tow them and with a good brake setup as well. And of course you need to know how to back up a trailer hitched to a tow vehicle. Lastly, there are these car-top tents. They are pretty cool. They are usually very quick to deploy and close up. All they require is roof rails on your vehicle. You can use almost any vehicle, so your MPG will be very close to what you normally get in the vehicle you already own. These are by far the cheapest option, but still a little pricy for a quick-to-setup tent that resides in a nice, aerodynamic fiberglass shell on the roof of your car. And also, at the end of the day, they are really just tents… awesome tents, but still just a tent on to of your car.

Each option has its pros and cons. And each traveler will need different things. But all 3 are worth looking into if you plan on traveling on the road for a while, or on a yearly basis.

Here are 3 examples of the 3 types of camping/traveling rigs we talked about here, class.



This is a Jayco Alante. It’s a Class A motorhome. It is roughly 27′, and is one the least expensive gas motorhomes on the market at about $79,000.



This is a 17′ Coachmen Clipper travel trailer. They go as small as 14′. But this model runs about $17,000.


And finally, this is a BigFoot Car Top tent. This model is specific to the Jeep Wrangler, but all other models will fit on most cars/trucks. This type of unit usually costs about $2,500.

The following is the stuff most people would probably want with each unit:

The 1st unit (Jayco Alante, Class A motorhome) is self contained. You don’t really need anything else. It has a full bathroom, kitchen, power via onboard generator and holding tanks for fresh and waste waters.


The 2nd unit (Coachmen Clipper trailer) has everything but it’s own power, aside from 12v lights that run off a single battery. Typically you’d travel with a small generator if you were staying in beautiful, but out of the way places and if you wanted to run the A/C and use appliances that require 110v.

(this unit is a good choice because it can run off of the propane tank you’re already carrying on your trailer tongue)


The 3rd unit (BigFoot Car Top tent) is really just a cool tent attached to the top of your car via roof rails. No bathroom, kitchen or power to speak of, like the first 2. So a great cooler, a camping stove, a portable toilet, a portable shower and possibly a small generator if you wanted to run anything 110v might be considered for any camping in un-RV resort type camping. You can see good examples of these items below.

(simple, effective cooler with drink holders on top)

(this is a great stove, but twice as much as the cheapest single burner, but it has the 2 burners, and can run off the propane tank you already have, with just a few adaptors)

(yes, this is exactly what it looks like. Welcome to camping out in the woods.)

(simple, easy solar shower.)

(this is a great choice for small camping. it charges in the sunlight by day to provide power to your 110v and usb gadgets.)

I hope this quick info was helpful or interesting! #RVLife

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