Five Good But Cheap Expandable RVs for 2018

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
There is no easier way to get into the RV lifestyle than with one of the many good but cheap expandable RVs. Here are five of our favorites.

An expandable RV is a great option for those looking for a versatile travel trailer that is compact, lightweight and less expensive than bigger, rigid-wall RVs. They are perfect for those who have smaller tow vehicles, or for those who want to fit into smaller, tighter areas such as remote wilderness camping, or camp sites designed for tent camping. Like most RVs, you can get some great expandable travel trailers that won’t break the bank. Here are five cheap expandable RVs that are very solid, well-built campers.

2018 Forest River Rockwood Freedom 1640LTD


The Forest River Rockwood Freedom has a listed MSRP of $9,449, but can be found for less than $8,000 most places. It is a well-built expandable with an eight-foot long main compartment and 54-inch and 48-inch slideouts on each end. It has a convertible dinette sleeper and will comfortably sleep five happy campers. It has a seven-foot wide awning with an option for an exterior gas stove. The RV is wired for electrical hookup as well as battery conversion. It comes with 12-inch wheels and is a small, versatile expandable. Better still, it comes with a 36-month structural warranty. It’ll tow well behind most any vehicle too, with a 1,465-pound weight. This is just what you need when you’re looking at cheap, expandable RVs.

2018 Coachmen Viking Epic 1906


If you’re going to call your RV Epic, you’d better be able to live up to the name, right? Coachman designed this expandable under its Viking line to be a moderately priced, mid-sized expandable for those looking for a little more room. This 12-foot, eight-inch trailer opens to almost a full 18-feet with full and double-sized bunks on the ends. Each bunk has 1-1/4 inch insulation for added comfort and strength. Inside you’ll find a two-burner stove, sink, and plenty of storage. It has a full dinette that converts to a sleeper. The Viking weighs in at 1,503 pounds unloaded, making it a lightweight RV for towing behind most any vehicle.

2018 Jayco Jay Sport 8SD


The Jay Sport from Jayco is a comfortable, versatile expandable RV with a decent price for what you get. With an MSRP of $11,522, you can find the 8SD for much less when you shop around. It opens to 16-feet of camping goodness with a full and twin bunk. Plenty of interior storage and all the creature comforts you’d expect from an expandable. Outside you’ll find a hookup for the two-burner stove along with extra storage on the front end that makes getting camp essentials out easy when you arrive at camp. Its base weight is just 1,570 pounds, making it an easy tow and a great option among cheap expandable RVs.

2018 Forest River Rockwood Extreme Sports Package 1640ESP


One of the great things about an expandable camper trailer is how it lends itself well to adventure sports. The compact size and ability to get into places other RVs fear to tread means those of us who like to mountain bike, kayak and participate in other sports some think of as extreme are drawn toward this type of RV. But getting one that fits our lifestyles that also fits our budgets doesn’t have to be tricky. The Rockwood Extreme Sports Package gives you a hot-water heater, exterior shower and additional storage including a roof rack for hauling the toys.

2018 Forest River Flagstaff Hard Side T12RB


Who says the hard-side expandable travel trailers have to be expensive? The compact T12RB has a single 54-inch by 80-inch flip-up bunk and a 45-inch by 80-inch dinette. There are storage areas, a three-burner stove, refrigerator, sink and an exterior gas grill. The main box is just 12 feet long and the whole unit weighs in at 2,014 pounds unloaded, so it can be towed by most vehicles. Hard-side expandables have advantages of weather resistance and durability over time. Plus they are lightning fast to set up and take down. If you’re looking at cheap expandable RVs with hard sides, this is it!