Tuesday, December 5, 2023


Cart makes easy work of lugging your RV stuff

By Bob Difley
One of the things I like about boondocking in undesignated campsites or in some forest service campgrounds is that the picnic-table-outside-recreation-hub isn’t placed just outside my entry door. I like it to be a distance away, maybe in the trees, in the sun, or on a view knoll – not under my neighbor’s window.

The problem was the tedious chore of lugging all my stuff back and forth. And all the carts that would work were either too bulky or didn’t fold up small enough to store without taking up most of the compartment. But Rio Brands came up with a folding cart called the Deluxe Wonder Wheeler which does a pretty good job of carting stuff around.

This all-terrain cart offers 10-inch wheels designed to roll on everything from sand to grass to forest floor. It will hold a 48-quart cooler in its lower compartment, plus lots of other gear, including up to four camp chairs, picnic supplies, lantern, books, firewood, and much more. Just plop your items in the sturdy mesh bag and you’re set. Toss in up to 100 pounds, says the company. 

It also comes in handy when not in camp as a grocery cart and laundry tote with a weight capacity of 100 pounds. Special compartments include a removable tote bag, side umbrella holder, large mesh pouch, bottom tray, and rack. It comes fully assembled, no tools required – just snap on the wheels. The cart pops open and locks quickly, then folds flat for easy storage in a closet or locker.

So if you want to make setting up your boondocking campsite a bit easier, you can find the Deluxe Wonder Wheeler on Amazon for around $65. 


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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Merikay MacKenna (@guest_14643)
6 years ago

I bought the traditional folding grocery cart at a supermarket for about $20. It replace a smaller one that I bought at an RV store for more. It folds, and is big enough to put my large collapsable laundry bag into it. I use it when the laundry is reasonably close to the rig. It does take up a bit of room, but is sturdy enough I could strap it on back with the lawn chairs if I wanted to.

Calvin R (@guest_14585)
6 years ago

I’ve actually owned a prior version of this. It came in very handy for foot travel (a.k.a. car-free living) while living in sticks and bricks. The weakness was the netting, which tears too easily for me.

Robbie (@guest_14531)
6 years ago

Interesting that a previous article talks about the lack of cargo space in the modern RVs……and here is one more piece of junk to carry… Love it when they say it easily stores in a closet or locker….. There is a better solution, make more trips!

DAVE TELENKO (@guest_14800)
6 years ago
Reply to  Robbie

Robbie, thanks soosooooo much for your comment, you’ve made my day & oh ya kept me from buying something I can’t store in the first place!

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