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RV Review: 2022 Shasta 20RB Travel Trailer – simpler times

Today we’re looking at the 2022 Shasta 20RB Travel Trailer, a relatively inexpensive offering in the couple’s camper world. When I look at these campers I forget that there are a lot of readers who are not able to travel as much as I do. Well, as much as I will once again. 

So I look at RVs with the eyes of how will this hold up and serve you with lots and lots of use. And, to be honest, there are many, many readers who are lucky to get a few weekends of RV camping in a year. 

The reason I write this is that, sometimes, the fanciest campers that are built to take the abuse of a lot of use aren’t for everybody. There are certainly many readers who are weighing the monthly payments on an RV against things like hotel stays and that sort of vacation. 

The Shasta 20RB is lower priced than other couple’s campers we’ve looked at

So, sticking with the theme of the basic smaller couple’s camper that we’ve been looking at lately, including the Lance 1985 ($50,715), the Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S ($36,795), the Ember Overland 170MRB ($49,634), the Cruiser RV MPG 2100RB ($49,275) and the Keystone Cougar 22MLS ($43,643), the MSRP of this trailer really is much lower than any of those at $29,293. 

Mind you, all of those prices are MSRP. It seems that dealerships are starting to offer bigger deals on RVs once again, now that some supply chain issues are getting resolved. So you should expect to pay less than that in most cases. 

Further, know that this same basic trailer would easily sell for less than $20,000 after dealer discounts where I used to work. However, the cost and MSRP for trailers has risen dramatically just in the past year or two. It’s almost hard to believe, quite frankly. 

Highlights of the Shasta 20RB

For a trailer sort of at the lower end of the price spectrum, there are actually a lot of things you’ll find that are pretty surprising in the Shasta 20RB. One of those is the enclosed underbelly, offering a bit better insulation for shoulder season camping. 

The interior, too, features pocket screwed cabinetry, although the cabinet doors are stapled. So it’s not like you’re getting some super fancy stuff. It’s just not the bottom of the barrel and is certainly fine for the typical use a travel trailer sees. 

Gone are the days when countertops feature particle board construction with a laminated cover. Those inevitably gets water damaged after a few years and has to be rebuilt. Today we get pressed membrane counters, which are durable and attractive. 

I also like that the stabilizer jacks are mounted at a 45° angle to the chassis. I’ve been told this offers greater stability. Further, there are 30-pound propane tanks included. A lot of little touches like that make a big difference. 

Observations

A few things that I didn’t like about Shasta 20RB include the little pocket cabinets by the bedside under the closet. These provide good space, but they’re going to be tough to get to. That is, unless you’re very purposeful about contorting yourself to reach whatever’s rolled “back there.” I prefer an open space here, or even a drawer. 

The fresh water fill is over on the camp side, which I always find odd. I’m not sure why they didn’t put it with every other connector over on the road side. Oh, well. 

I’m going to bet if an owner spends any reasonable amount of time in this they’re going to do something about the couch. True, it does have a flip-down arm rest. But I remember these couches feeling very flimsy and not very comfortable. The good thing about a “stick-and-tin” wood-framed trailer is that a screw gun and a couple of beers solves a lot of things that manufacturers built in. 

Want a different sofa, a futon, a couple of smaller recliners, a desk? Remove a few screws and now the space opens up for any of those mods. 

This is a thoroughly modern stick-and-tin trailer in both decor and features. But I wish they would acknowledge the old Shasta trailers and put wings up on the roof. That was always a signature styling feature of Shasta trailers. I see why Cadillac quit putting on fins, so maybe I’m just living in the past. But it would certainly not make these look dated. It would also make them stand out a bit. 

Boondocking and travel access

I’m not sure how much boondocking a trailer like this will see. But it’s not bad for that, with 42 gallons of fresh water storage and 36 each for black and gray water storage.

Other than a small solar plug on the front, there’s really no provision for solar. It does come with a 12-volt fridge. However, I’ve also done just fine with portable solar panels that have been wired into the battery through the courtesy of an Anderson plug. When the trailer’s not being charged by the tow vehicle, you simply clip on the Go Power! panels and you’re off to the races.

You can get to the bed, a 60″ x 74″ RV queen, even with the slide room closed. However, it’s a tight squeeze past the “L”-shaped counter.

But that “L”-shaped counter also affords an opportunity. Like in the MPG 2100RB, you can put bar stools there and have a nice breakfast bar.

In summary

I like seeing the fancier features on RVs such as high-performance vent fans, larger ovens, better tires and upgraded suspensions no matter how frequently, or infrequently, they’re used. But the reality is, those are priorities I’ve established based on years of watching people buy and use RVs. 

The Shasta 20RB in your driveway is an invitation to go camping

There are also a lot of folks who barely ever get out in their RVs—which is a bummer, for sure. But just having it sitting out there in the driveway means that it’s an invitation to go camping. Hopefully, whoever buys whatever they buy listens to that invitation and does get to enjoy their rig as often as possible. 

If that happens to be this Shasta unit, it’s not a bad camper at all, with some nicer features and a price that’s relatively affordable. Heck, you could say something like this might give your vacation wings. But, unfortunately, there aren’t any on this camper. 

*****

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Tony comes to RVTravel having worked at an RV dealership and been a life long RV enthusiast. He also has written the syndicated Curbside column about cars. You can find his writing here and at StressLessCamping where he also has a podcast about the RV life with his wife. 

These RV reviews are written based on information provided by the manufacturers along with our writer’s own research. We receive no money or other financial benefits from these reviews. They are intended only as a brief overview of the vehicle, not a comprehensive critique, which would require a thorough inspection and/or test drive.

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Linda Shorb
5 months ago

Great review. My big question is, “Can you get into the bathroom with the slide in?” We ordered a trailer with the same floor plan and asked that question and were told yes. We found out on YouTube that you could not get into the bath without the slide in the out position. That meant that we would have to remove the door and replace it with a curtain. A deal-breaker for us. I learned a lot from this review. Thanks.
Jazzy Lady

Jim DV
5 months ago

2 thoughts:

Does the kitchen faucet really block your view of the TV from the sofa like shown in the picture?

Not a lot of windows and with the size of the 2 windows in the bedroom, seems like this would be a really dark trailer.

Steve
5 months ago

Just looked at the Shasta website and the “required option” package shows the every one of them have a “10 cubic foot residential refrigerator” and no solar or inverter. If this really a 120v AC fridge (which is what “residential” means to me), with no power if not hooked up to shore power, it makes these useless for even overnight dry camping, much less actual boondocking. How do they expect to keep the fridge cold during a 300-mile day of summer driving? Something doesn’t make any sense here!

Steve
5 months ago

Best features for me are negative ones–no black cabinets that so many low-end TTs seem to have and no window over the bed, which means no cold draft on your neck at night. But I still intensely dislike the prison gray-black interior color schemes of nearly every brand these days.

Agree with Tony on the very uncomfortable-looking “theater seats”. That would be an immediate mod for me, except I hate paying for a feature I can’t use. And I can’t tell if there is a skylight over the shower from the photos. If not, that could be a “no sale” decision point for taller buyers, whereas the “RV queen” problem can be rectified with a 4″ wide foam pad between the front wall and mattress. The foam pad is how we resolved the bed length problem in our 2109S so that my feet didn’t hang over cold “space” (the heated mattress was nice on those nights too!).

Jay
5 months ago

That looks like a good camper for the money. We have a similar one albeit with lower cargo carrying capacity due to a single axle and without a slide (good in our book). We migrated from tent camping so any shelter with a solid roof and creature comforts is a huge step up. I’ve noticed quite a few people going the inexpensive trailer route. Maybe it’s simple economics but I wonder if a lot of people think of a trailer as a somewhat disposable item, a declining asset sitting out in the yard. A friend with a Lance said as much and they store theirs indoors when not in use. That seems extreme for a Lance owner but I get his point, being someone who would always opt for a $400 TV or a truck without all the profitable bells and whistles.

Jay
5 months ago
Reply to  Tony Barthel

Good points. We’ve been camping in winter and our trailer has been fine, but it would have been a stretch in January and February. A four season trailer makes a lot more sense there, or if you live in a frigid climate. And there is the intangible joy of owning a quality product.

Bob p
5 months ago

I know the pics don’t show it all but I really can’t see that much difference in this unit and one of those $50,000 units. No it’s not for full timers but who tries to full time in a 19’ unit. For most people still working 40-60 hours per week it could be a great little weekend get a way trailer, even sufficient for a weeks vacation. I have used an Apache hard side pop up for a weeks vacation in my younger years and survived without all the comforts of home.

Tommy Molnar
5 months ago

The usual cheesy fan in the bathroom, of course. I would not want my fridge in the rear of ANY travel trailer! Seeing what happens at the rear of OUR trailer after a day of movement is all I need to see to convince me of that.

Steve
5 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, our Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S had the same floorplan except for the L-shaped kitchen counter. The fridge contents were never a problem during 3 years and 27,000 miles of travel, including a 9,000-mile, 3-month Alaska trip. And, if you have been there, you know what the roads to, from, and in Alaska are like after a hard winter. The only fridge problem we had was that the raised-panel fridge door insert dropped on my wife’s foot! Painful due to its weight, but easily fixed with a couple of wood screws through the door moulding.

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