Last Updated on 02/21/2024 by Glynn Willard




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What Are The Best RV Camping Chairs?

 
Looking for a new chair for your RV camping adventures?

Before narrowing down the best camping chairs for your RV, some criteria should be considered, which I’ll mention below.

Of course, the list of chairs I’ve reviewed (selfishly for my purchase) is suitable for car camping, tent camping, outdoor concerts, etc.

If you use them like we used our last set in our travel trailer full-time adventures, they need to be sturdy.

We put our camping chairs through the paces!

So, pull up a chair, get comfortable, and let’s explore camping chairs for an RV.
 

 
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Considerations For Your Best Camp Chair

 

 
The type of portable chair you choose is based on:
 

  • Your physical needs.
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  • The amount of space you have at your disposal in the RV.
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  • Your RV’s cargo carrying capacity.
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  • The extra features you want in a camping chair, e.g., drink holder, shoulder strap, side table, etc.
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  • Does it come with a storage bag or carrying bag? Most include a carry bag.
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  • Your budget for the number of camping chairs required.

 
Once you have the above needs narrowed down, it’s time to review the right chair for your needs.
 

RV Camping Chairs That Are A Great Option

 
Fortunately, at the time of writing the article, I’m shopping for new camping chairs to replace the ones we used in our travel trailer.

We had the luxury of more space in the trailer, but the availability of additional “real estate” in a campervan comes at a premium.

In other words, any folding chair has to have a compact size, quality construction, be light weight and come at an affordable price.

Of course, ease of use is also important. One of our REI chairs in the travel trailer required a PhD in mechanical engineering to unfold!

Good times!

Here’s a list of suitable camping chairs for an RV (in no particular order).

I hope it helps give you some direction in making the best decision on a comfortable camp chair for your RV adventures.
 

  • Kelty Low Loveseat

     
    Our close friends have one of these and we had eyed it for our travel trailer prior to trying theirs.

    It has a steel frame and is sturdy and it’s super comfortable and great in front of a fire.

    But, if your space and carrying capacity is limited, this chair may not be the best choice.
     

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  • Kelty Lowdown Camping Chair

     
    For the longest time, I hiked with Kelty backpacks and they always held up VERY well.

    For this reason, I place Kelty camping chairs high on my list.

    I like that the seat height is lower to the ground, making it easy to kick your legs out in a “recliner-like” fashion.

    It also rolls up, which is a unique feature for transporting a camping chair.
     

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  • Alps Mountaineering King Kong

     
    I loke the Alps Mountaineering line because they’re super-sturdy and well built.

    Of course, the only downside is the weight. This particular chair comes in at approximately 15 lbs.

    If you need more than one chair, the weight will add up fast.

    But if you want a chair built like a tank, this is your chair if you don’t mind the moderate price!

    I think it’s a good value for the quality construction.
     

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  • Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair

     
    Once you commit to the “arm and a leg” this chair will cost you, you may no longer need a chair!

    ​Yeti makes a high-quality line, but I believe the price is a little extreme for the problem this chair solves (despite it being a great chair).

    It’s not too heavy and folds up easily and nicely.
     

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  • Nemo Stargaze

     
    I experienced the Nemo Stargaze at my local REI and holy ears, are they cool!

    It’s very comfortable and lightweight. It would be great if it came with a leg rest.

    That would make it the best reclining camp chair.

    Regardless, it’s still one of the most comfortable camping chairs I’ve experienced.

    It also folds down nicely making it a very RV-friendly chair.

    The Nemo has a high-quality aluminum frame that should hold up for a long time.

    The only downside is the price.
     

     

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  • REI Co-op Skyward Chair

     
    We have the previous generation of the REI Co-op Skyward Chair.

    It has held up well and is lightweight.

    ​I’m listing it as an alternative to Coleman or Kelty for your REI fans.

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  • Naturehike 3-in-1 Reclining Camping Chair

     
    I’m a huge fan of reclining camping chairs!

    I have an old Coleman from my college days several centuries ago and it’s still my favorite camping chair.

    ​I cannot speak to the quality of this Naturehike reclining chair, but it certainly satisfies the need to recline.

    No doubt, it will be cumbersome and heavy for storage in an RV, but I’m not finding too may that recline and travel easily.
     

 

  • GCI Freestyle Rocker
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    If you have the carrying capacity and space, this is a cool chair!

    I’m not sure if it’s the best rocking camp chair, but it gets close.

    One of the additional features I really like is the side table.

    Again, if you’re tight on space, this is not the chair for you.
     

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  • Amazon Basics Outdoor Textilene Adjustable Zero Gravity Chairs
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    I have heard these are comfortable, but have not experienced one in person.

    They’re heavy and large, but if you have a toy hauler with a deck feature, these would be a great choice.

    I mention this, because I’ve seen them used this way when on boondocking.

    I’m not sure I would want to carry them around a campsite.
     

     

  • Coleman Cooler Quad Chair
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    This camping chair is a good bang for the buck.

    It’s not the best quality, but if you’re not going to use it for long periods of time, it will be very suitable for your next camping trip.

    It’s light and folds up to be slightly cumbersome.

    We had one of these in our arsenal and it held up well for the amount of abuse we subjected it to.

    A foot rest would make this a more comfortable seat. Keep that in mind when shopping.
     

     

  • Coleman Kickback Outdoor Chair
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    This is another Coleman chair we like and I’m actually leaning toward buying four of them.

    They check all of our boxes for our campervan.

    ​It’s light, folds small, has great reviews, and is affordable. Again, I have to buy four of them.
     

     

  • StrongBack Elite 2.0 Adult Camping Chair
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    StrongBack chairs are known for their lumbar support feature, which is uncommon in camping chairs.

    The strongback line is a good idea for you if you have a bad back and require postural support.

    The chairs are not compact and are moderately heavy, but if your priority is the most comfortable chair with support, this is your chair.
     

     

  • Helinox Chair Zero Ultralight Compact Camping Chair
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    This particular Helinox is my favorite. We have friends who have a few of these.

    I always scoffed at the price until I looked at some of the other high-end brands.

    All Helinox chairs are built with high-quality materials and are super-lightweight (between 1-3 lbs)

    If you have a high budget and need chairs that are really light and fold up tight, this is a great option.

    Also, if you’re an RVer who hikes long distances away from your RV and takes a chair, this will be your best chair.

    Their weight limit is lower than many, so if you have a high body weight, this may not be suitable.
     

     

  • Helinox Sunset Chair
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    If you like a camping chair with a high back, this is a solid option.

    It’s light and folds tight.

    Keep in mind that Helinox chairs do not come with a cup holder. You have to buy one as an additional accessory.

    That aspect borderlines on a “deal-breaker” for me.

    Still, a high-quality chair if your priority is lightweight.
     

     

  • Kijaro Dual Lock
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    The push-button lock is a nice feature of this chair and reassuring during set-up.

    These are similar to Coleman chairs.

    They’re moderately light and fold to a medium size (arbitrary, I know).

    If you just want a chair you can throw into your RV’s basement, this is a good bang for the buck.
     

     

  • Black Sierra Equipment Plush Folding Chair
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    Talk about a plush, comfy chair!

    It will require plenty of space to store, but it might be as close as you’re going to get to resembling your leather couch at home.
     

     

  • Cascade Mountain Tech Camping Chair
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    This style of camping chair is great for campfires.

    You can extend your legs out in front of you keeping your feet close to the fire.

    ​I also find this style comfortable, light, and compact.

    Because of the style, it’s also great for the beach and other outdoor activities.

    This is on the “lower quality” end of the spectrum, so bear that in mind if you’re shopping for a high-end chair.
     

     

  • Alpha Camp Moon Chair
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    This is a big and heavy chair. It requires the storage space of a large RV.

    I’ve not sat in one, but I have a feeling this is one of the more comfortable outdoor chairs.
     

     

  • ENO Lounger DL
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    If you like the feeling of a hammock, this is a good option.

    This is also good for tall people because of the adjustable leg height and high seat back.

    It’s also light and packs up pretty tight.
     

     

    My Favorite Camping Chairs From The List

     
    I’m all about the biggest return on investment (ROI) with anything I purchase.

    So if you pressed me to to give you my top pick for a typical camp chair, I’d have to go with:
     

    The above are all a good bang for the buck, will hold up well, and are easy to move in and out of your RV (and around the campsite).
     

    Wrapping Up Your RV Portable Camping Chair

     
    I realize there are more chairs on the market.

    I wanted to review chairs from the perspective of living full-time in an RV since we have a lot of experience with full-time.

    As we prepare to go back on the road as part-timers, our journey will likely resemble yours.

    So, I guess you could say I’m reviewing chairs for you and me.

    What type of chair do you like to take camping?
     
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