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The Best RV Camping Chairs in 2022

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By Kelly Beasley

Last Updated: October 3, 2022

RV camping chairs are great for chilling around a campfire with friends or family, eating lunch, or working up some s'mores.

After all, camping and RVing are all about the great outdoors.

As much as we love mother nature, we also love to have a place to sit while chilling.

What better place to sit than a nice cozy rock? Pffffffft.

Of course, you want to find the best camp chair. Not all are equal, however.

The best RV camp chairs are designed for different needs.

Also, the comfort factor of the seat rests in the eyes of the bum that sits in it.

Let's learn a few things about the differences in the best RV outdoor chairs and what you may and may not need.

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RV Camping Chair Guide

The best chairs for RV camping come in all shapes and sizes, providing different purposes and needs.

Some people want super wide chairs with all sorts of amenities such as umbrellas, storage bags, tables, and cup holders/coolers.

On the other end of the spectrum, people who hike need their chairs to be as light as humanly possible and don't need frills.

They need a light, compact camping chair. These folding chairs for RV use have been made with every need in mind.

Here we cover the ins and outs of what's out there for your consideration.

Generally, chairs fit into one of these categories:

  • Portable
  • Back Support
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Shaded
  • Best of all worlds

Things to Look For In An RV Camp Chair

Well, how will you be using it?

Hiking? Hanging around the fire? Working outdoors daily on your computer?

Before buying, decide how you will primarily use your camp chair.

Portability

If you are going to be hiking a lot with your chair for long distances, or even short ones for that matter, you will not be happy with an 8-pound chair.

This means you are likely not going to want a traditional chair that tends to come with lots of features.

You can find portable chairs that fold as small as a 2-liter bottle and weigh around one pound.

A traditional chair may work better for you if you only use your chair around a campfire, although many small portable camping chairs are also quite comfortable.

Helinox camping chair label

DAC technology- Helinox Chairs

The smallest and lightest have legs made by DAC, who also makes the most lightweight aluminum tent poles.

The construction is easy to put together with the shock cord on the insides, much like tent poles.

They almost put themselves together. There aren't many parts, and setup takes under 2 minutes.

Durability

Sure, pretty much anything we purchase we want to last as long as possible.

Not all portable chairs are the same in this regard, either. However, most choices out there are pretty hardy.

They must be durable, considering how much wear and tear they receive.

Kelly chair

Kelly's fading Cabela's chair. Needed the pillow for back support. Kelly now has a Chair One.  

They get thrown in the back of trucks, burned by embers, deteriorate from the sun, and more.

However, if you go out and get a $10 chair from the drugstore, don't expect it to be comfortable or to last for long.

They are made cheaply TO be cheap.

Back Support

Honestly, not many chairs for camping can boast this feature.

Many camp chairs sink in around the back area, which might not work well if you have back issues. Most offer no back support whatsoever.

Therefore, you end up sinking into it with a rounded lower back.

This won't bode well for those with any kind of back issue.

Therefore, you have a couple of choices in this matter.

First, you can get our recommended chair that does have back support. Second, you can always put a pillow behind your lower back while using your chair.

Comfort

Comfort is a top priority for any camp chair, regardless of the other features you may want it to have.

Luckily, many RVing chairs out there are quite cozy.

Still, some chairs win over the others in this category, regardless of size.

Who doesn't want to be comfortable while camping?

The smaller RV folding chairs are fairly supportive in this regard, as is the Strongback Chair we recommend.

Still, most of our picks are rated as quite comfortable by most users.

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Amanda Watson

I've tried nearly every kind of folding RV chair out there.

I've tried zero gravity chairs that allow you to recline and sleep, canvas folding chairs with built-in footstools and drink holders, retro folding camp chairs, and even one with straps so I could wear it on my back.

Eventually, they all failed me. They were too heavy, too cheaply made, or simply too uncomfortable.

After struggling to find a chair that fit all my needs, I finally broke down and shelled out the bucks for a Helinox Chair One.

It only took a week of use to realize that all my chair dreams came true with the Helinox. This chair is well made, lightweight, easy to set up and take down, and best of all... incredibly comfortable!

Aside from the comfort, my favorite feature is how easy this one is to carry around.

I can put it in my backpack, my kayak, or throw it in a canvas tote along with a bottle of wine and some munchies for happy hour at the neighbor's RV.

One thing to note: The Chair One is not the best for tall people. My husband is 6'4". He finds that the back of the chair is too short and so low to the ground that it's hard to get out of.

Fortunately, he found a solution in the Helinox Sunset Chair. With a taller back and a higher ground clearance, this chair is tall-person approved!

Shade

There are a few chairs that come with a built-in shade.

This is great for those who need to be out of the sun or are using a computer and need shade to see their computer screen.

We all know that skin cancer can be caused by sun exposure, so having the convenient shade built into your chair makes it much easier to keep yourself skin cancer-free.

It's not always possible to stay under an awning.

For times like these, having a shade above you helps protect you.

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Summary

As you can see, there are many different things to consider when looking for a new portable chair for your camping trip.

The way you camp, your bodily needs, weight, and durability are four of the major things you should consider before buying.

If you are looking for a new chair, read below for our camping chair reviews.

Sitting in camping chairs with Milky Way in background

Photo courtesy: Brock Brinkerhoff

We found the best overall, best for bad backs, best for larger people, and much more. We have tried out most of these chairs, but not all of them.

Some we have narrowed down the competition through logic, reviews, and friends' opinions. Still, the final decision will be your own butt in the seat.

Regardless, we're here to help you decide on the best folding camp chair for your needs.

Best RV Camping Chairs Reviewed

We wanted to pick the best RV camping chairs out there for you, but we found that 'best' depends on the needs of the individual.

There is no ONE best portable camp chair. There are types and general favorites, but no fits-all-needs-and-wants chair for everyone exists.

We chose what we thought would be the most sought-after categories for folding RV chairs.

Best Overall RV Camping Chair

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Built-In Cooler

Coleman Oversized Quad camp chair

Pros

  • Built-in cooler for four beverages
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Fade-resistant
  • Stable

Cons

  • Not light enough to tote long distances
  • Steel legs prone to rusting

This chair is super popular among campers due to its low price and superior comfort/durability.

Its attached 'cooler' also makes it a hit among users.

Continue Reading Coleman Oversized Quad Chair Review

Best Super Compact / Lightweight RV Camp Chair

Helinox Chair One

Helinox Chair One small camp chair

Pros

  • Great for hikers
  • Very light and small
  • Very comfortable for an ultralight
  • Easy and fast setup
  • Hardy light aluminum legs

Cons

  • Price
  • No Frills
  • You are seated low to the ground

This chair is one of the lightest ultralight portable chairs on the market today.

It is a best bet for hikers that need an ultralight chair.

It's one of the smallest foldable chairs out there.

Larger Helinox Chair One Size

Helinox offers two sizes of their Chair One lightweight camping chairs.

To view the other larger size (other than the original size reviewed here), click on 'Continue Reading..." directly below to open up the Helinox Chair One review and scroll to the bottom of it.

Continue Reading Helinox Chair One Review

Best Camp Chair for Big and Tall People

Alps Mountaineering King Kong

Alps Mountaineering King Kong camp chair dgbg

Pros

  • Can hold up to 800 pounds
  • Comfortable
  • Durable materials
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Nice and tall/easy to get in and out of

Cons

  • May not be comfortable for smaller/shorter people

The Alps Mountaineering King Kong chair is a heavy-duty campsite chair made for durability and ruggedness.

The frame can support up to 800 pounds, so this is a top-rated camp chair for large individuals.

Continue Reading Alps Mountaineering King Kong Chair Review

Best RV Camping Chair with Canopy

Renetto Original Canopy Chair 4.0

Renetto Original Canopy Chair

Pros

  • It has a canopy
  • Lots of places to put things
  • 100% UV and water-resistant
  • The canopy doubles as the carry bag
  • Extra wide seat (23.5")

Cons

  • Weight (16 lbs)
  • Not suitable for hiking trips

If your primary goal in a chair is to stay out of the sun, THIS is the chair you want.

The Renetto chair has an attached bag that doubles as a shade for overhead.

Continue Reading Renetto Original Canopy Chair Review

Best Folding RV Chair with Back Support

The Strongback Elite

Strongback high backed camp chair

Pros

  • The most comfortable chair for your back
  • Light and portable
  • Dual shoulder straps on carry bag for backpack style, hands-free carrying
  • Ergonomically healthy
  • 300-pound capacity

Cons

  • Too heavy to take hiking
  • Expensive

Not many camping chairs indeed have good or even ANY lower back support.

That said, this camp chair has excellent lower back support that can keep you more comfortable for longer.

Choose Color

Continue Reading Strongback Elite Chair Review

Best RV Chair for Little Kids

Melissa And Doug Line Of Chairs

Melissa and Doug Happy Giddy kids camping chair

Pros

  • Excellent Amazon reviews
  • Cute creature designs to choose from
  • Cup holder
  • Fun designs for the kiddos
  • Light, easy to carry, folds up easily

Cons

  • None that we can find

The Melissa and Doug line of compact camping chairs for kids couldn't be cuter!

Your little ones will easily identify theirs and will love their cute design. Above all, they have designs modeled for boys and girls.

Continue Reading Melissa and Doug Kids Chairs Review

Conclusion

Of course, your own preferences are going to determine what the best RV camping chairs looks like for you.

Do you want the most comfortable camp chair? Do you want RV patio furniture? RV folding chairs that are light? Do you want recliners? Finding the best chair depends on your needs.

Simply decide how you will use it and then look for the features you want.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all chair in terms of features, so you may need more than one for different occasions.

Whatever you decide, just get out there into nature. We hope we have helped you find the best RV chairs for YOUR camping style.

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Hello! I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, we both converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking. I learned a lot about the RV life and lifestyle during those years. Now we share what we know with you here at Camp Addict.

After that many years of wonderful full-time travel, it was time for something new. These days, I'm often found working from my new Az home, and sometimes plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!).

  • I really like a Coleman Big-N-Tall Quad Camping Chair that I buy for my husband. It is tough, made from quality materials, water-resistant, and has a media pocket. If you want to feel absolute relaxation during your camping trips, this is definitely the perfect chair for you to sit on.

  • I’ve seen those large ’round’ cushy camp chairs, but unsure of the name, and think I saw them in Costco some time ago. I would imagine they may be a little heavier, but they sure look comfortable!

    • Hi Dale,

      Yeah, they are pretty cushy! They do take up some room for sure. I think they come in two sizes, too. We have at least one friend who uses one for her full-time RV life.

  • I too have tried a number of chairs- some too low, some a total trip hazard when trying to get in or out, some too heavy, some too bulky. Best ones I have found so far, and the ones I buy again are the GCI rocker chairs. They rock on any surface due to the rocker shock system and hold up well. The only issue is storage. The folding ones are really long and the director style folds flat but requires the space of a flat directors chair. Love them so much have gotten rid of all other styles to fit in our storage bay.

    • Oooh, yes, those are nice! It all depends on the user’s needs. For me, I got so tired of finding a place to store my two ‘regular’ chairs and hated having to move them any time I needed to get into the back of my truck.

      Now, I have the Helinox Chair One. I can easily store it under my bed it’s so small! Still not as ideal as others as far as setting it up.

      Sometimes I wish for a more ‘luxurious’ seat, too. But I am not willing to have two chairs. So for now, the Helinox is for me! Glad you found your “best butt”. ????

  • We’re on our second set of Alps Mountaineering chairs. The first set we purchased in Moab about 3 years ago. We abuse chairs! We leave them out in the sun, snow and rain and these still lasted 3 years! We just purchased another set of Alps Mountaineering chairs, this time we went big and got the King Kong models in Blue a month ago. Way more comfortable than the previous ones! We’d buy these again. I’ve tried the strongback chair, it’s ok but double the price and for me it’s harder to pack up. i just make my own lumbar support using an outdoor pillow.

    • Hey Paul!

      Great to hear you like your Alps Mountaineering Kongs! Those chairs are BEASTS! I have done the same- put a pillow in the chair for my back. It gets really testy at times, so I sure do like the Strongbacks, too.

      Thanks for the input on these chairs for others to read. A little social proof goes a long way!

      See you guys down the road! ????

  • You need to try the Kijaro Dual Lock chair. Hands down the most comfortable chair I’ve ever sat in. It locks open so you don’t sag down in the seat and make it easy to get out of the chair as well. Lots of vibrant colors to choose from.

    • Hi Ed,

      At this time we are not aware of any seller of just the cloth parts of a camping chair. Anyone else have any information on this? We welcome your input to help Ed out!

      • I suggest to go to a fabric store, or search online for outdoor fabric. Look for an outdoor upholstery material that will have UV-resistance and/ or mildew resistance. Awning-type material and backpack cordura is a good start. Get a yard or two and patch your chair using a needle and dental floss. It might not be pretty, but a DIY repair job might work on an injured chair.

  • Look into the fire pit rocker by GCI outdoors. Sturdy frame and comfortable. Not a chair you want to be lugging into the woods but for RV camping it is great. When we found this chair we have showed all of our camping friends. Now all of our camping friends have bought their own. They are a bit expensive as far as camp chairs go but worth every penny.

    • Hi Ryan,

      Yes, that’s a pretty good/comfortable/unique product for sure! If you want a rocking chair at your campsite, these are great! Thanks for the input so others can benefit, and Camp On!

  • our campfire is party central so we carry 8 chairs for guests. Most of us have knee, hip or back issues and all prefer strong and solid arm rests that can carry full body weight when getting in or our. Nobody Like’s the fabric slings

    • Wow, Don, you do it up right! Eight chairs? ?

      I can only handle sitting in my chairs for a little bit. Time to invest in something comfy so my body stops screaming at me every time I get up out of my chair.

      Keep enjoying those party central campfires and Camp On!

    • You should try the STRONGBACK Elite. With its solid arms with padding, lumbar support that is superb and way better than any chair I have tried.

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