Travel-Lite i18 Specs & Features
Top 2018 mid-range RVs

2018 model of Travel-Lite’s Idea i18 represents the class of medium-size travel trailers; with its dry weight slightly over 3,200 lbs it can be towed by most SUVs and trucks…

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        Travel-Lite does not provide construction details for their RVs. From the little what is published, it seems that the company is committed to traditional design where wood (and its byproducts like plywood) play essential role. The shell’s frame is made from solid wood 2 x 2’s and 2 x 4’s (sidewalls) and 3.5” wood bow truss rafters (roof). The double plywood sheets make the floor. While traditional wood has its undisputed advantages, it has also fundamental downsides when it come to RVs. And this is potential for rot, mildew and accelerated degradation with time.  It’s true that wooden construction offers strength and flexibility as well as easy repair process (if needed). It may even have an appeal due to our traditional love for wood and “warm sentiments” for technology of the “old-good-times”, but in the long run it may prove not that beneficial.

Travel-Lite Idea i18

Interior with optional jackknife sofa instead of traditional dinette

Interior finish: Concord Cherry

New finish is quite "colder" compared to Concord Cherry wood

Interior ambiance created by cabinetry finished in Concord Cherry wood (or wood-like) is a totally different story. Indeed, this gives the i18 is high-end, residential-like feel, greatly contributing to sort of warmness and relaxing atmosphere…. 

Polar Package: 

       The Idea i18 travel trailer comes with a standard 5kBTU A/C unit and 18k BTU furnace. With shell’s sidewalls typical thermal barrier equivalent to R-7 (floor has higher although not clearly defined value of the thermal insulation), the camper certainly does not belong to all-weather models. However especially when equipped with the optional Polar Package it can be used over extended seasons in moderately cold areas. Do not be misled – the name “Polar Package” with its dual-pane windows, full thermal-foil wrap and heating pads for all water tanks will not allow for venturing into deep freezing (polar) climate zones. 


Exterior length

Box length

Exterior width

Interior width

Exterior Hight (1)

Interior headroom

Dry weight


GVWR (2)

Fresh water tank

Grey water tank

Black water tank


Sleeps (3)







3,215 lbs

4,045 lbs

7,260 lbs

37 gals

27 gals

27 gals

20 lbs

2 (3)

1. 115” with an A/C unit

2. Huge cargo capacity is due to recent upgrade to dual-axles design of i18

3. Standard dinette can be converted to sleeping place for 1 child. With Jackknife sofa (option replacing the traditional dinette, there is extra sleeping place for two children.


  • Chassis: ?
  • Shell: wooden 2x2 (2x4) frame and 3.5” bow truss-rafters, plywood floor
  • Roof: TPO
  • Exterior finish: high-gloss gel-coated
  • Windows: frameless, tinted (dual-pane optional)
  • Insulation: R7 sidewalls
  • Floor: wood-plank-style linoleum
  • Axles: Dual w/3,500 lbs rating each 
  • Wheels: Aluminum, R13 w/nitrogen fill
  • Brakes: Electric

Standard features

Master bed's headboard adds higher-end feel....


  • Concord Cherry – finished cabinetry
  • Spring-loaded overhead (upwards opening) doors
  • Ball Bearing Drawer Glides
  • Elegant wood-plank style linoleum
  • Window shades
  • LED lights throughout
  • Molded Granicote countertops (kitchen, dinette, nightstands)

One of two nightstands

   ... here with an opened drawer


  • Queen-size, walk-around bed w/gas-struts assisted storage opening
  • Pillowtop mattress w/bedspread & pillows 
  • 2 nightstands w/drawers and solid-surface countertops
  • Reading lights
  • 110Vac receptacles
  • Overhead cabinets
  • HD-TV/DVD combo on swiveling bracket (optional)

Main part of the kitchen

Plenty of room for kitchen stuff

Fridge and freezer are amazingly spacious (capacity of 6 cubit feet)


  • Stainless-steel 2-burner stovetop
  • Hood w/vent fan and lights
  • Single-bowl stainless-steel sink w/high-rise faucet 
  • 6 cu.ft 2-way built-in refrigerator w/separate freezer
  • Built-in microwave
  • Molded Granicote countertop w/textured backsplash
  • Molded Granicote dinette table 
  • Leatherette cushions
  • Ample storage space (cupboards space, drawers, overhead cabinets…)
  • Skylight

Fragment of the bath


  • Shower cabin w/vinyl curtain & skylight
  • Vanity w/sink and molded Granicote countertop
  • Plastic toiled w/foot flush 
  • Medicine cabinet w/mirror door
  • Toiletry cabinet
  • Vent with electric fan


  • 5k BTU A/C unit (12.5k BTU optional)
  • 18k BTU furnace
  • Vents w/fans (bath, bedroom)

Control and Monitoring Panel


  • Monitor & Control Panel (water tanks levels, battery charge, switches for water heater (electric/gas), water pump, awning, lights…)
  • 40 A Converter w/charger
  • 110Vac/30A shore connection
  • LED lights (Interior/Exterior)
  • 110Vac outlets (int/ext)
  • TV Cable hook-up

Fresh water hook-ups

Exterior shower compartment


  • 6 gallons gas/electric DSI Water heater (optional)
  • Water pump
  • Water tanks (fresh/grey/black w/level monitoring)
  • Exterior shower w/hot & cold water (optional)
  • Fresh & City water hook-ups
  • Tanks’ drains

LPG tanks storage is located at the lower part of the front cap. Visible Power Jack is optional

Exterior features

  • 20 lbs LPG tank (in front storage compartment)
  • 4 stabilizer jacks (manual)
  • 2-steps foldaway entry
  • Entry door w/gas-strut
  • HD, folding grab-handle at entrance

Genuine wardrobe at the back of the camper 

Cupboard storage under the fridge


Individual Options

  • 13″ Spare w/ carrier (rear-mounted)
  • Outside Shower
  • Jack-knife sofa w/free-standing table in place of dinette
  • 13.5k BTU roof-mounted A/C unit


  • Entertainment Package (19” HDTV/DVD combo w/swivel bracket, HDTV antenna, AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 stereo w/int/ext speakers
  • Power Package (Power awning, 13.5k BTU roof-mounted A/C, 6 gallons DSI gas/electric water heater, power tongue jack, battery)
  • Polar Package (Dual-pane frameless windows, full thermal-foil wrap, 3 tanks heating pads)

Note the lack of pre-wired installation for solar power (very much on demand these days). 

Summarizing: The Travel-Lite Idea i18 travel trailer is a mid-range model offering very comfortable RV-ing experience for two. With its roomy floor-plan, true bedroom w/ walk-around bed, well-equipped kitchen and full, walk-in bath it promises comfort of living for RV-ing enthusiasts. 

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