The Top 3 Used Class C RV Motorhomes You Should Buy

In this article we’re going to be talking about the top three quality used Class C RV motorhomes that I can recommend as an RV inspector.

Of course, there’s lots of reasons to buy a Class C RV. But here’s an important question. Which one should you buy? And should you buy it new or used?

Well the truth is that you can save a lot of money if you buy a Class C RV motorhome on the used market.

Because you’ll save all the initial cost of a new Class C. And you’ll save on the depreciation as well.

Also, if you buy it more than a year old, most likely by that time all the little bugs and problems that came out of the RV factory has been resolved.

So there are good reasons to buy a used Class C motorhome. And this article is about my list of what I consider to be the top three quality manufacturers and models of recent used RVs.

Watch my video on the Top 3 used Class C RVs here

Now we’re only going to go back about 4-5 years in the used Class C motorhome market in this article. So let’s go ahead and get started.

What To Expect In Full-Size Class C RVs

And we’re going to start with the full size Class C’s first. Now the full size Class C’s are very popular. And they are the ones that most people think about when they think about Class C RVs.

So here’s a general rundown of what you can expect to see in a full size Class C. Usually it’s going to be somewhere between 24 and 32 feet in length.

And you’re usually going to see them on a Ford chassis. The most common chassis models that are used are either the E-350 or the E-450.

And because it is a Ford chassis, it’s probably going to have a Ford engine in it. And that means it could be the V-10 that’s been used for years in RVs. Or in recent times, the new V-8 engine that Ford is putting out.

And usually in that size of Class C RV motorhomes, you have about five to seven different floor plans that you can choose from.

Also, there’s more area in these full size Class C’s. So they will sleep anywhere from six to ten people. That means it’s a really good choice for families then.

So what recommendations do I have for buying a used Class C RV motorhome? One that’s a full size?

Well there’s three manufacturers I’m going to cover in this article. But only two are actually putting out full-size Class C’s.

My Full-Size Class C RV Recommendations

And the first one on my recommended list is Winnebago. In fact, when people think about Winnebago, I think in their mind they see a Class C RV.

That’s because Winnebago and a Class C is almost synonymous in the minds of many people.

And there’s been a model that Winnebago has put out for many years now. It’s really solid and reliable. It’s the Minnie Winnie. And this is a model that I can highly recommend to you in the full-size Class C market.

Used Class C RV - Winnebago Minnie Winnie
Winnebago Minnie Winnie

Next up on my list is Entegra. Now most people probably think Entegra just makes Class A RVs. But that’s not true.

In fact, they put out some nice Class C’s as well. And my recommendation is that you consider the Entegra Odyssey. It’s a very fine full-size Class C RV that’s well made.

Used Class C RV - Entegra Odyseey
Entegra Odyssey

What To Expect From Smaller Class C RVs

OK, now let’s talk about the smaller classes. These are the ones that are really getting popular now.

There’s a very hot market for them these days. They look almost like vans in many ways. And they’re generally built on a Mercedes chassis.

They’re usually only about 25-26 feet long. And they come with a diesel engine. That’s something a lot of people like because it gives them a little bit better fuel economy.

Now there’s usually only about four to five floor plans to choose from though. And it won’t sleep quite 10 people in most cases. But you can usually get six to sleep in the smaller Class C’s without too much issue.

So what makers, manufacturers and models do I recommend in this smaller Class C category?

My Smaller Class C Recommendations

Well, once again Winnebago is a good brand to consider. They make the Navion in this size category. And again it has a Mercedes chassis that a lot of people are looking for.

Winnebago Navion
Winnebago Navion

Next up is Entegra. They also make a smaller Class C. And I’m going to recommend the Qwest in their lineup.

Entegra Qwest
Entegra Qwest

Finally, I’m going to add Tiffin into this mix. And you may be thinking that Tiffin only makes Class A RVs. Well believe it or not, they also make a Class C model too.

It’s a very good small Class C that’s built on the Mercedes chassis. And it’s called the Wayfarer.

If you find a used Wayfarer Class C RV, it could very well be a good choice for you. Especially if you’re looking for a smaller used Class C RV motorhome.

Tiffin Wayfarer
Tiffin Wayfarer

Well, that’s my list of the top three brands and models of used Class C RV motorhomes. Both full-size and smaller.

More Recommended Used Class C’s

Now is that all the quality recently used Class C’s that are out there? Oh no! In fact, Winnebago and Entegra build more models than just the ones I covered here.

And any of those models would be a very good choice too. Because those companies build a good quality product when compared with their competition.

Now Tiffin only builds the one Class C RV at this point. But Winnebago covers a wide range of Class C RVs. And any one of them would be a good choice too.

Used Class C RV Motorhome Guidebook

But there are also other fine RV manufacturers in the used Class C market too. In fact, I have made a thorough list of all of the recently used Class C RV motorhomes that I recommend.

This list is useful for buying a used Class C RV from the past 4 years or so.

And that list is found in my guidebook that you can view here. It’s a very thorough listing of all of the Class C brands and models I recommend.

The guidebok will help you:

1- Know who the best quality manufacturers are in the Class C and Super C segments of the RV industry

2- Rank those top quality manufacturers in order

3- Compare the models of used Class C and Super C’s against one another by price

4- Get the most important facts about each RV model to compare with others in their price range (all price ranges are covered)

Each model is linked to their own web page where even more information can be gathered (a time saver)

And you will be able to contact me and ask any questions you like about the buying process for recently used Class C RVs.

Conclusion

But do you have any recommendations for a quality used Class C RV motorhome that you would like to recommend?

If so, please leave it in the comments below this article. I would love to hear what you have to say!

Have safe and happy travels my friends.

Flat Towing Vehicles – The Top Three Things You Will Need

Flat towing vehicles behind a motorhome is a necessity for many RVers. And in this article we’ll cover the top three things that you’re going to need for RV flat towing.

Now when we say flat towing, what does that mean? Well, what we’re talking about is towing a vehicle behind your RV. And it has all four tires on the ground.

So that’s what flat towing means. Now let’s get started on the list of the top three things you’ll need for flat towing.

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Flat Towing Vehicles – Tow Bar And Base Plate

Number one, you are going to need a tow bar and a base plate to make flat towing a success.

The tow bar goes in the hitch of your RV and has arms that extend out. Then the base plate attaches to your towed vehicle.

And the base plate is what the arms of the tow bar connect to. Then it can pull your vehicle down the road safely.

Now before you buy any vehicle out there, make sure that a base plate is available for it. The reason I say that is these days it’s hard even getting tow vehicles. Especially with the supply chain issues we are facing now.

But even if you get the vehicle, you may find that the base plate is not available for some reason.

So before you get any tow vehicle make sure you can get the base plate to connect to that vehicle for your tow bar to connect to.

What About Installation?

Now the next thing to decide is whether you’re going to install the base plate yourself or not.

Now if you’re not really mechanically inclined, I have a suggestion for you. You probably should have someone who knows what they’re doing do it for you.

That’s because base plates require a lot of alteration in many cases to the
towed vehicle. Sometimes things have to be cut out or screwed in to make it work.

And if you don’t know what you’re doing you may not do it right. So first off, decide whether you’re going to install it or not.

If you’re not going to do it, get somebody who’s really good about making those kind of alterations to vehicles. And have them do it instead.

Flat Towing Vehicles – What About Weight?

Then the next thing is to get a tow bar that fits that vehicle. Now the reason I say that is that some vehicles are very light. Like a Fiat 500. And almost any tow bar is going to work with that.

But suppose you want to pull a full-size truck. Well then, that’s quite a bit more weight.

And you probably should make sure that you get a really heavy duty tow bar that’s going to fit that kind of weight. So match the tow bar with the weight of your vehicle.

The next thing to consider is what brand are you going to buy. And there’s two major brands on the market. One is Blue Ox and the other is Roadmaster.

Honestly, either one is great. But you’re going to hear from people that say this one’s better or that one’s better.

The reality though, is they both are used extensively by RVers all over the place. And with very good success. So just make your choice and go with it. You really can’t go wrong either way.

Flat Towing Vehicles – The Braking System

Alright, so that’s your tow bar and base plate. Now the second thing you’re going to need is a braking system for that towed vehicle.

And that’s because when you’re going down the road, the car is not on. It’s turned off. And there’s no way for the brakes to be working in any way while you’re traveling down the road.

So you have to come up with a braking system for it. Because it’s a whole additional weight that you’re pulling back there.

If there’s braking on the towed vehicle, it makes it so much easier for the RV’s brakes. Now you have a couple of choices here for braking for your towed vehicle.

Built-In Braking Systems

Number one, you can get a built-in system that’s super easy and super convenient when you’re towing. Because all you have to do is just plug it into the RV’s wiring harness. And you’re ready to go.

View an RV flat towing built-in braking system here

So when you put the brakes on up in the RV, the brakes go on back in the towed vehicle as well. It’s all very easy, and very convenient.

Then when you’re done traveling, you just unhook and you’re done. However, those kind of built-in braking systems are a real challenge to install.

They’re not easy at all. And because of that, the installation can be very
expensive. Because they don’t go in real quick either.

In fact, a very experienced person may take several hours of installation time. And of course, we know how expensive that can be when mechanics
are doing that.

So it can be expensive to get a built-in towed vehicle braking system. But also to have it installed as well.

Flat Towing Vehicles – Inertia Braking Systems

So there’s another way to go here that you could choose. And that is to choose an inertia brake instead.

View an RV inertia braking system here

Inertia brakes are really just braking devices that fit right in front of your driver’s seat. And usually it has an arm that comes out and attaches to the brake pedal.

Here is another type of RV inertia braking system

Now it works on inertia. So when you put on the brakes in a car you lurch a little forward usually, right?

When the inertia brake detects that there’s a lurching forward, it pushes that arm and depresses the brake pedal.

So suppose you put on the brakes in the RV and and lurch forward some? Then in the towed vehicle, that device senses it and it puts the brake on back there too. And generally they work pretty well in most situations.

Inertia Braking Cons

But here’s the con with those kind of inertia brakes. They must be set up every time you tow. You can’t just leave it in there.

It’s not a set it and forget it device. You’ve got to put it in and take it out every time that you tow.

But the good news is that it can be transferred from one vehicle to another. So it’s not like a built-in braking system. Because it’s really hard to take that out once you’ve installed it.

And that’s because you’ve made it part of your braking system. With an inertia brake though, if you decide you want a different tow vehicle back there, just change the vehicle and the inertia brake can be used with it.

So it’s very convenient in that respect. But it takes a lot more work to put it in and take it out of the towed vehicle every time.

So when it comes to braking, you have your choice. Do you want the convenience of just plugging in every time, in a matter of minutes? And then being ready to go for your braking?

Or do you want to save money with the inertia brake? Because they’re much less expensive than buying the built-in brake and having it installed. So that’s your choice.

Flat Towing Vehicles – Lighting Systems

Now let’s move to our third thing that we are going to need for flat towing. And that is a lighting system for the towed vehicle.

So that when you put the brakes on in the RV, the brake lights in back of the towed vehicle come on too. That way people can see that you are stopping. Or when you put your turn signals on so they see that you’re turning.

Now once again there’s two options you could go with. There is a built-in option. And it’s going to require a lot of installation.

It’s not quite as involved as the braking system. But it’s going to be expensive to have someone install it for you.

Now if you do it yourself, that’ll be fine. But you better know what you’re doing when you tie in to your towed vehicle’s electrical system.

The good news is that once you do, all you do is just hook into the motorhome wiring harness. And your towing lights are all set.

Then when you put on your turn signals in the RV, they go on in the towed vehicle too. And when you put on your brakes in the RV, the lights go on back there too. And the same with your driving lights as well.

So it’s very easy, very convenient. And just plug and play so to speak. However, there is also another way to go.

Auxiliary Lighting Systems

You can buy an auxiliary lighting system instead. And these are usually made up of magnetic lights that go on the back of the towed vehicle.

They usually sit right up there on the roof. They just stick on with the provided magnets.

And then there’s a wiring system that hooks into the wiring harness of the RV. Now the great thing about these auxiliary lights is that they’re super inexpensive.

View a set of auxiliary towing lights here

In fact, they’re only about 20 or 30 dollars for a set. And you’re off to the races.

The con is that you’re going to have to set them up every single time you tow. And you have to be careful with where you place them.

Because if you put the wiring on your vehicle’s paint, sometimes the movement of the wind can cause the wiring to scar the paint. So you have to be careful with the way that you set it up every time.

And here again there’s a choice to be made. Are you going to spend the money to have a built-in lighting system installed? Or are you going to
use the auxiliary lighting instead? It’s entirely up to you.

Conclusion

Well, those are three things you’re going to need to think about before you get that towed vehicle. What I recommend is, before you buy whatever vehicle you’re getting, do your homework.

Number one, find out if that vehicle can be flat towed. Because not all of them can.

If it can, find out if it has a base plate available for it. And then choose your tow bar and base plate.

After that, you have two more decisions to make. Are you going to put in a built-in braking and lighting system? Or use an auxiliary one instead. There’s pros and cons either way you go.

Well that’s it for now. Have safe and happy travels. Until next time…..

The Top 5 RV Maintenance Tips You Need To Know

In this article you’ll find my top five RV maintenance tips. You know, if
you want your RV to last, you’ve got to maintain it.

It’s just a fact of life and one that we can’t change. But here’s the really good news!

Roughly eighty percent of the maintenance tasks on an RV can be done by the average RVer. So you don’t need to be an RV tech or even be mechanically inclined.

Almost anyone can learn how to take care of the maintenance tasks around their RV.

So with all that in mind, let’s get started on my top five tips for RV maintenance then.

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RV Maintenance Tips – Number One

And number one is a big one! And that is – have a list for your maintenance tasks around the RV.

Oh, I know we all kind of like to do things by memory. Usually because we just don’t want to sit down and write it out a lot of the time.

But you know what? If we do it that way, we’re going to miss some things. We’re going to not do some things when they need to be done. And sometimes we may even forget to do it all together.

So it’s really important to have a list. And it doesn’t have to be a fantastic, unbelievable kind of list either. Just simply write it out.

Just put down the things you need to maintain on your RV. And maybe separate them out into sections for monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually.

That way it will remind you to do those tasks as they are needed. Then put in the date when you did each task too.

And then all you’ve got to do is take a a real quick look at your maintenance list. You will then know when you did that maintenance task last.

And also when it’s coming up on the schedule again. It’s really kind of simple. It just takes a little bit of effort on our part to sit down and get
that list together. But it’s really important!

RV Maintenance Tips – Number Two

My second tip – include the engine and the drivetrain on your RV maintenance list.

Yes, I know that many RVers take care of their RV itself really well. But they don’t really think about the engine and drivetrain nearly as much.

Now you may be saying, “well I don’t have a motorhome”. But even if you have a towable RV, there’s an engine and a drivetrain somewhere that pulls that RV around.

So no matter what RV you have, there’s going to be an engine and drivetrain that needs some maintenance.

What I’m saying is, make sure that you stay up with that mechanical maintenance. Because if you don’t, then you’re going to be sitting for a while eventually.

You need to keep that engine and drivetrain in very good working order to get your RV around. So include it on your maintenance list that you write out.

RV Maintenance – Tip Number Three

My third tip is – about how long you should go between service intervals on these maintenance tasks.

And of course, it’s hard to say how long maintenance intervals should be for everybody. The reason why is because there’s so many different types of RV’s.

And they can have all kinds of components and items in them that need maintenance. So maintenance intervals can be very different from one RV to the other.

That means that there’s a need for you to know what your particular RV needs. As far as maintenance intervals go.

Now in order to get that information, I highly recommend to get familiar with the manuals for the items and components in your RV. And also for the engine and drivetrain.

Again this is something not a lot of people really like to do. But it’s very important!

Set about right away to getting the manuals for things such as your water heater. Also for your furnace, roof, air conditioners, and your engine and so on. Get those manuals now!

You may say, “how can I do that?” Because maybe you didn’t get the manuals when you purchased your RV.

But the truth is that these days, you can find just about any manual you want online. And download it to have it on hand when it is needed.

Then just go in the manual to the maintenance section. And it will tell you how to maintain pretty much anything about that component.

Then all you’ve got to do is just follow those guidelines. Once again, I highly recommend to do what the manual tells you to do for maintenance
intervals.

And use what they recommend for any fluids or lubricants too. Because there’s a reason why they tell you to do that.

Maintenance Tip Number Four

Now for tip number four – have a good set of working tools. That way you can take care of a lot of the maintenance for your RV yourself.

Now I made a video about this in the past, and this video provides a very good basic place to start for a good RV toolkit.

RV maintenance tips tool kit
Click this image watch my video on RV tools you need

And you don’t need to go crazy. It’s not going to cost you a ton of money to get started on a good RV tool kit.

But you do need to have certain tools to perform maintenance tasks
around the RV. So get yourself a good tool bag. And then take care of the tools that you buy.

My Last RV Maintenance Tip

Now for tip number five, and this is a really good one. There’s no excuse these days for not knowing how to maintain anything on your RV. Why?

Because if you don’t know how to do it, just go to YouTube and make a search for that particular maintenance item.

Like how to clean out your water heater, or clean off your roof. Or perhaps sanitize your fresh water tank. Or clean your awning. Things like that.

All of this can be found in videos on YouTube. So there’s no excuse for not being able to do it.

They’ll show you how to do it and and give you good ideas. Maybe even some good shortcuts too.

I know I consult YouTube videos all the time myself. So be sure to make good use of YouTube for RV maintenance tasks.

But you can also use websites too. There’s a lot of websites that lay it out for you step by step. And that can be very valuable.

But of course, I know that a lot of us like to see it done on video. So maybe use information on websites along with YouTube videos.

Conclusion

Well, those are my top five RV maintenance tips. Now let me say this. As an RV inspector, I have seen the poor results of not doing RV maintenance over and over again.

And let me tell you, some of it is just shocking. In fact, I have seen a five-year-old RV that looked like it needed a complete overhaul. From top to bottom. In just in five years.

Why? Because the owners had just basically neglected it. They hadn’t really done anything for it.

And it doesn’t take long for your RV to start breaking down. Especially if it doesn’t get the right maintenance that it needs.

Now I know that RV maintenance is not an exciting topic for many people. There’s not a lot of folks out there that are just itching to learn more about RV maintenance.

But in all honesty, it is one of the most important subjects that any RVer can learn about. Once you learn it, you’ll know it.

And you’ll have that skill going forward, and it’ll be a great thing. Just remember it doesn’t take a lot to learn.

So follow the tips I’ve given you in this article. Then your RV will continue taking you on fun travel adventures in the years to come.

Well that’s it for now. Have safe and happy travels my friends. Until next time…

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