But honestly, most people compare class A’s to Class C’s. And that’s because the Class B is kind of in a class of its own.
You know, it’s much smaller than A’s and C’s. So the comparisons usually come between A’s and C’s.
And if that’s something you’d like to know a little bit more about, I made a video on that subject. It compares those two classes head on.
So I’ll put the link to that video here. And you can go watch that video if you think it would be helpful for you.
The Best Class C RV Brands List – What Is It Based On?
Now when we’re talking about brands and manufacturers, I have to admit something right away. And that is that it’s all based on opinions.
There’s no way to actually test any of this. It’s just opinions that people have. And this list is just my opinion.
You may not agree with it at all. And you know what? I’m not going to be offended by that either. Because everybody can have their own opinion on this subject.
So let me just explain where my opinions come from. Because there’s a few things that my opinions are based on.
First of all, I’ve gone through a ton of RVs in my time. And so, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve observed a lot about the RVs I have seen too.
Secondly, I’ve done a lot of research on RVs online as well. And it’s amazing how much research you actually have to do for a website and a YouTube channel.
In addition, I also get to talk to a lot of people who are RV owners in my travels.
And they give you invaluable opinions and ideas about their RV. They will often tell you experiences they have had with their dealer and manufacturer, and so on.
So my opinions have kind of been formed on all of these particular points of information.
Important Things To Know About The List
Now having said that, let’s talk about the list that I’m going to provide about RV brands.
And that way you’ll understand what I’m really trying to accomplish with this list.
And the first thing is that I just don’t believe you can fairly compare a manufacturer or a brand that is targeting higher cost customers with those that are targeting entry-level buyers.
You just can’t compare those two products. And the reason for that is pretty simple. We all know you kind of get what you pay for.
So if you’re paying more money, you should expect to be getting better quality materials. You should expect better fit and finish. Better customer service, and so on.
And what that means simply is this. If you pay about 75,000 for a Class C RV, do not feel that you can fairly compare that with one that usually costs three to four times that amount. It’s just not a fair comparison.
So with that in mind, I felt that the better way to do this comparison of brands or manufacturers is to compare them according to the target population that they’re trying to sell to.
And so, we’re going to have a higher cost group of manufacturers that I feel are quality brands. Then, we’ll have a mid-range comparison. And then we’ll have a lower cost or entry level comparison.
That way, it’s a little more fair in making this list up. And we’re not just going to do this just for you new RV buyers either.
The Best Class C RV Brands – Both New And Used
But we’re going to try to help you used RV buyers out too. Because you need a little bit of guidance as well. Especially on the brands that seem to put out the best quality.
So we’re going to compare new brands today with 10 years ago. I mean, we could do it year by year. But that would be a really long article if we did.
But instead, we’ll give you an overview between now and 10 years ago. And that should give you pretty good guidance on how brands have changed in that time.
Finally in this list, we’re also going to include Super C’s along with regular C’s. It’s kind of important to do that. And you’ll see more as I go along why we need to include them today.
The Best Class C RV Brands – 10 Years Ago
All right, with all that said, it’s time to get into the list. And so if we were looking at a Class C RV 10 years ago, what were the best manufacturers then?
Well, if you’re going to buy a higher end Class C, the first one on my list would be Dynamax.
Dynamax is a great manufacturer. And they make some very unique products too. They have for some time now. So we have to put them on the list.
Next would be a company called Born Free. Now you may not have even heard of that manufacturer.
Because the sad truth is that by now it appears that they may have even gone out of business.
But back 10 years and more ago, it was a very good company building quality Class C RVs.
Another one that I can include on the higher end is a Canadian company called Triple E. They’ve been building RVs for a long time, and are very strong in Class C’s and B’s.
So suppose you could find a 10 year old Triple E Class C and it’s in really good shape. Well then, it may be a very good unit for you to consider.
Now in the mid-range, Jayco is a good company. They are a very good manufacturer, generally speaking.
But we cannot even begin to have a Class C discussion without including Winnebago. I mean, when most people think “Winnebago”, I think the picture comes up of a Class C.
That’s because we’ve seen so many Class C Winnebagos over the years out there on the road. So yes, they are a great manufacturer. And they’re known for producing quality products across the years.
Mid-range Class C RV brands – 10 years ago
Then finally, in the mid-range category 10 years ago, we don’t want to forget a company called Lazy Daze.
Now Lazy Daze is very unique. They’re a smaller company and they don’t even want to build in big volume.
Their viewpoint is that we’re going to build only the number of coaches we feel we can build with good quality. And that’s what they do.
So they’re a little bit harder to come by. But if you do find one, it could be something worth looking into closely.
And finally, on the low end from 10 years ago, we’re going to give a nod toward Coachmen and Georgie Boy.
So those are all good considerations brand wise for Class C’s from 10 years ago.
The Best Class C RV Brands – Today
Now let’s bring it all forward to today. And things have changed a lot in the Class C market.
You know, the big change is Super C’s. And Super C’s are bigger. They’ve also got more room and more power than regular C’s.
So that has kind of taken over the the Class C buying market these days.
And if we’re looking for the higher end brands and manufacturers for Class C’s these days, almost all of them are really heavily into super C’s.
So first of all, we’d have to say that Renegade is a very good company for higher end Class C’s.
Then Nexus is another one on the list. And again, focusing a lot on Super C’s is Dynamax. And these days, Entegra can be considered in that list as well.
Now, all of these higher cost manufacturers that I’m recommending here have Super C’s in their lineup.
mid-range class C RV brands from today
Now in the mid-range category for modern Class C motorhomes, we have to include Winnebago.
And Winnebago, over many years has continued to keep quality in their brand. And that’s very good.
Lazy Daze is a small company still making fine RVs too, so we have to put them in the list.
And Jayco appears again as well. These days Jayco has a lot of Super C’s in their lineup as well. But they also build other Class C’s too.
Now let’s move on to the lower cost Class C brands. These are the entry level manufacturers.
And once again, I’m going to say that Coachmen should be on the list.
But this time I’m going to throw in Thor along with Coachmen.
RV Cost Is An Important Quality Factor
Now I often get comments from folks when I mention the lower cost brands on the list. And they say “How can you list them as quality brands?”
Well remember, we’re comparing these brands with other brands in their price range.
We’re not comparing them with ones that are in the mid-range or in the higher-end. Because it’s just not fair to do that.
And there are plenty of Class C buyers out there that aren’t just buying in the higher cost or mid-range.
Many are looking instead for a lower cost option. And that’s what I’m hoping that this list can provide for you as well.
Now let’s go back to a very important point that I want to make again. And that is that this list is just my opinion. It doesn’t mean it’s set in stone.
In fact, this whole list is very subjective. It’s something that you can have your own opinions about. And others can have theirs as well.
But this is just my list, based on what I have seen and learned myself. And it’s just for informational purposes.
The Best Class C RV Brands – More Than 10 Years Old
I also want to mention that if an RV is more than 10 years old, the brand may not actually be the most important thing to consider at that point.
Yes, it is a consideration still. Because quality certainly lasts. However what often becomes more important as we go on is how the RV was maintained.
Especially over the years of ownership. So what did the owner or owners do to keep it in good shape?
The point is that it’s not always about brands alone. It’s also about how well they have been maintained over the life of the RV.
Quality Issues On New RVs These Days
Now finally I want to mention something here when we’re talking about new RVs.
You know, I gave you the list of new RV manufacturers that I feel do well in the Class C category.
But let me say that there is a real quality control issue in the RV industry these days.
And what that means is that manufacturers are just turning out RVs like crazy now.
But they’re often not instituting quality control practices that make sure that those units go out in really good shape.
What These Quality Issues Mean For You
So here’s what happens. The dealer receives a Class C RV from the manufacturer.
But they’re often not really spending lots of time going through every one that comes in.
So they’ll wait till they sell it you. And then you’ll take the RV out on your first camping trip.
And you’re so excited on your first trip out there. But then you find that the RV has all these problems that need to be addressed.
So when you come back from your first trip, you bring it back to the dealer. And you tell them about all the problems that you have found.
Then the dealer says “Don’t worry about it. It’s no problem. We’ll fix it under warranty. All you have to do is leave it with us for about two to four weeks. That’s because we’ve got a lot of repair work and tons of other warranty work we’ve got to do and so on.”
So now you can’t just take that new RV back out again. Instead, you have to wait till it’s fixed and you get it back. Then you can finally go back out and enjoy another trip.
But on the following trip you find some other issues that were missed the first time. So you go back and you go through the same process again with the dealer.
And this repeats itself very often with many buyers in the new RV market. Especially over the course of the first year of ownership.
When Do You Get The RV You Paid For?
Now sure enough, the brands usually stand behind all these quality control issues. But you don’t get the RV you paid for until about a year down the line.
And that’s not good! This is not a great statement about the way things are being done right now in the RV industry. By many manufacturers and RV dealers.
Of course, it’s not all of them. But the reason I’m bringing this up is this. Suppose you buy an RV from the list of brands that I gave you.
And then you realize that you’re going through this situation I just described. Well unfortunately, you’re not alone!
This is happening in many of the brands. And I wish it was different. But it isn’t.
Now it doesn’t mean they’re not building quality units. Or it doesn’t mean you’re not going to get the quality RV that you want.
It just means quality control at the factory is not what it should be. So many buyers are turning to actually hiring RV inspectors for new RV purchases.
The Best New Class C RV Brands – Use An Inspector
The inspector can go in and go through the new RV before the buyer takes possession of it.
In fact, I get requests for that kind of inspection all the time. Now the advantage of having an RV inspector is because we find all those issues for you. And we find them all at once before you take delivery of the RV.
So then we give you the list of issues on the RV. And then you can give the list to the dealer for repair.
And then he fixes it under warranty right then. And you get the RV that you want from day one.
So that’s what seems to be what’s working well in the buying process these days.
But here’s the point I’m trying to make. Suppose you’re going to buy a new RV from a quality brand from this list.
If you do, don’t be surprised that you still have to go through this process that I just described.
But hopefully the list that I gave you in this article has been helpful anyway.
And hopefully the things we’ve talked about will help you buy that next RV if it’s a Class C.
At least, I hope that what I’ve shared with you has given you something to think about. Something to consider and to add in with all the things that you’re learning about RVs.
And that way you can make a very good buying decision for your Class C RV.
Well that’s it for now. Have safe and happy travels my friends … until next time.