And there are lots of brands and manufacturers in the RV industry these days. So how do you know which of these RV builders to choose from?
I am a certified RV inspector and I am going to let you know what the RV pros know.
And that is which brands are known for both quality and great customer service. In other words, which RV brands you should buy!
Table of Contents
- The Best RV Brands – Class C Motorhomes
- More Top RV Brands – Super C Motorhomes
- The Best RV Brands – Class A Diesel Motorhomes
- Class A Gas Motorhome Top Brands And Models
- Diesel vs Gas Class A RVs
- The Best RV Brands – Class B Motorhomes
- The Top RV Brands – Class B Plus Motorhomes
- The Best RV Brands – Fifth Wheels
- The Top RVs – Travel Trailer Brands And Models
- How To Buy A New RV The Right Way
- What My Guidebook On Buying New RVs Will Show You
Of course, it’s good to understand first that RV quality is relative. That is, it is relative to products from other RV manufacturers. Not products in other industries.
So here is a video where I discuss new RV quality and what it really means:
Now, let’s move on and discuss some of the best RV brands and manufacturers. The best RV builders in each type of RV.
I’ll give you the brands that I recommend for the higher end, the mid-range and lower cost RVs in each RV type.
So let’s go ahead and get started with the most popular motorhome. The Class C.
The Best RV Brands – Class C Motorhomes
And they are usually easily recognized by the outcrop over the RV’s cab in front. This is the area that is often used for extra storage or sleeping.
And a Class C RV is well positioned in size between the larger Class A and the smaller Class B.
So let’s take a look at some of the best quality manufacturers of Class C RVs now.
Class C Brand #1
On the high end of the Class C market is a company called Coach House RV.
Now, they are not a high production RV builder like the others I will mention below. But they are well-known for very high quality products.
They build a Class C shell that is a one-piece unit made from fiberglass. And the larger ones are then placed on a Ford E450 chassis.
The RV itself has a very luxurious look and feel. But you can only buy them direct from the factory.
Here are my Coach House Recommended Class Cs:
The cost for this Coach House Class C starts around $175K – $200K.
Class C Brand #2
Jayco is one of the largest manufacturers in the RV industry. And that often does not bode well for build quality.
But Jayco has been able to maintain an excellent balance between high production and high quality.
And that is a feat that I wish other RV builders could copy.
In fact, they produce some very fine Class C RVs in the middle price range.
Of course, the company was bought by Thor in 2016. But it appears that there has been no major interference in building RVs the way they are used to.
So here are the Class C models I can recommend from Jayco:
- Redhawk SE
The MSRP starting price range for Jayco Class C RVs is between $110K – over $160K.
Class C Brand #3
Winnebago is one of the oldest RV builders in the US market. And they are well-known for their Class C offerings.
In fact, the name Winnebago is almost synonymous with motorhomes in the minds of the buying public.
They don’t build many true Class C models these days though.
Instead, it seems that they have turned much of their attention more to the Class B+ category instead.
But their Class C motorhomes should not be ignored. And they are also relatively affordable for many RV buyers.
So here is a list of the Class C models from Winnebago that I can recommend:
- Minnie Winnie
The MSRP starting price for Winnebago Class Cs is around $135K.
More Class C Brands And Models
There are more Class C brands and models that I can recommend for consideration.
So if you would like to see my full list of quality RV builders, download my guidebook by clicking the image below.
More Top RV Brands – Super C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are very popular with the buying public. But some wanted a more luxurious Class C with even more power.
And so, the Super C segment of the RV industry was born.
These rigs are built on a commercial truck chassis like Freightliner and are powered by a sizeable diesel engine.
So because of the extra diesel power, they often sport lots of amenities and luxury appliances.
Usually a lot more than their regular Class C brethren.
And towing power often takes a big jump with Super C RVs too.
So let’s take a look at some of the best Super C manufacturers in the industry now:
Super C Brand #1
Newmar is well-known for producing some of the best Class A RVs around.
But in recent years they have also entered the Super C category as well. And their Super C RVs fit in well with other offerings from Newmar too.
Now the models that Newmar produces in this segment are fairly expensive. But they are also made with a lot of quality and precision.
And here are the Newmar Super C models I recommend:
- Supreme Aire
- Super Star
The starting price range for Newmar Super C RVs ranges from $475K to more than $700K.
Super C Brand #2
Dynamax has been building high quality Super C RVs for more than 20 years.
They have an excellent reputation in the industry for solid RV construction methods too.
And many feel that Dynamax Super C motorhomes are some of the best looking rigs as well.
So here are the Dynamax Super C RVs that I recommend:
- DynaQuest XL
Dynamax sells their Super Cs in a starting price range that goes from a little over $300K to the mid $400K’s.
Super C Brand #3
Nexus is a smaller RV manufacturer that focuses exclusively on Super C RVs.
They have only sold their product factory direct until just recently. But now you can buy their products from RV dealers as well.
And they stake out the lower cost of the Super C market. But they are also well known for building quality products for the money.
Here are the models of Nexus Super C motorhomes that I recommend:
- Rebel 4X4
These Nexus models usually sell in a starting price range between $210K and $280K.
More Super C Brands And Models
There are other brands and models of Super C motorhomes that I can recommend as well.
And if you would like to see the complete list of Super C builders that I recommend, just click the image below to download my guidebook:
The Best RV Brands – Class A Diesel Motorhomes
Class A diesel motorhomes are the touring kings of the RV world. And they are made for traveling long distances in comfort and style.
But they are among some of the most expensive RVs to buy as well. So it pays to get a brand that is going to serve you well.
And when we look at the Class A diesel pusher segment of the RV industry, there are quite a few brands to choose from.
But not all of them are equal in terms of quality and customer service after the sale.
So here is a list of some of the best diesel pusher motorhome brands according to price:
Diesel Class A brand #1
Along the way they have racked up numerous industry and consumer awards. And the brand name is synonymous with quality in the minds of many.
Newmar diesel pusher models include:
- King Aire
- London Aire
- Mountain Aire
- New Aire
- Dutch Star
- Kountry Star
- Canyon Star
The starting price range for these well made touring coaches goes from the mid $300K’s to over $1.5 million.
So there is plenty to choose from. And Newmar offers something to please almost any Class A diesel pusher buyer.
Diesel Class A Brand #2
Winnebago is another one of the best RV brands in the diesel pusher category. They too have won lots of industry and consumer awards.
But they tend to build diesel pushers that are mainly targeted to mid-range RV buyers.
Once again, this company has been building RVs for a very long time. Over 55 years!
Their diesel pusher models include:
The starting price range for Winnebago diesel pushers ranges from $350K – $450K.
Diesel Class A Brand #3
Another great Class A diesel pusher builder is Fleetwood. They have been in the RV business for a whopping 65 years now.
Now they are not quite on the same level of quality as some other diesel pusher brands that I recommend here. But they are still worthy of consideration.
Especially if you are looking for a mid-range to lower cost diesel pusher RV.
Their price range goes from the low $300K’s to the mid $400K’s. And their models include:
- Discovery LXE
- Pace Arrow
More Diesel Pusher Brands And Models
Of course, there are other brands and models of Class A diesel pusher motorhomes that I can recommend too.
So if you would like to see the complete list of diesel pusher builders that I recommend, click on the image below to download my guidebook:
Class A Gas Motorhome Top Brands And Models
Class A gas motorhomes are also great touring RVs that often come in smaller, more nimble rigs.
They don’t usually have the long list of luxury features that their diesel brethren do.
But they can still pack in a lot of the amenities that RV buyers want. And at a much lower price than diesel pushers!
There are lots of brands that should be considered in both diesel and gas versions of the Class A. Brands known for quality.
But I will again use the same manufacturers that I recommended above for diesel pushers. Because they also make great gas-powered coaches too.
So lets list the Class A gas coaches that I am recommending in this article now:
Gas Class A Brand #1
Newmar makes some of the best Class A diesel pushers on the market. But they also make some of the best gas-powered Class A’s too.
And that means you can buy Newmar quality for much less.
Here is a list of the Newmar gas Class A coaches that you should consider:
- Bay Star
- Bay Star Sport
The starting price range for these Class A RVs is from $200K – $250K.
Gas Class A Brand #2
Actually, Winnebago produces more gas Class A RVs than diesel pushers.
And they have models in their lineup that have been in production for decades.
All of these models are very affordable too. And their starting price goes from $175K to a little over $200K.
Gas Class A Brand #3
Fleetwood also offers a nice lineup of gas Class A RVs.
And they have the widest range of price categories to choose from as well.
Their models include:
These coaches starting price begins at around $150K and goes up to about $250K in price.
More Gas Class A Brands And Models
There are also several other brands and models of Class A gas motorhomes that I can recommend.
To see the full list, just click on the image below and download my guidebook:
Diesel vs Gas Class A RVs
One of the most often discussed topics about Class A RVs is “diesel vs gas engines”.
And this is a good time to address that topic if you are looking for either a Class A diesel pusher or a gas motorhome.
There are lots of strong opinions on both sides. But I made a couple of videos to help you decide what is best for you.
In the videos below I present both the pros and the cons of each kind of Class A RV. Because no RV is right for everyone!
You can watch those videos here:
I hope these videos were helpful for you. But now back to my recommended list of RV brands and models.
The Best RV Brands – Class B Motorhomes
Class B motorhomes are the smallest in terms of size for motorized RVs.
Typically, they are vans that have been altered to be used as an RV. And in most cases, there are no slides to expand the living space inside.
And they can also be the most expensive RV per square foot of living space that you can buy.
So let’s take a look at my recommended list of the best quality Class B builders and manufacturers. Here are a couple of those:
Class B Brand #1
Winnebago builds Class B motorhomes in a wide variety of price ranges.
They are one of the oldest US RV manufacturers in existence and they bring that experience to Class B RVs too.
Also, industry reviews and customer feedback are very positive for Winnebago.
So they would be a good choice if you are in the market for a well-made Class B RV.
Here are some of the Winnebago Class B models that I can recommend:
- Solis Pocket
You will find that Winnebago Class B RVs are found within the $115K to $250K starting price range.
Class B Brand #2
Pleasure Way is based in Canada and they have been building RVs for over 35 years.
And they have won numerous industry and consumer awards during that time.
An interesting point to note is that they offer a unique 5 year warranty program. This covers anything in the RV that they make themselves.
Now let’s take a look at the list of recommended models for Pleasure Way:
- Rekon 4X4
You can also expect to find Pleasure Way Class B RVs in a starting price range from $95K to $185K.
More Class B Brands And Models To View
As with the other types of RVs listed on this page, there are more brands and models that I can recommend for consideration.
So to view the complete list of quality Class B manufacturer brands and models, just click the image below.
That way you can download my guidebook on buying quality Class B RVs.
The Top RV Brands – Class B Plus Motorhomes
The Class B plus motorhome is really more of a marketing term than anything else.
And so it’s hard to actually define a B+ RV. But the best explanation is that it is an RV that is larger than a Class B and smaller than a Class C.
This type of RV was actually needed. Because a lot of people like the smaller, nimble Class B.
But the biggest complaint about it has always been the small amount of actual living space.
So some RV builders have decided to build an RV body on a van chassis platform made by either Mercedes, Ram or Ford.
And because the RV section of the rig is usually wider and often has slides, there is more usable living space.
So here is how I define a Class B plus RV. If the RV is not on a Ford E350 or E450 chassis, it is not a Class C in my opinion.
On the other hand, if it is on a van chassis, but has an RV body that is wider than a normal van, I classify it as a B plus RV.
Not everyone agrees with this assessment of RV types. But for the purposes of this article, it helps you understand what I mean by recommending B+ RVs.
And here are some of the brands and models of Class B+ RVs that I can recommend:
Class B+ Brand #1
Airstream is an iconic RV brand. And they have over 85 years of experience in building RVs.
They have been constantly recognized and applauded for the quality construction methods they use in their products.
Of course, this usually puts them firmly in the more expensive higher end category.
But their RVs are worth the extra money spent. At least in my opinion.
So here are the Class B plus models that I can recommend from Airstream:
Clearly, they don’t provide a lot of choices in this B+ category. But the Atlas is well worth consideration at an MSRP price beginning at $290K.
Class B+ Brand #2
Dynamax has been building high quality Super C motorhomes for many years.
And I included them in my list of Super C recommended builders earlier in this article.
But they also now make a Class B plus offering that is worth a solid look as well. And here it is:
- Isata 3 Series
This model from Dynamax has a starting MSRP beginning at $180K.
More Class B Plus Brands And Models To Choose From
Of course, there are more brands and models in the B plus category that I can heartily recommend for consideration.
So just click on the image below to download my guidebook. And there you will find an expanded list of all of the Class B+ makers and models for research.
The Best RV Brands – Fifth Wheels
Fifth wheel RVs typically are the larger and more luxurious towable RV that you can buy.
And there are lots of pros and cons with fifth wheels as there are with any type of RV.
In fact, here is a video that I made comparing fifth wheels and travel trailers head-to-head:
Now lets cover the best brands and models of fifth wheels that I can recommend for you. And here they are:
Fifth Wheel Brand #1
Grand Design has only been making RVs for about the last 10 years. But in that time they have taken the towable market by storm.
The company has won numerous industry and consumer awards for the quality of their products.
And they are especially known among the RV community for their exceptional customer service.
Here are the models that I recommend for consideration:
- Reflection 150
Grand Design fifth wheels can be found in starting MSRP prices that range from $66K – $107K.
Fifth Wheel Brand #2
Jayco has been building RVs for more than 50 years now. And they are in fact, one of the largest RV builders in the world.
It’s also interesting to see such a high production RV builder maintain reasonably high product quality as well. And Jayco does this very well.
They also build towable RVs that cover several price ranges. And this makes them more affordable for a larger number of people.
Here are the Jayco models that I can recommend for you:
- North Point
- Eagle HT
The starting MSRP price range for Jayco fifth wheel RVs is between $75K – $119K.
Fifth Wheel Brand #3
Northwood is not a high production RV manufacturer, but they are well worth tracking down.
They are well known for producing true four season RVs too.
Now many RV builders claim four season capability. But Northwood actually delivers.
And Northwood has lots of supporters and fans in the online RVing forums.
Here are the models of Northwood fifth wheels that I can recommend:
- Arctic Fox Grande Ronde
- Fox Mountain
The Northwood fifth wheel lineup ranges in starting prices from $55K – $75K.
More Fifth Wheel Brands And Models
My list of recommended fifth wheel brands and models is much longer than you see here.
So if you would like to see the full list, just click on the image below to download my guidebook:
The Top RVs – Travel Trailer Brands And Models
Travel trailers make up the largest segment of the RV industry by far.
They are usually the most affordable RVs on the market. And the smallest ones can be towed by a wide range of vehicles.
And they are most often used by those who like to camp on weekends or take vacations in them.
But because of their affordability, they can also be laden with quality issues too.
So lets cover the travel trailer brands that I can recommend for your consideration:
Travel Trailer Brand #1
Once again, Grand Design gets the nod for travel trailer manufacturers on the higher end of the market.
Everything I said about Grand Design in the fifth wheel section above holds true here as well.
The company gets lots of positive reviews for their travel trailer products online. And this is especially so when you compare them to other brands.
So here are the models that Grand Design makes that I think you should consider:
- Transcend Xplor
The starting MSRP price range for Grand Design travel trailers is between $35K and $70K.
Travel Trailer Brand #2
Another carry over from my list of fifth wheel towables is Northwood RV.
Once again, everything said about them above in this article is true here as well.
When you view their products and compare them with others in their price range, the quality is clearly obvious.
So the models of Northwood travel trailers that I can recommend are:
- Arctic Fox North Fork
Northwood travel trailers sell in a starting price range of between $40K – $65K.
Travel Trailer Brand #3
Lance travel trailers are identified in a unique way. Rather than being named, they are simply given a number.
So there are 11 travel trailer models to choose from in their lineup.
Lance is often recognized online as being a quality builder. And they lots of supportive fans of their products.
The Lance models of travel trailers that I can recommend are:
- The 1475
- The 1575
- The 1685
- The 1985
- The 1995
- The 2075
- The 2185
- The 2285
- The 2375
- The 2445
- The 2465
These Lance travel trailers range in starting price from $45K to $95K.
How To Buy A New RV The Right Way
Well, I hope you enjoyed my list of the best RV brands in both motorhomes and towable RVs.
But if you are in the market for a new RV, more is needed than just knowing which brands to buy.
These days, new RVs are coming from the factory with problems. And many of these problems need to be repaired before you take it on your first camping trip.
But how do you find the issues that need attention? And how do you get them fixed before you take delivery of the RV?
What My Guidebook On Buying New RVs Will Show You
Here is what my guidebook will show you in clear step-by-step terms:
- How to find the kind of RV and the model that is just right for your needs
- How to make sure that you get the best price possible for the RV you choose
- How to make sure that all of the hidden problems and issues with any RV are found are fixed before you take delivery and before you use it the first time.
- A checklist to use along with the guide that will easily step you through the most important things to check before you buy an RV
- How to get my personal help as a certified RV inspector in the buying process
So if you want to make sure that you get the new RV that you paid for from the first day of ownership, download my guidebook here:
This guidebook makes a great companion to any of the guidebooks listed above about the best brands and models to buy.
That’s because you need to know which brands to choose to get the best quality RV possible.
And then you also need to know how to make sure it doesn’t have hidden problems too.
And you need to know how to buy that RV at the very best price possible.
So I suggest combining the guidebook for the type of RV you want with the new RV buying guidebook.
That way you put the odds heavily on your side to have the best new RV buying experience that you can.
And by getting any of the guidebooks listed above, you also get my personal assistance.
That’s right. I’ll personally help answer any questions you have about buying an RV. In fact, I’ll be there with you every step of the way if you like.
I really don’t know of any other RV buying guides like mine.
So I know that they will be helpful for you in your RV buying process.
And I’ll be ready to help you along the way too.
My wish for you is to be able to buy the RV of your dreams. And enjoy new fun and adventures in it for many years to come!