The Best RV Brands – For Motorhomes And Towable RVs

What are the best RV brands? Of course, that is what RV buyers want to know before they buy an RV.

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?

Well, this article is going to give you a list of some of the best RV brands in every category. And that includes Class A, Class B and B+, Class C, Super C, Fifth Wheels and Travel Trailers.

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!

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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

Class C motorhomes are usually built on either a Ford E350 or E450 chassis.

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.

A typical Class C RV
A typical Class C RV

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:

  • Platinum

The cost for this Coach House Class C starts around $175K – $200K.

You can view the Class C models that Coach House offers here

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:

  • Greyhawk
  • Redhawk
  • Redhawk SE

The MSRP starting price range for Jayco Class C RVs is between $110K – over $160K.

You can see the Class C motorhomes that Jayco offers here

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
  • Spirit

The MSRP starting price for Winnebago Class Cs is around $135K.

You can view the Winnebago Class C models by clicking here

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.

A typical Super C RV
A typical Super C RV

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.

You can view the Super Cs from Newmar by clicking here

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
  • DX-3
  • Force
  • Europa

Dynamax sells their Super Cs in a starting price range that goes from a little over $300K to the mid $400K’s.

Click here to see the Super C models from Dynamax

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:

  • Ghost
  • Rebel 4X4
  • Wraith

These Nexus models usually sell in a starting price range between $210K and $280K.

Click here to view the Nexus Super C lineup

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.

Best RV brands - diesel pushers
Typical Class A diesel pusher

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

On the higher end of Class A diesel pushers is Newmar. And this is a company that has been in business for over 50 years.

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
  • Essex
  • London Aire
  • Mountain Aire
  • New Aire
  • Dutch Star
  • Ventana
  • 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.

Click here to view the Newmar line of diesel pushers

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:

  • Journey
  • Forza

The starting price range for Winnebago diesel pushers ranges from $350K – $450K.

You can view the Winnebago diesel pushers here

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
  • Discovery
  • Frontier
  • Pace Arrow

You can view the diesel pushers from Fleetwood by clicking here

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.

A typical gas Class A
A typical gas Class A

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.

You can view these gas-powered models at this link

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.

These include:

  • Adventurer
  • Sunstar
  • Vista

All of these models are very affordable too. And their starting price goes from $175K to a little over $200K.

Click here to view the Winnebago Gas Class A lineup

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:

  • Southwind
  • Bounder
  • Fortis
  • Flair

These coaches starting price begins at around $150K and goes up to about $250K in price.

You can view the Fleetwood Gas Class A RVs here

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.

Best RV brands - A typical Class B RV
A typical Class B RV

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:

  • Boldt
  • Revel
  • Travato
  • Solis
  • Solis Pocket

You will find that Winnebago Class B RVs are found within the $115K to $250K starting price range.

You can view the Class B models that Winnebago offers here

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
  • Plateau
  • Ascent
  • Ontour
  • Tofino

You can also expect to find Pleasure Way Class B RVs in a starting price range from $95K to $185K.

You can view the Class B motorhomes that Pleasure Way offers here

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 best RV brands - Class B and B+ motorhomes

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.

A typical Class B+ RV
A typical Class B plus RV

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:

  • Atlas

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.

You can view the Class B models from Airstream by clicking here

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.

You can view the Class B plus models from Dynamax here

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

Now let’s start our look at towable RVs with the fifth wheel segment of the industry.

Fifth wheel RVs typically are the larger and more luxurious towable RV that you can buy.

A typical fifth wheel RV
A typical fifth wheel RV

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:

  • Solitude
  • Reflection
  • Reflection 150

Grand Design fifth wheels can be found in starting MSRP prices that range from $66K – $107K.

You can find all of the Grand Design fifth wheel models here

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:

  • Pinnacle
  • North Point
  • Eagle
  • Eagle HT

The starting MSRP price range for Jayco fifth wheel RVs is between $75K – $119K.

You can find all of the fifth wheel models from Jayco by clicking here

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.

You can view the fifth wheel product lineup from Northwood RV here

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.

A typical travel trailer RV
A typical travel trailer RV

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
  • Imagine
  • Reflection

The starting MSRP price range for Grand Design travel trailers is between $35K and $70K.

You can view all of the travel trailer models from Grand Design here

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
  • Nash

Northwood travel trailers sell in a starting price range of between $40K – $65K.

You can view the Northwood RV travel trailer offerings here

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.

You can see all of the travel trailer models from Lance by clicking here

How To Buy A New RV The Right Way

How to buy an 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?

As an RV inspector I know how to answer these questions for you. And I have produced a guidebook that explains how to buy a new RV the right way.

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.

Conclusion

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!

RV Decals Removal And Replacement Guide

RV decals removal and replacement is an important subject for many RVers.

This is because RV decals can make a huge difference in the appearance of an RV.

They can take an otherwise plain RV exterior and transform it into something that is eye-catching.

So its no wonder that lots of RV owners like to dress up their rig with RV decals.

And many RVs come from the factory with an RV stripes and graphics package already installed.

But over time decals can fade, crack and begin to peel off the RV exterior. And this mars the whole appearance of the rig.

RV decals removal - fading and cracking
This is how RV decals can fade and crack

So this guide is about RV decals removal and about RV decals replacement too. Let’s start with removing RV decals.

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RV Decals Removal Using Heat

Most RV stripes and graphics are made from vinyl material with an adhesive on the back. So there is actually two parts of the decal.

And if you try to remove the decals by hand without applying heat, you will often have a hard time. Sometimes they can be pulled off without heat, but it’s rare.

So a time tested method of RV decal removal is to use a common heat gun. In fact, it can be a heat gun like many people use to remove wallpaper.

The trick is not to get the heat gun too close to the material or the RV surface. But you want it close enough to heat the decals for removal.

And you want to keep the heat gun moving to prevent applying too much heat in one area.

After a few tries, you will begin to find the right distance that works best for decal removal. And you will learn how fast to move the heat gun too.

Your goal is to get the decals heated up so they are flexible enough to remove. But you don’t want to get the RV stripes and graphics so hot that they melt.

RV Decals Removal – The Adhesive

Now you may find that the decal itself comes off fairly easily using a heat gun.

But most of the time, the adhesive that held the vinyl graphic onto the RV will be left behind. And this is where the task gets much harder in many cases.

There are all sorts of products that people use to remove adhesive. Some of these include mineral spirits and lacquer thinner.

Of course, any chemical needs to be tested on the RV surface before use. That way you don’t remove or mar more than the decal itself.

And after testing, these chemicals often do work enough to get the job done. But it will be hard and difficult going in many cases.

So a lot of people will get frustrated and start using a razor blade to remove the decals instead.

In the hands of a skilled professional, this may be possible without marring the surface. But the use of a razor blade on decal adhesive is very tricky.

If you aren’t extremely careful, the blade can dig into the RV surface and leave gouges behind. Then you have an even worse problem to repair than just peeling decals.

So are there better solutions to RV decal removal other than the methods I just described? Yes, and lets discuss how to remove RV decals easier.

Better Adhesive Removal Methods – Rapid Remover

I have installed and removed RV stripes and graphics many times over the years. And I have found a product that makes adhesive removal so much easier.

It’s called Rapid Remover and it is made by a company that specializes in vinyl installation and removal. You can view the product by clicking here now.

Rapid Remover for decal adhesive

If you read the reviews of this product you will see that it works very well for most people.

You just spray it on the adhesive, and let it sit for a couple of minutes to soften it up.

Then you can remove the adhesive fairly easily with a plastic squeegee and a paper towel.

And the good news is that it does not damage the RV surface under and around the decal.

Now it will still take effort to remove the adhesive residue with Rapid Remover. But nowhere near as much work as mineral spirits or other chemicals.

Better Adhesive Removal Methods – Steam

Another method for removing old and peeling RV decals is the use of steam. In fact, a common household steam cleaner can do the trick nicely.

Just move the steamer wand over the decal several times. You will eventually notice that the decal starts to soften up.

At this point, you can often pick up the edges of the decal and pull it off. And in many cases, a large chuck of the graphic will come off too.

One of the best advantages of using steam is that the adhesive often comes off with the decal. This doesn’t always happen. But often enough.

So of course, that makes the job of decal removal so much easier. It really shortens the job time when both the decal and the adhesive comes off together.

But even if that doesn’t happen, the decal removal is very simple and easy to do with steam.

If you don’t have a steam cleaner, they can often be rented locally. But if you want to get one, here is an inexpensive steam cleaner that I can recommend for the job.

Steam cleaner for RV decal removal
Steam cleaner

Better Adhesive Removal Methods – An Eraser Wheel

The methods we have covered so far for how to remove RV decals are best for small jobs.

But what if you have lots of decals and stripes and graphics that need to be removed?

Well, I often faced this situation on RVs that I worked on to remove decals.

Many professional vinyl graphic installers use a product to help get the job done more quickly. And that is an eraser wheel. You can view it here.

Eraser wheel for removing RV decals

These decal eraser wheels attach to a regular drill and uses the RPMs of the drill to do its work.

It is also a product that can remove both the decal and the adhesive at the same time. So its a big time saver.

You just spin the wheel with the drill. Then apply the wheel to the decal as it is spinning.

The wheel will begin to grab the vinyl and the adhesive off the surface of the RV. And it usually flakes off and away from the RV.

This kind of method is safe for most painted surfaces. But don’t use it on anything plastic or aluminum areas.

I recommend that you test it first on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t mar the surface. Then you can use it with confidence.

The use of an eraser wheel makes a difficult job so much easier. And it is well worth the time saved on a big job of RV decal removal.

RV Decal Replacement

What I have covered so far is RV decal removal. But when the decal is removed, most likely you will also need to replace it.

On RVs, this can be tricky. Very often, the sun has oxidized the exterior surface around the decal. So when you remove the decal, you can still see the outline of where it was.

This means that you will probably need to go back with the same decal that you just removed. That is, if you want to restore the RV exterior to “like new” condition.

So the first step in RV decal replacement is to find someone who can make that original RV graphic.

Fortunately, I know someone who can fit that bill nicely. I have known him for many years and he is able to help you get the RV decal replacements you need.

The company is Florida Applied Films and the owner’s name is Shayne. Just give him a call and let him know what you want to do to replace your RV decals.

Very often, if you have a picture of the decals on your RV, he can match the colors and size.

And if you are in the central Florida area, he can install the decal package for you too. But if not, he can ship the RV decals to you.

An example of RV decal replacement replacement on an Alpha RV

RV Decals Installation

RV decals removal is one thing. But RV decals installation is another entirely.

Very often RV stripes and graphics are very large. And that makes sense. Because if you put small decals on the side of a big RV, it just gets lost.

So what that means is that RV decals often require more skill to install than most RV owners have.

How To Install RV Decals

If you do decide to self install the decals though, I have a few suggestions for you.

  • Clean the are where you will apply the decals thoroughly.
  • Fit the decal to the surface first and mark an outline where you want it placed on the RV
  • Then remove the decal backing and spray it with a solution of 5 drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle of water
  • Thoroughly wet the back of the decal where the adhesive is
  • Having someone help you, apply the decal to the spot that you outlined on the RV
  • Keep adjusting the decal until it is perfectly in place. If this takes a while, pick up one side of the decal and spray more solution behind it. Do this for the whole graphic. Keep it well lubricated this way while you work with it
  • Once it is in position, use a plastic squeegee to remove the solution behind the decal. Start in the middle and work out to the edges
  • When the solution is removed, take off the decal cover on the front if it has one
  • If there are any air bubbles pop them with the point of a pin

Custom RV Decals

After RV decal removal, you may decide though to change the whole design of your RVs stripes and graphics.

If you do, Shayne at Florida Applied Films can help you with that too. He can work with you to come up with a design that fits your RV.

It’s not uncommon that people like yourself may want unique RV decals instead of the factory replacements.

So working with someone who knows about RV decals is a good way to do that. They have the experience to help you find what will work best for your rig.

And a unique RV decal scheme can set your RV aside from all the others like it.

The Best Wax For RV Decals

After RV decal removal and replacement, you need to make sure that your new decals will last.

The longer they last, the less trouble and expense you have to go through to replace them.

And the worst enemies of any vinyl decal is the sun and the elements. In fact, UV rays from the sun can break down RV stripes and graphics very quickly.

And constant exposure to the outside elements also has a weathering effect on decals.

So you need to use products that slow down this wear and tear that your decals experience.

First of all, I recommend that you wash your RV regularly, not just every now and then. This is important to keep the vinyl graphics clean.

I wrote an article on how to do that easily and quickly. And you can read that article here.

Then use a wax product that can help seal out the effects of the elements. And apply a UV inhibitor regularly to slow down the harmful effects of the sun.

So what is the best wax for RV decals then? I mentioned it in the article I just referenced. It’s call Meguiar’s Ultimate Fast Finish. And you can view it here.

Best wax for RV decals - Meguiar's Ultimate Fast Finish

This product will help protect your decals for many months. But I also recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant as a UV inhibitor too.

For me, the use of these two products together is the best wax for decals that you can get!

Conclusion

So this guide has covered both RV decals removal and RV decals replacement.

I’ve showed you how to remove your decals in various ways. Just choose the one that works best for you and your RV.

I’ve also shown you how to get RV decals replacements that look just like the factory ones.

And I also discussed how to get custom RV decals and unique RV decals as well.

And finally, you now know how to use the best wax for RV decals to make them last as long as possible.

Have safe and happy travels in your RV with beautiful stripes and graphics!

Used Class A RVs – The Top 3 Brands And Models

In this article I’ll be covering the top three used Class A RVs that I can recommend. Both the brands and models from the last 10 years or so.

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You know, you can really save a lot of money if you buy a used Class A RV. Because new Class A’s, I’m sure you will agree, can be very expensive to buy.

Especially if you’re going to be looking at diesel pushers. So you can save a lot of money by buying used instead.

Also, sometimes you can’t afford to get the luxuries that you want in a new Class A diesel pusher. But if you buy a few years older, you can. So it’s a great strategy to buy used in many cases.

But the question is, which brands made quality Class A motorhomes that you can find now on the used market?

Well lets go back 10 years for RV brands and models. And we’ll cover the top three brands that made not only diesel pushers but also gas powered motorhomes as well.

Watch my video on the top 3 brands of used Class A RVs

Used Class A RVs – My #1 Pick

So let’s start with number one on the list. And that is Newmar. Now Newmar has been building quality RV’s for more than 50 years now. And they have won numerous industry and consumer awards over that time.

So they’ve got this great stellar reputation for building quality motorhomes. And the good news is, they have a Class A for just about every price range.

So let’s start at the high end. And let’s suppose that you have some serious money that you can spend. And you want a used Newmar.

Well then, look on the high end for the King Aire, the Essex, and for the London Aire. These are incredible coaches! They’re rolling palaces. And you can’t go wrong with any one of these used higher end Newmars.

Newmar King Aire
Newmar King Aire

Now in the mid-range there is a model that has been iconic in the industry for years. And it’s the Dutch Star. Don’t miss this one!

Now you’ re going to see a lot of them out there. And there’s a good reason for that. There’s just a lot of very happy, satisfied owners.

But don’t forget that Newmar also makes the Mountain Aire and the Ventana. They are both in that mid-range diesel pusher category. And they are very good coaches as well.

Now let’s move on to the gassers. The gas-powered motorhomes from Newmar start with the Bay Star Sport.

That’s the lowest cost gasser that Newmar makes. But there’s also the Bay Star as well. Also, please don’t forget that Newmar put out the Canyon Star at times in a gas powered unit in the past.

They don’t do it now, but there were some years where you could buy Canyon Star’s with a gas powered engine. So those are all great choices.

Used Class A RVs – My #2 Picks

Now let’s move on to number two on our manufacturers list. And that is Tiffin. Tiffin’s been building quality motorhomes for 45 years.

They have an excellent reputation for build quality and for customer service. They’re just known for that.

Now Tiffin has been owned by the Tiffin family for many decades. But unfortunately at this point they no longer own the company outright. They sold the company to Thor a few years ago.

However, if you’re buying a used Tiffin made in the last 10 years, there’s a very good chance you’re going to get one that was made by the Tiffin family.

Tiffin’s Brands And Models To Consider

Now on the higher end of the Tiffin line up, there’s an iconic model there. It’s the Allegro Bus. And they are fantastic.

Tiffin Allegro Bus
Tiffin Allegro Bus

They are very solid with very good quality construction. And lots of features and amenities. So that’s a great place to start.

Don’t forget though, that Tiffin also made the Zephyr too. A lot of people don’t recognize that model as much as they do the Allegro Bus. But it’s a great choice in higher end coaches.

Now in the mid range, once again Tiffin makes a model that is so well recognized. And has lots of fans that rave about it. That’s the Phaeton.

If you visit any campground across the US, then you’re likely to see a Phaeton somewhere in it. Especially if it’s a good size campground. So the Phaeton has a lot of satisfied and happy supporters.

But in recent years, in the mid-range, Tiffin’s been making the Allegro Red series, or RED series too. You just choose the engine size that you want. And they can be very affordable in that mid-range.

Now let’s talk about the Tiffin gas powered motorhomes. Because they make one of the best gas powered motor homes that you’re going to find on the market.

Over the last 10 years, they’ve played around with the model name from year to year. But look for the Allegro. Just plain Allegro in many cases. Or Allegro Open Road.

If you find one of these models during the last 10 years that’s in good shape, well then you probably have a real find there.

Used Class A RVs – My #3 Pick

Now lets look at the third manufacturer on the list. And I would have to choose Winnebago for this spot. Winnebago’s been building motorhomes since 1966.

By the way, do you notice there is a trend going on here? I mean all three of these top manufacturers have been around for years. In fact, for decades.

And they have perfected their building processes. So that’s often why they’re so highly recommended. And they all get high marks from both dealers and customers.

Now Winnebago generally tended to put the emphasis on the mid-range and gas-powered motorhomes in their Class A lineup.

And there are a couple of used higher-end models you should consider. That is the Tour and the Grand Tour. And they’re both fine upper range coaches.

Winnebago Grand Tour
Winnebago Grand Tour

But in the mid-range they also offer you the Horizon, the Journey, and the Forza. All of them are excellent choices as well. And some of those name plates go back for years and years in the RV industry.

Now lets look at the gas powered lineup too. And there’s another iconic name there that goes back for decades as well. That’s the Adventurer.

But there’s also the Sightseer. And on the lower end there is the Vista and the Sunstar. All of them are very fine choices for gas powered used Class A RVs.

Well, those are the top three manufacturers of used Class A RVs. And a list of their models that I can recommend for consideration. Especially in the last decade or so.

Get More Quality Brands That You Should Consider

Now is that all of the used Class A’s that I can recommend for you? No, it’s not even close to being all of them. There’s many more that I can recommend to you as being quality coaches that you should consider.

But the ones I’ve given you today are a great place to start when shopping for a used Class A RV.

How to buy used Class A RVs the right way

Now I have also created a guidebook that will have a full list of all of my recommended used Class A RVs.

Both the brands and the models for consideration if you are shopping for used Class As. In fact, there are more than 100 models that I recommend in my guidebook.

You can find the guidebook in my online RV Book Store. Just click on this link to learn more about it.

The guide will help you:

  1. Know which used Class A motorhomes were built with the best quality materials and methods in the past 15 years.
  2. Rank the top quality manufacturers of the past 15 years in the Class A segment of the RV market in order
  3. Get the most important facts about each used Class A model including features and specifications.

And if you download my guidebook on used Class A RVs, there is an added benefit. And that is that I will personally be available to help with any questions you have.

It could be questions about the RVs themselves. Or it could be about the RV buying process.

But I will be happy to personally assist you in your search for a quality used Class A RV.

Conclusion

Now let me ask one final question of you. And that is, do you have any recommendations for used Class A motorhome brands and models? Ones that you feel are worthy of consideration?

Well then, please let me know what you think about that in the comments below.

Well, that’s it for now. Have safe and happy travels my friends!

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