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.

Watch my video on flat towing vehicles by clicking here

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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…..

Silver Springs State Park And Campground – Our Review

The Silver Springs State Park and Campground is located near the beautiful township of Silver Springs. And it is only about 7-8 miles away from Ocala, FL.

The physical address of Silver Springs State Park is 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs, FL. This is the main entrance of the Park itself where the attraction is.

About a mile away is where the campground entrance is located though. The actual address of the campground is 1425 NE 58th Ave. in Ocala, FL.

There is also an Equestrian entrance that you can look up online, if you need that information.

Silver Springs State Park Campground

Not enough can be said about this beautiful campground which is located in a gorgeous area of Florida. It is an area that is not quite as congested as many other areas of Florida to visit.

It is reminiscent of what we lovingly refer to as “Old Florida”. Meaning that it is where the landscape is not altered to look so groomed and pristine. It has a very natural look.

And there is wildlife galore. Also, fantastic hiking trails are located all through this region. Not just hiking, but bicycle, canoe and kayak trails to explore too.

Within about 45 minutes, there are many other places to explore that are part of the Florida state park system.

There are several bubbling springs with gallons and gallons of fresh water coming up through the aquifer. And usually they allow non or electric powered boating in these areas.

There is also swimming in water that remains a constant temperature all year round. These are great places to visit, particularly on a warm day. But enough about the area for now.

Silver Springs State Park Campground Features

The campground, what can you expect? Well, this is a very nice state park campground. But there are only about 59 sites though.

Click here for a campground map of Silver Springs State Park

They have recently upgraded all their electric to include 50 amp as well as 30 amp at all the RV sites. And as with many state parks, there are very few sites with sewer.

In fact this park has more than most state parks with 13 sites with sewer connections. But that really is not a problem. Why?

Because they have a double dump station to take care of that part of your camping needs. Which works well if you are not able to reserve a site with a sewer hookup.

The sites themselves have plenty of room in them and plenty of space between them. Most are deep enough to hold a larger rig and remain pretty level for the most part.

You definitely have a feeling of privacy when camping in these spots. How are the access roads though?

Well, to get to the campground itself is right off a main route in Forida called State Route 40. And the road leading from the ranger station to the campground itself is paved and well taken care of.

The roads in the campground are not paved all the way through. But they are well packed and very easy to navigate, even for large RV’s.

Silver Springs State Park Amenities

How about park amenities? The bath houses are very clean and well kept up. They even offer a washer/dryer if you are in need of those.

Campground WI-FI is not offered, probably because of the close proximity to Ocala. But there seems to be no issue with cell service from the major cell carriers.

So, you should be able to have easy connectivity through your phone or hot spot.

They also have a nice little playground for the kids if you have a family. And right from the campground itself you can go right onto quite a few hiking trails.

But what is really nice is that when you stay in this campground, you have free admission to Silver Springs itself.

Access To Silver Springs

This is an area with beautiful gardens to walk through. And it is home to the famous glass bottom boats (which are an additional cost, of course).

There is much information about the history of Silver Springs itself to enjoy. And there is an eating establishment on site and activities for the kids too.

They keep the area immaculate and it is such a peaceful place to walk through. Or you can just sit on the huge deck in rocking chairs and reflect.

Also, you can either bring your own or rent canoes and kayaks to navigate down the Silver River. It is crystal clear and you can see the bottom with all the fish and turtles swimming beside you as you go.

There are beautiful river banks with even some monkeys that live there. They are holdovers from when they had a wildlife zoo as part of the Silver Springs attraction.

So as you can see, this campground is unique and does offer a lot.

Silver Springs State Park – Surrounding Area

As was mentioned at the the beginning of the article, the area is within about 45 minutes or so of many other springs and parks to visit.

Many of them are free to access. And if you have not seen an area like this before, it is so interesting and beautiful.

If you choose to go a little further to the west for a day, there are other great places to see. Like Homossasa Springs or Weeki Wachee. And they are known for the manatees in their waters.

How far away from civilization are you at this campground? Not far at all. Silver Springs township is only about 1 mile away.

It offers restaurants and grocery stores. But Ocala itself is only about 6-8 miles away.

And there is a Walmart on Route 40 on the way to Ocala along with Harbor Freight and Home Depot. Ocala offers anything you want as far as groceries and restaurants.

Just so you know, Ocala is one of the RV strongholds in Florida. Although not as many RV’s as perhaps the Tampa area. But it has many RV dealers and repair shops.

So if any issues happen with your RV, you should be able to get it taken care of there.

So how far is this campground from some of the bigger cities that we hear of in Florida? Well, Orlando area is about 85 miles away or about 1 1/2 hours.

And Tampa is about 100 miles away or almost 2 hours. Just far enough away to enjoy the quiet of the real “Florida” at Silver Springs.

Our Conclusion

So, with all this information do you have any idea on how we would rate this campground? Definitely the area would be a big 5 stars. And the campground we would rate as 4.5 stars.

We would consider it a 5 star campground, but for two reasons we would rate it a bit lower. First, because it is so loved, it is sometimes difficult to get reservations. So booking out quite a bit in advance is usually necessary.

Secondly, many RVers like amenities such as pools, and other activities such as that. So since they do not offer those things, we will lower it to the 4.5 star rating.

Would we visit here again? In a hot second!!!! We have been here before three times, and would definitely go back again!

Thank you Silver Springs for a beautiful park and well kept campground!!!!

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