Travel Trailer Comparison Guide

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Travel Trailer Buyers Guide

We rate over 95% RV manufacturers and popular models from 2008-2021

Our publication has been the #1 RV buyer’s resource for more than 20 years. We update our guide each year and provide in-depth ratings and reviews for RV manufacturers and popular models for travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers.

Whether you’re looking for a new or used RV, our consumer guide provides fair and balanced reviews and money saving buying tips. Our buying tips alone will save you thousands of dollars on any RV, new or used.

Who Builds the Best Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels or Toy Haulers for the Money?

This is a great question and on the minds of most RV buyers that are looking for a new or used towable. But, to answer that question there are some variables that will determine which travel trailer, fifth wheel or toy hauler is right for your travel needs.

  • How long do you plan to own your RV trailer?
  • Will you vacation in your travel trailer or fifth wheel for extended periods of time or use it just for weekend use?
  • How much are you wanting to spend?
  • Will you be traveling during the pleasant summer months, or do you see yourself as an extreme RV-er?

#1 MISTAKE MOST TRAVEL TRAILER BUYERS MAKE

rv dealerMost buyers start at the dealer level when shopping for a travel trailer, fifth wheel or toy hauler and fall in love with a particular floorplan. This is the wrong approach and usually leads to buyer’s remorse.

Not knowing which RV manufacturer builds top-quality units that will hold their resale value over time is a big mistake. Our Comparison Guide rates over 95% of RV manufacturers in North America.

We believe in starting at the manufacture level first and our strategy has proven to be correct. There is no other RV publication that we are aware of that has been as successful helping consumers purchase a RV for the last 20 years.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A WELL-BUILT TRAILER

cut away of rv camperAlmost all potential buyers want to know if the model they are looking to purchase, new or used is constructed well and will stand the test of time.

Developing a set of construction requirements that appropriately reflect a structurally sound fifth wheel or travel trailer is essential and helps remove any frustration when trying to understand the quality of a particular model, new or used.

An essential element for selecting any towable model is how well it is constructed. In our comparison guide, we cover fundamental aspects of construction:

  • Frames
  • Underbelly construction
  • Exterior wall construction
  • steel frame of rv trailerInsulation types
  • Plumbing & electrical
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Windows
  • Roofing materials & much more

HOW WE COLLECT OUR DATA FOR OUR PUBLICATION

RV research staff at rvreviews.netAs we carried out our research, we found that most RV salespeople didn’t know much regarding the overall construction methods of the products they were selling. This frustrated us and it made our staff look deeper into the industry to see how much those in management knew about construction methods. Interestingly, most in management were also to some extent tentative in conveying which construction techniques were best and what to look for in a quality-built trailer.

top quality travel trailerWe were beginning to think we would never complete the construction chapter of our book until we decided to get in touch with travel trailer plant managers to see if they could shed some light on the topic. To our surprise, many plant managers were delighted to talk with us and they had the technical expertise we were looking for. Much of their insight and feedback has gone into our book. We also receive valuable input from previous RV owners and those that have purchased our RV guides in the past.

Our research team frequently speaks with RV manufacturers and RV dealers around the country. More importantly, we also interview existing travel trailer, fifth wheel and toy hauler owners. This unbiased feedback is combined with the manufacturers’ own technical data, resulting in an easy-to-read and reference publication that has helped thousands of RV buyers for more than 20 years.

fifth wheel camper reviewsOur Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Guide includes a current factory article for each trailer manufacturer with helpful and interesting facts and insights you won’t find anywhere else. Each article sheds insight about buyouts, impending or past bankruptcies, lawsuits and notable events and product changes. We also, feature popular selling models per manufacturer with honest reviews. Each article contains valuable information in these key areas:

  • Company background and history
  • Principle target customer
  • List of best-selling models
  • Company’s main competitors
  • Average MSRP of best-selling trailers
  • Financial stability of company
  • Rating charts which show how each manufacturer is performing over multiple years. (These rating charts are very important and reveal if a particular manufacturer is trending, upward or downward in quality, customer satisfaction, factory support and overall resale value of models)
  • Objective comments from research staff

TRAILER MANUFACTURERS WE RATE IN OUR GUIDE

Manufacturer Manufacturer Manufacturer
Airstream Extreme Warrior Pacific Coachworks
August RV Forest River Palomino RV
Bigfoot Genesis Supreme Prime Time
Casita Grand Design Redwood RV
Chalet RV Gulf Stream RV Factory
Coachmen Heartland Starcraft RV
CrossRoads RV Highland Ridge Taylor Coach
Cruiser RV Jayco Inc. Thor Industries
DRV (Double Tree) Keystone RV Trail Manor
Dutchmen KZ RV Vanleight
Dynamax Lance Campers Venture RV
East to West Livin' Lite Weekend Warrior
Eclipse RV New Horizons RV Winnebago
Escape Northwood
Evergreen RV Outdoors RV

The Ultimate Travel Trailer Package

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The Ultimate Travel Trailer Package includes:

Ultimate travel trailer package1.Best-selling 2021 Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide.
2.Bonus Offers (E-Books): How to Buy an RV and Save, The Extended RV Warranty Guide, and The Top 100 Dealers.
3.A total of 3 (three) Travel Trailer Reviews. Use for any make or model of Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel or Toy Hauler (2000-Current). NOTE: Travel trailer reviews have no expiration date.

This amazing offer includes everything you will need to make an informed decision. Our best-selling RV Guide reveals which RV manufacturers consistently rate the highest in quality and customer support. Our time-tested buying tips can save you thousands when it’s time to buy. In addition, the Bonus Offer items will coach you to negotiate the best deal from any dealer. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, the 3 RV Reports included in the Ultimate Package will give you the dealer’s wholesale cost and average selling price. We provide RV reviews for all current travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers with easy to read and insightful 9-12 page reports e-mailed directly to you.

Wondering where to start?

We recommend reading the Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Guide first to narrow your search. After that, you’re ready for some fun: visiting RV dealerships. Prior to negotiation, make sure and read the Bonus Offer books and request your RV Reports for the specific model being considered. With the RV Report in hand you’ll have a good idea what the dealer paid for the unit and how much of a discount you should expect. At this point you will be fully informed and ready to recognize a good deal.  Remember, travel trailer reviews cover all manner of towables including fifth wheels and toy haulers.

This special offer includes our best-selling and newly updated Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Guide plus the popular Bonus Offers e-books. Each bonus offer is full of hard hitting facts you won’t find anywhere else. Save thousands of dollars with our proven buying tips, all in an easy-to-read format. Beyond the RV purchase itself, you’ll learn how to identify a reputable RV dealer and negotiate like a pro. The RV Extended Warranty Guide clearly explains where to buy a better extended warranty than your dealer offers -for up to 50% less.

Travel Trailer Reviews Order Info:

If you order the E-book version of the Ultimate Travel Trailer Package you will receive an email with instructions to access your Trailer Book, Bonus Offers & RV FORM within minutes of placing order. All printed book orders will receive instructions to access RV form and bonus offers when book arrives priority mail. To request your RV Report, simply fill out a RV FORM on our website and click “Submit”. We’ll take it from there and return your report via e-mail. Each report contains 8 pages of detailed ratings and wholesale and retail values for that particular model. All reports are sent as a pdf document, making saving or printing a breeze.

Our reviews feature a simple STAR RATING based on the data collected in the Comprehensive Rating Chart. A Five Star Rating is the highest rating an RV model can receive. E-Book orders are accessible via an e-mail that arrives within moments of placing your order. Printed book orders are shipped priority mail for FREE in U.S. Please allow 3-4 days for delivery.

Bonus offers are supplement resources (E-Books) that will help you save thousands when it is time to buy! Instructions to access your three bonus offers and request your reports will be sent with  your printed Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide. Save your bonus offers to your computer, iPad or Tablet for future reference or printing.

The amount you pay for this package will pay for itself 20-40 times over.

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Part One – Here is what is included in each RV report:

Each 8 to 10-page RV report starts out with a Factory Article about the manufacturer that builds the model you’re considering. Article is based on our interviews with each manufacturer over the last eight years, giving our customers some additional insight into the manufacturer and direction the company is heading. Each factory article contains:

  • Company history
  • Principle target customer
  • List of best-selling model
  • Company’s main competitors
  • Comments by research staff

factory-Individual RV Reports

Part Two – RV Reports Intended Use:

In this section of the report we focus on intended use. There are four main categories most RV models will fall into. They are: Weekend, Vacationer, Snowbird and Full-Time use.

Based on the standard options, overall quality, and data collected from various RV sources, we can accurately determine the overall intended use of a particular model.

If your intention is to use your RV to head south for the winter and spend 3-6 months a year in your unit, you will probably be dissatisfied with a poorly constructed model or a model that was intended for moderate use only.

RV report 1

Part Three – Comprehensive Rating Chart:

The manner in which a particular RV model performs in the areas of: Quality of Construction, Reliability, Payload, Drivability (motorhome only), Customer Satisfaction, Style & Resale Value will ultimately determine the overall satisfaction level of the unit.

When rating a particular model, our staff has spoken with RV owners, dealers and we attend various RV shows on a regular basis. We also receive feedback from people that have bought our reports in the past. All this information is collected and stored in our data base which allows us to accurately rate models based on over eight years of research.

RV Reviews chart

Part Four – Depreciation Chart:

This cart shows how a particular RV model depreciates over time and the RV dealer’s invoice for a new model or the true wholesale value for a used model. This information will help you decide if the model you’re looking at is a good investment and how a particular model will perform over time in regards to resale value. Having the dealer’s invoice or true wholesale value is very important and puts you in the driver’s seat when it is time to negotiate a price. This data has helped thousands of our customers over the years and we receive positive emails on a regular basis thanking us for this info. Each report also includes a STAR RATING showing what that particular RV model received based on the data collected in the Comprehensive Rating Chart. A Five Star Rating is the highest rating an RV model can receive.

RV Reviews chart 2

How can everybody build the best RV?

After you have visited a number of dealers it’s like a broken record. Everybody claims their brands are the best in the industry. How is that possible? It’s not. Consider this: as an independent research company we have no preference regarding your towable of choice, whereas your dealer is heavily biased. He (or she) is going to push the brand that makes them the most money -and you can’t really blame them. But your goal is not to line their pockets, it’s to buy the best unit at the best price. Our only goal for over ten years now has been to provide honest and informative data to our customers.

Our best-selling trailer guide cuts through the conflicting claims and sheds light on which manufacturers have high customer satisfaction ratings -as well as those that don’t. Poorly constructed travel trailers with slippery and misleading warranties are all too common in the RV industry and will cause headaches, frustration and costly expenses for the uninformed. After reading the newly revised and updated Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide, chances are you’ll know more about today’s towables (and their manufacturers) than the dealer you work with.

Order with confidence And Peace of mind

Photo of author Randall EatonWe have an A+ rating through the BBB and we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied with our product(s), simple return item for a full refund within 30-days. This includes printed books & E-books. We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.

Happy Travels,

Author Randall Eaton