The newly updated 2021 Motorhome Review covers all the top Class A, B, B+, C and Super C manufacturers in North America
The best-selling Motorhome Comparison Guide has helped thousands of RV buyers find the best motorhome for them –at the best price.
Written in an easy-to-read style, each manufacturer is reviewed alphabetically with their own article. Topics include known defects, build quality and owner feedback. Beyond that, there’s lots of useful buying tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else.
Motorhome reviews aren’t all good news.
The Motorhome Comparison Guide doesn’t shy away from bad news or warnings, either. As an independent research company, RVReviews.net is under no obligation to any RV manufacturer, dealer or interest group to provide a biased portrayal.
Our only obligation is to our readers. We provide the sort of information we would want to know if we were buying a motorhome. Buyouts, impending or past bankruptcies, lawsuits and notable events are all included
The best Motorhome for you: Buy right the first time.
A recent poll showed that the majority of current motorhome owners feel they purchased the wrong motorhome for their needs and/or paid too much. After researching motorhomes for twenty years, we’ve determined there are two main reasons for the overwhelming buyer remorse in the RV industry.
- The RV buyer is focusing on the wrong features to make their decision.
- The RV buyer is receiving input from a biased source –the RV dealer.
Today’s motorhome is a far cry from the traditional Class A “toaster-on-wheels” that dominated the market for decades. Other classes (typically B, C) have exploded in popularity and the latest technology today can be outdated tomorrow.
Additionally, modern materials now compete with traditional stick-built (wood framed) construction. (You’ll be surprised to read what we have to say about traditional RV construction.) The Motorhome Comparison Guide discusses all of this. Readers will learn which features they want, as well as those not worth the expense. A critical part of paying less for a motorhome, is not paying for stuff you don’t need.
Your RV dealer: the more you know, the more you save.
There’s no denying that your RV dealer provides a valuable service. They bring in motorhomes from a range of manufacturers across the country and let you poke around, opening and closing this, and twiddling that. They’re happy to answer (some) questions and make suggestions. Keep in mind, though, their goal in this relationship is the opposite of yours.
You want the best motorhome for you at the best price. Right? In contrast, they want to steer you toward the motorhome that will provide the biggest commission for them. That’s their job, and their incentive is a larger commission.
On top of that, many, many of our readers have told us over the years that they were surprised how uninformed their salesperson was about many key components and features. For the readers of the Motorhome Comparison Guide, this can be a significant advantage.
How would you like to be the salesperson being asked specific questions about defective slide-outs or problematic EGR systems with this diesel engine? How about when this suspiciously informed customer dismisses your suggestion that they buy this motorhome today because the sale price ends on Monday?
Don’t fall for "FOMO"
A popular selling tactic in the RV industry involves “FOMO” (Fear Of Missing Out). Anyone who has spent any time at an RV Show knows about the “Special Show Price”. Unfortunately, many buyers leap at these sales. FOMO not only sells a lot of motorhomes, it is also a major source of buyer remorse.
We can all relate to the fear of missing out on the deal of a lifetime, right? but more often than not, FOMO is a sales tactic and nothing else. An uninformed buyer doesn’t want to miss out on this incredible deal, so they pull out their checkbook.
But what if you’d done some research and read the Motorhome Comparison Guide? What if you could defuse the FOMO tactic with a single cutting response? “15% off, huh? The typical discount for this model is 23% and your competitor has this exact model advertised for 20% off right now.”
If properly employed, these tips alone can save you thousands of dollars –and help you avoid buyer remorse. But these tips are the tip of the iceberg of proven strategies and tactics that are all discussed in more detail in the newly updated Motorhome Comparison Guide. And when we say “proven”, we really mean it. Our buying tips and tricks have been employed (and tweaked) by thousands of previous readers, and we constantly revise and update our books based on their feedback. What worked for them, can work for you.
And now for the fun part...
Learning how to buy a motorhome at the best price is only half the battle, though. Let’s not forget about the actual motorhome itself. At the RV show they all look great. They all have glossy new paint and attractive fabrics and leathers. As a result, many buyers focus on floor plans and gadgets. It’s all they know. Unfortunately, this is a key ingredient of the Buyer Remorse Recipe.
Buying a motorhome is a major purchase. There’s way around it. and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most RV buyers have no idea how to evaluate the motorhome standing in front of them. They do try, though. They poke around, open and close some cupboards, take a look at the engine (almost completely covered in plastic panels these days). Maybe they crawl underneath to see what lurks beneath (chances are, more plastic panels).
To the casual observer, this buyer is putting on a show of soberly assessing the bewildering array of buttons, switches, slide-outs, furniture, appliances, beds, sinks, toilets, windows, walls and storage compartments. There’s also a complicated septic system (with holding tank, waste valves and pump out) that frankly looks like trouble. Beneath the veneer of concentration, a single question races: “What the heck am I supposed to be looking for?!”
What to Look for in a Well-Built Motorhome
The Motorhome Comparison Guide breaks down the modern motorhome with an easy-to-read tutorial on each component or system you need to know about.
A sample of the topics include:
- Chassis & frame: The pros and cons of the three types.
- Engine: Gas or Diesel? One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make.
- Exterior wall construction: Wood vs. Welded cage and a discussion about the various exterior materials. Paint choices and why you should avoid some protectants.
- Insulation: Block, foam or fiberglass. And the importance of R-values.
- Plumbing & electrical: LED lighting vs. incandescent and avoiding the high cost of outdated technology.
- Kitchen cabinets: Wood framed vs. particle board –and when it doesn’t matter.
- Windows: Single pane vs double pane. When to pay extra for double-pane. Frameless windows vs. traditional.
- Roofing: All roofs are not created equal. Comparing the four materials you’ll encounter.
- And much, much more.
How much more comfortable would you be assessing a motorhome after reading all of that? Much more, we think. You’ll know what to look for, and what to avoid. In addition, you’ll also know which questions to ask.
All our topics are written with input from previous readers -and current motorhome owners. The Comparison Guide combines everything today’s RV buyer needs to know in one easy-to-reference book. Many readers take their book with them when visiting RV shows or dealers, flipping to the various subjects as they encounter them.
The ABCs of Motorhome Classes
Today’s motorhomes come in a range of sizes and styles, and are organized into classes: A, B, and C. Adding to the confusion, there are also now sub-classes (i.e. B+, C+, and Super C). Knowing which class of motorhome is best for your needs -and why- will greatly simplify your search.
The Motorhome Comparison Guide explains the pros and cons of all the classes you’ll encounter and will help you decide which one is for you. Secondly, each class has its own chapter and the included charts rate each RV manufacturer against their peers.
For example, the Class B rating chart lists all Class B manufacturers. But it also breaks them down into three price points: Entry Level, Above Average, and Premium. Each price point is further broken down from best-to-worst in class based on feedback from thousands of current and former owners.
As we’ve mentioned, over the years we’ve learned that most RV salespeople either don’t know much about the build quality of the motorhomes they’re selling, or they only share the information they want you to know. Wouldn’t you like to know the information they don’t want to discuss? That’s where we come in.
We don’t work for the RV industry. We work for you.
As an independent research company, our only goal is to provide unbiased and fair RV reviews for the buying public. With no financial affiliation with any manufacturer or industry group, we are free to provide the sort of information we would want to know if we were buying an RV.
Many readers have told us over the years that after reading the Motorhome Comparison Guide (as well as our other buying guides), they found that they knew more about the motorhomes they were looking at than the salesperson that was helping them. Not only does this put you at an advantage in your purchase negotiation, but it also makes it difficult for a salesperson to make false or misleading claims that may sway a less informed buyer.
The More You Know, The More you Save
Combining 20+ years of data and owner feedback, the Motorhome Comparison Guide will put the information you need at your fingertips. The easy-to-read Guide covers every part of a motorhome and teaches you how to assess build-quality like a pro. Further, once you understand how a motorhome is built, you’ll be able to spot sloppy workmanship or cheap components at a glance. In addition, you’ll learn how RV builders compare to each other.
What makes a happy camper?
- Customer satisfaction
- Factory support
- Resale value
Motorhome Companies Featured in Our Publication
The newly updated “Motorhome Comparison Guide” now rates over 96% of all RV Manufacturers in North America. Our research team interviews each factory every year, as well as RV dealers around the country. We also get feedback from lots of existing owners. Our research team also collects data from various RV organizations and we compile all this into our easy-to-read books.
The Motorhome Comparison Guide includes a current factory article for each builder with helpful trivia you won’t find anywhere else. For example, you’ll learn about impending or past bankruptcies. Further, you’ll learn who is battling a lawsuit you might want to know about. For instance, we’ll discuss which diesel engine is so bad it is battling numerous lawsuits -filed by RV owners.
Our goal is to provide a brief description or, “Snap Shot” of each RV company based on interviews and research collected over the years. This gives our readers helpful insight into how each company got its start and the main focus or direction the company is heading.
Each article contains 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 motorhomes
- Financial stability of company
- Multi-year rating charts showing how each manufacturer is trending compared to their peers.s
- Objective comments from research staff
List of Motorhome Manufacturers Rated
|Air Stream||Forest River||Pacific Coast Works|
|Alfa-Leisure||Glendale RV||Palomino RV|
|Ameri-camp||Grand Design||Peterson Industries|
|Bigfoot||Gulf Stream||Pilgrim International|
|Carriage Inc||Heartland RV||Prime Time|
|Casita||Highland Ridge||Redwood RV|
|Chalet RV||Holiday Rambler||R-Vision|
|Cikira RV||Jayco Inc||Skyline Corp|
|Coachmen||Keystone RV||Starcraft RV|
|Crossroads RV||Comfort RV||Sunnybrook RV|
|Cruiser RV||K-Z RV||Teton Homes|
|DRV (Double Tree)||Lance Campers||Thor Industries|
|Dynamax||Livin' Life||Travel Lite|
|Earthbound||New Horizons RV||Travel Supreme|
|Eclipse RV||Newmar||Triple E RV|
|EverGreen RV||NuWa Industries||Western RV|
|Extreme Warrior||Open Range RV||Winnebago|
|Fleetwood RV||Outdoors RV||Yellowstone RV|
Class B & B+ Motorhomes – A New Addition to our Guide
No segment of the motorhome industry has grown as quickly as the Class B in recent years. Long popular with fishermen and solo travelers, today’s Class B appeals to a wide range of RVers.
A Class B is no longer a stock truck chassis with some cabinets and a bunk tossed on. In fact, today’s Class B has all the bells and whistles you could want. Leather seating, solid surface countertops, generators, advanced solar panel systems, HDTV and entertainment packages are common. Even the beds are comfortable. Some models have slide-outs now.
Impressively, the average curb weight of Class B coaches has gone down in recent years, thanks to lighter but stronger materials and clever engineering.
Unfortunately, all of this new technology comes at a price. We’ve seen the price of the Class B creep up in recent years. In fact, it’s not unheard of for a fully loaded Class B to sell in the same price range as a much larger Class A.
Today’s Class B is a new RV in every way.
RVReviews.net now has more owner feedback on Class B coaches than any other single source in North America. In fact, we add new feedback to our data constantly.
With over 20 different Class B builders rated, we believe this addition is a great resource for anyone considering a Class B or B+. We provide our readers the most accurate and up-to-date ratings and feedback in the RV industry.
Buying a Motorhome with Confidence & Peace of Mind
Are you suffering from RV overload?
If you have never attended a large RV show or visited a mega RV dealer you are in for a big surprise. The first thing you’ll notice right off is, “There are so many choices, where do I begin?” Did you know this is the number one reason why people put off buying a motor home? They are overwhelmed with all the choices and become frustrated. Don’t let this happen to you!
The second biggest reason people decide not to buy an RV is that they don’t know who they can trust. It’s not uncommon to hear your RV salesperson say something like, “This company builds the best RVs“. After you have visited several dealers it’s like a broken record. Everybody thinks their brands are the best in the industry. We have found there is a BIG difference, though. Our guide will show you which companies are building the best models -and why. If you’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars for an RV, it makes sense to educate yourself about the industry.
Best-Selling Motorhome Comparison Guide
2006 – 2021
Rating: Class A, C, B & B+ Manufacturers
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Our readers appreciate that our reviews are without bias or outside influence. In fact, we have no ties to any RV builder or dealer. Further, we accept no kickbacks or money that may affect our ratings. Ever.
Get straight answers to your questions and learn what is really is going on in the RV industry. Discover which builders focus on quality -and which to avoid.
Buying a Motorhome with Confidence & Peace of Mind
If you have never attended a large RV show, you are in for a big surprise. To put it mildly, the range of choices is overwhelming. In fact, after ten minutes they all start to look the same. RVReviews.net can help you separate the winners from the dogs.
Secondly, another hurdle for today’s RV buyer is knowing who they can trust. Every RV salesperson says “This manufacturer builds the best models”. Visit a few dealers and it’s like a broken record. Not surprisingly, everybody says their RV is the best. Needless to say, this is nonsense. Our guide will show you which builders are worth a second look. In our opinion, if you’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars for an RV, it makes sense to educate yourself about the industry.