There are many different brands of RVs; some manufacturers specialize in one type of RV, such as trailers, while others produce both trailers and motorhomes. The sad truth is, many recreational vehicles are not built to last. The critical things to look at when searching for an RV is the way it’s constructed, and the warranty. As with anything, you get what you pay for when buying a recreational vehicle.
The Four Top-Rated RV Manufacturers
Tiffin produces high-quality Class A and Class C motorhomes; you get what you pay for, Tiffin motorhomes range in price from$215,000 to more than $330,000. They use only the highest quality materials and the best manufacturing techniques. Best of all, their warranty guarantees 10 years on the frame construction, five years coverage for wall separation and fiberglass delamination, 12,000 miles or one year of comprehensive coverage, and one year of free 24/7 roadside assistance. Likewise, you’ll get owner support for as long as you own your Tiffin motorhome.
Airstream trailers are iconic and legendary, instantly recognizable from their all-aluminum construction. Airstream uses only the finest construction materials, from the aluminum exterior to the beautiful hardwoods and leather used inside. While a typical travel trailer takes 50 hours to build, an Airstream trailer takes a full 350 hours to build. In addition to their classic travel trailers, Airstream now manufactures Class B vans on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. Of course, this quality doesn’t come cheap; the trailers range in price from $37,000 for the tiny Basecamp model, to $153,000 for the 30 foot plus Classic model. Their Class B vans range in price from $160,000 to more than $235,000. Airstream offers a bumper-to-bumper 3-year warranty that’s transferable to a second owner.
Winnebago produces a wide range of RV types, everything from Class A gas and diesel motorhomes, to Class C motorhomes and Class B vans to travel trailers and 5th wheel trailers. There are many styles and floor plans, as well as prices; their trailers are moderately priced, starting at around $21,000, while their motorhomes are somewhat expensive, starting at $83,000 for a Class B van, up to more than $250,000 for a Class A diesel motorhome. They have been around since 1958, and are known for their innovative and comfortable design and every unit is built to Winnebago’s high construction standards.
Jayco builds travel trailers, 5th Wheels, and Class A and Class C motorhomes. The great thing about Jayco is they specialize in “four-season” RVs. This means you can live comfortably in any weather. Jayco’s Climate Shield system protects their RVs from temperature extremes ranging from 0 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Jayco is known for quality and their limited warranty covers you for 2 years, and a structural warranty of 3 years, which is twice as long as the industry standard. Likewise, Jayco uses quality materials and strives to utilize ecological and sustainable materials and building techniques.
While there are many different RV manufacturers, it pays to seek out the highest quality recreational vehicle you can afford. That way, it will last you many happy years.