Millions of people enjoy spending time in an RV at some time during the year. For some, the experience means heading to the desert for the weekend with an ATV in the toy hauler; for others, it means setting up a luxury motor home at a lakeside resort for the summer.
There are plenty of RV types, models and manufacturers out there, and every seasoned RV fan will have an opinion about which is the best. The following list, in alphabetical order, identifies 10 which receive good reviews, based on consumer surveys at RV-Coach Online. This site ranks RV companies for Overall Quality, Overall Value, and Recommend to Others with from one to five stars in each category.
Airstream, Inc. manufactures travel trailers that are easily recognized by their rounded aluminum exterior. Airstream started building high-end, comfortable and luxurious travel trailers nearly 80 years ago, and they remain popular today. Owners point to the interior and exterior appearance of the units as strong points.
Arctic Fox by Northwood Manufacturing
Arctic Fox, built by Northwood Manufacturing, gets good marks at RV-Coaches.com in nearly every category listed on the survey, from interior and exterior design to handling on the road to overall value. The company makes travel trailers, fifth wheels and cab-over campers that fit in a pickup bed.
Cardinal by Forest River
RVers appreciate the comfort and stylish interior of Cardinal travel trailers and fifth wheels, manufactured by Forest River, a Berkshire Hathaway company. The units are available with two, three or four slide-outs. The bunkhouse model includes a separate rear bedroom with twin bunk beds.
Fleetwood RV builds motorhomes, including the familiar, mid-range diesel Bounder and top-of-the-line gas engine Pace Arrow, as well as the smaller, Class C Tioga. While they don't get rave reviews, they do earn a pretty steady four stars on a scale of one to five (five being best) for comfort, appearance and quality at RV-Coach.com.
Newell Coach gets very high marks for comfort and overall quality. Owners pay a premium price, in some cases, over $1 million, for the custom design and luxury built into each coach. Each numbered coach reflects the tastes and preferences of its owner. From the optional Murphy bed to the Sub-Zero refrigerator, RVing doesn't get any more elegant than this.
Newmar Corporation builds a variety of fifth wheel coaches and toy haulers, as well as motorhomes. Models and prices range from the affordable Cypress fifth wheel to the Class A, diesel King Aire motorhome. Owners at RV-Coach.com like the comfort and appearance, inside and out (although they suggest there is a cost to maintain the units). The company is proud of their Amish craftsmanship and updated floor plans.
Tiffin Motorhomes is a family-run business that manufactures the popular Class A Allegro, mid-range Phaeton and high-end Zephyr motorhome models. Owners who completed the survey at RV-Coach.com say their coaches perform well on the road and deliver good overall quality.
Winnebago Industries sold its first motorhome in 1966 and they continue to produce Winnebago and Itasca models today. Owners at RV-Coach.com rate the coaches' overall quality and value as above average, although they do report challenges with reliability.