10 Best RV Manufacturers

10 Best RV Manufacturers
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

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 at RV-Coach.com point to the interior and exterior appearance of the units as strong points.

Airstream, Inc.
419 West Pike St.
Jackson Center, OH 45334
877-596-6111
airstream.com/index.html

Alfa

For many years, Alfa Leisure manufactured popular motorhomes and fifth wheel trailers. They get high marks at RV-Coach.com for the interior design and comfort of their RVs. Although the company closed in 2008, the units are still available for purchase through dealers and private parties.

Find a dealer at alfarvsource.com.

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.

Northwood Manufacturing
59948 Downs Rd.
La Grande, OR 97850
800-766-6274
northwoodmfg.com/arctic/

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.

Find a Cardinal dealer:
http://www.forestriverinc.com

Fleetwood

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.

fleetwoodrv.com

Find a dealer at fleetwoodrv.com/locate/

Newell Coach

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.

newellcoach.com/flash.html

Newmar

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.

Newmar Corporation
355 N. Delaware St.
Nappanee, IN 46550
newmarcorp.com

Nu Wa

Nu Wa Industries manufactures the very popular, four-season Hitchhiker fifth wheel coaches. In 2010, the company put in place a new marketing and sales model designed to take the stress and uncertainty out of the purchase process. Customers are invited to buy factory-direct, and owners applaud the manufacturer and dealer support they receive.

Nu Wa Industries
3701 Johnson Rd.
Chanute, KS 66720
800-835-0676
nuwa.com

Tiffin Motorhomes

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes
105 2nd St. NW
Red Bay, AL 35582
(256) 356-8661
tiffinmotorhomes.com/index.php

Winnebago

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.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.
605 W. Crystal Lake Rd.
Forest City, IA 50436
(641) 585-3535
winnebagoind.com

 

Article Written By Colleen Morrison

Colleen Morrison has been writing professionally for two decades. She holds an M.A. from the University of Wyoming and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University. She ghostwrites articles, blogs and Web content for her clients. Articles under her name appear at M&M, eHow, Golflink and other sites.

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