Motorhome Comparison Guide

The newly updated 2020 Motorhome Review covers all the top Class A, B, B+, C and Super C manufacturers in North America

Loaded with proven tips and tricks to save you money, 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 (and easy-to-reference) style, each manufacturer is reviewed alphabetically with their own article. Topics include known defects, build quality, pros and cons, owner feedback and lots of interesting facts and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

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 and our longstanding Mission Statement is to 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 and product changes 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 fifteen years and thousands of conversations with motorhome owners, we’ve determined there are two main reasons for the overwhelming buyer remorse in the RV industry.

  1. The RV buyer is focusing on the wrong features to make their decision.
  2. The RV buyer is receiving input from a biased source –the RV dealer.

The modern 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  Other classes (typically B, C) have exploded in popularity and the latest technology today can be outdated tomorrow.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 -and both have their pros and cons. The Motorhome Comparison Guide discusses all of this and more –while helping readers determine which features they will 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 questions and make suggestions, but never forget, their goal in this relationship is the exact opposite of yours. You want the best motorhome for you at the best price, and 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 who suddenly realizes that the customer not only knows more than you, but is also asking probing questions about defective slide-outs or problematic EGR systems on this model of 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"

An extremely popular selling tactic in the RV industry involves “FOMO” (texting shorthand for Fear Of Missing Out). Anyone who has spent any time at an RV Show knows about the “Special Show Price” (15% off this weekend only!) that spurs so many buyers to make a rash and soon regretted decision. 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, 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 confidently negotiate and buy a motorhome at the best price is only half the battle, though. Let’s not forget about the actual motorhome itself. At the dealership or at an RV show, they all look great. With everything sheathed in shiny new paint and attractive fabrics and leathers, most buyers focus on floor plan layouts and superficial features. It’s all they know. This is a key ingredient of the Buyer Remorse Recipe.

Buying a motorhome is a unique event for most people and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most RV buyers have no idea how to prudently 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), and maybe 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. Not only will you know what to look for –and what to avoid- 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. Each class is discussed in 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 also conveniently 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.
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As we’ve already discussed, over the years we’ve learned that most RV salespeople either don’t know much about the build quality and construction methods of the motorhomes they’re selling, or they only share the information they want you to know. We’ve always believed that it’s the information they’re not telling their customers that is exactly the type of information customers want -and need- to know. That’s where we come in.

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.
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The More You Know, The More you Save

Combining almost fifteen 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. You will learn how RV manufacturers compare to each other in the areas of:

  • Quality
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Factory support
  • Resale value
  • Price
I just purchased the Motorhome Comparison Guide, and I am very – very impressed. I am getting ready to purchase my 3rd motorhome and found the information insightful, considering I am an experienced motorhome enthusiast. I would recommend your book to anyone considering a motorhome. your rating charts were concise and easy to understand. i also plan to put into practice3 your RV buying tips. A Great Resource!
Jim Jenson, Texas

Motorhome Companies Featured in Our Publication

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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 and, perhaps most importantly, lots of existing owners. Our research team also collects data from various RV organizations and we compile all this into our easy-to-read publications.

The Motorhome Comparison Guide includes a current factory article for each manufacturer with helpful and interesting facts and insight you won’t find anywhere else, including buyouts, impending or past bankruptcies, lawsuits and notable events and product changes. 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

Manufacturers Manufacturers Manufacturers
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
Dutchmen RV LifeStyle TrailManor
Dynamax Livin' Life Travel Lite
Earthbound New Horizons RV Travel Supreme
Eclipse RV Newmar Triple E RV
Escape Northwood Weekend Warrior
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

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No segment of the motorhome industry has grown as quickly as the Class B in recent years. Long considered a quirky sibling of the big Class A, best suited to fishermen and solo travelers, today’s Class B has evolved in to a legitimate player. No longer a stock truck with some cabinets and bunk tossed in, 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, and beds that are actually comfortable and roomy. Some models even have slide-outs now. Impressively, despite all the new features, the average curb weight of Class B coaches has actually gone down in recent years, thanks to lighter but stronger materials and clever engineering.

Unfortunately, all of this new technology comes at a price, and we’ve seen the average price of the Class B creep up in recent years, especially those with diesel power. It’s not unheard of for a fully loaded diesel Class B to sell in the same price range as a much larger -and gas powered- Class A.

RVReviews.net didn’t start researching this segment until a few years ago, we now have more feedback data on Class B coaches than any other single source in North America. Please note that while Class B & B+ coaches are now included in the Motorhome Comparison Guide, our ratings and discussion cover the years 2010-Current. Our Class A and C manufacturer ratings go back further, to 2006.

With over 20 different Class B manufacturers rated we believe this addition is a great resource for anyone considering this increasingly popular segment. We remain committed to bringing our readers the most accurate and up-to-date ratings and feedback in the RV industry via our constant updates.

Buying a Motorhome with Confidence & Peace of Mind

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 manufacturer builds the best models“. After you have visited a number of 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, and our guide will show you which companies are consistently producing the best models -as well as giving you a head’s up about potential problem years. 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 – 2020

Rating: Class A, C, B & B+ Manufacturers

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This offer includes our newly updated “Motorhome Comparison Guide”, the industry’s most trusted RV buying resource for over ten years. Why is that? RV Reviews remains a truly independent research company providing factory ratings with fair and balanced reviews. Our customers appreciate that our recommendations and warnings are without bias or outside influence. We have no ties or obligations to any RV manufacturer, dealer or industry group and accept no kickbacks, monies or any other financial consideration that may affect our ratings. Get straight answers to your questions and learn what is really is going on in the RV industry. Learn which manufacturers build the best quality products at affordable prices -and which to avoid.

Buying a Motorhome with Confidence & Peace of Mind

motorhome comparison guide printed versionIf 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 manufacturer builds the best models“. After you have visited a number of 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, and our guide will show you which companies are consistently producing the best models -as well as giving you a head’s up about potential problem years. If you’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars for an RV it makes sense to educate yourself about the industry.

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