Best RV: What is the best RV for the money?

Last updated on February 26th, 2022 at 03:48 pm. Originally published on June 12th, 2020

RVing is a wonderful way to spend time with family and loved ones on a vacation! You not only get the time you spend at your destination, but you’re also bound to have adventures on your way to and from that point as well. RVs encourage you to spend time outdoors, exploring the sights and natural wonders across the country.

But how do you know which RV to get? What’s the best affordable RV? That will depend on how you plan to travel and who you plan to travel with.

What is the best RV for the money?

You’ll want to figure out a few things before you start researching the best RV. Will it be used mostly on weekends, or do you plan to take longer trips or even live in it for a while? How many people will you be traveling with? Will there be pets? Will you be adventuring on dirt roads and bumpy tracks or will you mostly take to the highway?

There are different classes of RVs, depending on the size and type of camper you’re using. You can find a breakdown of each class and who they suit best by reading our handy guide here.

The Best Class A RV for the Money

Class A RVs are the large bus-style motorhomes that can sleep eight to ten people, and sometimes even more. Because they’re so big, they can be great for long road trips, or for living in for months at a time.

Here are three of the best Class A motorhomes for the money.

  • The Newmar Dutch Star is a luxurious RV that allows you to pick your decor and customize your rig in a variety of ways. There are thirteen different floor plans that vary from 37 – 43 feet long. One of those plans includes a bath and a half, a king-sized bed, and a 35-in radius shower. You can opt for a washer and dryer as well. Three slide-outs mean you’ll have plenty of elbow room, and it has a kitchen and living space with a dinette and two sofas.
  • The Forest River George Town is rated one of the best small Class A RVs out there. It has double slide-outs, a bath, a dual sink, a fridge, and even a fireplace. It has a king-sized bed, a sofa that reclines, and an optional overhead bunk to fit more sleepers.
  • The Tiffin Phaeton can sleep up to seven people and has a seven-foot ceiling and 45-foot long floor. The kitchen has a microwave and a 3-burner cooktop with a convection oven, and an optional dishwasher. You can also choose to have a king-sized bed in the master bedroom.

If you want to rent a Class A RV before you buy (always a good idea to try them out beforehand!) RVshare has a variety of models across the country. Find one here.

The Best Class B RV for the Money

Class B RVs are one of the smaller classes and can be known as sleeper vans or campervans. They’re easier to drive and able to get more places, but won’t be as large as a Class A. They’re great for outdoor adventurers who like to camp off the beaten path, and because they’re so much smaller, they come at a much lower price point. A Class B RV can also be the best RV for a single person who doesn’t need much extra space.

Here are some of the best small RVs for the money:

  • The Coachmen Galleria tops several lists and gets good marks for a clean running turbo-diesel engine that gets great gas mileage. It sleeps two, but the roomy interior can fit more people for daytime trips, and the roomy kitchen and seating area means you could accommodate a group where some people tent camp and some sleep inside – but everyone gets to cook and eat indoors if the weather turns bad. You can also opt for the Polar Package which allows you to camp year-round in any kind of weather.
  • The Pleasure-Way Plateau has two dining spots – at the front and the back of the van. It features a power sofa that becomes a bed, pantry-style cabinets, and captain’s chairs that swivel to form a work area. It also has an indoor/outdoor shower, USB charging ports, and a thermostat.
  • The Winnebago Revel Class B RV is another popular pick for best-of lists. Reviewers agree there’s a reason Winnebagos are so popular – they’ve been around for years and they’ve had time to hone their craft well. The Revel Class is listed as one of the best small RVs and comes with a full-sized power lift bed that lifts up for extra room during the day, and can fit three sleepers.

To try out a Class B RV and rent before you buy, check RVshare and try it out on the road.

The Best Class C RV for the Money

Class C campers take a little of the Class A motorhome living, and a little of the Class B maneuverability and give you a happy medium. Class C RVs are built onto a truck chassis so they’re smaller, but still with a dedicated RV living area.

Here are some of the best small RVs for the money in the Class C group.

  • The Winnebago Navion sleeps four and comes in three different floor plans. You can choose theater seating and the optional entertainment package, and the insulated sleeper deck ensures you stay warm even in chilly weather. You can also upgrade your solar, water holding tanks, and batteries if you intend to spend a lot of time off the grid.
  • The Winnebago Vita is another option by the revered company. The Vita is slightly shorter than the Navion, but has what Winnebago says is “the largest galley, the largest bed, and the largest holding tanks in its class.” You can choose the 24P floorplan, which has a full wall slide, large fridge, and queen-sized bed. The Vita sleeps four to six people.
  • The Forest River Sunseeker sleeps four to six people and offers either cabover bunks or the Trekker Cap option. It’s one of the best small RVs for the money, with a 10-cubic foot refrigerator and a split-level design that means lots of headroom in the living space which makes the entire RV feel bigger.

Try renting a Class C RV before buying one to make sure it’s truly the right fit for you. RVshare has a variety of Class Cs available. Find one here.

The Best Fifth-Wheel RV for the Money

Fifth-wheel trailers are the largest trailer RVs available, but they’re also some of the heaviest. You’ll need to make sure you have the right vehicle to tow a fifth wheel and that you have the correct in-bed truck tow hitch for towing one. 

Here are some great fifth-wheel RVs for the money.

  • The Keystone Montana series is a popular one for fifth-wheels and is the perfect option for an RVing family. The camper has a pull-out exterior kitchen, as well as an interior kitchen with a large fridge, oven, and a 20″ convection oven/microwave. It also has a 50″ LED TV, complete with a soundbar.
  • The Forest River Cardinal Luxury fifth-wheel is a wonderful option for someone planning to live in their RV. Models can sleep from two to eight people, and have hydraulic auto-leveling, slide-outs, and “whisper quiet” air conditioners. The living space includes three sofas and an electric fireplace along with the 50″ LED TV.
  • The Redwood RV is another great option for full-time RVers. The Redwood is well-insulated, and the underbelly is even heated to keep out the cold. The kitchen includes a 12-foot fridge, a four-burner stove, and a microwave. The bathroom features a 48″ custom shower with a folding teak seat.

To rent a fifth-wheel RV before buying to make sure it’s right for you, check RVshare.

The Best Travel Trailers for the Money

Travel trailers are surging in popularity right now, with retro-looking trailers like Airstreams finding a whole new generation of campers. But what is the best travel trailer for the money?

Here are a few great ones to check out:

  • The Airstream Flying Cloud is a hugely popular trailer. It comes with 16 different floor plans to choose from, and can sleep between four to eight people which makes it a great family option. It’s easy to tow and can be handled by a light-duty pickup truck.
  • The Jayco By Thor Motor Coach has luxury details like crown molding and woodgrain accent paneling that make the interior look upscale and there are options for extra seating and a Murphy bed.
  • The Winnebago Minnie has a variety of floorplans and sleeps at least three people. Winnebago is synonymous with RVs and campers and their longevity is due to their great workmanship and reliability.

Rent a travel trailer before committing to buy one and see how you like it!  RVshare has a variety of travel trailers available here.

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Looking for even more RVing tips and tricks — both during the purchase process and for your first camping excursion?

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