How Much Does An RV Cost

RV Cost

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An RV typically costs between $10,000 and $450,000. The RV’s class, size, and features will make the price higher or lower, with large motorhomes costing well over $100,000. Still, you can find a small pop-up camper for around $10,000 or less, or a camper trailer or fifth-wheel for $15,000 and up.

RVs can cost between $10,000 and $300,000 depending on the style and features. A moderately-appointed camper trailer pulled behind a truck might cost $20,000. The average RV cost of a fifth-wheel may cost $40,000. Most motorhome prices usually start around $100,000.

The cost of an RV depends on a handful of variations such as size, brand and features. Prices can range from just under $10,000 to well over $500,000 for luxury motorhomes from manufacturers such as Tiffin or Newmar. 

As you can see, there are definitely some price fluctuations depending on the type of vehicle you’re most interested in. First narrow down the type of RV. Then consider the manufacturer and whether you want a new or used vehicle. These factors will again play a role in the final price you’ll end up paying.

Here’s what to expect all across the board for average RV prices. I’ve thoroughly researched the prices of 19 RVs of all kinds. These vehicles are all new and from 2019 (unless otherwise indicated). Used versions of these RVs may cost less.

To augment the pricing, I will also explain the different types of RVs. This lets you make the best decision about which vehicle will best suit your lifestyle and your budget.

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Understanding the cost of a recreational vehicle (RV) starts with understanding the types of vehicles available and their differences. The RV’s size, class, brand, features, and amenities will all impact how much it will cost. 


The cost of a new RV can range from $10,000 to as much as $300,000 depending on RV class, included features, and more. A camper trailer, that you pull behind a full-size truck, is going to be in the $15,000 to $20,000 price range. While a well-appointed fifth-wheel camper could cost $35,000 to $100,000 and for a all-inclusive motorhome prices generally start at $100,000.

So, buying a new RV can be quite expensive, but could also be quite a bargain. The average price of a new RVs truly depends on the model that you buy, as well as the types of RV you choose.


RV TypeAverage Price Range
Class A Motorhome$200,000 – $450,000
Class B Motorhome$100,000 – $200,000
Class C Motorhome$50,000 – $125,000
Pop-Up Camper$9,000 – $35,000
Camper Trailer$15,000 – $60,000
Fifth Wheel$50,000 – $150,000

On the low end of the cost spectrum, you can find smaller pop-up campers that you can haul behind a large SUV or truck starting for just under $10,000. 

There are also large, luxury motorhomes on the market for $450,000 or more that come with more features than a lot of people’s permanent homes. 

You may also want to consider the cost of a new RV versus a used vehicle. That’s one way to save thousands of dollars if you don’t mind a vehicle that’s been previously camped in. Even if you don’t get a used model, purchasing something from the previous year is an easy way to save a lot of money versus getting a brand new model. 

RVs are typically designated as either Class A, Class B, or Class C. The class designation has to do with the vehicle’s size and body style and it can certainly impact the purchase price. 

Sample RVClass Sample Price 
Forest River Berkshire XLT Diesel 45AA$280,000
2019 Jayco Embark 37MBA$295,000
Newmar Dutch Star 3718 DieselA$357,000
Entegra Coach Anthem 44BA$550,000
Winnebago ERA 70A 4×4B$124,000
Thor Coach Compass 24LPB$115,000
Pleasure Way TofinoB$75,000
Winnebago SolisB$107,000
Gulf Stream BT Cruiser 5230C$89,000
Coachmen Leprechaun 240FSC$69,000
Winnebago Cambria 27KC$129,000
Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29JC$123,500

Example Prices for Average RV Costs

  1. Forest River Inc. Berkshire XLT Diesel 45A Class A Motorhome: $280,041
  2. Coachmen Leprechaun 240FS (450 Ford) Class C Motorhome: $68,700
  3. Dutchmen Astoria 2513RLF Fifth-Wheel: $50,682
  4. Keystone Passport Express 239ML: $18,595
  5. 2019 Jayco Embark 37MB Class A Motorhome: $295,200
  6. Thor Motor Coach Compass 24LP Class B Motorhome: $114,975
  7. 2015 Palomino PaloMini 177BH Travel Trailer: $10,000
  8. Winnebago Cambria 27K Class C Motorhome: $129,394
  9. Northwood Arctic Fox 28-5C Fifth-Wheel: $42,985
  10. Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29J Class C Toy Hauler: $123,450
  11. Jayco Jay Sport 10SD Camper Trailer: $13,495
  12. 2017 K-Z RV Connect C191RBT Travel Trailer: $20,402
  13. Thor Motor Coach Hurricane 35M Class A Motorhome: $144,675
  14. Prime Time RV LaCrosse 339BHD Travel Trailer: $46,727
  15. Heartland Bighorn BHTR 39 D Traveler: $49,999
  16. Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22M: $80,118
  17. Thor Motor Coach Tuscany 45AT Class A Diesel Motorhome: $429,660
  18. Keystone Sprinter 312MLS Travel Trailer: $36,994
  19. Starcraft Autumn Ridge Outfitter 17RD Travel Trailer: $11,999

How Much Is An RV? RV Prices 2023

RV manufacturers determine each model’s MSRP, which is the suggested retail price, or base price, dealers use when selling an RV. Typically, the MSRP doesn’t include any upgrades or add-ons. So if you want extra features like four-season or off-grid packages, you’ll have to consider the price of those upgrades on top of the current MSRP. When buying an RV, a good rule of thumb is that the more upgrades an RV has, the higher its value and price.

Banks finance RVs differently than they finance cars because the price and the components are similar to a house. Typically, RV loans range between 10 to 15 years but can extend to 20 years, depending on the price tag.

The financing company calculates your monthly RV payment using the price of the RV, your credit history, debt-to-income ratio, and other factors like current interest rates and loan terms. Even though every lender has different requirements, you can get a general idea of what your RV might cost each month by calculating your payment using:

  • The base MSRP.
  • Interest rate.
  • Loan term.
  • Down payment.

Keep in mind that the base MSRP doesn’t include any extended service plans, insurance packages, upgrades, add-on packages, taxes, or other fees, which will contribute to a higher price out the door.

Class A diesel

Tiffin Phaeton 37 BH

MSRP: $438,000**+
Monthly payment: $4,068
Average nightly rental: $350
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 12 nights

Class A gas

Fleetwood Bounder 35K

MSRP: $215,199+
Monthly payment: $1,998.92
Average nightly rental: $250
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 8 nights

Class B diesel

Thor Tranquility 19L

MSRP: $158,900+
Monthly payment: $1,475.97
Average nightly rental: $250
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 6 nights

Class B gas

Coachmen Nova 20RB

MSRP: $134,856+
Monthly payment: $1,252.64
Average nightly rental: $325
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 4 nights

Class B-plus diesel

Leisure Travel Vans Unity

MSRP: $150,615+
Monthly payment: $1,399.01
Average nightly rental: $260
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 6 nights

Super C diesel

Thor Magnitude BT36

MSRP: $293,400+
Monthly payment: $2,725.30
Average nightly rental: $299
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 10 nights

Class C gas

Winnebago Ekko

MSRP: $171,845+
Monthly payment: $1,596.21
Average nightly rental: $285
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 6 nights

Travel trailer (longer length)

Airstream Globetrotter 27FB

MSRP: $128,900+
Monthly payment: $1,197.31
Average nightly rental: $200
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 6 nights

Travel trailer (average length)

Jayco Jay Feather 22BH

MSRP: $41,055+
Monthly payment: $381.35
Average nightly rental: $125
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 4 nights

Travel trailer (tiny or micro)

nüCamp TAB 320 S

MSRP: $31,769+
Monthly payment: $295.09
Average nightly rental: $125
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 3 nights

Toy hauler

Outdoors RV Trail Series 27TRX

MSRP: $62,030+
Monthly payment: $576.18
Average nightly rental: $120
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 5 nights

Fifth wheel

Grand Design Solitude 375RES

MSRP: $135,106+
Monthly payment: $1,254.96
Average nightly rental: $150
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 9 nights

Toy-hauler fifth wheel

Heartland Road Warrior

MSRP: $138,320+
Monthly payment: $1,284.81
Average nightly rental: $150
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 9 nights

Truck camper

Lance 850

MSRP: $48,785+
Monthly payment: $453.15
Average nightly rental: $190 (rental comes with a truck included)
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 3 nights

Pop-up camper

Forest River 231 ESP Extreme Sports Package

MSRP: $22,847
Monthly payment: $212.21
Average nightly rental: $75
Number of nights needed to cover the payment: 3 nights

Used RV Cost

New RV prices will almost always be higher than those of a used model. This is because RVs typically don’t hold their value very well and depreciate quickly. While this isn’t great news for new RV buyers, those who buy used can really benefit since it means that you can find lightly used models that are only a few years old for a bargain price. 

If high prices are keeping you out of the RV loop, you may want to look into purchasing a used RV.  Not only will the purchase price be cheaper, but you will not incur a huge drop in the appraisal value, as you do when driving a new vehicle off the lot.

Many RV owners buy slightly used rigs with lower sticker prices because many of the “kinks” have been worked out by the first owner.  New RVs have their fair share of issues that get repaired under warranty, and these 2nd owners assume they will benefit from lower purchase prices and fewer repair fixes.

One thing to consider, however, if you need to take out a loan to buy a used RV, is the age of the vehicle.  Even though it may be in great shape, many lenders will not loan money on vehicles that are 10 years old or more.  Some might lend you a small amount on those vehicles, but the percentage rate will be much higher and the time to pay off the loan will be much shorter.  On these much older vehicles it is usually a good practice to pay cash.

Used RV Cost Averages By Type

Like any vehicle, expect significant price differences between new and used RVs within each of these categories. A new RV loses approximately 20% of its value as soon as it drives off the lot, meaning you may find price discrepancies between relatively recent models and the newest ones. 

When buying used, consider the RV’s age, mileage, and condition when figuring out how much an RV costs. As with many things in life, you often get what you pay for – meaning it’s crucial to have an inspection done if you’re buying from a private seller or have any concerns.

Used Class A Average RV Prices

Much like new Class As, the cost of a used one will depend significantly on the size and features. Still, expect to pay at least $80,000-$120,000 for a used model from the last five or ten years. Both private sellers and dealerships also list RVs 15-25 years old in the $20,000-$40,000 range.

Used Fifth Wheel Average RV Prices

Used fifth wheel RV prices also vary based on style. Based on data showing that used fifth wheels also lose about 20% of their value in their first year, you’ll see price tags ranging from around $30,000 to $120,000 for premium models. 

Used Class C Average RV Prices

Used class C RVs will run you $35,000-$70,000 for models from more recent years. However, older models from private sellers can sometimes often list in the $20,000 range. As with any used RV purchase, we warrant caution with significantly older or heavily-used RVs.

Used Class B Average RV Prices

Used Class B RVs can be among the most affordable if their smaller size and fewer features meet your needs. You can find older models for as little as $10,000-$15,000! However, for a more recent used model with average features, prices start around $30,000 and can still stretch into the six figures for luxury models!

Used Travel Trailer Average RV Prices

Considering the usual 20% depreciation, used travel trailers and toy haulers will cost $20,000-$30,000, while a used pop-up camper will run $10,000-$15,000. 

The “Pre-Owned” marketplace for hard-sided travel trailers and campers is loaded with options. Sometimes you can find a great deal, and sometimes you can be left spending money on someone else’s problems.

With older models, the wheel bearings tend to be a serious concern. If the owner of a used camper will let you take it for a test drive, make sure to listen for any abnormal noise.

If you are in love with a particular hard-sided camper and you suspect the bearings are bad, you can usually get them fully replaced for around $500.

Where to buy used RVs

You can purchase used RVs in several ways. 

  • RV dealerships: Many dealerships carry used RVs alongside new models. These are always a great place to look, as they’ll usually have a selection of used RVs on hand. Always be sure to ask the right questions when working with a dealer!
  • Online marketplaces: Online marketplaces are a great way to find deals on used RVs across the country. Sites like RV Trader allow you to search listings near you or nationwide.
  • Local listing: Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other local ad listings are great places to look for people selling their RVs locally. When purchasing peer-to-peer, be sure to keep these RV buying tips in mind.

How Much Does An RV Cost To Rent

Renting an RV may cost anywhere from $30 per night to $300 per night. The actual price will vary depending on the size and type of RV you’re staying in and who you’re renting from. 

For example, renting a luxury motorhome will be significantly more expensive than staying the night in a pop-up camper. Still, you may be able to snag a good deal if you’re renting during the off-season or plan to stay for an extended period. 

RV Type/ClassAverage Rental Price Per Night
Class A Motorhome$175 – $300
Class B Motorhome$99 – $200
Class C Motorhome$150 – $225
Camper Trailer$50 – $100
Fifth Wheel$50 – $150
Pop-up Camper$30 – $100
Camper Van$60 – $150

Because the amenities and features of each vehicle can vary so much the prices also fluctuate quite a bit from one RV to another. A brand new luxury vehicle with high-tech features and luxury upgrades will obviously have a higher rental rate than an older RV with no added features or upgrades. 

The season can also impact the pricing. Trying to camp during the spring or summer will cost more because there’s much higher demand than going during the off-season. 

If you’re going to hit the open road and be gone for a while, you might want to look into a long-term rental versus a daily rate.

Renting an RV for a month typically costs between $1,400 and $9,500 depending on the specific vehicle. 

There are some peer-to-peer services that allow you to rent an RV from individuals looking to rent theirs out (kind of like Airbnb). Using a third-party service is typically a safer approach than renting directly from an individual.

How Much Does an RV Cost to Rent for a Week?

Renting an RV for a week normally costs anywhere from $350 to $2,000 or more. The exact price depends mostly on the type, size, and class of RV you rent. 

Other factors may include your geographic location, the season or time of year, and other factors like insurance, fuel, and other fees. 

RV TypeWeekly Rental Price Estimate
Class A Motorhome$1,200 – $3,000+
Class B Motorhome$900 – $2,100
Class C Motorhome$1,000 – $2,000
Camper Trailer$650 – $1,500
Fifth Wheel$800 – $2,250
Pop-up Camper$300 – $750

RV Cost Of Living

Living in an RV is typically much cheaper than living in a house or apartment, especially when you’re looking at the initial purchase price. You could find an RV for a fraction of the cost you’d pay for a house or an apartment rental over time, but that doesn’t always mean that the long-term cost will be better. 

You may consider living in an RV instead of a home if you don’t have the financial means to purchase a house, or if you don’t want to be tied into a lease for an extended period. 

It typically costs between $1,500 and $5,000 per month to live in an RV, but plenty of people can do it for under $1,000. 

By comparison, the average cost of rent in the U.S. is $780 to well over $1,000 per month, and homeowners spend over $20,000 per year on mortgage payments. 

One thing to keep in mind, however, is depreciation. Buying an RV isn’t an investment and over time it will lose value, so it’s something you should consider when weighing your options.

Buying an RV is almost always cheaper than buying a house unless you’re purchasing a very big and luxurious Class A motorhome. Buying some land and an RV is one way to purchase a home (rather than renting) if you don’t have the money to buy a house. 

Still, you’ll have to consider ongoing expenses for the RV, including maintenance and repairs. If you don’t own the land, you’ll also have to budget for the fees to park your RV at a campsite or other property. 

If you aren’t much of a do-it-yourself type of person, you may also have to pay someone to help winterize your RV.

NADA RV Values

In the United States, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Guide helps consumers calculate the fair market value for RVs. Location, auction prices, retail prices, and other economic factors help determine the fair market value.

Custom RV Cost

We have here a complete article about the cost of custom RVs.

Why the RV Price Fluctuations?

There were at least a dozen RV manufacturers represented in that list of 19 price points. Why was there such a wild fluctuation in prices? Why is a Heartland Bighorn Travel and a Winnebago Minnie Winnie—both travel trailers—almost separated in price by more than $30,000?

Here are a few reasons this is the case:

  • Manufacturer reputation: Knowing the quality of workmanship a manufacturer puts into their product will not only affect the price but may also give you a longer-lasting and dependable product.  Do your homework by searching RV forums and Facebook groups where customers talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of each manufacturer’s models. Starcraft and Heartland are much smaller manufacturers than say, Thor Motor Coach, Keystone, or Jayco. If you see those three latter brands, you’re very familiar with them already. Such brands use their reputation and popularity to boost the prices of their products. Of course, these manufacturers also probably have more RVs you can choose from. For instance, the lesser-known K-Z RV only manufactures toy haulers, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers. A company like Jayco though sells Class A through Class C motorhomes as well as other vehicle types.
  • Age of the RV: A brand new 2018 or even 2019 RV is going to be the most expensive model on the market. That’s just how it is. Shop for an RV that was produced between 2014 and 2017. You could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
  • Availability of the vehicle: If an RV model has a good reputation, chances are it will sell better than those that don’t.  This can be a double negative for new buyers, as the dealership may be able to charge more for the popular model and there are fewer of them available for purchase.  This may be somewhat negated by shopping for that model during non-peak buying seasons. How widely-available is the RV? Is this a vehicle from a big brand name like Jayco or a smaller manufacturer? For instance, in my research, I stumbled upon an RV brand that only sells its vehicles in Canada. If you buy an RV from a manufacturer like that, you can expect to pay more. The vehicle is not as widely available.
  • Floorplan: Some floorplans are in high demand, which can make them more expensive.  They may have an extra half bath or a kitchen island or extra bed space, giving them coveted status, which may drive the asking price a bit higher and make them less available on the dealer’s lot. I admittedly randomly picked the floorplans for all 19 RV examples above. Some were the smallest and the least expensive floorplans. Others were the biggest and thus the most expensive floorplans. Want more space for queen-sized or king-sized beds, full bathrooms, full kitchens, and larger dining and living spaces? Expect to pay more money for your RV.
  • Extra features: The prices above are all baseline prices. This does not account for any customizable extra features you may want to get. Some people opt to choose the flooring, décor materials and patterns, interior, and exterior color of their RV. Others want as much high-tech equipment possible, like built-in TVs. If that’s you, expect to tack on several more thousands of dollars to any of the prices above.

Pop Up Campers Cost

Pop-up campers are budget-friendly options starting at under $10,000. It’s a great step up from tent camping and the perfect way to get into the RV and camping lifestyle. 

If we exclude the unpredictable deals offered by a pre-owned unit, most new popup campers will range from as low as $5,900 to like $15,000. Some of the more luxurious models like the AliBaba can even cost up to $29,000.

If you are looking for a reasonable place to start, I would recommend the Flagstaff Classic which runs on average for $11,999.

Pop-up campers are small, compact, and easy to haul behind your vehicle even if you don’t have a large truck. Most SUVs and vans can easily tow a pop-up camper because they fold down into a small trailer-sized load. 

A pop-up camper can have a lot of the same amenities as larger RVs but at a fraction of the cost. 

For example, the Forest River RV Rockwood Freedom Series 1640LTD is priced under $10,000 and includes a free-standing range with two burners for cooking, beds with heated mattresses, and an exterior awning for sitting outside in the shade. 

Most of these campers have seating areas like couches and tables with chairs, and they include kitchen features like a stove and sink. They typically have a bathroom and bedroom area for privacy (even if it’s just a curtain) and may have added sleep space with fold-out or convertible sofas. 

A pop-up camper may either have hard sides or tent fabric, so climate control isn’t always an option with this style of RV.

Sometimes called pop-up tent trailers, tent trailers are a type of travel trailer. That means that instead of driving the tent trailer itself, you would hitch it to your truck, SUV, or other vehicle and pull the trailer with you.

These trailers are often small in stature but will include a kitchen space with a dinette as well as a bed or two. That said, you may sacrifice some amenities like a shower or a toilet. You can often cook in a tent trailer with an included stovetop. You should also be able to fit a smaller refrigerator in there as well.

With windows or screens, your passengers can enjoy the view no matter where your travels take you. These also allow for sufficient ventilation in the trailer so you don’t have to worry about the growth of mold.

Now, why are these called tent trailers? Well, because of the large retractable tent, of course. These tents are often made of canvas so they’re durable. They can withstand rain, wind, and light snow, but obviously, you don’t want to leave the tent open in the elements for too long. That could lead to rips, holes, tears, or other damage.

It’s essentially a small hardtop trailer that you pull with you. When you get to where you are going the central ceiling can be raised up and the sides flare out with canvas or another tent-like material.

Many of the modern-day popup campers worth considering will also include a kitchen space and a dinette to go with bed or two.

Some of the more posh units will include a refrigerator. You might even find one or two with a basic bathroom. However, these things will most likely ramp up the price.

As you might imagine time and exposure to the elements are not very friendly to the canvas on these popup trailers. As they age, they become increasingly prone to cracks, rips, tears, and unsightly discoloration.

This can drastically decrease the value. If you are looking for a pre-owned unit, to use for a few family vacations before your kids graduate from high school, you could save a pretty penny on an older model.

Security can also be an issue with popup campers. If you are planning to set up the camper as a home base at a remote or rustic campsite, and then use your tow vehicle to tour the area, your valuables in the camper can be at risk.

Jayco Jay Sport 10SD Camper Trailer

Average cost: $13,500This popup camper is easy to tow and comes with a lot of comforts that you might not find in the competition. They even back it with a strong 5-year warranty.

Hard-Side Travel Trailers Features and Costs

 Travel trailers typically run between $15,000 and $60,000

RV TypeAverage Price Range
Class A Motorhome$200,000 – $450,000
Class B Motorhome$100,000 – $200,000
Class C Motorhome$50,000 – $125,000
Pop-Up Camper$9,000 – $35,000
Camper Trailer$15,000 – $60,000
Fifth Wheel$50,000 – $150,000

On the low end of the cost spectrum, you can find smaller pop-up campers that you can haul behind a large SUV or truck starting for just under $10,000. 

There are also large, luxury motorhomes on the market for $450,000 or more that come with more features than a lot of people’s permanent homes. 

You may also want to consider the cost of a new RV versus a used vehicle. That’s one way to save thousands of dollars if you don’t mind a vehicle that’s been previously camped in. Even if you don’t get a used model, purchasing something from the previous year is an easy way to save a lot of money versus getting a brand new model. 

Hard-sided pop-up camper or A frame camper can also stand up better to inclement weather. Many have roofs that are rated to handle strong winds and even modest hail.

They also tend to have more windows and sleeping space. Some even have spacious kitchens and full bathrooms. Though these features will also drive up the price.

The tow vehicle is a little bit more of a concern with these trailers. A rear-wheel-drive sedan or a mid-size SUV might be able to move them down the suburban streets around your house.

Yet when you get it on the highway it could be prone to dangerous levels of trailer sway. Unless it’s a very lightweight model, you really should pair a hard-sided trailer with a full-size SUV or a half-ton pickup truck.

How Much is a Pop-Up Camper?

Pop-up campers are budget-friendly options starting at under $10,000. It’s a great step up from tent camping and the perfect way to get into the RV and camping lifestyle. 

Pop-up campers are small, compact, and easy to haul behind your vehicle even if you don’t have a large truck. Most SUVs and vans can easily tow a pop-up camper because they fold down into a small trailer-sized load. 

A pop-up camper can have a lot of the same amenities as larger RVs but at a fraction of the cost. 

For example, the Forest River RV Rockwood Freedom Series 1640LTD is priced under $10,000 and includes a free-standing range with two burners for cooking, beds with heated mattresses, and an exterior awning for sitting outside in the shade. 

Most of these campers have seating areas like couches and tables with chairs, and they include kitchen features like a stove and sink. They typically have a bathroom and bedroom area for privacy (even if it’s just a curtain) and may have added sleep space with fold-out or convertible sofas. 

A pop-up camper may either have hard sides or tent fabric, so climate control isn’t always an option with this style of RV.

How Much is a Camper Trailer? 

Camper trailers typically run between $15,000 and $60,000. Sometimes also called a travel trailer, a camper trailer is the next step up from a pop-up camper. 

Camper Trailer
Sample Camper/Travel Trailer Sample Price Estimate 
Jayco Jay Sport 10SD$14,000
K-Z RV Connect C191RBT (2017)$20,500
Dutchmen RV Aspen Trail $15,750
Starcraft Autumn Ridge Outfitter 17RD$12,000

This type of RV is bigger than a pop-up and offers added features like full kitchens, bathrooms, and added bedrooms or sleep space. They’re built with hard sides and tops, so they’re good for anyone camping in colder climates. 

Larger camper trailers usually have at least a queen-sized bed and additional sleepers that fold out or convert from the sofa, or there may even be bunk beds for added capacity. Kitchens typically include a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and additional counter and storage space. 

If you prefer something a little sturdier than a tent trailer, then you’ll probably gravitate towards a hard-side travel trailer. You get all the space you would out of a larger travel trailer with the security the hard sides provide. That means you can enjoy longer trips on the road, even in inclement weather.

The door allowing entry into the trailer is often larger, and the sharp and angular design allows for the placement of more windows. Inside, you can fit many modern luxuries, such as a kitchen, cooking space, refrigerator and freezer, and a dinette. There’s room for beds and you may get more bathing options with a hard-side pop-up trailer than you would with a tent trailer. There should be adequate space for either a toilet or a shower, but very rarely both unless you want to shell out for the biggest floorplan available.

With so much space in your trailer, you won’t really mind spending your nights inside, sleeping away among nature until the morning lets you continue your journey.

Travel trailers offer more space and options than pop-up campers. Travel trailers often offer full kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms as well as a common area. They have the option of having extra sleep space with bunks or fold-out sofas. Travel trailers have hard-sides, so staying warm in colder months is much easier.

Forest River RV Independence Trail 172BH – Starts at $14,995

independence trail exterior

The Independence Trail travel trailer features a small rear wet bath to freshen up in privacy. This is a great small RV for families with a 54″ x 74″ bed and bunks in the back. It offers a booth dinette and small kitchenette as well. The Independence Trail also comes with an Omni-Directional TV antenna, AM/FM/BT stereo with four speakers  and LED interior and exterior lighting.

independence trail interior

Grand Design Imagine XLS 21BHE – Starts at $29,400

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The Grand Design Imagine XLS travel trailer offers a lot of great features to make your camping trip easy, comfortable and fun. It has a queen-size murphy bed, so it can be put away during the day and there is enough room for entertaining. The back of the Imagine XLS has double over double bunks to fit more people comfortably.  The kitchen offers a double door refrigerator, microwave, three-burner range with oven and a booth dinette that has enough space for the whole family to enjoy meals together.

grand design imagine interior

Heartland North Trail 33RETS – Starts at $51,566

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The North Trail travel trailer offers exterior speakers for campers who want to play their favorite music while enjoying the outdoors. The power awning has multi-colored LED lights to keep the party going even after the sun goes down. At the end of the day, get a great night sleep in the queen-sized, foam mattress.

Think the North Trail is right for you? Browse our available units here

north trail interior

Keystone Passport Express 239ML

Average cost: $18,595

This is a bunkhouse travel trailer designed to let you take your family on many adventures. It features a set of double bed bunks, as well as a rear bath layout, and front bedroom with a built-in Murphy bed.

Palomino PaloMini 177BH Travel Trailer 

Average cost: $10,000+

This tow behind travel trailer needs a light-duty pickup or larger to transport is safe. It includes a queen bed in the front, with bunk beds in the back.

It includes a basic bathroom with a toilet. There is also a kitchenette with a refrigerator and a modest media station.

2017 K-Z RV Connect C191RBT Travel Trailer

Average Cost: $20,400

This easy to tow travel trailer includes two queen beds, a sofa, a basic bathroom, and a nice little kitchenette. It’s a great option for a small family with a pickup truck, who want to travel in style.

Prime Time RV LaCrosse 339BHD Travel Trailer

Average cost: $46,700

With the Prime Time RV, LaCrosse attempts to redefine value in price and quality, without having to sacrifice luxury, comfort, or convenience.

They do their very best to pay attention to detail in providing an RV loaded with pleasure-inducing convenience, as well as copious storage space and, residential appeal.

Keystone Sprinter 312MLS Travel Trailer

Average Cost: $36,900+

The sprinter was designed by Keystone to be “The Perfect Travel Trailer.” It offers a kitchen with 2 stools and expandable sleeping areas. 

Most models are designed with creature comforts and ease of use. Their underlying goal was to “Make Camping Easy.”

Starcraft Autumn Ridge Outfitter 17RD Travel Trailer

Average Cost: $11,900

The Autumn Ridge offers a full bed in front with overhead cabinets throughout. There is also a convenient bathroom including a tub/shower, toilet, and linen cabinet.

The kitchen includes a two-burner cook-top, microwave oven, refrigerator, and single sink, along with copious counter space.

Fifth-Wheel Trailers Features and Costs

Fifth wheels typically start around $35,000-$50,000 and are priced well into the $150k range and up. These are similar to camper trailers in that you tow them behind a vehicle, but they’re much larger and more stable to haul. 

Sample Fifth Wheel Average Price 
Dutchmen Voltage$65,000
Jayco North Point$70,000
Forest River Wildcat$50,000
Northwood Arctic Fox$55,000
Winnebago Minnie Plus$43,000
Keystone Hideout$25,000
Heartland Bighorn$75,000
Forest River Saber$52,000
Heartland Landmark$100,000
Keystone Montana$90,000
Redwood’s Redwood$95,000
Jayco Pinnacle $85,000

Unlike the camper trailer that hooks up to the vehicle’s tow hitch, a fifth wheel connects to a cargo attachment anchored to the back of the vehicle or in a truck bed. The connector and hitch on a fifth wheel are much easier to drive than a standard camper trailer, making it a safer option for those who may have less experience hauling large loads. 

They tend to include floor plans with multiple levels and can measure as long as 40 feet. They’re also often the most expensive travel trailer.

Six passengers can comfortably stretch their legs in this trailer, which must be attached to a pickup truck by buying a fifth-wheel hitch. Smaller vehicles will likely not be able to pull the pure heft of a fifth-wheel trailer. Luckily, there are some fifth-wheel trailers that are made to weigh less and be compatible with those vehicles.

There may be several picture windows in your trailer, which allow the best views out of all the trailer types we’ve covered. You may also get a few slide-outs (sometimes as many as four). This provides more space in the living area or bedroom. Slide outs may expand three feet or more!

Speaking of living, you’ll be able to do it more like you would at home with a fifth-wheel trailer. You will have plenty of storage space, more entertainment options (which is great if you have kids you’re traveling with), great cooking amenities like a stovetop and perhaps even a mini oven, a bigger dining area, and more bathing options. You should expect a toilet and a shower in your fifth-wheel. There’s also room for several beds.

Fifth wheels are similar to travel trailers as they are towed behind a vehicle. The way it is hitched is a little more stable than a travel trailer and has less swaying because it is towed in the bed of a truck. Although they tend to be larger than travel trailers, it is easier to drive while towing a fifth wheel.

Fifth-Wheel Trailers are the big brother of hard-sided travel trailers, some are even as big as a class B motorhome. Even the smaller fifth-wheels require a half-ton truck with a special hitch mounted in the cargo box.

If you need to climb hills or deal with tough roads, a three-quarter-ton or full-on one-ton truck is a better choice for a tow vehicle.

Most fifth-wheels campers can accommodate around six people. Though there are some that are designed just for a single couple or a small family.

They tend to have most of the features and amenities that you find in motorhomes, yet in some states, you don’t need a special driver’s license endorsement for a fifth-wheel.

These campers are large enough to let you take most of the comforts of home with you. They include full-size kitchens, large beds, partial or full bathrooms, media areas, couches, and large windows. Some even have slide-out sections as you find in luxury motorhomes.

One of the most attractive things about a fifth-wheel camper is that unlike a motorhome, you can park it, set it up as a home base.

Then you can use the tow vehicle to tour the surrounding area. With a motorhome, you either have to tow a separate vehicle with you, or you have to negotiate the large vehicle everywhere you want to go.

Keystone RV Avalanche 295RK – Starts at $50,995

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The Avalanche fifth wheel has a master suite and a full bathroom in the front of the RV. It also features a free-standing dining table, large kitchen with lots of countertop space, theater seating, fireplace and a pop-up TV. Step outside and enjoy the 17′ awning to relax in the shade and protected from the elements.

Shop Avalanche fifth wheels here

avalanche interior

Jayco North Point 310RLTS – Starts at $89,995

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The North Point fifth wheel features include full master bath with a large linen closest and the private bedroom has a comfortable queen bed with lots of storage space with the closest and dresser. The kitchen has an island for additional counter space,  pantry and a free-standing dinette. At the end of the day, unwind in comfortable theatre recliners or the three-seat, fold-out sofa by the fireplace in the living area.

Shop North Point RVs we have available here.

north point interior

VanLeigh RV Vilano 370GB – Starts at $120,061

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The VanLeigh Vilano is a luxury fifth wheel perfect for all the glampers out there. The common area features a sofa bed with end tables on either side and a theater sofa, great for relaxing and spending time with friends and family or used as an extra bed. When it’s time for dinner, enjoy the large island for prep and a residential fridge to keep your ingredients and leftovers organized. There is a king-sized bed big enough to stretch out and feel well-rested for the next day.  The Vilano offers a washer/dryer prep for those longer camping trips and a large bathroom with a stand up shower, double sinks and closest space.

Browse our available Vilano fifth wheels here.

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Dutchmen Astoria 2513RLF Fifth-Wheel Camper

Average cost: $50,600

This fifth wheel camper requires a full-size truck with a special gooseneck hitch installed in the box. It includes an iN-Command Remote Operating System with a touchscreen that provides you with access to all of your essential features. 

It includes an awning, interior and exterior lights, a dedicated generator, tank levels, slide-outs, and many other important creature comforts.

Northwood Arctic Fox 28-5C Fifth-Wheel

Average Cost: $42,900

This spacious fifth wheel camper needs a full-size half-ton to one-ton pickup to tow it safely. It includes a king-size bed, multiple pull-outs, a sofa, bathroom, and a stylish kitchen. This camper is geared more toward traveling couples than family travelers.

Heartland Bighorn BHTR 39 D Traveler

Average Cost: $49,000

The Bighorn is a camper designed for families who value their private space. The living room is large and is adjacent to a free-standing dining room.

The camper includes a large bunkhouse with a ladder as well as another private living room which can double as a private office if needed.

Class A Motorhomes Features and Costs

Class A typically costs between $200,000 and $300,000, though some of the luxury models may be in the $400,000 to $500,000 range. 

These vehicles are typically between 20 and 45 feet long and may have amenities like a full-size kitchen, bathtub, washing machine, and other features you’d associate with home. 

Class A motorhomes have the widest possible price range in the RV world. Some new units start out around $100,000. Though there are certainly some luxury models that can go as high as $300,000.

The Forest River Inc. Berkshire XLT Diesel 45A Class A Motorhome is a good place to start shopping in this category.

It’s built on a Freightliner Raised Rail XCR chassis with complete pass through storage. It’s available in three distinct floor plans.

As standard, the Berkshire XLT has fiberglass roof, full body paint, automatic generator slide out, automatic door and patio awnings, LCD TV, and much more.

Then there are motorhomes, which are by far the largest vehicles of all. You do drive a motorhome, unlike a travel trailer. This can take some practice and getting used to at first, because you have to change your driving techniques to accommodate for the extra length, weight, and heft of a motorhome.

Motorhomes are often divided into three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Of these, Class A weighs the most. This RV thus has the space for the most passengers as well as the most room to relax and kick back. Some of these vehicles may be up to 45 feet long at most, with the shortest Class A motorhomes often 25 feet. Still, even if you get a smaller Class A RV, you’ll still find there’s more room in this than any of the trailers outlined above.

If you’re the type who always brings friends or family with you on long road trips, then a Class A motorhome will give everyone the room they need. There should be a sense of privacy for each passenger, although there probably won’t be individual beds for four or five people. Instead, you may get two king-sized (and maybe even California king-sized) beds and perhaps bunk beds for the kids.

Speaking of space, the ceilings are often the tallest of what you’ll find in an RV. This is ideal for taller passengers who feel like they can never stand straight up when in their vehicle.

You also get plenty of storage space for stashing clothes, gear, equipment, food, and other essentials. Some of these storage spaces are obvious, while others are subtler and may be retractable or otherwise hidden.

You should be able to fit a full kitchen, with a refrigerator, freezer, oven, stovetop, and even a microwave. You could even have a full bathroom with a sink, shower, and toilet.

The views are the best. Not only is the gargantuan windshield amazing, but Class A motorhomes often feature great panoramic windows throughout the vehicle.

Of course, Class A motorhomes are going to be the most expensive, so that is something to keep in mind.

The Class A motorhomes offer plenty of storage space as well as a spacious interior. They are the largest of the motorhomes and usually built on a commercial bus chassis. These RVs tend to have more luxury features of home and larger bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens.

This is the class of motorhome that really lets you stretch your legs. A Class A RV can range from 21 feet to as much as 45 feet long. Many weigh in excess of 26,000 pounds. You might need a special driver’s license endorsement to operate one, depending on the state you live in.

Many modern-day Class A Motorhomes have one or more sides that slide out, and might also include electric awning. Most have powerful diesel engines to provide the necessary power to get them from Point A to Point B.

Bathroom spaces typically have a shower, toilet, and sink. Though some of the more luxurious models might have a bathtub or jacuzzi.

Kitchens tend to be large, with double sinks, a four-burner range and likely an oven. Most have medium to full-size refrigerators, with a freezer compartment.

Sleeping accommodations can vary, as many popular manufacturers will offer multiple floor plans, with custom options available. Though a king-size bed or even a pair of queen size beds are not out of the question.

Coachmen Sportscoach SRS 365RB- Starts at $259,505

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The Sportscoach SRS is a popular motorhome choice because of all the amenities offered. It has two slides for maximum interior space. The private bedroom in the rear of the RV has a king size bed, overhead cabinets, wardrobe space, washer, dryer and LED TV. The private full bathroom has a closet with hamper, stand-up shower and spacious vanity area.

sportscoach interior

Tiffin Allegro RED 340 33 AL – Starts at $269,717

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The Allegro RED 340 Class A motorhome has three large slide-outs providing a spacious interior to easily entertain and host friends and family. The living room has a large super sofa with theater seating and a flip and fold sofa bed. This provides extra sleeping space at night. The dining space has the option of either a booth dinette or a dinette with computer workspace for those who work remotely while on camping trips.

allegro red 340 interior

Newmar Dutch Star 4369 – Starts at $469,359

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The Newmar Dutch Star is the ultimate RV when it comes to luxury and style. The passenger seat in the front has a work station so you can easily work while on the road. Catch up on your beauty sleep with the plush pillow top mattress. The Dutch Star also offers prep for two-piece washer/dryer set for your convenience. There is tile floor throughout the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living area. It comes with decorative wall art and a quilted bedspread with an accent pillow, so you can get save time decorating and spend more time camping.

dutch star interior

Forest River Inc. Berkshire XLT Diesel 45A Class A Motorhome

Average cost: $280,041

This large Class A RV has a set of bunk beds each with their own 22″ LED TV to let children enjoy their own shows, as well as a sleeping area for the adults. 

This RV is loaded with all the comforts of home. It may require a special license endorsement depending on the state you live in.

2019 Jayco Embark 37MB Class A Motorhome

Average cost: $295,200

This large Class A Motorhome with a powerful diesel engine. Some of the manufacturer’s highlights include an outdoor entertainment center, king-sized bed, A 17′ electric awning with LED Lights, an Insignia Sound Bar, and a built-in navigational system. The bed arrangement sleeps up to five adults.

Thor Motor Coach Hurricane 35M Class A Motorhome

Average cost: $144,600

This large Class A motorhome is available in multiple floor plans with multiple slide-outs. One of the more popular iterations includes a king-size bed, over-cab bed, two separate bathrooms, and ample closet space, as well as a large dinette. It includes an expanding sofa for guests.

Thor Motor Coach Tuscany 45AT Class A Diesel Motorhome

Average cost: $429,000

The Tuscany is a Class A diesel motorhome that was designed for people who want to travel in luxury. If you love “Glamping” this is the RV for you.

As you might imagine there are multiple layouts and options. Most include a private bedroom for a couple, an impressive kitchen, a comfortable living room, full bath, and tons of other high-quality amenities.

Class B Motorhomes Features and Costs

The actual style may vary depending on the vehicle’s make and model, but they’ll usually be less expensive than the class A. 

Class B RVs typically cost between $100,000 and $200,000. The price tag may be confusing because these vehicles typically just look like tricked-out vans, but don’t be misled by their small size. 

Class B Motorhomes can vary in price depending on the features. You should expect to pay more for a unit with a slide-out. On average, they run between $80,000 to $150,000. If you are looking for a nice Class B Motorhome to tryout you might want to take a closer look at the Thor Motor Coach Compass 24LP Class B Motorhome, which costs around $115,000.

These vehicles are normally very high quality and have top-of-the-line engines and interior features. They’re designed for efficient camper and are much less showy than their Class A counterparts. If you’re a single camper or couple hitting the road, one of these cozy campers might be just what you’re looking for. 

Then there’s Class B motorhomes. These are the most lightweight of the three motorhome models. They are comparable in size to most large travel trailers (but with the security of a motorhome). If you only bring a passenger or two with you, then you should have no issues with the limited space of these vehicles. If you prefer to bring more, then you may want to look into a Class A or even a Class C motorhome.

You may get a single queen-sized or king-sized bed here and perhaps a pull-out couch as well. There’s no room for bunk beds for the majority of floorplans. You’ll also have far less storage space and fewer windows. The kitchen nook will be smaller, and you may have to forego a shower or a toilet with some floorplans.

You also can’t expect as much in terms of views, as there probably won’t be as many windows. You will have to pack lighter too to make up for the smaller storage areas.

A Class B campervan is the smallest version of motorhomes. It is easier to drive, and park and get closeup experiences of hard-to-reach places when going off the grid. The Class B is built on van chassis from Mercedes Benz, Ford and Dodge but still has a small kitchen, sleeping space, storage and bathroom.

Of course, the next step up from Class C is the Class B Motorhome. They tend to be a little bit larger, but some are even lighter in gross weight than their Class C siblings.

A Class B Motorhome might have a single queen-sized or even a king-sized bed as a sort of “Master Bedroom” then a pull-out couch for children or overnight guests. A few have bunk beds as standard, but most only offer them as an added special feature.

The bathroom and kitchen space in Class B might still be a little sparse. A shower and a flushing toilet are far more likely than say a small bathtub.

Some Class B Motorhomes have slide outs which will increase the total floor space when you are parked up at a campsite or an RV park.

You might want to also double-check the electrical system. Some Class B motorhomes will have a 30 Amp system. Though a few have 50 Amp systems which will allow you to use more electricity, and your overall comfort level.

Winnebago Solis 59P – Starts at $107,821

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This Class B motorhome has a 59″ x 71″ rear sofa bed to end the day in. There is also a pop-up top that can comfortably sleep two people. The Solis has a flexible solar option with one panel with 220-watt system, allowing boondocking and camping in isolated and unique locations.  

solis interior

Pleasure-Way Plateau TS – Starts at $162,640

plateau exterior

The Plateau is built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Van Chassis and uses diesel fuel. This luxury Class B offers a power sofa and memory foam sofa cushions for extra comfort. It has recessed LED lighting under cabinets and along the roof and dimming LED lights. Sit back and watch your favorite movies on the 24” LED TV on a swivel mount. The shower features a handheld showerhead to make washing up a little more convenient.

Start shopping for a Pleasure-Way Plateau.

plateau interior

Thor Motor Coach Compass 24LP Class B Motorhome

Average cost: $114,000

The manufacturer of this Class B motorhome bills it as an RUV that is stylish, comfortable and rugged, with all the comfort features you are looking for. There are several trim levels and options, including custom options.

Class C Motorhomes Features and Costs

If you’re new to driving a large vehicle a Class C RV might be the right choice, since it’s built onto a truck chassis. These vehicles still offer the added space and amenities of the larger motorhomes, but just on a smaller scale.

Class C RVs typically cost between $45,000 and $75,000, though there are some luxury options that may cost closer to the $150,000 range (or more).  

With all motorhomes, special features like slide outs and amenities can swing the price wildly. Most class C RV range between $50,000 to $100,000. Though there are certainly some Class C motorhomes with all the bells and whistles that can push into the $150,000 range.

The Coachman Leprechaun costs around $68,000, which is a good price range to start shopping.

Lastly, there are Class C motorhomes. Think of these as the in-between option between the heft and high prices of Class A and the much smaller size and affordability of Class B. Talking money, Class C motorhomes are often more expensive than a travel trailer or a Class B motorhome, but not quite as costly as Class A. In short, you’ll probably be able to find one that’s about six figures or just under.

There’s often not as much space available with Class C motorhomes, so there may be an overhead bed and maybe a second queen-sized or king-sized bed in the bedroom nook. If you travel with a spouse or romantic partner, you can take that second overhead bed and make it a living room area, office, or anything you want. If you feel your Class C motorhome is a little cramped, this is a good idea.

There will also be less of a learning curve when it comes to driving your Class C motorhome. This weighs far less, so if you’re used to handling a bigger vehicle, like a heavy-duty truck or SUV, then driving this RV should be a piece of cake.

There’s decent storage room, especially if you convert the overhead bed space into something useful. You can generally expect a couple of windows, but not as many as a Class A motorhome. The windshield will also not be nearly as big as well.

The kitchen and bathroom nooks are usually smaller than a Class A, but not as much so as a Class B. You may have to forego some kitchen amenities, though, which isn’t a huge sacrifice.

It’s best to keep your passenger limit to two, maybe up to four people. It depends on the brand of RV you choose.

Class Cs are normally built on a truck or van chassis with an overhead cab area, which is used for sleeping or extra storage space. They usually fall in between a Class A and Class B with size and features.

In a Class C Motorhome, the bathroom and kitchen might be a little on the small size. Some class C motorhomes are on par with small fifth-wheel campers when it comes to amenities. A few of the higher-end units will also have slide outs and electric awnings.

A Class C Motorhome is best for small families or perhaps retired couples who want to travel, yet don’t want to go through the hassle of applying for a special driver’s license endorsement.

Coachmen RV Freelander 27QB – Starts at $69,921

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The Coachmen Freelander, built on a Ford chassis, is a Class C motorhome prefect for couples. There is a private bedroom with a queen sized bed in the rear of the RV with closest storage on either side of the bed. There is also a small kitchen, living and dining area. The kitchen has a double basin sink and a three-burner stovetop.

freelander interior

Forest River RV Sunseeker 3050S – Starts at $113,733

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The Sunseeker is a Class C motorhome built on a Ford chassis. With LED TVs in the living and bedroom areas, as well as an optional exterior TV, this RV is perfect for the family who loves to tailgate or keep up on their favorite shows while on the road. Outside has an 18′ awning that is perfect for relaxing at all hours of the day. The kitchen features a fridge, three-burner stove, double basin sink and pantry space, so cooking full meals on the road for family and friends is easy. 

sunseeker interior

Winnebago Ekko 22a – Starts at $168,415

ekko exterior

The Winnebago Ekko is luxury Class C motorhome. It has a color touchscreen systems monitor panel, satellite system ready, amplified digital HDTV antenna and more. The front cab area offers lots of convenient features like the Apple CarPlay Android Auto, Bluetooth and a rear camera display. 

ekko interior

Coachmen Leprechaun 240FS (450 Ford) Class C Motorhome

Average cost: $68,700

This Class C motorhome has a slide-out and an awning. It can sleep up to six and includes a built-in fireplace as well as a U-shaped dinette to accommodate families.

Winnebago Cambria 27K Class C Motorhome

Average cost: $129,000

Winnebago has long been a trusted name in quality RV manufacturers. The Cambria is one of the stars of their Class C motorhomes. There are many features to consider and trim levels that can be tailored to your family’s needs.

Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29J Class C Toy Hauler

Average Cost: $123,000

This is a somewhat rare blend of a motorhome that also pulls double duty as a toy hauler. It’s great for the times when you want to take an ATV with you to camp.

Winnebago Minnie Winnie 22M

Average Cost: $80,000+

The Minnie Winnie is a Class C Motorhome that is designed for quick setup and includes a 60″ x 75″ slide-out bed. It also has a U-shaped dinette, as well as an overhead bed.

RV Ownership Costs

Once you purchase an RV, whether it’s a camper, fifth-wheel, or motorhome, there will be additional costs to think about and budget for. Just like buying a car, getting an RV is not a “one-and-done” purchase. 

  • Registration and taxes: Just like when you purchase a new vehicle, you must pay for registration and taxes when you buy an RV. These prices vary from state to state, but you can estimates online on the DMV website with their RV Calculator.
  • Fuel: The fuel costs are likely to be more than when you fill up your car. RVs are much bigger and have a lot of weight to carry. Many motorhomes run on diesel, which can raise the cost of fuel as well.
  • RV hitch and maybe a weight distribution system: Some RVs include a factory-installed hitch, so this won’t necessarily always be a purchase you need. But many times you will need to upgrade the hitch depending on your truck’s towing needs or for a better towing experience. Fifth wheel hitches are often much more expensive than travel trailer hitches because they are larger and mounted to the bed of the truck. Prices range in the $300s to over $1,000 depending on the type. There is also a cost to install. 
  • Camping: A majority of campgrounds require a nightly fee to stay on-site, much like a hotel. They can range anywhere from $10-$120 a night depending on location and amenities. 
  • Maintenance: There is general maintenance and upkeep that is needed each year for your RV. Depending on where you live, you may need to winterize and de-winterize your RV each fall and spring. It is hard to determine a price as it can change year-to-year or even month-to-month, but having a repair fund is always a good idea. 
  • Storage: If you’re not able to store your RV on your own property, you will have to pay for storage costs when your RV is not in use.
  • Insurance: Insurance can be a costly part of owning an RV. Depending on your state, you may have to pay for added coverage protecting against injuries, or the required coverage may vary depending on the size or class of your RV. Michigan and California have some of the highest average RV insurance premiums (over $4,000 annually), while North Carolina and Oregon have some of the lowest ($800-$1,100). RV insurance is almost like a combination of home and car insurance. Because it is a vehicle, it needs certain aspects of car insurance for accidents, but it is also a home while your camping so you would also need aspects of home insurance. Optional coverage for your RV insurance can include pet injuries, vacation liability, roadside assistance, and more. The cost depends on the type of RV and if you want to cover personal belongings in your RV. RVezy’s insurance protection for owners, for example, insures motorized RVs valued up to $150,000 and towable RVs valued up to $100,000.
  • Satellite internet and TV.
  • RV Accessories. Black water tank supplies like sewer hoses, fittings, and tank treatments. Freshwater hose, inline water filter, and water pressure regulator. Surge protector. Leveling blocks and wheel chocks. Tire pressure monitoring system. Kitchen items. Linens. Outdoor equipment like camping chairs and a portable grill. Supplemental braking system or a brake controller. Truck camper tie downs. Towing mirrors.

Most states require you to register your RV the same way that you do your car. The price may be a little higher than a standard vehicle, however. Other states do registration fees based on factors like the vehicle’s size, weight, or fuel type. 

Cost Different Between RV Types & Classes

One aspect that can influence the price of an RV is its type. There are several types of RVs out there! The most common ones you’ll see are classes A, B and C RVs. 

The main difference between these three classes is RV size. Class A RVs are distinct because their features are similar to a bus. Understandably, class A RVs tend to be pretty large! As a result, class A RVs tend to cost more than smaller RV classes, ranging from $200,000 to $300,000. 

Next is class B RVs. These RVs appear similar to a van. The body of a class B motorhome can vary based on the manufacturer. Because class B RVs are smaller than class A, they cost less, with prices ranging from $100,000 to $200,000.

Last but not least is the class C RV. These models are easy to drive even and are a favorite of Cruise America’s RV rental customers! New Class C RVs costs are lower than A and B, ranging from $75,000 to $125,000. 

Sales Tax And Vehicle Registration

You will have sales tax to pay upon purchase, although many financing institutions will allow you to roll those taxes into the loan if you choose. These are a direct result of the RV price you pay and where you live.

Let’s say you decide to buy a used class C RV from Cruise America for $40,000. The base used RV cost is $40,000, but there are additional fees you are required to pay. Some of these fees include state and local vehicle taxes as well as vehicle registration fees. The cost of these fees and the requirements you must meet depend on where you live

Maintenance, Insurance, and Operating Expenses

Your new recreational vehicle will not get great gas mileage.  In fact, you can probably count on motorhomes getting 7 to 14 mpg and towables might decrease your truck mileage by a good mount.  So budget for fuel, propane to use in your heater, campground fees, oil changes, and set aside a chunk of money for repairs, because a moving “house” will need consistent maintenance and repairs.

Other costs that come with buying an RV include maintenance. It’s important to upkeep your RV to ensure it runs as it should! Depending on who you buy your RV from, you will receive a limited warranty. For example, Cruise America offers a limited warranty on certain parts of the RV if they stop working. These warranties differ depending on the seller, but they usually last for a certain amount of time before expiring. 

Not including gas and travel fees (as these are travel-related expenses rather than ownership costs), most owners would report the cost to own an RV somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500 per month.

The true cost of owning an RV should consider the cost to purchase the vehicle as well as all the expenses that you may incur during your ownership period. So, that means factoring in the financing and interest fees if you purchased the RV with a loan, plus all the vehicle’s maintenance and upkeep over the years. 

Of course, those sorts of expenses will vary from person to person (especially when you’re considering financing and interest), but the cost for repairs and maintenance will also depend on the age and condition of your RV and whether it came with any kind of warranty coverage. If you have no warranty coverage, you should expect your costs to be much higher. 

You should budget about $10,000 per year for maintenance and small repairs for your RV, but keep in mind that a larger unexpected repair could be necessary at any time, which could require thousands of dollars. 

Depreciation is another factor that should be considered when it comes to the ownership cost for an RV. While it’s not something you’ll pay out of pocket, it is a loss on your initial investment.

Is Owning an RV Cost-Effective?

Owning an RV can be cost-effective for certain people or families, especially those who travel frequently. The money that you would otherwise spend on hotel rooms, flights, rental cars, and restaurants could easily offset the cost of a moderately priced RV. 

If you’re traveling with children or a large family, the value grows exponentially versus if you’re just a single person or a couple. 

Conclusion on Average RV Prices

If you’re contemplating buying your own RV, it helps to know average RV costs. This information lets you know how much you can expect to shell out. Remember, the age, manufacturer you choose, condition of the vehicle, and additional features will all influence the cost. These extras drive sticker price up or down.

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