Who Is Your Favorite RV Manufacturer?

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February 23, 2009

In this week’s poll question, we want to know: Who is your favorite RV Manufacturer?

After you make your pick on the poll, leave us a comment telling us WHY you chose the manufacturer you did! And if we’ve missed listing your favorite due to our space constraints, then leave us a comment with your top-dog choice!

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  1. Fred Melroy

    Tiffin is by far the best manufacturer. They build a quality product for a reasonable price. Better yet they stand behind their warranty. I have a tiffin phaeton and would not think about buying from any other manufacturer. They are the best.

  2. pete zibell

    excellent manufacturing to details

  3. Jim Wright

    I have owned five Fleetwood products from campers to motorhomes , and have never had a problem with any of their units .

  4. Shirley White

    Actually it is Lazy Daze. Their quality is fantastic. Their follow-up support is great.

  5. Jim WYO

    You left out Northwood they manufacture Nash and Arctic Fox trailers.
    I owned a Jayco bought new and it was a piece of junk and the customer service was terrible. I’m also currently in touch with a lady that has has such a bad experience with her Jayco that she has had to hire a lawyer to get some help. My bigest mistake was that I didn’t do enough internet research before I bought the Jayco the Yahoo Jayco page would have clued me into the issues they have.

  6. Richiee

    Hi Nuby here , K Z rv , Durango , 28 ft Fv`r , we are now on our 3 rd KZ , just love every thing about it , no problems with any of them !!! The dealer ship is fantastic , would get another , thanks

  7. I chose Tiffin for several reasons. When we were looking for a Class A to replace our Class C, I asked many people at RV parks and on the road during our travels the reason that they chose the RV they owned. Everyone who owned a Tiffin said just about the same thing – quality, reliability and custmer service. After we purchased a new Tiffin Allegro in 2006, I feel the same. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bob Tiffin at his factory in Red Bay, Alabama last summer when we went down to have a repair made (cracked bracket on frame) and their customer service was almost too good to be true. I have been a building maintenance manager for over 20 years, so I know how to treat people and I give Tiffin an A+.

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  8. Drew Mueller

    I have had two Fleetwoods- both were good and we had good times in both. The few problems we encountered could not be attributed to the make.

    We had also put a deposit down on another Fleetwood early last year, but the factory had installed the wrong counter tops…after we specifically informed them which ones were to be included in our new motorhome. After much damage control between the dealer and the factory- niether could make the deal right. The dealer wanted us to take delivery- then promising they’d fix it at a later date. In the end- we still wanted a bunk bed style floorplan, and plenty of mfg’s. made them. I had originally researched Winnebago’s 35-J..and it was time for a look. We were not only impressed with the rig’s construction and features, but also the dealer’s attitude and flexibility during the deal. We havn’t regretted our decision and we and our grankids are enjoying our new motorhome.

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  9. Pete Wright

    Tiffin: I was unable to purchase a new unit, however after talking to a number of RV owners, the recommendation I received was Tiffin, due to their service. Note, I was a PU and Fifth Wheel user, prior to changing.

  10. Gary Bowles

    Love my 2003 Fleetwood Coleman Mesa. Bought it new and no problems. Coleman the cadillac of foldown campers!

  11. The crossroads has proven to be the most costomer friendly. Service is beyond any that I have had

  12. boyd pettitt

    Northwood..its not listed

  13. Sue

    I have only had one RV. I love the layout of my motorhome but wish it had been put together with something other than staples. Also, I’ve had to replace everything from the refrigerator to the engine, but part of that may be because of the previous owner’s lack of attention to maintenance.

  14. Steve Bernard

    I’ve had 18 Class A motorhomes, in my long life, from Winnies, Swingers, Holiday Ramblers, to Explorers and Fleetwoods and more.
    All were used , and when I recently retired I bought a new 2008 Bounder 35E/ Ford chassis.
    Through all of my experiences, I have found Fleetwood to be of the highest quality, easiest to maintain, most advanced features and biggest bang for the buck. I put my money where my mouth is!
    Customer service is a pleasure to call, and now, they sell parts direct to us. Need a schematic or tech help of any kind?
    They are there to help and aren’t happy until I am.
    It’s too bad that our economy is affecting all industries, especially anything related to the automotive and RV business, however, the fittest will survive.
    Support your favorite manufacturer and keep rving down that beautiful road.

  15. Mike Messner

    23 Feb. 2009

    Hello everyone, I own a Tifin Alegro Bay 34ft. Motorcoach it isn’t new it’s a 94 model. My wife and i have been full timers going on three years. We purchased the coach from a private party, big mistake, as we found out later. it’s my fault for not doing my Homework before we purchased. I have no problem with the coach but it is well built, but was not taken care of as the previous owners said it was.

    I contacted the Tifin Manufacture about some of the problems we were having and they said to bringing it in to the factuary and they would acess and update all problems at their expence, this is unhurd of ,at least by me. I am still basicly new at this game. So as soon as we can get our coach rolling again we plan to visit the Tiffin
    Plant in Red Bay. They have already helped me with other problem i have encountered.
    Go Tiffin,
    Mike

  16. Gary Bismack

    Tiffin We have a 2008 Alegro Bay and can’t be more pleased with it. Quality, price and most importantly factory service and support. They have it all. Met Bob Tiffin at my dealer and was very impressed.

  17. Phil Fitzwater

    We have a Winnebago, I find it is best with nothing on the roof, including the air conditioner, Freightliner air brakes, thermal pane windows, and boxes come out with the slide. The water compartments are heated when using the furnace so winter driving keeps things thawed. The ride is so smooth with air rides. Our Winnebago is a 2000 Journey.

  18. Jim Moyer

    Personally I was sorry to see National RV go through their problems and eventually out of business. I owned a 95 Seabreeze for 13 years that was low maintenance and trouble free. We just purchased a 2009 Newmar Grandstar (FRED). We agonized over the selection between Tiffin and Newmar both quality rigs but my wife’s preference for the Grandstar floorplan won out.

  19. Jim Wheeler

    DRV. Quality for the dollar spent is provided by the company formerly know as Doubletree Suites. Solidly built with high tow ratings because of weight distribution. Interior looks like a home–important to full-timing it.

  20. Charles

    I’m new to the RV world but I did quite a bit of research and looking before making my first buy. Fleetwood seem to have the best of the type I was looking for – Class C Pulse – and the price was pretty good, compared to others. I have had occasion to ask Fleetwood a question or two and have received prompt and complete answers. After almost a year of ownership and several thousand miles, I am still completely without “buyers remorse.”

  21. Mike Brown

    We purchased a Coachman Captiva T/T, and absolutly Love it. Very good quality and style for a reasonable priced unit. We upgraded from a Coleman Pop-up and really like the Coachman. No problems whatsoever. We belong to several RV Clubs and usually take it out at least once a month. We were a bit upset when Coachman sold out to Forest River, but they are continuning to manufacture under the Coachman name. Will defiantely consider another Coachman purchase.

  22. George Maynor

    We purchased our Thor 28 FBS TT in 2000. Several minor problems after our 2 nd run were repaired by the factory in a timely and professional manner. Since then, the trailer has performed in a flawless manner having circumvented the country 3 times and numerous trips through the desert southwest and Canada. It’s been the best rig we have ever owned!

  23. endalby

    How come truck camper manufacturers where left off the list? For my money it is Lance. If you look at the forums section of RV.net Truck Campers have more members, posts, etc… than Class C, Toy Haulers, and Class B. Why are we still considered 2nd class citizens?

    Cheers – Eric

  24. Hey everyone–and that especially includes the Administrator of these blogs, one coach manufacturer that you always seem to ignore is perhaps one of the VERY best built coaches and overall will be running down the road LONG AFTER all these others that have been listed, is a FORETRAVEL. I have two friends that own 25 year old Foretravels that look almost like the day they came off the showroom floor and go just about anywhere. Of course one of them has over 200,000 miles on it while the other one only has 155,000 miles on it.

    I bought mine two years ago–used–and was my first used coach. The other three were new and spent more time in the shop than they did on the road. In case you’ve never heard of a Foretravel, the manufacturer is located in a little town in eastern Texas called Nacogdoches. When I bought my coach a 2002, it had been long out of warranty, but the factory stepped up to the plate without any effort on my part and repaired a defect that had been found in the body construction that with all the repairs and repaint would have cost well over $5,000 had I paid for it. What was a huge surprise, was that the new owner of the company, was the one that bared all the costs to do the repairs done by the previous owner.

  25. Tom Markham

    We special ordered a Newmar Essex at an FMCA convention in 2006. Newmar had engineers on site and made changes at our request to accommodate a larger kitchen area, more counter and cabinet space. We received the coach on schedule and the quality has been great and customer service has always been excellent.

  26. Jim

    We vote for Winnebago. We now have a 02 National Tradewinds on a Spartan Chassis. Reason we voted for Winnebago is we had a 02 Adventurer that we traded for the Tradewinds. We loved the 35U Adventurer with all the amenities and floorplan but hated the outside color. The Tradewinds has not given us a bit of trouble and we’ve lived in it about 4 years. We started out rving in a 03 Fleetwood Class C Tioga. It was terrible. Rattled and shook going down the road. The microwave even fell off the wall on one trip. The interior walls come loose from the outside walls. It was just one thing after another, thus we didn’t have the Fleetwood long and would never buy another one…..

  27. Sara Kinnard

    SunnyBrook should definitely be added to the list. The Titan we have is well constructed and has a lot of storage both inside and outside. The manufacturer and the dealer has been exceptional in providing excellent service.

  28. Chuck Niver

    Nu Wa Breaks my heart that they are suspending manufacturing tho. I have found their customer service department to be outstanding. We bought ours used and they treat me like I was the only customer they had. You get a live person who knows the product – no staying on hold and listening to recordings telling you how important you are. Can’t say the same for Jayco or Airstream.

  29. Doug

    Although I own a Fleetwood Southwind, every Newmar product I have ever looked at seemed to be way above average in quality of build, fit, and finish. They also seem to hold value better than most others.

  30. Roy Phillips

    I have been RV’ing for 40 years and have owned Class A’s, Class C’s, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels and camping vans from Champion, Fleetwood, Forest River, Itasca and Nu WA. I recently purchased a product from Casita and have found the manufacturing facility, workmenship, service including after the sale service and the overall purchasing experience to be better than with any other manufacturer or product.

  31. Nancy Busch

    I purchased a Born Free from Dodgen Industeries and think it is about the best. I previously owned a Jayco, which was very pretty, but I could tell the quality was not there after living in it full time for a year. I love my Born Free and the customer service could not be better! I have never met another Born Free owner that was not pleased with this product.

  32. George Stoltz

    I had to vote for Tiffin in order to leave a comment. Tiffin does make a good product, but a used Foretravel is a better built product. “And if you are willing to buy a coach that is 6 to 10 years older than a 2009, you will get a high-line coach for less than new and it won’t fall apart on you.

    So my vote and my heart and my money are with Foretravel.

  33. Lou Renville

    We have a 1999 Fleetwood southwind 36ft We hope to have a Alfa 40ft some day thay have the best floor plan evean if thay do not make them enymore We are fulltimers now and we never looked back

  34. John Royer

    You left out one of the best…Forest River. We’ve been RVing since 1988 and currently own a Cedar Creek 40′ travel trailer and love it. We visited several factories and many many dealerships for this purchase. After nearly a year’s research on the internet and many personal visits we settled on the Cedar Creek by Forest River. We had a challenge with the unit when we first took delivery. The dealer was clueless , but one phone call to the factory resulted in making contact with the most helpful, responsive and honest people I have ever met. They sent a truck to pickup our unit the next morning and transported it from our home in Ohio to the factory. There they determined that it needed to go to their specialty facility, All RV Repair in Goshen. Well, I thought the factory people were great, but then things got even better. Corrections were made to our unit and it was returned three days later, spotless, cleaned in and out and with nothing but smiles. There are a lot of quality products on the market (and some not so quality, too), but it’s the people who make or break a company. Mr. Buffet and Forest River….your cup runneth over with quality people!

  35. GlenO

    We are on our third Dutchmen made Colorado and now Grand Junction. As I understand Thor owns Dutchmen thus I guess the reason for not seeing Dutchmen?

    The Grand Junction seems to have a high grade of quality. Recently thought about going up to the Select Suites but after really comparing apples and oranges felt the Grand Junction has better quality overall but the Select Suites did have the plus of 15″ beams being a heavier trailer and the hydraulic leveler system. The hydraulic was what was really driving me to conisder it but due to its heavier weight requiring more of a 350 to pull it, I decided to stay with the Grand Junction and simply deal with the leveling.

  36. GlenO

    RE: Note from John Royer

    I just read John’s note about factory service. Now that for sure is service. Can’t beat that one for sure.

  37. Love our Winnebago 35U. Have not found a better floor plan for us. It will go anywhere and do anything the higher end rigs do. Dealers available nationwide helped us make our decision. Until someone comes out with a hi-bred that gets 15-20 mpg, we will sit tight and enjoy life on the road in our present unit.

  38. ESV

    We have had 2 Wilderness and 2 Terry travel trailers. Even though there have been some issues, Fleetwood has always come through for us. We also love one floor plan and can not find it in other manufacturers.

  39. Keith heppel

    For our needs Tiffin has come through with flying colors. Factors include. pricing, phone accessibity after the sale, people at factory listening, whether on phone or to your face and doing the right things to keep you happy about your purchase decision, from the president on down to the line man. The product ,a phaeton, has served us well for 40k miles.

  40. Kenneth Fuller

    LANCE – I’ve had several RV”s since I started in 1984, and Lance has been the best. They don’t leak and they don’t crack or fall apart like some other manfacturers I’d rather not mention. I’m a school teacher with summers off and have four children spread out across this magnificient country from northern New York to southern California that we visit every summer covering 10,000 miles. Our current 2003 Lance 1161 has approximately 60,000 miles of road travel with no repairs necessary. It’s a heavy unit built like a tank. My previous Lance was a 1993 980 that we used for 10 years with no problems until we upgraded to this 1161 slide out unit. We love it.

  41. Jim

    I like Aurstream, though it is actually a division of Thor. Airstream trailers last and last and last. They are pricey initially, but that cost spread over many years becomes a small amortization.

  42. Bluebird Bob

    Actually, my favorite manufacture is Bluebird. Ours is an 84 and put together so well that the onlt thing I am doing is updating the mechanicals. Nothing wrong with the interior at all!
    Show me another mh that is put together as well as this one.
    People still come by and remark what a great looking rig it is.

  43. Ski Oleski

    I voted for Fleetwood, reason, 1st it is my 1st ever RV, and 2nd, Bathroom, I got a 2000 39z, nice floor plan, the wife likes the bathroom, as long as she is comfortable with that, the rest is a joy, easy to handle, and gives us (so far) all the comforts of home on the road.

    Ski

  44. Fred

    The Titanium fifth wheel by Glendale of Canada is the most inovative design to come along in a while. It is geared toward a short bed pickup with no further hitch modifications that are needed for a short bed.

    Also, both Heatland and Tiffin can claim bragging rights as THE two best-quality of American manufacturers.

    I have owned Fleetwood and Keystone fivers and the only claim they can make is sales volume. I either had two lemons in a row or neither company cares much about quality.

  45. We vote for Winnebago. We have a 2002 Itasca class A motor home. It has been a great rig with very few problems. It is very sturdy and well built. We would like to upgrade and we will be looking at Winnebago and Itasca only. We like the motor aide heat system and hot water system. The only problem we have had has been with the thermo pane windows which are not made by Winnebago.

  46. You do a great and undeserved misservice by not listing all RV manufactorers in your list. Why the prejudice?

  47. M Jaroska

    I also chose the Born Free from Dodgen Industries. It is a quality built unit and less than 10 feet high. I previously owned a 30 year old Chinook which served us well.

  48. Dave Stewart

    We vote for Winnebago. Ours is a 99 Chieftain on a 2000 frieghtliner custom chassis.A 285 turbo charged cummins and a great layout. We’ve been to numerous Rv shows and have not found a floor layout thats as functional or comfortable as our Chieftain.We love the handleing of the 36 ft unit and really enjoy showing others of our treasure.

  49. James S. Arpaia

    I just purchased my second Monaco Exec, an 06. I was pleased with the ride and the stability of the Roadmaster chassie. The best coach is the one you own!

  50. Ron Moon

    Have owned a number of used units, but then placed an order for a 99 New Horizons 5W knowing there was a six month wait due to orders ahead of mine. Always read where you should expect a new unit would need to be retuned many times to correct things that had been over looked or just not done right the first time. Still own the NH and very happy to report that it still has not been in for repairs. I did add a Nature Pure water filter and a cover over a slideout, but no repairs. Its already 50 amp. and still feels our need so see no reason not to keep it. Still think just because your smaller than others dosn’t mean you can’t be one of the best.

  51. George

    I had an ’04 Coachmen Concord which was a good product. However, in my later model Concord, the propane gas line kept getting pinched in the slide-out due to crude and sloppy design. I know most manufacturers are putting the range or the refrigerator in a slide. But, after my experience, I won’t buy one. I can’t believe that flexing gas lines back and forth is safe. So far, my ’06 PHOENIX CRUISER is proving to be a well-constructed and reliable B+ class coach.

  52. Rick Long

    FLEETWOOD!!! Even in these tough times they go that extra mile for their customers. I have a ’99 Bounder with 84,000 miles and I’ll buy another if I can ever wear this one out!!

  53. Ron Gadreault

    Our vote would go to Crossroad. We have a 2007 Cruiser which is the 4th RV for us. We found the price, quality and especially the warranty to be our reason for voting for Crossroad. The time I have had to file a warranty claim was painless and easy. They took care of our problem immediately and without any hassle. We were in and area where there was no dealer and they helped us find a local RV repair facility.

  54. Georgia Bush

    We are on our 2nd Winnebago. We have had fantastic experiences with both of them. No major problems and the very few times that we called Winnebago they couldn’t have been nicer and informative. When we get ready for our Pusher it will again be a Winnebago. I say “Let the track record speak for itself.”

  55. Ray Palandri

    Tiffin is for sure the very best. They manufacture a quality product, they do excellent quality control, they are reasonably priced, and if something does go wrong they stand behind their product. I had a question once and Bob Tiffin called me to answer my question and even though I owned my unit for two years, he had me take it to a local alignment shop to have it aligned at his expense.

    I’ve owned three other motor homes and have never gotten this kind of quality and service.

  56. Gary Mellinger

    My vote would have to go to Airstream. We’ve put 40K miles on it in 2 years, and not much has gone wrong with it. With an install of disc brakes, it tows like a dream. You hardly know it’s behind you. Fits into most of the California State and National Parks with no problems and has the looks of a retro trailer, with the state of the art interior.
    gary

  57. judie rose

    We have had several rv’s from pop-up to T/T to class A to 5W back to Class A. We had a Wini. Won’t have another. Allegro, had 3. Last one 2000 Bus, lost it in a fire or would still have it.. 93 Foretravel (loved it), had more amenities then the 2000. Now have a 2000 Windsor Monaco and can not believe the quality of all the last 3. Just would like larger slides. All had great storage.

  58. Bill

    Tiffin is well built and they stand by their warranty

  59. Jo

    Have always had great service. They helped keep a dealer straight.

  60. Roxie

    Before purchasing my first RV I looked at a lot of models and manufacturers.
    I was only interested in Class B motorhomes. The quality of Pleasureway was far superior to Roadtrek or Airstream, which is the one that I thought would be best. I don’t believe any could be better than the Pleasureway that I purchased, especially in the Class b category. So far I am totally and completely happy!!!!!

  61. DAN

    CERTAINLY NOT WINNEBAGO.
    our 01 35u on the workhorse chassis is one of the mohos that have a severe and dangerous brake problem. it had <7k miles on it when i bought it.
    the brakes, one or more, seize and overheat with no warning. sometimes the anti-lock sensor melts and the brake rotor cracks. usually they work ok after a cooling off period if they did not get too hot.
    nitza has had a “recall” on the problem and are presently in an investigation of these problems for the second time. this has been going on for 9 years already!
    the customer service from winnebago concerning the brake issue is non existent. when i questioned them, they just denied that there is a problem!

  62. Arcing

    My vote would be for New Horizons, and second for Northwood (Nash/Arctic Fox), I have one of each ๐Ÿ™‚ great customer service and well built… No problems with either as long as maintenance is performed.

    And both are still in business, unlike some of the others.

  63. Brooker Smith

    First to Dan it is not the Winny that is the problem if you look at your comment, it is the chassis and Winny dose not make that part!
    Now for my addition to the list and i only saw 1 other listing and it is for Forest River, I own a 30ft Cedar Creek 5th wheel and love the unit, in over 5 years have never had any issue but just to clean and wax it, i have owned a coleman popup it was great, also have owned a springdale made by keystone this is a company that deserves to go out of business> They are not any help to this industry at all, very poorly made and there is no customer service, needed to hire a lawyer and the Attorney General for the dealer to resolve issues, so RUN FROM KEYSTONE.
    Happy Camping folks

  64. Don Corkran

    We like Pleasure Way the best of any manufacturer. We’ve had four RV’s but the Pleasure Way gave us the least amount of trouble. Our unit was on the Ford chassis which we also prefer. They have an excellent attention to detail and the furnishings, etc. However, we feel that Pleasure Way as with most Class B’s are a little on the pricey side. We have traded our Pleasure Way (at 140,000+ miles) for a 24′ Gulfstream B Touring Cruiser, but on the whole, we wish we still had the Pleasure Way!

  65. Larry Votaw

    I bought a new Class C Gulfstream Yellowstone in 2003 and have not had any problems other than Dealer problems. It is very well contructed. The only problem I have encountered is trying to get schematics of plumbing and electrical. They say these are only available to Dealers and repair centers.

  66. Michelle

    We choose Winnebago! I absolutely love our 39ft Winnie Adventurer! Everytime we camp, I find something else I like about our rig! My husband and I camp with our 3 teenage children! The layout is great! We’ve had very little trouble in the 4/5 years we’ve owned it! (Hope we didn’t curse ourselves!) If we ever trade it in, it will be for a new Winnie! The whole rig is done so thoughtfully, you can tell the designers camp also! Simple things like the built in hair dryer or the mirrored wardrobe door that opens up so you can sit on your bed and put on makeup or the easy rest recliner whose foot rest doubles as a coffee table. Love It!!

  67. Stevie

    We go RVing as a family of four with young kids and a golden retriever, and really enjoy our KZ Spree (lightweight trailer). It has a beautiful interior, a great, well-thought out floorplan, many appreciated ammenities, and plenty of storage space. So far, everything functions perfectly and nothing leaks, creaks or breaks. Whenever we have questions, KZ always answers them quickly and pleasantly.

  68. Tony Cobb

    I will have to say Winnebago, I have an Itasca 34′ Sunrise, bought used but looks brand new with just a few miles on her. I love the layout and the detail to the small things. I think overall for the price the Winnebago gives you the most for your bucks. I love the one piece fiberglass roof system over the rubber roofs especially in campgrounds with low lying tree limbs that can tear a hole in the rubber very easily…my pick, A Winnebago

  69. Richard Flor

    Tiffin .. We have a 94 Allegro Bus which we’ve had since 2003 and it has been a wonderful unit. Has 89k on it now and still going strong. The coach is still like new and we tell everyone we’d never consider anything else. Wish we could afford a new one. Tiffins quality, pricing, and service after the sale is the best in the industry..

  70. Bea Kay

    Tiffin, by far.
    From 1966 when we started RVing we owned 17 different motorhomes. Bob Tiffin stands behind even the oldest Allegro.

  71. Noel Young

    In my opinion Winnebago is far the best motorhome manufacturer. Since 1985
    I have owned 4 Winnebago models. My present coach is an Itasca, still Winnebago. The appointments and workmanship are top notch and show little signs of wear.
    I once had a Gulfsteam, it was garbage in comparision.

  72. Susan Hillman

    BIGFOOT trailer is not mentioned. We have one and love ‘glamping’ in it. It is extremely well built with rounded 2-piece fiberglass construction and tasteful interior.
    It is a Canadian co. which had to shut down due to the economic situation – no fault of their own. Too bad so sad, but now we have a collector’s piece!

  73. Chuck

    I don’t see Doubletree RV listed. It is my favorite, so far, and I speak from a history of some seven RVs mad by six manufacturers.
    DRV is an upstart from early 2004 (maybe late 2003) and they are learning the trade quite quickly.
    This is the most long term RV we have owned and despite numerous problems, attributed to learning pains, it has served us well during more than 30,000 miles of travel. Yes, we are full timers and unless the RV fills our needs completely, we move on to another. The 2004 Mobile Suites has won our approval and remains top contender for our next acquisition.

  74. Bethel

    I bought a Safari Trek Pathmaker in December of 1993 and immediately started a trip from Oregon to Florida. Along the way some adjustments were needed and Safari stood for them, shipping parts when necessary and picking up all costs. I have yet to see another rig that has the livability for two that this floorplan has, and there is no other maker that offers it. I’m nearing 100K on the 4-cylinder Isuzu diesel, which over an 8K trip averaged 11.9 mpg. I’m a Safari addict!

  75. Bob

    I am surprise that Carriage Inc. doesn’t figure in your listing. We own a 2008 Cameo (35SB3) and we love it. We had a leaking problem and Carriage Inc impressed me with their quick response to solve our problem and their friendly customer service is the best in it’s class. We beleive that Carriage Inc. is the best in the industrie.

  76. Mary Ann Solesbee

    Tiffin! Pricepoint to pricepoint Tiffin has the best quality. Customer service is excellent. We have talked to numerous Tiffin owners and everyone raves about the service and quality of their coach. We own a 36ft 2008 Phaeton

  77. Bob Rolston

    You missed Forest River from your list. My wife and I have been Rv’ing for 35 years and hands down the best unit we have had is our 2003 30″ Cedar Creek 5th wheel we purchaes new 6 years ago. The dealer was hopeless but Forest River at the factory in Goschen Ind. came up with a correct back window for our unit, contacted us and had it shipped to the dealer for install. Other than small cosmetic problems the unit has been excellent with allot of pavement behind it.
    WE would buy Forest River again without hesitation.

  78. Diane

    We have had 1 fleetwood rv, 1 gulfstream rv, and 2 winnebago rv’s and by far the winnebago products were the best, they had all of the amenities that we needed and everything worked on them. they did not seem to need alot of repairs and we felt confident that when we were on the road there would be no problems. We have been fulltime rv’ers for 12 years now and travel mainly for Steve’s work, but always find time to take the side trips to see as many sights as possible before the next job. The winnebago industry has helped me out the 2 times that I have had a concern with the coach by putting me in contact with the right person to take care of the repair and before they turn me over to the repair person they have explained the situation to me in detail so that I know what is going to happen. Being a fulltimer they know that I need to have the coach repaired by someone who will get my coach done quickly but correctly. Right now we think that the coach we have(2004 Adventurer) is perfect but if we were to purchase another coach it would be another Winnebago.

  79. I personally own a Monaco Executive highline motor coach. After working and training excesively ay Lazy Days for a couple of years, I learned about usually getting what you pay for. The best company is Tiffin as well as backing up what they sell, they are by far the best value at their price level of conventional diesel motorhomes. As far as tech support and higher end motor home value, I pick Monaco since every high end coach built at Plant 10 in Oregon (Imperial, Dynasty, Navigator, Patriot Thunder, Executive, Signature, Marquis) have an individual set of blueprints that can be pulled up by one of their numerous phone techs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 day per year even Christmas eve at 11:59 PM. The best quality motor home if money is less of an object is a Country Coach. Their manufacturing process involves numerou inspections which end up adding a extra 1,000 – 2,000 hours to the build out on each coach. CC does not rank too high on aftermarket parts support as it can take way too long to recieve the right part. I would own a CC even if they were not in business since their coaches will out last any non semimonacoque coach by at least 50 years. American Coaches Liberty Chassis is the strongest chassis made though the upper end of the coach is still aluminum reinforced. If I had 100k to spend, I would purchase a 2000 CC Magna DS. It would maintain its value for many years and give the performance of a rolls royce. I would not even consider a lower end diesel coach below the Tiffin Phaeton since you get what you pay for.

  80. Bob Conrad

    Carri-Lite by Carriage gets my vote. Purchased in 1999, this Carriage will not give up the ghost. Would like a new Cameo, but why, when our Carri-Lite keeps on ticking. It’s solid as a rock.

  81. Katherine Due

    I guess we are newbies too having only one trip in our Challenger. We have been very happy with this Keystone product. Much nicer than a lot of fifths that we looked at. Yes, we did see some nicer, but not in our price range and not with a floor plan we really liked. Need to accommodate two rather large Belgian Tervs (dogs) and they live in the living room with us. Need space to get around them ๐Ÿ˜‰ Incidentally, our first trip was 3200 miles long. Not a problem anywhere.

  82. Maxine Mougeot

    We love our 2004 Artic Fox 5th wheel. It is a 30 footer with 2 slides – we hauled it up the Al-Can highway in 2006 with no problems at all. Nice 7,000 mile trip – still hauling it around. It is great in the cold, excellent in the heat. We maintain it regularly and keep it spotless. Looks like new. I think we might need some new tires one of these trips. It has room for all the cast iron cookware that I need to haul around.

  83. JM

    Northwood belongs on the list and would be my top pick. I would prefer to have many more manufacturers on the list so that the results can include most manufacturers instead of only a few. The results would be more meaningful.

  84. Dan

    I’ve been in the RV business for 18 years. I have worked for the same dealership throughout. I have worked in sales management, service management and been GM of the dealership. We have worked with many manufacturers over the years servicing every brand made today and some that are no longer with us.
    Without a doubt Winnebago is the best manufacturer in terms of customer care, product innovation and dealer to manufacturer relations.
    Their Manufacturing facility and technical systems are the industry standard which all translates to a better customer experience.
    We sell Winnebago, Coachmen, Fleetwood, Forest River, Keystone and Dutchmen products both towable and motorized and are a authorized service center for every conceivable make and manufacturer so we have options.
    Winnebago may not be the flashiest product out there, but in terms of manufacturer reliability, product quality, customer warranty care, resale value, dealer network and technical service these guys are the standard. The only one I have dealt with that is even close is Tiffin.
    In challenging times go with the sure bet and my money is on Winnebago.

  85. Thomas Urso

    I would have to vote for Winnebago. Our first Winnie was a 1987 Minnie Winnie 24 footer (used) on a Ford chassis. The second one was a 1996 Minnie Winnie 31 footer on a Ford chassis and our present one is a 2004 Advenrturer 33 footer.i have good luck with all of them and the 460 engine did everything I wanted it to except for manifold bolts but that is coming on all Class C’s because heat has no place to go and engine compartment has no coooling. My Adventurer with the WCC is great and the 8.1l engine married to the Alison transmission can’t be beat. We like the floor plan and the amenties that Winebago has.
    We have been to the factory a number of times and they have treated us great and their service is top notch plus if you have any question or problem just call them. THey also make a lot of the parts that make a Winnebago such a fine coach.
    This one will probably be our last RV and we really like it, now if only the condition of the roads would improve.
    Winnebago gets my vote for sure.

  86. Richard Briggs

    Why don’t you include manufacturers of premium companies such as COACH HOUSE ?
    A small company whose coaches can be decribed as “one off”.
    I haven’t found one Coach House owner that has anything but praise for their units.
    Is t heir ommission from your list because they cost is alittle more?
    Quality and service always costs.

  87. Tiffin
    I have owned two.Tiffin always stand behind their products. At this time in our economy one should look at what is left in business. Monaco, Country Coach, etc are now historic comparisions. My Dad once said they are all good if they’re paid for!!! 42′ Allegro Bus

  88. Richard Briggsheck out C

    Check uut the Coach House Platimun line.

    Feel like one off productj, factory personel treats you like family.

    Cost a little more but well worth it

  89. Jack Halpin FMCA 403927

    I picked Winnebago as of all the MHs I looked at Winnebago had the best quality over all for the selling price. I own a 05 Journey and love it and my father-in-law is on his third Winnebago gasser and loves them. Quality build, dependable, and reasonably priced. I also believe of all the HM companies Winnebago will still be in business 10 years from now.

  90. Jay

    We have been RVing for 26 years and owned Pop-up, C’s, presently traveling in a 33.5 Holiday Rambler ‘A’ we purchased used a number of years back. We have really enjoyed this RV and are looking forward to the coming season. We have taken the Vacationer from Ohio to Wyoming and back through the South Dakota Black Hills, Mt Rushmore. We’ve traveled south the past two seasons to the Beach in North Carolina, via the dreaded West Virginia Turnpike.. The RV performed much better than anticipated through the mountains pulling our CRV. The Vacationer has been a very pleasant experience all the way around for us.

  91. C. Skinner

    I would like to know if any of you have had experiences with Excel 5th wheels. I did not see a write up on this site about their trailers.

  92. S. Buckingham

    RED BAY, RED BAY, RED BAY! They really take very good care of their products. This is my first coach. They have really been terrific from the top, Bob Tiffin, to the janitors. In this case, the saying it begins at the top is so very true.

  93. Just bought a 2004 Coach House Platinum 230XL. It is top of the line in a small
    Motorhome, Everything in it is the best . Everyone should check out this brand.

  94. E. Robinson

    Why didn’ you list Carriage? Carriage is a fine company that has been in business for many years and continues to build quality coaches year after year.

  95. Steve Kissner

    I bought a NUWA Hitchiker Discover America new in 2006. I had one small issure with my bedroom slide gears that was covered under warranty. No other problems , just pure enjoyment . If you are living your dream they are all good.
    Happy Travels from SDcamperman

  96. My wife and I purchased a Alfa See Ya, July 2006. We’ve traveled around the country with it, with very minor problems. The reason for this purchase was due to the floor plan. My wife loved it, enough said. My wife paniced when the factory closed. I don’t care what kind of coach you have, there will be little problems that creap up. Luck, is finding a good mechanic and RV repair shop. When we first bought it we were in Winnamucha(Nv), camped for a few days. One morning while having coffee outside, an older gentleman stopped and started asking me about my coach. He knew it was new, no license plates. After talking for about 5 minutes he made a statement I’ll never forget. “Son, you seem like you have a sense of humor, as long as you own one these you better have a sense of humor or sell it now”. Keep smiling and fun with it or get rid of it………fritz

  97. Patsyc

    While we currently own a Monaco product, we have owned 4 Tiffin Motorhomes and found the service exceptional. They are so accommodating and never let you leave until the problem is solved. I have no idea why we changed. We have been happy with our current MH but we still have a few issues that have never been resolved.

  98. G Shea

    I have a nomad and it is ok, a few troubles with them honoring thier warranty, but it worked out in the end. I wonder if anyone can relate any experiences with the makers of the Cougar line? I am considering them, and would love any info! G Shea

  99. Dave Heath

    Tiffin, without a dought, we have only owned this one rv but have rented a half dozen others, Fleetwood,Georgetown,Winnabego, the quality and attention to detail on out older rig (A 96 Bus) is off the chart, our next rig, (hopefully alot newer with slideouts!) will a tiffin, no dought!

  100. A Z

    Tiffin by far !! Had an ’06 Holiday Rambler Ambassador and traded it in for a ’08 Allegro Bus. Superior quality inside and out and the factory really stands behind their product. The owner even gives out his personal phone # if satisfaction can’t be met by his service team. Live 960 miles from the factory and they allowed me to have my local RV repair guy do warranty work bill Tiffin for it and they even sent me a replacement window and authorization for my guy to replace it and they will pay him direct. No questions asked. Couldn’t get service like that from Monaco when we were in Wakarusa.

  101. Horknee

    Our last MH was a 05 Winnebago Vectra & it was excellent,However we wanted something bigger & Winnie only goes to 40′
    After asking everybody in campsites about their units,Tiffin rated #1 due to quality,price & service.So we just took delivery of our new 09 45′ Tiffin Zephyr
    Time will tell

  102. Manuel Enos

    My wife and I have a 2000 Newmar Dutchstar diesel pusher which I am very partial to. In 10 years it has only been in the shop once for a problem that kept if off the road. In my estimation, you get what you pay for and Newmar quality says it all from interior design to external and chassis they are built with the customer in mind…Scott & Glenda Enos, Lake City, Fl

  103. I guess I have to be the “Lone Wolf” in the middle of the pack on this topic.

    For me, my choice is the late, great Trail Wagons, Inc. of Yakima, Washington, builders of the Chinook Concourse, the “sports car of motor homes.”

  104. Herbert Britt

    I have a Georgie Boy Cruisemaster, 98 model, 34 ft. with one slide. It now has nearly 60K miles on it, and I have had good service with it. I wish I could afford a new rig, but being retired, it is out of the question. After reading all the blogs, though, I would buy an Allegro from Tiffin if I could. The service they offer and the way they back up their product is unbelievble.

  105. Donna

    Hi there
    My husband and I are on our second Monaco. Started with The Caymen and now moved to a 40ft Diplomat. We love it and enjoy it so very much. Just wish we could go for longer periods of time. Still working. I guess this way by the time we are retired it will be paid for. LOL. My husband is great about keeping the service up on it and he is quite a handy man himself; in regards to the upkeep. He does the outside and I do the inside. Teamwork. Now if I could just learn to drive the big boy.

  106. Bob Ellis

    Bought a new 2008 HR Vacationer XL in November, 2008 from BoatNRv Superstore in Rockwood, TN. HR Vacationer is the same RV as the Monaco LaPalma XL – both are entry level diesel pushers – both are reasonably well-equipped. Can’t recommend BoatNRv at this time – in spite of their considerable expenditure for new facilities they seem to have problems attracting qualified maintenance and management personnel. Guess you have to give them some time (how long?) to get their act together. The fact that Monaco died does little to inspire confidence in the long-term ownership of our RV. If the old Monaco existed we’d have some serious discussions about the main slide floor which has some delamination/water damage due to poorly installed seals – other than that, it’s a good entry-level RV.

  107. JOHN BENWELL ST.LOUIS COUNTY, MO.

    My vote is for FOREST RIVER- We have a 2006 GEORGETOWN XL- We have had excellent help with some minor problems from FOREST RIVER- The dealer we purchased it from is another story.

  108. Vicky & Bob Heron

    We are fulltimer & have been for about 9 months now. We love it! We bought a 2006 Damon Challenger (repo) in November 2007. It has a large back window that we love. I built a desk all across the back and love the view from my office desk. I just saw a herd of deer go by about 15 ft away.

    Damon is not the fanciest coach, but it is very nice inside. It gives us many features found in more expensive units without the added expense. With a corner shower, French door & window to the bedroom and 3 slides, it’s a lot of room. There is a lot of quality for the money. Our next coach will be a Damon Tuscany!

  109. Larry Anderson

    You forgot NuWA. They have been building 5th wheels for 40 yrs. A good product and value for the money. Their customer service is excellent.
    It is true they suspended production last winter for several months and sold off the inventory. Meanwhile they continued with warrenty, parts and service. They are back into production and sales are quite good.

    We are currently living in our 3rd. NuWa product.

    Larry

  110. Bill on Sep 2 in Northern Calif

    We purchased our second Fleetwood Pace Arrow class A motorhome 2 years ago. Both units have been low mileage used units and we have relatively few problems with both. While it is obvious that Fleetwood may not be in the same category as some more expensive coaches, I felt we got a lot of value for the money we spent. Perhaps someday I will be able to afford a more expensive manufacturer diesel pusher, but I don’t know if there are enough benefits to spending $150,000 when my $60,000 37 foot Pace Arrow has all of the features and options that were available in 2004. I would like to have a motorhome that had full paint and no tape graphics because they just don’t hold up in the sun in Northern California as long as I would like.
    My only desire would be to have more time to use it more.

  111. Gary Peterson

    I purchased a used class A1996 40 ft Holiday Rambler Navigator diesel pusher with Spartan chassis and full paint a few months ago with 49,000 miles and the quality seems to be outstanding from the solid fiberglass roof, aluminum body with fiberglass covering, non corrosive aluminun frame and all of the amenities such as plush leather, washer/dryer,central vacuum, satillite, spot light, air horns, etc., that are in current models plus basement A/C, Jake brake, air ride, Howard stabilizer steering and the Banks option making it special to own. I do not have to climb over an engine hump with the diesel in back and really enjoy the quiet smooth ride, 10,000 watt diesel generator, 2500 watt Inverter and plenty of power with the Cummins and 6 speed Allison for about $40,000. I looked for months and could not find anything comparable and when I saw it, the search was over.

  112. John Palmeri

    I owned 3 class a motorhomes since 1999. First was a winn brave 35 second a monaco monarc third a fleetwood bounder 35e. The bounder is heads above the others and a much greater value.

  113. jAMES CROMER

    i HAVE TO AGREE WITH AN EARLIER COMMENT ABOUT DUTCHMEN. I HAVE A 2002 24QB LITE. IT HAS BEEN GIVING US VERY GOOD SERVICE. ANY PROBLEM I’VE HAD HAS BEEN MY INEXPERIENCE. WE LIKE THE FLOOR PLAN VERY MUCH AND IN COLD WEATHER WE STAY VERY COZY IN IT.
    I HAVE BEEN VERY SATISFIED WITH IT OVER THE YEARS.

  114. Doug Weber

    Our first coach was a used 2003 Tiffin 36ft. Phaeton.We got lucky, I guess because we bought it on price and did not know much about the product. It didn’t take long before we realized what a gem we bought. It drove great, got excellent mileage, and was an overall fine coach.

    When it came time for us to upgrade, I didn’t even consider any other brand. We now enjoy a 2008 40′ Phaeton QSH.

    Service at Tiffin is exceptional. Any problems are handled promptly and with a smile. They have even sent us replacement components past their warranty period free of charge. Buyers would do well to consider Tiffin for their next coach.

  115. hugues

    I own a 5th wheel Terry by Fleetwood, bought new in May 1998, never major problems with this unit.

  116. RV LAD

    1993 WINNEBAGO VECTRA IS THE BEST COACH I HAVE EVER OWNED AND STILL OWN. THE PROBLEMS WERE WITH THE CHEVY CHASSIS AND ENGINE, HAVING REPAIRED MANY DRIVE TRAIN DEFECTS I STILL ENJOY THE QUALITY AND DESIGN, AS THIS COACH WAS, I BELIEVE, FAR AHEAD OF IT’S TIME. ALSO HAVING NO SLIDES IS AN ADVANTAGE—-AFTER SEEING AND HELPING MANY FELLOW TRAVELERS WITH SOMETIMES MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH NEWER UNITS WITH SLIDES. I WISH WINNE WOULD MAKE A FEW COACHES WITHOUT A SLIDE. MAYBE I’M A LITTLE OLD FASHIONED TO STILL SUBSCRIBE TO THE KISS PRINCIPLE, YOU THINK?

  117. R. Moreland

    My vote goes to Fleetwood. I’ve only had two Fleetwoods over a period of over 20 years. No reason to have bought more because of their quality.

  118. The K-Z Sportsmen has been excellent on my last two 5th wheelers. I’d buy another……if I had too.

  119. Tiffin is excellent. After 25K miles over 18 months covering 30 states including Alaska, no major issues. Tiffin fixes the problems in Red Bay, AL or will send you rthe parts for local repair. Truly excellent customer service and the product has very good value. Features & design is what caught my eye; service is what keeps me in the Tiffin family.

  120. Doug and Rose Harms

    We are on our second new Winnebago. First was a 94 Adventurer, 34 ft, traded it for an 07 Voyage 33 ft. Love it! The floor plan is great, far more countertop space but the A/C is below so hubby complains about storage. Other than that, we love the quality and the thoughtful amenities built into the Winnebago. Service at the dealership where we bought -was NOT good. Our unit was winterized -it was March-and took it in (3 months after purchase-new) for several small items -one was a leak behind the toilet. They drained the Anti-freeze, put water in to find the leak, did NOT drain it, then called us after list was done. We live 95 miles north, it was 28 degrees and got there as fast we could, my hubby and the serv. manager got into a yelling contest. Serv. Mgr said they ‘weren’t responsible’ if it froze. (What?) We turned on all the heat on the way home, just one little part on water heater broke, we replaced it ourselves. We also had to pay $40 for them taking OUT the antifreeze, they didn’t ask about putting any back in it. What a nightmare that was. We love Winnebago but won’t go to that dealership as long as that serv. mgr is there. He was a real jerk!

  121. Rovingrider

    Tiffin provides quality service and support. Example: Day/night shades break–package them up and send them to Tiffin. In 2 weeks, they are returned, restrung, and ready to go! And, if not sure just how to “re_hang” — call, and a tech will walk you through it. Outstanding service and support! We have a 35 TSB Allegro Bay, 08–have been to Red Bay once, and plan a stop this coming spring. Quality coach, quality support behind it!

  122. Carol Penno

    We vote for Newmar. We own a Kountry Star Diesel Pusher. Although Newmar products are a bit pricier than most they are still in business, Attention to detail and exellent workmanship interested us. We had a Newmar Londonaire Fifth Wheel for 10 years previous to this motorhome.

  123. Mrs. Bee

    I would like to add Peterson Industries from Smith Center, Kansas to your list of outstanding manufacturers. We took our Excel fifth-wheel to Alaska last summer and could not have been happier with the quality, performance and livability. We chose an Excel because of the recommendation a family member who had lived full-time in an Excel and was completely happy in their experience. The owners of Excel trailers are part of the “Peterson Family;” they definitely take good care of their family.

  124. John Byars

    Airstream has been building by hand the best quality trailers in the world since 1930 and they continue to manufacture a super product that holds it value better than any other RV in the industry. The majority of Airstream owners will continue with the Airstream brand for as long as they can hit the road.

  125. John Merrell

    NuWa builds only fifth wheels in their Chanute KS plant. They have downsized to stay competitive in the current financial climate. By building an almost custom product, they have controlled quality which is noticeable in the fit and finish of the units. But the best feature is the personal service and support. I own a 36 LKRSB.

  126. TIFFIN:
    Great customer service. Since they are in Alabama, they build some parts that those up north, contract out. So far, they really stand behind their product.
    I read somewhere that they were the only MH manufacturer that built more units in 2008 than 2007. Plus, they currently have a backlog of 8 to 10 weeks. In this economy, that should say something.

  127. Tom Gooch

    We’ve had RV’s for 36 years. 3 travel trailers, 2 class c’s and 3 class A’s we vote for Winnebago. They are a good value company produces durable and attractive products for a large segment of the RV market. I like the widespread use of fiberglas roofs, and integrated systems. The factory which we have visited on several occasions during rallies has a fair amount of modern manufacturing systems, which greatly enhances overall fit and finish. Our current unit is an 2003 model Brave 32v, with double slides on a Workhorse chassis w/ Allison transmission. It has been from Sarasota to Homer and seen a bunch of states, with very little repair or maintenance work. Our last three units have been Winnebago or Itasca and that has been by choice.

  128. Mitch Swanda

    Although we’re on our first class A RV, our 2001 Holiday Rambler Endeavor is great. At 38 ft we’ve not had any problems and the Cummins diesel works wonder.

    Since it’s already out of the factory warranty we now depend on Good Sam for that, but the coach is of excellent quality and we have logged nearly 3,000 miles in the first 6 months. And we’re still having to work!

  129. rich

    Northwoods Arctic Fox – by far!

  130. We got a Heartland Bighorn last year (our first 5th wheel) and decided that Alaska would be a great destination. After 8,500 miles and some challenging roads, the RV looks and feels almost like new.

    We also love the layout of our 3670RL. We are totally happy. We did have some minor warranty work done before we left and haven’t had any failures since.

  131. Richard J Briggs

    Coach House, not on your list. Top grade units and you’re treated like family by this company.

  132. Tom Gardner

    We have a Fleetwood 26J. We had two problems that the factory fixed. The factory folks and customer service were terrific. We haven’t had any problems since. As new RV-ers we didn’t realize how complex a motorhome can be. I’d by another Fleetwood, but not from Beaudry RV in Az.

  133. Chuck Emmett

    It’s amazing how often KZ is left out of polls such as this. We now have a Montego Bay fifth wheel and it is one quality unit. Their top of the line is Escalade with Montego Bay being second. Both models were cut in 2009 but I understand Escalade is being brought back this year due to popular demand. They manufacture several other models but I don’t remember them.
    KZ would get my vote if it was listed. We have owned several other brands in both TTs and fivers and now we will stay with KZ.

  134. Anthony N. Pasquale

    Foretravel, One of the best coach makers out there for over forty years is an obvious name missing from this survey. The manufacturers reputation for coach build and ride quality is well known in the industry.
    Just take a look around outside and inside a new or used Foretravel coach inspecting their product, note the attention to uality build. It will be quite apparent this is not just a frilly sizzle atempt by a manufacturer to sell a coach but a unit to spend time enjoying a whole new RV family life experience!
    Then talk to other Foretravel owners about ride and their RV experience at that time make your decision about what motorcoach you want to own.

  135. John

    My favorite manufacturer is not on your list. It is Phoenix USA. They build high quality class C motor homes and have excellent response to any concerns or questions you may have. You can speak on the phone to the people that build the unit including the owner Kermit Fisher who is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the motor home.

  136. JERRY THORNTON

    Toyota, by winnebago has my vote for 1994 no problems and is now for sale at
    17,000 for the last year model they made. Has 49,000 miles giving it up for my
    56′ houseboat……..
    J

  137. Ben

    You don’t have my brand on here. it’s Keystone. So I’ll say the brand you could not give me. That is Heartland. My cousin bought a brand new 2009 heartland big country and he’s had it 3 months and it’s been in the shop for 2 1/2 months cause the floors are rotted so heartland is having them cut out and replaced instead of giving him a new RV or his money back. The slides did not go all the way in or out to seal out the weather. and the rubber seals above the slide outs were split. The insulation under the unit he had to cut small slits in it to release the water that had made a bid pool under the unit and reduces the R-value. Which he got the artic package. Ant the kitchen cabnet doors was spliting and coming unglued. The frame was so rusted i think it’s been under salt water. The 2 front lifting jacks was also rusted to unbelief. The outside shower had a crack in it and flooded his under belly compartment and all his tools and stuff that was stored under there and flooding the under insulation in the front of the RV. So please warn all your friends not to get a heartland they will not give you a new RV as you bought but instead they hire a company to patch it up. A new RV means NEW with many years of service with no or low repair work. When they repair and RV It is no longer new and they will be years of problems. So give me a free heartland RV NO THANK YOU i’ll buy a good quality one. thanks ben

  138. Ross tate

    My wife fell in love with a class C Chateau motor home.
    The quality is there, she is in love with the hallway on the side, and most important, the bathroom is all in one room.
    When I have had warranty issues, the company has went overboard to resolve the issues.
    Ross

  139. Vic

    I’ve got a Jayco Fayfeather 29A, which is well built and has performed fairly well. I did have a problem with the hitch “A” frame bending, b ut Jayco repaired it (which also included a wall replacement due to a small buckle) with no quastions asked. Prior to my Jayco I had a Rockwood; the jayco is by far the better built unit.

  140. Gary M

    What a stupid question. Who writes this stuff? Of course 99% of the answers are going to be the same answer as the RV that they own. Who would invalidate such an expensive purchase that they have themselves made and who would buy anything that they didn’t have faith in?
    Why not just ask what manufacturer made their RV?
    If you are going to clutter my mailbox with info., make it something worthwhile.
    gary m.

    -2
  141. Ron R.

    I have owned 2 motorhomes, bought both used and both have been Fleetwoods. The first was a Southwind, now we stepped up to a American tradition. I cannot say enough good about this coach. The quality of the build is great!

  142. Pat

    This pole is interesting, but the results might be a little more informative if they included an appoximate market share for the manufacturers. Of course that could be difficult and probably not very scientific, because it is not clear what period of time should be used to determine what percentage of the market a given manufacturer has. It is not surprising that Winnebago has the highest listing as a favorite as I am sure it has a heck of a lot more units than anybody else. But if Winnegago just had a 14% market share, and 25% said it was their favorite, that would be informative. On ther other hand if Winnebago had a 35% market share, and only 25% listed it as favorite, that too would be informative.

    Personally I have owned a Coachman Class C (some years ago) and recently bought an Allegro Bus by Tiffin. I rate the Tiffen very high. We looked at a lot and settled on the used Allegro Bus over anything else. It seems to be very well built, and I have no complaints (yet!!).

  143. johnfv2

    I’ve had a Jayco Seneca since 2007 and have had some issues as with any new unit. Jayco was found to be extreamly helpful in correcting these issues to the point of going above and beyond. Also had an issue when it was out of warrenty and it was resolved in a timely fashion also. We’re 1/2 timers so the rig get’s used alot. We’ve also been RVing for 8 year’s and know what to expect from a rig and not to expect the impossible from any unit we may have. We’re mobile and things go wrong bumping down the highways. This is not a stationary house where thing’s don’t go bump. If anyone has had a bad experiance with any dealer with any brand of rig I’d suggest calling the manufacture asap and get thing’s resolved properly prior to bad mouthing a specific manufacture. Also, hear say, doesn’t count in anyone’s book. By the time you hear about someone’s problem it’s blown out of proporation.

  144. Chip May

    Tiffin is the only Motor Home to own. They stand behind their product 100%. We currently own an 08′ Phaeton and have been back to the factory 3 times ( there is not a dealer in the country I trust to touch my rig) because we love the way we are treated and the quality of work they do. They know how to get things fixed right the first time. We have owned a Winnebago and Fleetwood product and none come close to the Tiffin product for quality and service! I would never buy anything but a Tiffin Product and recommend to anyone looking to buy a new Motor Home to look at the Tiffin Products first!

  145. Dan Bowles

    We just finished a month on the road in our new Damon Challenger 377. 4000 miles for us newbies and I can only say that we are very satisfied. We can’t compare with other coachs, not having any other but can only say that we love the choice we made. The floor plan divides the coach into several rooms and allows us space to share but also to get away from each other if we choose. We really didn’t want the “great room” effect of the main living area all one big room. We realized the disire for the illusion of space but didn’t like the aspect of sitting on the sofa looking at the sink. So far there have been no issues in the quality of the coach or problems with operation. General RV in Brownstone, Mi. sold the unit to us and have been nothing but attentive to our needs. Life is good!

  146. My favourite European manufacturer is Hymer. They use Fiat and Mercedes chasis and engines, all are diesel, very frugal on fuel very well built in Germany with excellent layouts.

    The B5XX series although designed for 4 make brilliant small vans for a couple.

  147. PDNoller

    Just bought a K-Z Sportsmen from a friend as our first Travel Trailer. SO – it’s my favorite brand for now! No telling what the future will hold. I appreciate all the posts. They help us “newbies” figure things out.

  148. Rod Jurrens

    I purchased a 04 Winnebago Adventurer about a month ago. This is my first motorhome, but I have been doing research for 2 and a half years. I have looked at big buck DP’s to low end gassers. I have considered every manufacturer, been to their respective web sites and studied all the different constuction techniques. I came to the conclusion that the Adventurer has the most bang for my buck and
    Winnebago is one of the strongest companies in the field. In the last month I’ve put over 1,000 mi. on the rig and have been over every square inch of it and do not regret my decision in the least!

  149. Jan

    We have a Dutchmen Grand Junction. It puts our last 5th wheel (Jayco) to shame.

  150. Kurt Hammerschmidt

    We did a lot of shopping for our 5th wheel trailer and eliminated a lot that weren’t considered “4 season” worthy. Among the remaining ones we opted for a NUWA.
    The factory people were outstanding in their commitment to service and the quality inside was spectacular. There were others that were more luxurious but as far as “bang for the buck” NUWA was the best choice a far as we were concerned.

  151. David Kniker

    My vote is for Jayco. Have owned two travel trailers and a pop-up. The pop-up was almost 40 years old when sold and was still solid – original fabric, etc. The two travel trailers have had only very minor problems – the discovery (even from previous comments here) suggest that a relationship with the dealer is critical. I’ve made an effort to gt to know the owner and staff and when I call about something, they know who I am and service comes easily. A member of our camping club has had 19 Jaycos over about 35 years and is very happy with the product – the issue for him also is the relationship with the dealer and quality of service.

  152. Roger Lilly

    Our 1st 5th wheel was a 1995 Jayco Designer 3030 RKS. We lived in it for 3 1/2 months each summer and full-timed for 1 year before purchasing a 2007 NUWA DA 339 RSB . In 12 1/2 years we had it it leaked from the slide-out. Should have gone right to the factory as the dealer never could fix it. That was the only problem we encountered, so it served us well.
    Researched 5th wheels, talked to owners and went to every RV Show we could find. We wanted to full-time and narrowed our choices down to the top rated full-time rigs.
    New Horizons, Peterson’s Excel, NUWA, Carriage, Travel Supreme, Newmar, Teton.
    After extensive research on all of these we chose NUWA who was the 1st 5th wheel manufacturer. We never talked with a NUWA owner that complained about their rig and all said the factory support was fantastic. We visited the factory twice and came away sold on their commitment to quality, integrity, customer service and family like atmosphere. I just can not say enough for everyone we have worked with including the CEO who personally answers some questions on the NUWA Owner’s Website http://www.nuwaowners.org/ Other 5th wheels that were on the list above also offer some excellent units and I would now add Mobile Suites to my list for consideration.
    Many of the units listed in this poll I would never consider for anything but weekend outings and a few weeks of travel to short term snow-birding, but if that is your use pattern they will probably be adequate for that.

  153. MAC & CYNDY

    We wanted to talk about our FABOURITE RV MANUFACTURER but you didn’t list the company so here goes: We purchased via the internet as we live here in Canada a short box camper with double slides, full dry bath, queen bed, automatic satellite system, 70 gal fresh water tank, 6 gal heater, 38 gal blk tank and 38 gal gry tank, propane generator, etc. etc. all made for us to do a lot of boondocking — this came from a FANTASTIC company called HOST in Bend, Oregon. Our camper was designed JUST FOR US and we have been thrilled with the end product. We have just come back from a three month 14,000 mile trip across the northern U.S. [Washington to Maine] and back into Canada from Newfoundland to our home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We gave so many tours of our camper that we lost count — people have never seen anything like it ๐Ÿ™‚ But to get back to the company that built it — HOST CAMPERS/MOTORHOMES. We have been treated like ROYALTY from their customer service and have also made longtime friends with one of the owners Dave Hogue — you can ask him anything about rv’s and he knows all. We are so priviliged to have found this company and are confident that we will have great camping experiences for a long time to come with HOST. You can visit their website @ HOSTCAMPERS.COM to find out more. WE JUST LOVE THEM ๐Ÿ™‚

  154. Jeff

    We have owned many types and brands, from pop-ups, travel trailers and the last a fifthwheel. We purchased a 2005 Phaeton about a year ago. We knew when we purchased it items needed to be replaced due to the coach being used as a party bus. We did our homework and knew Tiffin had all of the correct color/fit of the items needed plus. One phone call with vin number and the items were shipped to my door. All items were the same as was installed when the coach was built. With all the past brands it was very hard to find replacement parts for factory installed parts. We went to the Red Bay facility to have a couple of items repaired by the service center. First class operation. They do any type of repair needed to get your coach back to new condition. ANY TYPE all done at the service center, nothing farmed out. We also toured the fabracation facility to include the paint facility. What a well run company. It is all about the customer. A concept from the past.

  155. Jock Bliss

    First, Fleetwood is out of business. And while in business, it had a dozen different RVs under a dozen different names, some good some bad.
    More importantly, where is Carriage? A long-time, major manufacturer of quality RVs.
    My choice would have been Carriage/
    Or maybe Alfa. And where is Alfa — since you’ve included out-of-business manufacturers?

  156. Raymond E. James

    Why was Gulfstream Coach not included in this list?????????????????

  157. ED STAHLA

    NEWMAR IS NOT A GOOD MANUFACTURER; WE HAVE HAD FOUR COACHES, the last one a NEWMAR. NEWMAR IS NOT RESPONSIVE TO ISSUES; THEY HAVE IGNORED OUR MESSAGES AND INQUIRIES ABOUR ISSUES AND PROBLEMS. THIS IS SO EVEN THO WE PAID MORE FOR THIS LUXURY COACH. OF THE FOUR COACHES WE HAVE OWNED NEWMAR IS AT THE BOTTOM, WHEN IT COMES TO ATTENTION TO ISSUES.

  158. Steve Elliott

    We have been full timers since Oct. ’07 and are on our second Heartland RV, our first was a new Big Horn, we had never owned and rv before and thought it was everything we wanted in a fifth wheel which it was only a little too large. We traded for a 2011 Greystone in March of 2010 and got a smaller, lighter fifth wheel with much more living/kitchen room and cut our diesel mileage by about 2 mpg. We just got back from a 2 month 4000 mile trip in our Greystone and could not be happier.

  159. Nick Ryan

    Fleetwood, for gasoline motorhomes. Excellent build quality, thoughtful function embelishments, tasteful color/design schemes. Not to say the least about unmatched customer service for their legacy products. Fleetwood doesn’t care how old your unit is, if you need technical assistance or answers on anything they happily offer whatever they can.

  160. Deb Pearce

    We love our Carriage Cameo. The best built 5th wheel on the market..IMO.

  161. Dan

    Just reinterating a comment we made earlier this year. After a slight altercation with a brick wall of a car wash (the wall won) we needed the color number for our coach to facilitate repairs. Unable to find a reference in the coach materials we turned to Damon direct, the maker of our Challenger 377. Thanks to Patrick in their customer service, we have the exact paint formula. It was not part of a series of paint matrix that he researched and finally he went back to the build order for the coach and pulled the information from that order. It took him several days of detective work but he succeeded in pleasing us as customers. This is one of the reasons I am well satisfied with Damon. Patrick took customer satisfaction that extra step that impresses us and makes us comfortable with our purchase.

  162. Ritchie Rasmussen

    I do not agreed with the coment just posted about Newmar. I have 2006 KS I purchased used in June and Newmar have been very helpful. Quick response and honest answers. The Coach is very well built and handles very good WAY better than the 2005 Fleetwood Terra.

  163. I didn’t take the time to read the previous 164 posts, so maybe someone else spoke up. I didn’t vote because Forest River wasn’t on the list!

  164. Bill

    Love the Forest River(Wildcat in particular).We wanted some way to take our quad with us without sacrificing a whole lot of living space.The best unit we could find was the Wildcat 31THSB.Love it!!!

  165. Mark Harris

    I like what one guy said… the best coach is the one you own, I like Holiday Rambler I have a lot of fun with it and it’s comfortable, I have owned several different types of RV’s, Many years ago I worked for Vogue, they were nice I worked at Lance for awhile, good quality campers

  166. Larry

    I just purchased a 2010 Winnebago Tour. I’ve owned (1) Camper, (2) Class C’s and (3) Class A coaches. The first Class A was a Holiday Rambler, Good coach no problems. The second Class A was a 40′ Rexhall Rose Air diesel pusher. Good coach after I got all the bugs sorted. Shoddy construction but overall dependable.
    The Winnebago Tour far out classes anything I’ve owned in the past. Workmanship is outstanding, each door, cabinet, drawer etc is marked for easy identification if you need a replacement, the wiring is superb and each wire is marked every 3 inches so you know what you’re dealing with. I had a problem finding the electric brake wires which were supposed to be hidden under the dash near the steering column. (1) phone call to Winnebago and they emailed me a photo of where to look. I’m very impressed with the quality and workmanship and their customer service section

  167. Lou Pusey

    We bought a 2006 Tiffin Allegro Bay motor home in November 2005 and hit the road full time in April 2006. Yes we’ve had our share of problems BUT Tiffin has stood behind their product 110%! Their Field Service Technicians are the most qualified and hard working people I’ve ever known and go well beyond their call to duty. We now have over 65,000 miles on our motor home and today, 11/11/2010, we’re at the Tiffin factory in Red Bay AL having a few repairs done and the surface of our floor replaced all at Tiffin’s expense! They’re doing so well beyond their warranty period because some of the problems are ongoing but very intermittent which has made them very hard to diagnose and repair. The company’s president, Bob Tiffin, their Customer Service Dept. and the company’s personnel as a whole stand behind their motor homes more than any other motor home manufacturer we’ve ever heard of! Overall Tiffin produces a great product and provides absolutely the best customer service in the entire motor home industry.

  168. Gary Barlow

    We had a Thor FourWinds Class C for 7 years with no problems and now have a 1999 Itasca Class A Sunrise by Winnebago and love it! Both were Ford V-10’s. Craftsmanship in the Itasca and durability has been great. We like the build and design better in the Itasca but the FourWinds was great for the young family ……. Both are a testimony to good maintenance and TLC …..

  169. rich

    I have 3 fleetwood rv’s a pace arrow(blown engine) and a Bounder 35 ft Motorhome—wonderful RV 60,ooo miles and a 76, Wilderness.19 ft Travel trailer- which is getting a make over this winter, I love my Fleetwood Items—the company has been great for helping me, keeping them going.
    rich in southern,rural Virginia.
    good sam lifetime member.

  170. David McCracken

    I like Fleetwood because it is user friendly. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but very comfortable.

  171. Robert Hill

    Tiffin is the only Mfg. that any one can call and speak to the man at the top. We had a problem with our unit and I called and asked to speak to Bob Tiffin and was told he was out of town. I was given his voice mail and left a message. About an hour and a half later Bob Tiffin called me from Washington state to make sure my problem was taken care of. Our coach has had some problems (mostly vendor supplied components) and TMH has stepped up to the plate every time. Our coach was built in a factory in Red Bay Alabama and not in heaven but is the best buy for mere mortals. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

  172. Pat Cleveland

    My RV manufacturer was not listed. But I would vote for Foretravel.

  173. Art

    I have a used 40′ 1996 Newmar Mountainaire I bought several years ago (mileage 76K).. It was hard to find one for $50K with all of the luxury appointments one could imagine. The fit and finish is outstanding as is the quality of construction and mechanical condition. Besides a little water seeping in from around the rear air conditioner and jammed heating controls on the dash, it has measured up to my highest expectations. I haven’t dealt yet with the manufacturer but hopeful that it would be a pleasant experience based on Newmar’s reputation.

  174. Jim

    Check out the Phoenix Cruiser site….They make B+’s from 23.5′ to 31′. They are quality RV’s and have great service after purchase.
    A year ago I went from a 23.5′ Phoenix Cruiser to a 27′ Winnebago Sightseerer, both are great RV’s but I have thought often of going back to a larger (27′) Phoenix Cruiser because they are quality made and the service/help from the factory is fantastic.

  175. Dean Stoops

    I have owned two Newell motorhomes. A 1978 and now a 1993. Both are very well built with top shelf materials and components. I can call the company and actually talk to the craftsmen who built my coach if I have any questions. Great company….great people.

  176. We have had several RVs since the 60s. Many brands. Our last two have been Newmar Mountain Aires. Newmar is great as far as quality goes. We have been to many of the manufacturers facilities and observed hoe they were made and we really like the system Newmar uses. The walls,the roof system, and the interrior are all good quality. We had almost 100,000 miles on our last Mountain Aire and it still ran great and the interior was still holding up like it was brand new. We took it from Florida to Texas to Alaska with no problems. We would recommend Newmar products to anyone, they are great.
    Life is a great thrill ride,ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  177. Terry

    Tiffin is the best! I have had two one was an Allegro Star 28 ft gasser an know I own a 40 ft Phaeton Pusher. Tiffin builds a quality product packed full of practical features that the average Joe can use with ease. Se service after the sale is is where Tiffin gets it s highest marks. I have been to the factory in Red Bay Alabama twice and recieved service beyond compare. I have been fulltiming for over a year now and find that my Phaeton has just what I need to be comfortable and live stress free knowing that I can enjoy the lifestyle without worry.

  178. Jerry Carroll

    I purchased a 2008 Winnebago Aspect 26A on an E450 chassis in August of ’07. I have 23,000 miles on this unit and haven’t had one thing go wrong with the chassis or the coach. This is my second Winnebago and am thinking of upgrading to a ’11 Aspect 30C. My choice is Winnebago all the way, especially for a C or B+ or whatever they call it.

  179. Linda B

    Purchased a new 2009 Phaeton. There have been a few problems however,
    everything has been fixed without cost to us. Even things not under warranty. I have actually spoken with Mr. Bob Tiffin on a few occastions. You can’t beat there customer service.

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  181. Don

    I have owned an American Coach for past 5 years. While the coach is not perfect, I have had a few issues with it and American Coach, now Fleetwood, has always been there to provide support. I belong to the American Coach Assoc and they provide support from their factory techs at every national rally, several a year.The Association members are great and we have alot of fun at the rallies. American Coach has the best full wall slide in the business and most of their floor plans have a bath and 1/2.

  182. Bob Reising

    Doesn’t everyone think theirs is best? To say otherwise means you didn’t do your homework. Well, we got plain lucky when we bought our 2007Tiffin Allegro 32BA. It was 2 years old and except for a carpet stain it’s like brand new with the GM 8.1 remaining trouble-free. Thanks for a quality product, we plan on buying a new Tiffin in 2 years.

  183. Joe Hawk

    Tiffin all the way, is all i can say. The name speaks for itself as you can see, by all the consumers past present and future i am sure. I have a older model which is a 1986 Allegro that is in pristine condition for it’s age. I bought it second hand and believe me when i say that when it’s time for me to upgrade. It will definately be another Tiffin model that i will be purchasing for sure. They have always been the best and i trust that they will continue to be the best offering only the best product available. Thanks so much Mr Bob Tiffin and all his staff who make it all happend down their in Redbay Alabama.

  184. Love my 2000 Winnebago adventurer. It is built so well we have never had any problems with it and soon will be full timing it in it.

  185. Craig

    We’ve had a Forest River product, not mentioned, and it served its purpose with no defects I recall. Now have a Jayco Eagle which is much nicer, and much more expensive, and no problems. I sometimes think there may actually be more RV manufacturers than RVs themselves!

  186. John Palmeri

    I recently read that Forest River Georgetown had the highest sales percentage of all class a gas coaches for 2011

  187. byron kasa

    Tiffin is the best for service. We are wintering in Iowa as full timers and so far having no problems. Winter is the best for years as for cold temperatures this year so it could have been colder. Heating in the motor home has been even and great.
    Keep extra heat at water inlet compartment and heat tape on water line. Did some special insulation for slide outs and bottom to ground. Did not get any water running down due to frost.

    Good motor home and past winter test. Plan on going south but had to stay in Iowa this winter.

  188. Wayland Weeks

    Years ago I had an Auto Mate and it was built better and with better access than the 2 RVs that I have had since then.

  189. Chuck Ostrander

    Actually my favorite is Holiday Ramble now made by Monaco, excellent product. Why do you not list Holiday Rambler?

  190. HC Juwnfar

    I vote for Newmar as I have a 1977 22′ Arabian 5th wheel by Newmar that has been on the road all these years. I have reinforced the tube frame with 5′ channel iron and replaced the dropped axles with straight axles, and am finishing replacing the black and grey water tanks.
    This is a very well built trailer and doesn’t look its’ age.
    I also have a 1998 40′ Tahoe triple slide 5th wheel by Thor…the worst customer service I have ever encountered. The Laminated siding that was “guaranteed to last ” made it 3 yrs (past the warranty) and has gotten worse with time….I don’t recommend Thor to anyone!!!!

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  199. Anonymous

    Scott Sweglar
    Prevost H3 is top notch the workman ship is above and beyond.But for the price I would probably have to go with the Fleetwood I have owned a few and they heave been pretty reliable through out the years but if money was not an issue it would be the Prevost H3.