What RV manufacturers produce the best quality RVs?

Many RV manufacturers seem to have decided, after the Great Recession, that they should stop making good products and start making good money. Year after year quality slips and the price of an RV creeps up. However, consider this: RV’s are built for recreation. If every manufacturer built their product to last forever, RV prices would soar and many people would not be able to enjoy the lifestyle.

Before we can answer the question of who builds the best RV we need to know a little about the differences between brands.

Thor and Forest River combined build about 83% of the RV’s sold today. Let’s take a look at how many brand names are covered by these two companies.

Thor subsidiaries include:

Airstream 
Bison Coach 
Breckenridge 
CrossRoads RV 
Cruiser RV 
Dutchmen RV 
DRV (Mobile Suites) 
Entegra Coach 
Heartland RV 
Highland Ridge 
Jayco, Inc 
Keystone RV 
KZ RV 
Livin Lite RV 
Redwood RV 
Starcraft 
Thor Motor Coach (Four Winds International and Damon Motor Coach) 
Venture RV

Just to point out how many brands are included in each one of the above subsidiaries, I will breakdown Keystone’s fifth wheel brands:

Keystone RV fifth wheel Brands include:

Cougar 
Copper Canyon 
Everest 
Fuzion 
Hornet 
Laredo 
Montana 
Mountaineer 
Raptor 
Springdale 
Sydney

With two companies building about 83% of the RV’s on the market, there is little quality difference among the brands. Each production line has been streamlined and the profits have been maximized across all of the brands. The typical warranty period is one year on a new RV.

Consider this: If you buy a new RV but aren’t quite ready to full time yet and that RV sits through a long winter, you may have already lost half of your warranty period and have yet to use or test your new RV.

Some of the best quality used RV’s (no longer in business) are:

Teton Homes 
Nu-Wa Hitchhiker 
Excel 
King of the Road 
Country Coach

Some of the best quality new or used RV’s (current manufacturers) are:

New Horizons RV 
Tiffin 
Winnebago

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