For those who are considering to buy an RV, price is always a major consideration. It is a big investment on your part and it is important to choose an RV that suits your budget. Knowing the price will also help you prepare for the financing options that are available for you.
We’ve done our research on the current lineup of Winnebago RVs to give you an idea of how much these rigs cost. The starting price for new Winnebago RVs range from $25,236 all the way to $414,406.
But since Winnebago has a wide variety of RVs in their roster, the prices may overwhelm and confuse you at the same time. Why are their Class A RVs more expensive than Class C RVs when they are both motorhomes? What makes Winnebago travel trailers more affordable than their 5th wheels?
Aside from letting you know about the current market prices of Winnebago RVs, let’s also discuss the factors that influence their prices. This will help you a lot in choosing the best rig for you that won’t break the bank.
2021 Winnebago RVs with Prices
Here is the current lineup of Winnebago RVs and we’ve indicated their starting prices for easy reference.
Class A Motorhomes
- Journey – Price starts at $414,406
- Forza – Price starts at $312,800
- Adventurer – Price starts at $192,161
- Vista and Sunstar- Price starts at $168,402
- Inspire AE – Price starts at $299,000
- Adventurer AE – Price starts at $269,421
- Boldt – Price starts at $226,107
- Era – Price starts at $194,375
- Revel – Price starts at $193,272
- Travato – Price starts at $135,259
- Solis – Price starts at $112,133
- Solis Pocket – Price starts at $99,566
Class C Motorhomes
- View and Navion – Price starts at $180,734
- EKKO – Price starts at $171,845
- Vita and Porto – Price starts at $136,072
- Minnie Winnie and Spirit – Price starts at $115,598
- Voyage – Price starts at $43,926
- Minnie – Price starts at $37,188
- Hike – Price starts at $29,605
- Micro Minnie – Price starts at $25,236
- Voyage – Price starts at $53,165
Let’s discuss the features of some of the Winnebago RV models to give you a better understanding of their price points. We’ll get the most and least expensive units for each model just to highlight the different attributes that they offer that play a big part in their pricing.
For the Class A motorhomes, we’ll elaborate on Journey, Forza, Vista and Sunstar. It is understandable that their Accessibility Enhanced units are priced as such because of the added feature for lifts to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers.
For Class B motorhomes or camper vans, we’ll talk about the Boldt and Solis Pocket. For Winnebago Class C RVs, let’s take a look at View/Navion and Minnie Winnie/Spirit. For the travel trailers, let’s take a closer look at the features of Voyage and Micro Minnie while for the fifth wheel, we’ll show you what the Winnebago Voyage Fifth Wheel camper has to offer.
Class A Motorhomes
Journey – Price starts at $414,406
Journey is Winnebago’s top of the line RV. It is a diesel-powered Class A motorhome that’s built on a Freightliner® XCM Chassis with an integrated Maxum IITM foundation. Winnebago says that they have this rig stronger and will provide users with a smoother ride wherever they want to go.
It also boasts of a Quiet Ride with automotive cockpit. There are various advanced features on the dashboard that’ll make driving easier and more comfortable. Some of its details include an 12.3” LCD color touch screen monitor with Xite Radio and Infotainment/GPS Navigation System, rearview monitor system, handheld remote, USB input, and rear color camera. It is also Sirius-XM®-ready and has HDMI/MHL connectivity radio rearview monitoring system with CB wiring prep.
The digital instrument panel cluster on the OptiView™ dash is very user-friendly. It has an easy-to-read interface with anti-glare display, clear fronts, and bright graphics. Everything the driver needs is within reach while he is sitting comfortably on the 6-way power assist driver pedestal cab seats with adjustable armrests, fixed lumbar support, swiveling function, and multi-adjustable recline.
Winnebago Journey is available in 3 floorplans with lengths from 35’6″ to 41’4″. The large interiors have been designed with luxury in mind. It has modern appliances in the full kitchen such as a 2-door residential stainless-steel refrigerator/freezer 18 cubic ft with water dispenser, automatic icemaker, and bottom freezer drawer. You can also cook delectable meals using its 2 burner portable induction range top and convection microwave oven with range fan.
You get to sleep on a king-sized bed and the bathroom is spacious. The shower area is enclosed and there’s a seat if you’re more comfortable taking a bath while sitting. The electrical wirings for washer and dryer have been prepped.
The living area has either a RestEasy® sofa with lap table or reclining theater seating complete with USB ports, remote holders, integrated cupholders and lap table. There’s also a 50″ Smart HDTV with digital TV amplified antenna system and home theater sound bar system.
The Winnebago Connect control center allows you to run your RV systems, appliances, and features from your mobile device. How cool is that, right?
Winnebago Journey also lets you pack all the stuff you need to make your travel more comfortable because it has a huge exterior storage area. The industry leading SureStore compartments are easy to open but shut tightly for your security.
There’s a WiFi router to keep you connected. Journey also has 6 deep-cycle Group 31 Marine/RV batteries, 8,000-watt to 10,000-watt Cummins Onan® generator, and a 3,000-watt sine wave inverter/charger for your power needs. This Class A RV is really your home away from home and you can stay for as long as you like.
Forza – Price starts at $312,800
Winnebago Forza is a diesel pusher that’s framed on a Freightliner® XCS Chassis. This Class A motorhome is offered in 3 floorplans from 35’6″ to 39’10” in length. It can sleep from 5 to 8 people.
On Forza’s dashboard is a 9″ LCD color touch screen with radio, rearview monitor system with handheld remote, USB input, and rear color camera. It has HDMI/MHL connectivity, Apple CarPlay®, Android AutoTM and is also Sirius-XM®-ready for your infotainment needs while traveling.
The driver and passenger sit comfortably on the cab seats which have adjustable armrests, swivel, fixed lumbar support, and multi-adjustable recline functions.
On the outside, you can enjoy some outdoor entertainment when you get the 32″ HDTV and connect it to Forza’s TV antenna and 3-way A/V receptacles. The power awning will give you shade. You can bring out your camping table and chairs and you’re all set to have a good time. You also have up to 228 cu ft. of exterior storage so you can bring your travel gears and other camping essentials.
Forza has 2 to 3 slideouts to enlarge the living space. The interiors have been designed elegantly. You’ll definitely feel right at home with its RestEasy sofa or TrueComfort+ sofa sleeper and BenchMark dinette. Be entertained with the 50″ HDTV, digital TV amplified antenna system, home theater sound bar system, and Blu-ray™ disc player. The electric fireplace enhances its homey vibe.
The kitchen features high performance appliances such as a 2-door 110 VAC residential refrigerator/freezer with icemaker and flip travel latch, microwave/convection oven with range fan and touch control, and a 3-burner range top. The Corian® countertops give it a classy look.
You can have a good night’s sleep on the queen bed or you can watch TV in your bedroom before you call it a night. The bathroom is large. IT has an enclosed shower area with a seat by the side, porcelain toilet, and other residential bathroom features. There are air conditioners and a furnace to keep you cozy all the time. You can also get a washer and dryer so you can do your laundry on the road.
This Class A motorhome is powered by 4 deep-cycle Group 31 Marine/RV batteries, 2,000-watt inverter/charger, and a 6,000-watt Cummins Onan® generator to ensure that there are no power interruptions wherever you are. There is a Wifi router signal booster so you can stay connected while onboard.
Vista and Sunstar- Price starts at $168,402
Vista and Sunstar are twin units. Their features are the same. These Class A RVs are probably the most motorhomes that you can find in the market.
They are built on a Ford® F53 Chassis. Under the hood, you’ll find a 7.3L PFI V8 gas engine, TorqShift™ 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 210-amp. alternator.
You get to enjoy front row outdoor entertainment with Vista and Sunstar. Set up the patio awning and you can watch exciting games or movies on its HDTV and speakers.
These Class A motorhomes come in 5 floorplans with lengths ranging from 28’5″ to 35’so you can choose the layout that works best for you.
Boldt – Price starts at $226,107 217,521
The Winnebago Boldt is a diesel-powered camper van that’s framed on a Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter Chassis. It has a 3.0 L 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 188 hp. It is coupled with a 7G-Tronic automatic transmission and 220-amp. alternator to boost its performance on the road.
Inside the cab, the driver has access to the MBUX Touchscreen Multimedia Infotainment Center with navigation system, WiFi hotspot, intelligent voice control & rear color camera. There are also many advanced assistive features like the DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control to help the driver navigate the roads safer and easier. The comfortable cab seats are power-adjustable and heated. They also swivel, slide and recline according to the level of comfort of the driver and passenger.
On the exterior, you will find an electric patio awning with LED lighting. The rear and side doors also come with screens and magnetic closure. For those who will get the 4WD chassis, they will also enjoy the convenience of having a power sliding door that opens with just a touch of a button.
Boldt is an all-season camper van thanks to its state-of-the-art insulation, enclosed water lines, and Truma Combi® Eco Plus heating. It also offers great power sources with the lithium-based Pure3 Advanced Energy System3 that has 12,800 watt-hours of clean, quiet power, 600W Pure Sine Inverter, and two 115-watt solar panels. You can even an additional solar panel to increase your power source when you’re off the grid.
Boldt comes in 2 floorplans both with a length of 22’11”. The 70BL can sleep 3 people while 70KL can only accommodate 2. Even though these camper vans are smaller in size than other motorhomes, Winnebago still made sure that they offer complete amenities and a comfortable living space.
The kitchenette has a single burner induction cooktop, a microwave oven, a 4.3 cu. ft. (12V) single door compressor-driven refrigerator/freezer, stainless steel sink, Corian® sink cover with bamboo cutting board, and Corian® solid-surface countertop.
The bedroom is also the living area. The twin beds work like a sofa or dinette during the day. At night, you can join them together to transform them into one big bed. The entertainment system consists of a 24″ LED HDTV, OmniGo™ digital HDTV antenna, and JBL soundbar. There are RAM® Tough-Track™ Mounts throughout for your gadgets.
The Coleman®-Mach® 10 non-ducted air conditioner will keep you cool while inside the camper van. There’s also a wet bath with a shower and toilet so you can fulfill your bathroom needs. You’ll also find lots of storage spaces inside the van for your travel stuff.
Solis Pocket – Price starts at $99,566
Winnebago Solis Pocket is the younger sibling of another Winnebago camper van, the Winnebago Solis. But as the name implies, it comes in a smaller and more compact package.
Solis Pocket has only one floorplan and it has an exterior length of 17’10”. It can sleep up to 3 people. It is built on the same Ram ProMaster® frame. It has a 280-hp, 3.6L V6 gas engine that’s mated to a 6-speed automatic 62TE transmission and 180-amp. alternator.
The driver has access to a 5″ LCD color touch screen with a radio and rearview monitor system on the dashboard. There are also steering wheel controls, color rear camera, and USB ports aside from the assistive functions such as cruise control, crosswind assist, and power assist steering. There is enough legroom in the cab area and the cab seats are adjustable according to your comfort level.
There’s a rod and privacy screen at the rear of the camper van that you can use as your wash station or makeshift bathroom. Solis Pocket also comes with a portable toilet so you can answer the call of nature anytime.
Inside the unit, the living space is very flexible. The dinette can be converted into a sofa, daybed, loveseat, and bed at night. One piece of furniture can be used for different purposes depending on the time of the day. This is very innovative and smart indeed.
The bedroom has a Murphy bed that you can fold during the day so that you have more space. It makes way for the kitchen so you can have a more spacious counter area. The kitchen also contains a 2 burner range top with glass cover, 3.0 cu. ft. (12V) single door compressor-driven refrigerator/freezer, and a stainless steel sink.
Underneath the Murphy bed, you can store your outdoor gears and there is an L-track cargo tie down system to keep your stuff secure while in transit. You can pack more of your travel essentials inside the MOLLE retention panels.
Another great feature of the Solis Pocket is the removable LP cylinder. This Class B motorhome is a pioneer when it comes to this. It is remarkable because it is easy to access and makes refilling more hassle-free.
Its power source comes from 2 deep-cycle Group 31 batteries (AGM maintenance-free) and a 170-watt solar panel with controller. You’ll be cozy inside the camper van with the help of Truma® VarioHeat™ and Coleman®-Mach™ 10 NDQ air conditioner.
Solis Pocket may be smaller than other Class B motorhomes but it is fully equipped with what you need on the road. You can also take it for camping any time of the year.
Winnebago Class C Motorhomes
View and Navion – Price starts at $180,734
View and Navion are another set of twin units from Winnebago and they head the manufacturer’s Class C RV lineup. These rigs have a Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter Chassis and are powered by a 3.0 L 6-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 188 hp. This is coupled to a 7G -Tronic automatic transmission, has a 220-amp. alternator, and uses Adaptive ESP technology to enhance your safety on the road.
These Class C motorhomes are available in 3 floorplans. All have a length of 25’6″ and can sleep up to 4 people. Their exterior storage capacity ranges from 30 cu ft. to 43 cu ft. You also have 16′ of powered patio awning with LED lights. This will give you shade as you chill outside enjoying a picnic with your company.
Inside the cab, the driver has access to MBUX Touchscreen Multimedia Infotainment Center with navigation function, WiFi hotspot, intelligent voice control, and rear color camera. The powered cab seats are comfortable and relaxing, being heated and having adjustable lumbar support. There are also many functional features such as DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping assist, and active braking assist.
Looking at the interior, you will immediately sense a feeling of luxury as Winnebago used premium leatherette fabric, vinyl flooring, light-colored wall boards, and darker wood for its cabinets.
The living area can have a U-shaped dinette or TrueComfort sofa. The dinette can be upgraded to theater or recliner seats. The 32″ HDTV has an amplified digital HDTV antenna and is satellite system ready. You can level up the entertainment package which will give you a Blu-ray disc player and Bluetooth® Soundbar to enhance your viewing experience.
In the kitchen, you have a microwave/convection oven with touch control, 2 burner induction & LP range cooktop, a 10.0 cu. ft. (12V) 2-door compressor-driven refrigerator/freezer, and double stainless steel sink with sink covers.
The bathroom has an enclosed shower area, toilet, lavatory, cabinets, along with some residential bathroom fixtures.
For the bedroom, each floorplan offers a different kind of bed system. You have the option to get a Murphy+ bed, corner bed, or a Flex Bed System twin beds whichever works best for you. The Murphy bed and twin beds will give you additional living space during the day before you convert them into a big bed at night.
View and Navion also feature the SuperShell™ Sleeper Deck that uses high quality thermal and acoustic insulation so that those staying here will be able to relax and sleep comfortably.
You will also enjoy abundant power sources for your RV appliances and systems with 2 deep-cycle, Group 31 RV batteries, 3,600-watt Cummins Onan® MicroQuiet™ LP generator, 2,000-watt pure sine wave DC/AC inverter, and two 100-watt solar panels. There’s even a provision to add another solar panel which is perfect for those who love to camp off the beaten path where there are no RV services.
Their freshwater and holding tank capacities are best in their class so they’re really intended to let you relish your extended escape in the heart of nature.
Minnie Winnie and Spirit – Price starts at $115,598
The Minnie Winnie and Spirit are also twin units. These two are the most affordable Class C motorhomes in Winnebago’s lineup. They are built on a Ford® E350 or E450 Chassis with a 350-hp 7.3L V8 Premium engine, TorqShift 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and 210-amp. alternator.
On the dashboard, you will find a radio, rearview monitor system with integrated 8.95″ multi-function touchscreen monitor and rear color camera. It is Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Sirius XM® ready. There are also a great number of assistive features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning to help you keep safe on the road and make driving easier.
Minnie Winnie and Spirit are available in 6 floorplans with lengths from 24’5″ to 32’9″. They offer a maximum sleeping capacity for 5 to 8 people which is determined by the floorplan that you’ll get.
The exterior storage ranges from 44.5 cu. ft. up to 108.3 cu. ft. to allow you to pack all your travel gears and camping essentials so you can appreciate your road adventures to the fullest. The units come with a powered patio awning. This is great when you want to stay outside to relish in the beauty of nature.
You can choose between a contemporary or cozy cabin look for the interior design. The living area comes with a dinette but you can also have a sofa bed or theater seats in some floorplans. You can watch your favorite shows on the 32″ HDTV with DVD player. These motorhomes have an amplified digital HDTV antenna so you can catch more channels with a strong signal.
Minnie Winnie and Spirit offers different bed systems. You can have a double bed, queen bed, and bunk beds in the bedroom aside from the overhead bed at the cab area. There is also a 24″ HDTV inside the bedroom.
The bathroom has an enclosed shower area, toilet with foot pedal, and lavatory. Winnebago has also incorporated residential bathroom fixtures such as cabinets, a tissue holder, towel bar, and hooks which will all help in keeping this area organized.
You won’t have any trouble preparing and cooking hearty meals for the family in their luxurious kitchen. It has a Corian® solid surface countertops, a microwave oven, vented range hood with light, 3 burner range with oven, a 2-way double-door refrigerator/freezer with woodgrain paneling, and a stainless steel sink.
Your RV power supply is provided by 2 deep cycle Group 24 batteries, 4,000 watt Cummins Onan® Microquiet™ generator, and an AC/DC 1,000-watt inverter.
With Minnie Winnie and Spirit’s starting price of $115,598, you’ve got a motorized RV and complete amenities. The different floorplans will allow you to choose your own adventure and comfort style.
Winnebago Travel Trailers
Voyage – Price starts at $43,926
The Winnebago Voyage is the most expensive travel trailer in the lineup. It has 6 flexible floorplans and their lengths range from 27’9″ to 38’11”. Voyage can accommodate 4 to 8 people depending on the floorplan that you’ll get.
The sidewalls of this travel trailer is made of fiberglass with Azdel panels. This makes them able to resist rotting and helps provide better insulation to the rig. The one-piece TPO roof membrane is fully walkable. The entire roof as well as the front and back have fiberglass insulation to ensure that occupants are protected from the heat, cold, and outside noise.
LED lights are used outside to enhance its safety. Winnebago also incorporated the universal docking station to make connecting to RV services hassle-free.
Another salient feature of Voyage is its ample storage whether outside or inside. The exterior compartments allow you to pack your outdoor gear and camping equipment. Inside the camper, there are cabinets, drawers, under bed storage, a pantry, and a walk-in pantry to provide storage solutions for all your travel stuff.
Voyage gives you a roomy interior so you can comfortably move around inside the trailer and do your thing. You get to enjoy complete amenities while on the road.
The living area features a tri-fold sofa. Some units come with theater seats and a dinette. You can cook conveniently in the kitchen with its 3 burner cooktop with oven and 30″ OTR convection microwave. You can keep your food inside the 10.3 cu. ft. 12V refrigerator with pantry.
The bedroom has a queen bed with nightstands and hanging cabinets. A wall separates it from the rest of the camper. Even the bathroom is spacious. It has a separate shower area, porcelain toilet, and lavatory.
You’ll definitely feel at home inside the Voyage travel trailer and you can stay here for as long as you like. The units are prepped for your washer and dryer appliances. You can also upgrade to a bigger bed and fridge if you want. Winnebago offers a lot of options to make your camping experience more comfortable and memorable.
Micro Minnie – Price starts at $25,236
Micro Minnie is Winnebago’s most affordable RV. This travel trailer is offered in 10 floorplans with a length starting from 19’4.5″ up to 25’8″. It can accommodate between 3 and 5 people.
The Micro Minnie is constructed using an NXG frame with the under belly enclosed and sealed. The walls are made of aluminum which make them lightweight and durable. The roof is made of one-piece TPO membrane which makes it stronger and can better resist harsh elements. The floors are made with 5/8″ tongue and groove plywood which provides great foundation for the fixtures and other components in your travel trailer.
With a width of 7 ft., you will be able to tow this baby with ease. It is more visible from the driver’s point of view that’s why he can maneuver it on the road with efficiency.
Micro Minnie may sound like it’s a small camper with fewer features to offer but you’ll be amazed to know that isn’t lacking when it comes to amenities. The bed has a comfortable mattress to assure you of a restful sleep. The bathroom has a shower area, toilet with foot flush, and sink.
You have a full kitchen at the galley. It has a 10.3 cubic ft. 12V refrigerator, microwave convection, and a 2 or 3 burner cooktop, stainless steel sink, and generous counter space to make cooking on the road such a breeze. You can eat at the convertible dinette.
You can also watch TV or movies because it comes with an LED TV and AV system. There are also USB charge ports and a wireless cell phone charger for your devices. Micro Minnie has also been prepped for WiFi connectivity. You can also stay outside under the shade of the awning and play your favorite tunes over the exterior speakers as you breathe in the fresh air and bask in the beauty of nature.
Micro Minnie maybe smaller in size but you have everything you need to make your camping fun and comfortable.
Winnebago Fifth Wheel
Voyage – Price starts at $53,165
The Winnebago Voyage Fifth Wheel is built on a W Series Foundation. This means that you can expect a solid foundation and there are great features on its entire length from the tip to its tail. You can get a Rota Flex pin box so that you can tow the 5th wheel trailer more smoothly. Its drop frame design allows you to have ample storage solutions. The 7,000 lb. axles and 16″ G-rated tires carry its weight effortlessly.
It has a universal docking station that makes it s convenient for users to hookup their rig to RV services at the campgrounds. This compartment is enclosed to protect it from the elements as well as from curious passersby.
The Voyage Fifth Wheel is available in 5 floorplans. Their lengths range from 32’5″ to 39’6″ and they can sleep from 3 to 8 people depending on your chosen size and floorplan.
Occupants will feel right at home inside the Winnebago Voyage Fifth Wheel. There is generous living space made possible by the slideouts. The front deck is used for the bedroom in most of the units except for V3436FL where it holds the spacious living area.
The bedrooms have a queen size bed, nightstands, and cabinets. The bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom and you’ll be comfortable using it because it is big! It has a separate and enclosed shower area, toilet, and lavatory.
You also have access to modern appliances in the kitchen and living area. You can prepare delicious meals using the recessed 3 burner cooktop with oven and 30″ convection microwave. There’s also a 10.3 cu. ft. 12V refrigerator with pantry. You can all eat together in the provided dining table with chairs.
You can lounge comfortably in the living room’s tri-fold sofa or theater seats. There’s an entertainment system with a LED TV, DVD/CD player, AM/FM radio, and HDMI & Bluetooth connectivity.
There are washer and dryer preps in most of the units. This is perfect is you’re planning to go on vacation for an extended period.
These are just some of the features of the newest lineup of Winnebago RVs. Hope that you now have a better understanding of the differences in their price points.
What Factors Influence RV Price
In case you’re wondering regarding the pricing of different RVs, we’ve listed down the main factors that play a big part in the costing of the rig. This will help you understand better why some rigs are more expensive and some are more affordable than others. Take these into consideration when you decide on the perfect rig for you and your family.
There are different types of RVs in the market. As we differentiate one from the other, you will realize that the type of rig that you get will have a major impact on its price.
Tent trailers are also called pop up campers. They are compact and lightweight because not all sides are made with solid or hard walls. They usually have a tent top which is made of canvas.
These trailers are easy to tow because they are lighter in weight. As such, you can tow them using an SUV or minivan. You don’t need a full-sized truck or bigger vehicle for towing. They are also easier to drive and maneuver on the road.
However, space can be an issue as well as the amenities inside. Many pop up campers offer a kitchenette, dinette, and a bed.
As expected, the parts that are made of canvas aren’t built to last. When continuously exposed to different elements, they are prone to crack, tear, and rip. You will then need to have it repaired r replaced.
Hard-Sided Travel Trailers
Hard-sided travel trailers, as their name implies, have walls and roof that are made of more solid material other than canvas.
On the downside, this may mean that their weight is heavier. You would need a bigger SUV or a half-ton pick up truck to tow these rigs.
But because all sides are made of hard walls, these campers can offer more space and have more furniture to make you more comfortable on your trip. You can find hard-sided travel trailers will full amenities- kitchen, dinette, bathroom, bedroom, and a living area.
With a solid roof, it can also handle different kinds of weather so you can go camping any time of the year.
Fifth Wheel Trailers
Fifth wheel trailers are like hard-sided travel trailers but the main difference is in how they are attached to the towing vehicle.
5th wheels would require a pickup truck because they are hitched and mounted at the bed of the truck through a special coupling device. because of this attachment, they are more secure and easier to tow and maneuver especially when you’re taking sharp turns or difficult terrains.
5th wheel trailers also have more living space because of their front deck. Many 5th wheel campers offer complete amenities such as those that you can find in motorhomes but you can get them for a very affordable price. You can make yourself comfy in its spacious bedroom, full kitchen, large bathroom, and a generous living area. Some have sliders to expand the living space.
You also won’t need to get a special driver’s license endorsement when traveling in your fifth wheel in some states. It is also more flexible because you can just park and stabilize it and you can use your towing vehicle to explore the place.
Class A Motorhomes
A Class A motorhome is a motorized RV that comes with a length ranging from 21 ft to 45 feet. This type of motorhomes are huge and they come with complete amenities to keep you comfortable on the road. Some have furniture and appliances that are top of the line. The luxury that they provide makes you feel like you’re staying in a hotel.
Some even weigh up to 26,000 lbs. that’s why you would need a special driver’s license endorsement for you to take them on your adventure.
You can choose from gas or diesel powered engines. Usually diesel pushers are more expensive than gas engines because they need heavy-duty components and equipment so that they can produce more power. But you’ll save a lot on fuel costs with diesel engines and they also have better depreciation value over time.
Class B Motorhomes
Class B motorhomes or camper vans are a compromise in size between the Class A and Class C motorhomes. They are smaller in size and more comfortable to drive because it’s just like navigating the road in a van.
Class B RVs are also more fuel efficient. This is usually good for 1 to 2 travelers although there are some Class B motorhomes that can fit up to 4 people.
Since they are smaller in size, expect that the living area is also smaller. They usually offer a kitchenette, dinette, and bedroom. This is perfect for those who can travel with minimal stuff in tow.
Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are bigger than camper vans which means you can have more living space and can accommodate more members of the family. They are usually built on a truck or cab chassis.
They are easier to drive than the bigger Class A RVs. But since they are smaller than Class A motorhomes, some of their furniture and appliances are also smaller but they usually offer complete amenities to ensure your comfort on the road. Class C motorhomes are also more affordable than Class A RVs.
Size and Floorplan
RVs, even those from the same types, come in different sizes. For example, Winnebago’s Journey Class A motorhome comes in 3 floorplans with sizes from 35’6″ to 41’4″. The longer the length, the more space is provided for storage, furniture, living space, and other amenities. This also means that it can comfortably accommodate more people inside.
However, do expect that price increases with greater length. So, think really well about the size that’ll perfectly suit you and your family so that you don’t have to spend more than you need to.
This refers to how readily acquirable the unit is. Some RVs, especially those manufactured by big companies like Winnebago, have readily available units and they have many dealers which make their RVs more accessible to buyers in different parts of the country.
Meanwhile, there are smaller companies that can only produce a certain number of units and they may not have as many dealers. Their RVs are not readily available and might be harder to obtain if you live in other parts of the country. This will affect the supply and demand which also impacts the price of the RV. Expect to pay more when the rig that you want is harder to acquire due to logistics or manufacturing concerns.
Age of the RV
The age or year when the unit was manufactured also play an important role in dictating the price of the RV. 2021 Winnebago RVs cost more than their 2015 RVs. The newest models are the most expensive products on the market because of their innovations and enhancements from previous models.
Manufacturing companies make sure that they have something new to offer in their latest releases. They make use of the latest technology during production and incorporate state of the art features in their updated models.
So, do your research well. If you feel fine with what the past models have to offer, then you can save a lot of bucks compared to getting the updated version. But of course, there are also perks when you get the newest model especially when it comes to having smart appliances and systems. Or you can also consider buying a used or pre-owned RV that’s still in great condition to be more practical about it.
Let’s face it. Bigger RV manufacturing companies leverage on their reputation to be able to sell their units at a higher price compared to those from smaller companies. With their brand reputation comes years of trust and experience that many other buyers can vouch for. Unlike when you buy from lesser known brands, it’s like taking a risk in your investment.
Bonus Features And Creature Comforts
When searching for the perfect rig, of course, we all want it to have complete amenities and the best features. But sometimes it would mean that you have to upgrade the standard features or customize the rig to make it compatible with your travel needs.
Most floorplans are flexible and can accommodate customization. However, be prepared to shell out extra money for each added feature that you want which isn’t included in their standard package.
Sales Tax, Maintenance & Other Long-Term Costs
Yes, there’s a sales tax upon your purchase. It would depend on the weight, length, age, and market value of your rig. There are also registration costs.
Buyers also need to think about the storage, operational, maintenance, and repair costs that come with owning a rig. There’s also the insurance that you have to think about.
When you buy a small travel trailer, you can store it in your garage but if you have a bigger rig, you have to look for a safe storage place for it and it comes with a cost. The same goes for parking fees in campgrounds. You have to pay extra when you have a larger RV. And of course, don’t forget about the fuel! Bigger rigs require more fuel whereas smaller campers are more fuel efficient to use.
Buying any kind of RV is a major investment. This is something that you have to think over many times and price is always one of the top considerations. Make sure you choose the rig that not only suits your travel needs but also your budget. Take note also that when we talk about price, we’re not just referring to how much the rig is being sold at the moment. Think about the tax, fuel, storage, maintenance, and other costs that come with it so that you are fully prepared for the RV life. Be a wise buyer. Happy RV shopping!