Bryce and I were pretty happy with our first RV purchase—a Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32 SA, gas coach. It’s plenty big and has all the amenities we want, and even some we didn’t know we wanted. You can read more about our Tiffin Allegro coach here.
But after living in it since 2016, I yearn for something different. I probably have something like buyers’ remorse after most large purchases. But in this case it’s more like coveting thy neighbor’s RV, which I know is a no-no. But can you blame me when there are so many cool models on the market today?
I’ve had my eye on smaller rigs because of the convenience of taking them almost anywhere. But I also enjoy the comfort that large rigs offer. It really is hard to choose only one. If I could have a fleet of RVs for different occasions, these would be my top choices.
My Favorite Class C RV
The Winnebago Trend is my favorite class C motorhome. A class C motorhome is a mid-sized RV that is usually built on a truck or van chassis, and has an overhang over the cab area.
Winnebago states it’s “Class A living in compact Class C design.” This little rig packs a punch for its 23-foot size. It’s small enough to take just about anywhere. My friends Jon and Nadia Bajuelo, from the Roaming Remodelers own one, and they tell me they can even park it in a regular spot at many grocery stores. In fact, I saw one parked on a narrow street in Siesta Key, Florida yesterday.
The Trend is quite functional for its compact size and has all of features that one needs—a full kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping space. The 23D and 23L models offer slightly different floor plans, with a flexible bed configuration in the 23D and the Studio Loft bed in the 23L.
For the new models, the Trend comes in at around $100,000, but there’s typically wiggle room to negotiate the price. Check out this article on what to ask a dealer when you’re shopping for an RV.
My Favorite Fifth Wheel RV
It’s hard to beat the size and luxury of a 5th Wheel. It’s the type of RV that hitches to the back of a large vehicle, like a truck. It may not be as convenient as a Class A motorhome, but you feel like you’re in a New York Apartment.
One of my favorite 5th Wheels is the Heartland Landmark Luxury 365 series. They are between 37-44 feet, and every square inch of it is useful. That’s a lot of space, and I’m not sure what I could possibly put in every drawer or closet.
My friends Dan and Lisa Brown, from Always on Liberty, have the Ashland model. As Coast Guard veterans they have impeccable organization skills, and have created the cleanest, most clutter-free RV I’ve ever seen! Even their outside bays look like a library of clean, neatly stored tools.
It’s the interior design of their rig that really makes it pop, though. It was amazing before, but wow, the renovation really makes it feel homey and functional—like this desk they installed where a sofa used to be. Notice the peaceful and contented cat on the right—even she gets her own space.
The Heartland Landmark 365 Series can run between $80,000 – $120,000 for a new rig, depending on the features.
My Favorite Travel Trailer
Calling an Airstream a “travel trailer” is practically a crime. It’s in a class of its own—like how Google isn’t called a “search engine” anymore. By definition, the Airstream Classic at 31 feet is a travel trailer since it’s pulled by another vehicle. But it’s really more like a piece of art. Seriously, I’d almost rather display it in a museum than travel in it.
The size is a nice compromise between the 23-foot Trend and the 44-foot Landmark. It’s light and airy, too. The windows let the light stream in, and the finishes are classy and minimal—perfection!
My friends Nathan and Marissa Moss, from Less Junk, More Journey shared these stunning images with me. I love their one-of-a-kind decorative touches. Doesn’t it look like a page from Better Homes & Gardens magazine, without the home and huge chunks of open land as the garden?
The Airstream Classic starts at $141,900 for a new model—but hey I can dream.
Speaking of dreaming—wasn’t this fun to read and dream about the RV life? It’s free and fun, too. Luckily, we really like our Tiffin Allegro gas coach, but you never know when someone is going to ask me what I want for my birthday :).
If you’re gulping at the prices of these RVs, consider buying used. We think that buying a used RV is a good way to go because you can often find great options at great prices. Check out this article I wrote for the Escapees RV Club on buying a new vs. used RV here.
Do you have a favorite RV(or three)? Leave a comment and let me know.
What about a Class A? Do you have a favorite?
Thanks for your question, April. We still like our Tiffin Allegro Open Road motorhome best. For its price point, it offers a highly functional floorplan, ample size, nice interior finishes, and many thoughtful features that not all of the other Class A’s have. There is not another Class A that we wished we were in. Thanks again.