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Top 10 RV Manufacturers 2023Buying an RV is a big deal. It costs a lot of money and you want to make sure you are getting a quality product. Every manufacturer listed below has a great track record when it comes to RVs. Keep in mind that no matter how good quality control is, there will be issues and this is why they provide warranties for their products. If you are considering buying an RV, check user reviews, speak to actual owners and do a complete walkthrough before handing over your money. This list below should help on your search for a new (or new to you) RV.
- Grand Design
In 2012, GDRV started with a blank canvas to pursue a better way, a different way, than what had been done before in RV manufacturing. They wanted a company whose culture required a long-term, personal connection with our customers, employees, and dealers. When is the last time an RV manufacturer cared about what thought about owning their product? Anything built by humans that travels down the open road is subject to issues. It's how those issues are addressed that make Grand Design stand out. Don't just take their word for it, visit the independent Grand Design Owners page (Grand Design RV Owners) on Facebook and see for yourself. They first build a quality product then they take care of their customers after the sale.
When you drive up to our plant in Red Bay, Alabama, you won't come across a slick corporation, operated by far-flung investors. What you will find is a family business. With members of the Tiffin family on-site, working every day. For them, this is more than a business venture, they feel like it's their calling. For their family to serve your family with good service and a product you can feel proud of driving down the road. The relationships they've built with their owners over the years speak for themselves. They're unique in the industry, and they consider themselves fortunate to have gotten to know so many of you. And they are every bit as proud of the dedicated crew of craftsmen who work with them. At Tiffin, the feeling of family and commitment extends all the way down the assembly line.
- Riverside Retro Travel Trailers
The Retro is a compact, lightweight travel trailer with customization options that start with the size and look of your rv exterior. The retro brand has multiple size options ranging from micro and mini campers to a full-size 28' Bunkhouse. Haul your Retro with a Small SUV, Jeep, Van, or ½ Ton. View our Retro specifications guide for details on the dry weight, water tank size, axel count and more. Our Retros aren't remodels or restorations, they're brand new RVs intentionally designed with a vintage look.
- Gulf Stream
Quality, value, and innovation are the core values that have been a part of the Gulf Stream Coach way of doing business since it was founded in Nappanee, Indiana, by Jim Shea and his sons. Today Gulf Stream Coach is the industry's leading family-owned, family-operated RV manufacturer, encompasses 22 brands with over 140 different models — all brought to you by the most dedicated and experienced team of associates in the industry. The family links run deep at Gulf Stream, among the skilled craftspeople who build the product, through the family-based management, on to family-based RV dealerships across the United States and Canada, and finally, to the families who buy and enjoy Gulf Stream Coach products. In today's world where huge corporations work to satisfy stockholders and financiers, the people at Gulf Stream Coach are dedicated to make the families of owners, dealers, and employees happy and proud. As the company has grown, Gulf Stream Coach has provided travel trailers, toy haulers, and motor homes that cover a broad range of prices, specifications, and applications. On a personal note, we (Jerry and Cynthia) owned a Gulf Stream Class C Motorhome and we loved it!
The Airstream philosophy has always been and will always be, "Let's not make any changes, let's make only improvements!" Every inch of an Airstream has a functional purpose. There is no planned obsolescence. This is as true in today's models as it was of the first Airstream to see the light of the open road. The classic Airstream of the thirties is no museum piece. Still in use today, it is as sturdy and modern in appearance as the first day it swung into traffic. As a result, an Airstream is always "in style" conceived and constructed as a lifetime investment in happiness.
- Northwood Manufacturing
Northwood Manufacturing was founded in 1993 by Ron Nash. Northwood employs close to 400 people, making them one of the largest private-sector employers in the area. Northwood Manufacturing is located just outside La Grande in Northeastern Oregon, amidst the scenic Blue Mountains.
- Pleasure Way
Pleasure Way builds custom Class B motorhomes on completed Ford, Chevrolet and Mercedes chassis'. They have a very high standard for quality control, every single coach made is audited and every craftsman's work must meet their rigorous standards and testing. Pleasure Way motorhomes are sold through an established dealer network to ensure owners are able to receive assistance almost anywhere in North America. RVers looking for a Class B unit would do well to consider a Pleasure Way motorhome.
Newmar was created by RV people for RV people. As a company, they were founded under a singular, distinct vision: to make the best RVs possible. That's because their founders, Marvin Newcomer and Marvin Miller, knew how much well-made, functional, innovative recreational vehicles mean to the people who own them. They were RV enthusiasts themselves and had experienced firsthand the passion and enthusiasm which a great RV can create.
Jayco, Inc. was founded in 1968 by a man of strong faith and vision. The late Lloyd J. Bontrager, felt he could build the world a better RV. He longed to create a company of his own, one that clearly reflected his ideals: a company where everyone would be treated as "family".
- Oliver Travel Trailers
The Oliver manufacturing plant is in Hohenwald, Tennessee which is southwest of Nashville. The is where their manufacturing experience is put to work. It takes four fiberglass shells to build the Oliver, two inner shells and two outer shells. The lower outer shell is first bolted to the aluminum frame. Some of the electrical wiring, all the plumbing lines, and the holding tanks are placed inside and the connections are made. Next the" inner bubble" is created by the bonding of the upper and lower inside shells. Inside the "bubble" created by these two shell are molded the seats, counters, cabinets and the recess for the floor. We love the small fiberglass campers and the Oliver is certainly one we would like to own.
This list is simply our opinion based on our personal experiences and talking with actual owners. If you enjoyed this article, please share it using the buttons that are near the top of the page.