Best-selling RVs – Is yours on the list?

Best-selling RVs – Is yours on the list?

RVers love their travel trailers, and sales of most of them continue to skyrocket, according to the RV Dealers Association (RVDA). More than a quarter of a million new travel trailers were sold in 2017, up almost 13 percent from 2016.

Sales of all RV types increased last year except for folding trailers (sometimes called pop ups), which declined 5.6 percent and Class A gas motorhomes (down 2.4 percent). No statistics were available for truck campers.

Here’s a breakdown (no pun intended) of new units sold, by RV type, in 2017, as well as the most popular models (in descending order) in each category.

Travel trailers: 274,294 (up 12.8%)
Jay Flight
Cherokee
Wildwood
Salem
Rockwood

Fifth wheels: 78,046 (up 9.7%)
Montana
Cougar
Reflection
Eagle
Big Horn

Motorhomes
Class A, Gas: 14,240 (down 2.4%)
Class A, Diesel: 7,382 (up 5.6%)
Winnebago
Georgetown
Allegro
A.C.E.
Coachmen

Class B: 3,974 (up 26.5%)
Winnebago
Hymer
Airstream
Pleasure-Way
Galleria

Class C: 27,530 (up 20.5%)
Four Winds
Coachmen
Winnebago
Sun Seeker
Chateau

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14 thoughts on “Best-selling RVs – Is yours on the list?

  1. Booneyrat

    I will never buy another Grand Design Reflection.Since Winnebago took them over they have cut quality control and workmanship is in the cellar.They may have started out decent in the beginning,but as usual,thew conglomerates rule anymore.

  2. Barb

    Not seeing any truck campers listed. We bought a new Arctic Fox truck camper five years ago and have had no problems at all with it. It is a four season, sharp looking, quality camper. Sure, it’s smaller than our 5th wheel Cougar was but with this truck camper we can also pull our pontoon behind without having to take two vehicles, saving money on gas – and making our retirement much more pleasant traveling in the same vehicle:)

    1. Hi Barb,
      I don’t know why the RVDA doesn’t count truck campers. Or if they do, why they weren’t listed. I think all of us definitely consider them RVs!

  3. Rod

    We bought a used 2014 Montana 5er in 2015 which is our second Montana. Nice to see it at the top of the 5th wheel list. We full timed for 2 years and are now snowbirds. We love our Montana even though we have had to replace the fridge, an air conditioner, the black water tank (I blew it up), gray water tank, fix the damage from a tire blow out and most recently the rubber roof came lose and was replaced. We have definitely used the $5000 we spent on extended warranties at Camping World when we bought the trailer. Thankfully insurance covered the $8400 Camping World charged to replace the roof. So we were only out the warranty and insurance premiums snd deductibles along the way. None of our warranties cover roof failure but iF the sun bleaches our carpet it iscovered. I blew up the black water tank by filling it with the gate closed and being distracted by phone call. I found out the RVers (now good friends) on each side of us in the RV park blew their black tanks while flushing them as well. One had a 3 month old Montana 5er when he blew the tank and shortly therafter traded it for Grand Design without repairing it. The tank only leaked if it was full. I wonder how many have done the same.

  4. rvgrandma

    Seems some of the best are long gone. We have a SeaView made by National RV. We love it. Yes, we have had to repair most all the appliances but the coach itself is good.

  5. Ron

    Something that I’ve noticed on several occasions… not to do anything with this survey…. In the Class A listing, the third manufacture down is “Allegro”. Allegro is a manufacture as it is a sub-model made by the manufacture “Tiffin” who also makes models named Breeze, Phaeton and Zyphers in addition to several models of Allegros…RED, Open Road. The list is about manufactures, not models.

    1. Ron

      Opps, I meant that Allegro is “NOT” a manufacture.

      1. Hi Ron,
        Thanks for writing. This list was published by the RVDA. This is a list of models: for example, Cougar is a model made by Keystone, Rockwood by Forest River, etc. We’ll check in to your observation about Allegro, but if what you say is correct, then the list is correct: Allegro is a model made by Tiffin. I hope that is what you meant.

        Deanna Tolliver
        Associate Editor

        1. Ron

          No…maybe for 5th wheels, but certainly not for Class A Motorhomes. Here is the listing provided in this article for Class A Motorhomes:

          Winnebago
          Georgetown
          Allegro
          A.C.E.
          Coachmen

          These are all (except for Allegro) manufactures of Class A motorhomes……not models.

          1. Yep, you are right Ron! Gotta wonder why they would switch gears in how they published their data.

            Deanna Tolliver
            Associate Editor

  6. Tommy Molnar

    Traveling Man, you make some good points, and YOU should be asking the survey questions. You’ve bored right in to what I think would be good, hard hitting questions – and logical answer options.

  7. Traveling Man

    Once again, the problem with surveys is that they are only as good as the questions asked….

    I suspect there is a reason for some models not making the list and that is Price. Obviously, the models above are the “Best” selling because they are less expensive. And price plays a big factor in what people will buy.

    Now, ask a question about whether or not they were happy with what they bought and you might get a different answer. There are problems with layouts and quality.

    Ask if you bought that model because of price? I bet most will answer yes.

    Now ask if they were happy with what they bought and how often they actually use it. “Sure…I bought the most popular model out there. I had no idea that I would ever actually use it. Who knew this floor plan would not work out. All those folks can’t be wrong. I’m happy, but I never use it and never have any problem as a result. Oh…and by the way, I bought it cheap”. What a survey…
    Surveys are only as good as the person who wrote it. And that bothers me when they don’t know how to write one to begin with.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Actually, this wasn’t a survey. It’s a list compiled by the RVDA. Dealers sent them the information on what models they sold. However, I agree with you: the models sold the most may be the lesser expensive ones and that is why they sold more in the first place. I don’t have data to back that up.
      Deanna Tolliver
      Associate Editor

  8. Jeff

    It’s hard to believe on the 5th Wheel list, that Heartlands Big Horn is on the list.

    We had a Heartland along time ago! The Heartland products proved to be nothing but JUNK. Now that it is owned by THOR, makes it even more questionable.

    Buy a Heartland product and you better have a BIG Checkbook for repairs.

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