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- Grand Design
- Winnebago Industries
- Happier Camper
- Forest River
- Prime Time Manufacturing
I selected these brands based on my own research. I was looking for reputable manufactures that produced a good quality model to models with a good selection of standard features and options.
When it comes to selecting the best brands for 2019 you will find a slew of opinions. I have compiled a list of companies that manufacture high-quality unit and provide good customer service. Keep in mind that the service comes from the dealer. A good and reputable manufucauring company will make sure their dealers are providing good service to buyers.
If you have a comment good or bad on any of manufacturers on our list please post them in the comments at the end of the article. Here is our list in no particular order. So here goes my list of the best travel trailer brands.
When you think luxury camper Airstream is usually one of the first that comes to mind. They produce some of the most recognizable recreational vehicles in the industry. They are priced at the high-end of the range, however, the amount of value you get is very well worth the price. Their iconic models include the Classic, Globetrotter, Tony Bahama, Flying Cloud, and several others.
Owned by Thor industries now, Airstream continues to lead the industry in unique, iconic, and distinctive design.
Recent trends in the industry have led Airstream to design the Nest a sleek, very modern and great looking mini camper. Airstream in owned by Thor Industries.
Airstream Flying Cloud
The Airstream model I have a preference for is the Flying Cloud. With a starting price of $67,400, it is not for everyone. Here are some basic specs on the Flying Cloud:
- Sleep Capacity: 4-8
- Length: 19 feet to 30 feet
- GVWR: 4,500 to 8,800
- 19 available floor plans
The Flying Cloud is loaded with features that exude quality. Here are just a few of the features I liked in this unit (some may be optional):
- Quietstream Climate Control
- Ultraleather seating
- High-end kitchen appliances
- Seating that converts to sleeping
- Memory foam mattress
- Handcrafted cabinetry
- Retractable awning
- Rear-view monitoring system
- Roller blinds and blackout curtains
- Moen faucets and much more…
To view, all Airstream models, features and specification click here.
Grand Design Recreational Vehicles
Grand Design has one very loyal and raving fan base. I have come across many owner reviews of Grand Design campers who rave about the quality of these units and the outstanding customer service. Grand Design is located in Middlebury, IN and all of their towables and fifth-wheels come with a 3-Year limited structural warranty. The Imagine XLS is one of my favorite due to its excellent styling, features, and amenities.
Grand Design as a company in the industry is not very old. They have only been around since 2001 as an independent company. They spun off from a larger company. Grand Design formed an alliance with Winnebago and operates as an independent business within Winnebago Industries. So they have financial stability but can continue to grow and design the way they know best.
Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer
The Imagine is my preferred trailer of choice from this
- Choose from
- Length: 26 ft 9-inches to 36-feet 11-inches
- UVW: 6,695 lbs to 7,495 lbs
- Gel-coated fiberglass exterior
- One-piece roof membrane with a 12-year warranty
The Imagine is also loaded with a ton of standard features. Here are just a few of the ones that standout for me and for what I’m looking for:
- Solid hardwood drawer fronts
- Large panoramic windows
- Upgraded residential furniture
- Residential quality countertops
- Stainless steel microwave
- 3-burner range with oven
- Double door fridge
In addition to the many standard features you have a choice of 3 equipment packages. Choosing one of the 3 is mandatory. The 3 packages are the “Peace of Mind”, “Ultimate Power”, and Four-Season Protection. For detail on each package click here.
Grand Design has a collection of excellent recreational vehicles. See them all right here.
The Oliver brand makes high-quality luxury fiberglass trailers in their Hohenwald, TN manufacturing facility. The company which was started by twin brothers Jim and John Oliver was formed in 2008. The Oliver campers are built using 4 fiberglass shells, two inner shells and two outer shells. It’s a unique process that ensures a very well-built camper.
There are many things that set Oliver apart from the industry. It starts with the wheels found on all Oliver models. The wheels are not cheap travel-trailer wheels but rather E-rated, 10 ply, light truck tires. You won’t find any wood or carpet on an Oliver, thus no more or milder either. The frame is aircraft grade aluminum which provides durability and longevity.
The Oliver tis well-suited for those who are interested in extreme temperature camping. The insulated double shell keeps the cold out and all water lines, appliances, tanks are enclosed within the lower shell.
Due to its aerodynamic styling and light aluminum frame, it is easy to tow.
All Oliver units go through a 4-stage inspection process. There is an Incoming Inspection Process, Production Inspection, Final Inspection and, the Shakedown. The Shakedown is a free night of comping a few miles down from the manufacturing plant. This gives the buyer a real-world test of the Oliver brand.
Oliver Legacy Elite 2 Travel Trailer
The Oliver Legacy Elite 2 pictured above is my favorite model. I like the Elite 2 for several reasons. I like that it has a dry weight of just 4,600 pounds. So it can be towed with a good truck or full-size SUV. (Keep in mind 4,600 pounds is just the dry weight. For towing you need to consider the everything else you put in it for your trip.
The Legacy Elite 2 comes in two floor plans. One with twin beds and the the with a dinette to 75″ x 79″ bed conversion. This model is loaded with standard features. These are just a few of the ones that stood out for me:
- Full Custom Molded Interior and Exterior Insulated Shells
- Plumbing, Holding Tanks and Drain Pipes enclosed between shells with heat to diminish freezing
- Quad Shocks on dual Dexter leaf spring axles with “Nev-R-Adjust” 10″ electric brakes for exceptional control and braking
- Nordicold 3 Way Refrigerator 4.5 cu. ft. (12V, 11OV, LP)
- Molded vanity
- 15′ Dometic awning
- 22″ Flat screen LCD TV
- Custom mounted speakers (4)
With a history spanning over 50 years, Winnebago is a well known and respected brand and definitely one of the best in the industry. Headquartered in Forest River, Iowa the company builds high-quality motor-homes, campers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers.
Winnebago makes 3 very popular models; the Minnie Plus, Minnie Drop, and Micro Minnie. Distinctly shaped it pack a lot of space in a small package. You can check out our review of the Minnie Drop here.
Winnebago also uses Azdel composite panels in their manufacturing.
Winnebago offers a line-up like no other
Happier Camper makes a unique retro-style all fiberglass camper with a versatile modular interior. Called the Adaptiv interior it lets you arrange the interior
One thing to keep in mind with the Happier Camper is that it does not have a typical bathroom It has a dry toilet. So for some of you that might not be what you are looking for. That is the only drawback I see to this camper trailer. It is small so don’t expect a ton of room, but that is the way it’s been designed. It’s modern and it does make use of the small interior extremely well.
The Happier Camper is truly adaptable and one of the best on the market.
Another of our picks with a long history, Starcraft started out making metal farm equipment back in 1903. In 1968 they began to manufacturing units. They were purchased by Jayco who was subsequently purchased by Thor Industries.
They all come with a 3-year warranty, as well as including a Magnum Roof System. Their trademarked Tuffshell is a vacuum-bonded lamination used for their walls.
Of all the models in their line-up, I like Starcraft Mossy Oak which is pictured above. See the entire Starcraft lineup.
Lance has a reputation for being very well-built and an owner base that love the customer support offered by the company. What we like a lot about Lance is the interior of their models. The designs are extremely practical and very well done using top-grade materials.
Lance using Azdel composite panels which is an eco-friendly toxin-free composite panel superior to wood. You can read about Azdel panel right here.
Recent Consumer Digest awarded the entire line of Lance models their highest rating. If you search the internet you will find the majority of owner love their Lance so it’s easy to see why Lance has won the prestigious Dealer Satisfaction Index for quality almost every year, and have been rated best in owner satisfaction.
Lance offers a 2-year structural warranty on
A division of Forest River, Shasta has a history going back to the early 1940s. The Shasta name brand is very well respected in the industry and for those for have been around a long time the toaster-like look of the original Shaster brings back memories.
Shasta has made huge improvements since the days of the “toaster-on-wheels”. Shasta
Shasta makes four models of recreational vehicles. Three towables and one fifth-wheel.
Within their 4 model lineup, my personal favorite is the Revere pictured above. A modern, well-designed camper brand with an impressive interior. Check them out here.
With over 50 years of industry experience, Jayco has been one of the better brands in the RV industry. They have a very loyal following and have always been very responsive to their customers. In 2016 Jayco was purchased by Thor Industries which also owns Airstream among many other companies. The hope is that the quality, service and customer responsiveness remain intact after the purchase by this huge industrial conglomerate.
Jayco not only manufacturers pull-behinds they also build fifth-wheels, toy haulers, camping trailers, Class A and Class C motorhomes as well. My favorite model in the Jayco lineup is the Jay Feather an ultra-light camper .
Forest River is one of the largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in the United States. Forest River is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Forest River makes trailers, 5th wheels, motor-coaches, camping trailers, pontoons, park models and toy haulers. They have several manufacturing facilities throughout the US. They have one of the best owner forums in the industry called FROG (Forest River Owner’s Group).
Of all the units they make Forest River makes my favorite is a recent model that they have introduced. It’s called the Alpha Wolf. It’s a beautiful lightweight camper. It is roomy for a small design and it is very easy to tow with nothing more than a standard SUV.
Heartland is another recreational manufacturer owned by Thor Industries. Heartland was formed in 2003 so it’s still a baby as far as the industry history goes. However, that is not indicative of their products. Heartland is a brand that makes some of the best RVs in the market. As a matter of fact, their first model was a high-end fifth-wheel called the Landmark.
They also make a couple of luxury toy haulers including the Torque which is
Prime Time Manufacturing
Prime Time is a subsidiary of Forest River and has been in business since 2009. Fairly new in the industry they have worked hard to earn over 20 DSI Quality Award. They are located in the heart of the Amish community in Wakarusa, Indiana.
The Lacross is one of your favorite Prime Time models. You can see it here. It’s considered a luxury towable with many high-end amenities and materials. We spotlighted the Lacrosse as one of the top luxury campers in the industry.
Best Travel Trailer Brands Summary
So there you have it, some of the best brands in the industry, in my opinion of course. The thing is no matter what brand you research they all have their loyal fans and their detractors as well. The most important advice I can give you when selecting