Top 12 Best Travel Trailer Brands for 2019

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When it comes to selecting the best travel trailer brands for 2019 you will find a slew of opinions. I have compiled a list of travel trailer companies that manufacture high-quality travel trailers and provide good customer service. Keep in mind that the service comes from the dealer. A good and reputable travel trailer company will make sure their dealers are providing good service to buyers.

I selected these travel trailers based on my own research. I was looking for reputable manufactures that produced a quality travel trailer with a good selection of standard features and options.

12 Best Travel Trailer Brands for 2018

If you have a comment good or bad on any of the best travel trailer brands on our list please post them in the comments at the end of the article. Here are the best travel trailer brands in no particular order.

  1. Airstream
  2. Grand Design RV
  3. Oliver Travel Trailers
  4. Winnebago Industries
  5. Happier Camper
  6. Starcraft Travel Trailers
  7. Lance Travel Trailers
  8. Shasta Travel Trailers
  9. Jayco Travel Trailers
  10. Forest River
  11. Heartland RV
  12. Prime Time Manufacturing

Airstream

When you think luxury travel trailer Airstream is usually one of the first that comes to mind. They produce some of the most recognizable travel trailers in the industry. They are priced at the high-end of the travel trailer price 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.

Airstream International Signature Model

Owned by Thor industries now, Airstream continues to lead the industry in unique, iconic, and distinctive design.

Recent trends in the travel trailer industry have led Airstream to design the Nest a sleek, very modern and great looking mini travel trailer. Airstream in owned by Thor Industries.

Airstream Flying Cloud

The Airstream model I have a preference for is the Flying Cloud. In my humble opnion this is one of their best travel trailers. 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 travel trailer (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

This travel trailer manufacturer has one very loyal and raving fan base. I have come across many owner reviews of Grand Design travel trailers who rave about the quality of these units and the outstanding customer service. Grand Design is located in Middlebury, IN and all of their travel trailers and fifth-wheels come with a 3-Year limited structural warranty. Their Imagine XLS travel trailer is one of my favorite due to its excellent styling, features, and amenities.

Grand Design Imagine

Grand Design as a company in the RV industry is not very old. They have only been around since 2001 as an independent company. They spun off from a larger RV 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

The Imagine is my preferred trailer of choice from this RV manufacturer. There are several reasons I like the Imagine. First off it comes in 11 different floor plans and they all come with a queen-sized bed. There is simply no way I would want a travel trailer with anything smaller than a queen bed. Here are some basic specs on the Grand Design Imagine:

  • Choose from 11 floor plans
  • 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 RV has a collection of excellent travel trailers and 5th wheels. See them all right here.

Oliver Travel Trailers

Oliver Travel Trailers 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 travel trailers are built using 4 fiberglass shells, two inner shells and two outer shells. It’s a unique process that ensures a very well-built travel trailer.

There are many things that set Oliver travel trailers apart from the industry. It starts with the travel trailer 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 travel trailer, thus no more or milder either.  The frame is aircraft grade aluminum which provides durability and longevity.

The Oliver travel trailer is 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 their Oliver travel trailer.

Oliver Legacy Elite 2

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)

Winnebago Industries

With a history spanning over 50 years, Winnebago is a well known and respected travel trailer manufacturer and definitely one of the best travel trailer brands in the industry. Headquartered in Forest River, Iowa the company builds high-quality motor-homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers.

Winnebago manufacturers Class A, Class B, Class C motorhomes and of course 5th wheels and travel trailers. One of my favorite Winnebago models is a toy hauler travel trailer call the Spyder. It’s an excellent and well-equipped toy hauler with plenty of room for your toys and your family.

Winnebago Minnie Drop Woody Orange Graphics

In the travel trailer department Winnebago makes 3 very popular models; the Minnie Plus, Minnie Drop, and Micro Minnie. Distinctly shaped travel trailers that 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 RV manufacturer. You can see all Winnebago models here.

Happier Camper

Happier Camper makes a unique retro-style all fiberglass travel trailer with a versatile modular interior. Called the Adaptiv interior it lets you arrange the interior of the travel trailer just about any way you desire. The honeycomb fiberglass floor allows you set the cubes in any arrangements. The Adaptiv cubes include storage cubes, kitchen sink, and cabinets, table, cooler and several more.

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 a truly adaptable travel trailer well made and excellently extremely by the manufacturer.

Starcraft Travel Trailers

Another of our picks for best travel trailer brands with a long history, Starcraft started out making metal farm equipment back in 1903. In 1968 they began to manufacture travel trailers. They were purchased by Jayco who was subsequently purchased by Thor Industries. Starcraft has a nice line-up of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers.

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 RV lineup.

Lance Travel Trailers

Lance travel trailers have a reputation for being very well-built and an owner base that love the customer support offered by the company. Lan makes models in 3 categories; travel trailers, truck campers, and toy haulers. 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 travel trailer 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 their travel trailer. Overall we consider Lance one of the Top 5 Best Travel Trailer Brands in the industry.

Shasta Travel Trailers

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 travel trailer brings back memories.

Shasta has made huge improvements since the days of the “toaster-on-wheels”. Shasta travel trailer made today have a well-designed sleek profile and amenities unheard of a generation ago.

Shasta makes four models of recreational vehicles. Three travel trailers and one fifth-wheel.

Within their 4 model lineup, my personal favorite is the Revere pictured above. A modern, well-designed travel trailer with an impressive interior. Check them out here.

Jayco Travel Trailer

With over 50 years of industry experience, Jayco has been one of the better brands of travel trailers. 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 travel trailer 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 travel trailers 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 and ultra-light travel trailer.

Forest River RV

Forest River RV is one of the largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in the United States. Forest River is now owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Forest River makes travel 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 travel trailers Forest River makes my favorite is a recent model that they have introduced. It’s called the Alpha Wolf. It’s a beautiful lightweight travel trailer. It is roomy for a small travel trailer and it is very easy to tow with nothing more than a standard SUV.

Heartland RV

Heartland RV is another recreational manufacturer owned by Thor Industries. Heartland was formed in 2003 so it’s still a baby as far as RV industry history goes. However, that is not indicative of their products. Heartland makes some of the best travel trailers and 5th wheels in the market. As a matter of fact, their first RV was a high-end fifth-wheel the Landmark.

They also make a couple of luxury toy haulers including the Torque which is a 5th wheel. If I had to choose my favorite Heartland model it would be the Mallard lightweight travel trailer. It rocks. Check them out.

Prime Time Manufacturing

Prime Time is a subsidiary of Forest River and has been in business since 2009. Fairly new in the RV 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. They manufacture travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy hauler fifth wheels, and toy hauler travel trailers.

The Lacross is one of your favorite Prime Time travel trailers. You can see it here. It’s considered a luxury travel trailer with many high-end amenities and materials. We spotlighted the Lacrosse as one of the top luxury travel trailers in the industry.

Summary of the 12 Best Travel Trailer Brands for 2018

So there you have it the Top 10 Best Travel Trailer Brands, in my opinion of course. The thing is no matter what brand of travel trailer you research they all have their loyal fans and their detractors as well. The most important advice I can give you when selecting a travel trailer is to do your own independent research. Get out there and visit the dealership, go to the RV shows, get on RV forums, and talk to owners. Research not just the brand of travel trailer but the dealership as well. Make the choice the is best for you, your family, and your budget.

4 thoughts on “Top 12 Best Travel Trailer Brands for 2019”

  1. It seems for the money and especially the reliability and durability the Oliver 23.5 ft is hands down the better choice, although the Airstream Serentity at 30 ft is a close competitor. Between the two the Airstream is longer but a lot more expensive.
    Probably comes down to money and preference

    • Hi Rick,
      My husband and I tend to agree. Oliver makes a really nice travel trailer. Though it is more expensive the quality and reliability according to owners is pretty good. Like just about anything else you get what you pay for. Thanks for your comments, very much appreciated.

  2. Hello
    Very well done piece of information. I just want to ask you why did you leave the Venture travel trailers out…I have been researching for approximately one year and to me, the Lance and Venture travel trailers are some of the best in the market.

    Thanks

    • Hi Hugo, I’ve researched quite a few travel trailers and had not come across Venture before. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. I will take a look at them in detail. Cheers and Happy New Years.

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