|Type||Average Price (New)||Price Range (New)|
|Pop Up Camper||$20k||$18k – $30k|
|Teardrop Trailer||$20k||$10k – $40k|
|Travel Trailer||$20k||$18k – $50k|
|Fifth Wheel||$55k||$35k – $120k|
|Class C Motorhome||$90k||$80k – $200k|
|Class B Motorhome||$80k||$70k – $140k|
|Class A Motorhome||$175k||$110k – $500k+|
Perhaps you’re new to RVs and campers, or maybe it’s just time for you to make a change. Whatever the case may be, there is a specific vehicle out there for your needs and for just the right price.] How much does an RV or camper cost on average?
The average cost of a camper is $25,000 to $40,000 and up. RVs are more expensive still, retailing for between $10,000 and $150,000 depending on the size, class, and amenities.
In today’s article, we’ll delve deeper into RV and camper prices and include 21 examples of real costs so you can see where the price discrepancy lies and why.
What Is the Average Cost of an RV? What About a Camper?
Average Camper Costs
Let’s say you want to get your hands on a camper, also known as a trailer.
Trailers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from the toy haulers to fifth wheels, teardrop trailers, and travel trailers.
If you want a small, lightweight trailer, then you’ll spend the least amount of money, typically around $10,000 or $12,000.
Midweight to heavyweight trailers are large enough that some models rival smaller RVs in classes B and C. These campers are more expensive still, retailing for anywhere from $20,000 to $35,000 and sometimes up to $60,000 for the most luxe trailers on the market.
Airstreams, which are technically campers, are in a category of their own. These high-end, aluminum-clad, bullet-shaped trailers can last for upwards of 90 years according to the manufacturer.
Between the excellent build quality, the purported longevity, and the beloved brand that is Airstream, you’ll pay between $36,000 and $170,000 for an Airstream, sometimes close to $200,000.
That’s regardless of the fact that Airstreams are not necessarily larger than your average travel trailer.
Average RV Costs
Now let’s switch gears and discuss the costs of an RV.
As we alluded to in the paragraphs above, RVs are categorized into one of three sizes or classes A through C.
Class A RVs are the largest, class B RVs are the smallest, and class C RVs are the second-largest.
Thus, a class A RV is the most expensive at $50,000 to $150,000 and sometimes well over that.
Class B RVs cost between $40,000 and $150,000 on average depending on how luxe yours is.
If you’re interested in a class C RV, you’ll pay anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 for one of these motorhomes.
The Factors That Influence RV and Camper Costs
If you’re wondering why most trailers and RVs retail for the upper end of five figures and well into six figures, there are a variety of factors at play that dictate the cost. Let’s take a closer look now.
When you to go the grocery store, the bigger box of cereal costs more than the smaller box, right? It’s no different with an RV or trailer.
If yours is an ultra-tiny teardrop trailer or a moderately-sized class B RV, then you can expect that your vehicle will be less costly.
Your trailer or RV does not require the wealth of materials that it takes to build a 35-foot or 40-foot RV.
Of course, a smaller vehicle means cutting back on a lot of luxuries that you can enjoy with RV and trailer living. You won’t be able to bring usually more than one other person, maybe two extra passengers max.
You’ll have to forego a bathroom (maybe a small RV or trailer will have an outdoor shower, but that’s about it). Your kitchen might be outdoors. Most of your vehicles will be convertible to make up for the lack of space.
You’ll have to sleep on a smaller mattress and kiss goodbye any extra storage space.
Think carefully about whether you’d rather spend less money on an RV or trailer or have more space. You can’t have both!
On the flip side though, you may want to check your favorite campgrounds to see if there is a limit of how long your RV can be. You don’t want to be limited on what places you can go on vacations just because yours is too long. Sometimes, there are extra campground fees for extra long RV’s as well.
The level of craftsmanship is also something that you’ll pay for.
If you’re purchasing your RV or trailer through a reputable brand such as those we’ll cover in the next section, then craftsmanship is not something you have to worry about. It’s for that reason that your vehicle will cost somewhere in the five or six figures.
Airstream is a fantastic example of how materials and craftsmanship can drive up the price of a trailer or RV.
As you’ll recall, Airstream is a stickler for the materials used to construct the brand’s vehicles, always using aluminum cladding. This kind of poshness comes at a price!
The materials and build quality of your RV is everything. If there’s one area where you do not want to scrimp, it would be here.
This next factor only applies to RVs, as most trailers are towable with a car, truck, or SUV (usually the latter two). RVs have engines.
When researching RVs, you should look into the specifications of the engine. That alone will tell you a lot about the price.
Some RVs include a standard engine. The cost of your vehicle might be less compared to the same RV with an upgraded engine.
Included with an engine upgrade is usually a better chassis as well, and that certainly drives up the cost of your vehicle.
How many floor plan options does the trailer or RV offer? What kind of layout are we talking about here?
Is it extensive and configurable or is it static?
What kinds of features are available due to the layout design?
For instance, is there room for a full bathroom or just a toilet? Is the kitchen spacious or bare-bones? Is there extra storage room or space for a king-sized or queen-sized bed?
Depending on how you answer these questions, the cost of your RV or trailer will usually be higher or lower.
The more space and the more luxurious the layout, the more money you will be shelling out if you want to own that vehicle.
Going hand-in-hand with the layout or floor plan of your RV is the amenities.
You expect your trailer or RV to have the basics, such as some kitchen fixtures and appliances, room for at least one mattress, a dinette, some cabinets or shelves, and perhaps a bathroom.
The RVs that go above and beyond with full bathrooms, gorgeous indoor kitchens, opulent textiles, HD TVs, blackout curtains, large beds, convertible dinettes, additional storage room, and the like are going to be the most expensive.
If yours is a high-end RV or camper, then you might have the option to customize your vehicle.
This is your way of putting your own personal stamp on it. Your RV is uniquely yours, but of course, this kind of customization typically comes at a price.
We say “typically” because it’s not always the case. For example, an RV or camper manufacturer that lets you select the exterior color of your vehicle, or the color of the interior cabinetry usually doesn’t charge extra for this.
If that isn’t true, then you should see a price when you make your selection.
Most customization options and extra packages that make your RV or camper even more enjoyable to use are not free.
The last factor at play that determines what you’ll pay for your RV or camper is the warranty. Specifically, the duration and coverage of your warranty are important.
Most people think that when a manufacturer throws in a five-year, 10-year, or even a 15-year warranty that it’s due to how much money you’re spending. The warranty is like an act of goodwill for protecting your investment.
The warranty isn’t free, though. Part of the overall cost of your RV or camper is the cost of the warranty.
After all, an RV manufacturer is agreeing to fix issues with your vehicle as caused by craftsmanship defects for up to the next decade. It takes time, manpower, and money to repair your RV, so why should it cost you nothing?
That said, this is sort of a moot point anyway since it’s not like you can opt out of a camper or RV warranty.
Tips for Saving Money When Buying a Camper or RV
Now that you’ve seen how much an RV or camper may cost per the examples above, you might be mentally doing calculation after calculation trying to figure out how you can afford it.
The following tips will make buying an RV or camper easier.
Skip the Customization Options
As we made clear earlier, customizing your RV or camper sure is sweet. However, it’s also costly.
You can save hundreds to thousands of dollars by choosing standard RV packages and foregoing any customization features that you absolutely don’t need.
It’s one thing if you want to get a few extra charging stations installed in your RV, as that shouldn’t be too costly.
Adding three televisions to your camper if it doesn’t already have them is likely going to be too expensive.
If the cost of a new RV or camper is still too much for you financially even if you forego customization options, then you might want to consider a used vehicle instead.
How much a used camper or RV will cost is at the discretion of the seller but buying used is typically a good way to save thousands of dollars.
The newer the camper is, the closer to its sticker price the used vehicle will be, so don’t be afraid to go a few years back when shopping for RVs.
Just don’t go too far, as an RV from 15 or 20 years ago is going to be predisposed to a lot more problems at its age.
When you find a used RV that catches your eye, don’t rely solely on the photos and videos the seller posted. You need to inspect the vehicle and take it for a test drive. That’s the only way to be confident in your decision.
If a seller doesn’t allow for inspections or test drives, then don’t work with them!
On inspection day, be sure to check out the vehicle inside and out and top and bottom. Try every light switch, stand on every floorboard, and turn the steering wheel every which way.
You need to go through every last part of the RV or camper and test it. Leave no stone unturned.
Don’t forget to give the undercarriage a thorough look. If something bad is lurking under there, the seller will never tell you.
You might wish to pay for a professional inspection just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
If the RV or camper passes that professional inspection as well as your sniff test, you still don’t want to sign any paperwork or accept the keys until you have the title.
The title is proof of ownership, and without it, you could be driving away with a stolen vehicle!
Wait for a Sale
RV and camper sales are admittedly few and far between, but they do happen. Don’t just check the manufacturer, but your local dealer as well. You just might hit paydirt!
Have a Budget and Stick with It
We saved what is arguably the most important tip for last.
You cannot buy a new or used RV without a budget. You just can’t. You’ll end up overspending, possibly by thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
Decide whether you want an RV or a trailer first. Then narrow down your options, such as a class A RV or a toy hauler trailer.
Then research manufacturers and select a handful of vehicles that interest you. Write down all the prices and average them.
Look up how much the same vehicle costs new. Again, write down all the prices and average them.
Based on how much money you can afford to spend on an RV or camper, you can now decide if your vehicle will be new or used.
Remember to include miscellaneous fees with your budgeting such as taxes, shipping, transport, and more.
Rent Instead of Buy
Before making such a huge purchase, you may want to consider renting an RV to experience the the RV lifestyle.
Other Costly Things to Remember
If you are new to rv life, there may be some other costa associated with purchasing that you might not know about. You will need an insurance policy to cover your RV, registration fees and money for repairs down the line (I promise you eventually items will need fixing). My travel trailer has a slide-out that broke, and it cost be about $10,000 to fix!
Just be aware of other expenses that may present.
Examples of Popular RV’s and their Prices
Pop-up Campers – Aliner Expedition
Pop Up Campers are great if you don’t have a lot of space for a trailer. Pop Up Campers can easily be folded up at a moment’s notice while still allowing you the comforts of home.
Price: New: $28,000
Pop- Up Camper – Rockwood A213HW High Wall
Price: New: $20,000
Teardrop Trailers are really cool. They’re super lightweight and offer just enough space for you and your significant other to spend the night away together. These trailers are also well known for the small carbon footprint they leave behind for the environment.
Little Guy Max – Teardrop Trailer
Price: Around $40,000
Timberleaf Teardrop Trailer
Description: The perk behind purchasing one of the Timberleaf is not only that it is fully insulated, but extremely lightweight. The Timberleaf Classic claims a totally unique design to make your trailer stand out.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Airstream Flying Cloud
Price: New: $78,900
Description: When taking a look at the Airstream website, one will be given the option to look at the floor plan for the various Airstreams floorplans.
Toy Hauler Trailers
These trailers are pretty much the same thing as a Fifth Wheel with one minor exception – they have a huge garage.
With one of these, you can basically haul just about anything you want, whether that be a Motorcycle, an ATV, or even a Snowmobile. Depending on the size of your garage, your Toy Hauler can haul it all.
Eclipse Attitude Wide Lite 28iBG Toy Hauler Travel Trailer –
Price: New: $47,300
Description: If a person were to check out the inside of this Toy Hauler, they would find a garage of 17ft.!
This Trailer also comes with its own separate bedroom area with a queen bed and storage space below the mattress. Included also is a separate, yet spacious bathroom area, and a kitchenette with a mounted TV.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Fuzion 424 Front Porch Triple Air Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler –
Price: New: $80,000
Description:Just as the other Fuzion Toy Hauler above, this model claims a 12 and a half foot garage.
The Fuzion 424 has a carrying capacity of 3140 lbs. It also includes an optional side patio, and optional SolarFlex Solar Package.
One can also connect to Bluetooth audio with this particular model.
Visit Keystone RV to get a better look at the floor plan for this vehicle.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Fifth Wheels (RV):
Fifth Wheels are something to consider before you go and buy an entire motorhome. With a Fifth Wheel, one has the option of attaching a tractor or another trailer with the hitch on the back.
Forest River Cardinal Luxury 3750BKX-
Price: New: $93,000
Used:$65,000 – $75,000
Description: The Cardinal luxury 3750BKX won Rv Pro “Best of Show” for the year 2019.
Featured in this model is a large kitchen area with plenty of counter space, alongside a living area, with a master bedroom that includes a king size mattress.
The holding tanks on this model vary in size. The grey water tank being the biggest at holding 80 gallons total.
See the floorplan for this vehicle on the Forest River Website.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Heartland Big Country 3902 FL-
Price: New: $102,000
Description: Just like the Primetime Crusade mentioned above, the Big Country 3902 FL includes a similar setup in the living area with 3 sets of theater seats and a built in entertainment system with fireplace.
However, this model features a bedroom with its own master bath and half bath.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are distinct in that they aren’t quite like a Class B and Class A motorhome because of their overhead sleeping compartment above the dashboard and driver.
Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31D –
Price: New: $106,000
Description: Featuring one queen size bed plus an extra overhead bed for guests this distinct model holds about 7 people at one time.
The inside of this model seems to be relatively small by featuring a smaller kitchen and dining area. It also contains just one master bathroom in the entire unit. But has a freshwater holding tank capacity of about 44 gallons total.
Yet, the exterior contains a storage space of about 95 Cubic feet. altogether.
Worth the Price? Yes, the price is reasonable for such a small motorhome. A person would be getting exactly what they paid for with this nice model.
Forest River Forester 2291S –
Price: New: $107,100
Description: This specific motorhome is nice because it gives you some options. On the inside, you have the option of setting up an extra bunk OR and entertainment center. You may also consider setting up a TV in the bedroom since you have room for it.
You also have the option of setting up another TV on the exterior.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Jayco Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP –
Price: New: $129,000
Description: This Motorhome comes with a panoramic front window that includes a power shade. The Motorhome also features an easy operation legless dinette table and solid surface counter tops. Also included is a limited two-year warranty.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Class B Motorhomes
Class B Motorhomes are generally known for being the cheapest option when picking between a Class C, Class B, or Class A Motorhome. They do not offer a lot of space, but still include all of the essentials like a kitchen and bathroom that one may need throughout one’s camping experience.
Winnebago Travato 59G
Price: New: $112,907
Description: Visit the Winnebago Website to take a look at some of the Key Features offered on this model at this time.
Offered by Winnebago is plenty of space, including space for an extra bed in the living area if need be. Features such as radio, and a reliable tank monitoring system are just some of the perks of owning this model.
Airstream Interstate Grand Tour EXT
Price: New: $173,194
Description: Airstream brags that these are some of the best models on the market. Boasting both quality and safety for their partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
This model also claims a smooth ride on the road and a luxury kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom area among other features.
Worth the Price? No, while it’s good to be comfortable, especially when camping out, this particular model just hasn’t caught my eye as much as the other two. The exterior, however, is rather attractive.
Class A Motorhomes
Class A Motorhomes generally have the most amount of storage space out of any of the choices of Motorhomes. They are also the most luxurious of the three. If comfort is your thing, a Class A Motorhome may be the way to go.
Thor Palazzo Class A Motorhome 33.2
Price: New: $253,850
Description: A really nice feature of the Thor Palazzo is its automatic generator start. This model also features a great Solar Charging System as well.
The layout for this motorhome is great, giving a person plenty of space to camp out and relax. Buying this motorhome will also give a person access to a washer and dryer when need is – a really needed feature for motorhomes.
Worth the Price? Yes!
Winnebago Grand Tour Class A Motorhome
Price: New: $500,000
*Update: The Winnebago Grand Tour has been discontinued.
In all reality, prices are going to vary depending on 3 main factors.
- Type of RV/Camper
- New or Used
Whatever your needs may be, look for something reasonable that falls within your price range.
Winnebago, Forest River, and Jayco all come the most highly recommended with the most reasonable prices and best quality overall. I would recommend you consider purchasing an RV or Camper from one of these three brands.
RVs and campers are not the cheapest vehicles on the road by any stretch of the imagination. That said, some manufacturers are less costly than others, including Winnebago, Jayco, and Forest River. These brands don’t sacrifice quality for cost either.
We hope this article helps you choose your next RV or camper!
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