When you’re thinking about buying an RV, one of the first things you want to know is how much it costs. Most RVs are very expensive, but prices vary a lot depending on what you want.
Keep reading, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the prices of RVs, from a brand-new Class A to a used travel trailer. So, you can start making plans or saving money for your dream vacation car.
Different RV classes
Without breaking down the different types of RVs, it is impossible to figure out what the average price of an RV is. A Class A RV is much more expensive than a Class C, but it isn’t nearly as luxurious or comfortable.
Most of the time, when you think of RVs that you don’t have to haul, you think of Class A RVs. They are big, fancy, and have everything you could want in a vehicle for a dream vacation. Of course, all of these fancy features will also cost more money.
Class A RVs that are brand new start at about $50,000, but some of the nicest ones cost more than $1 million. Still, depending on size and features, most Class A RVs cost between $75,000 and $200,000, on average.
If you are willing to buy a used Class A RV, the price drops to between $35,000 and $150,000, with most costing between $50,000 and $100,000. Again, this depends mostly on the RV’s size, features, age, and how much it has been used.
Class A RVs aren’t cheap, but they are very convenient because they already have everything you need. Another thing you should think about is how much gas it costs to drive a Class A RV. Most Class A RVs only get 7 to 13 miles per gallon, which means a cross-country trip can cost a lot of money in gas.
Class B RVs are much smaller than Class A RVs, and they don’t have as many amenities. They still have small kitchens and bathrooms, though. Because they are smaller, they are usually much cheaper, and they save you even more money on gas because they use less of it.
Most new Class B RVs cost between $40,000 and $80,000, but the most luxurious ones can cost as much as $200,000.
If you want to buy a used Class B RV, you can save some money because they usually cost between $20,000 and $50,000. Prices vary a lot, though, depending on how old and in good shape the RV is.
You can find low-end Class B RVs with hundreds of thousands of miles on them for around $10,000. People do, however, sell the best used Class B RVs for more than $150,000.
Class B RVs can be very pricey, just like Class A RVs, depending on the package options and level of luxury. But if you compare RVs of the same style and with the same features, Class B RVs are almost always cheaper. They work better for smaller groups who don’t mind being close to each other.
The most important difference between a Class C RV and a Class B RV is that a Class C RV has a separate area for driving. In a Class B, you can walk right from the living area to the cabin where you drive. In a Class C, the two areas are clearly separated.
Most Class C motorhomes have a kitchen and a bathroom, but they are much smaller than Class A motorhomes. Because Class B and Class C motorhomes look and have the same amenities, they also cost about the same.
Most Class C RVs cost between $50,000 and $100,000 when they are brand new. But Class C motorhomes with top-of-the-line luxury features can cost closer to $200,000 or even more.
Class C motorhomes cost between $30,000 and $75,000, which is the same price range as Class B. But you can find Class C motorhomes for less than $20,000 and as much as $175,000, depending on the vehicle’s features and condition.
It can be very hard to put a price on a used or new motorhome because it has so many different features and amenities that can drastically change the price.
Unlike Class A, B, and C motorhomes, which we’ve already talked about, fifth wheel options need to be towed from one place to another. They can’t move on their own, so you’ll need a pretty heavy-duty truck to move them.
But fifth-wheel trailers are much cheaper than all the motorhomes we’ve talked about so far because they don’t have an engine or drivetrain.
Most fifth-wheel trailers that are brand new cost between $20,000 and $50,000. Used fifth wheel trailers, on the other hand, don’t lose value like used motorhomes do. Most used fifth-wheel trailers cost anywhere from $15,000 to $40,000.
Of course, you can find cheaper fifth-wheel trailers if they are very old or haven’t been taken care of properly. On the other hand, you can find both new and used fifth wheel trailers that cost more than $80,000 if they have nicer features.
Even though the trailers themselves are cheaper, if you don’t have a truck to pull them, you’ll have to spend at least $20,000 on a low-end truck with enough power to pull a fifth wheel trailer.
If you want a new truck that can pull one of these trailers, it’s likely that the truck alone will cost you more than $65,000.
Travel trailers are much smaller than fifth-wheel trailers, and they usually cost a lot less. The price of a new travel trailer can range from $11,000 to $40,000, but the average price is about $25,000.
Even though used travel trailers usually cost the same as new ones, they usually have more features for less money. They do lose value, but not as quickly as motorhomes do. They are a lot like fifth-wheel trailers in this way.
Just like a fifth-wheel trailer, a travel trailer needs to be pulled by a truck. But they don’t have to be nearly as strong as trucks that pull fifth-wheel trailers. You can pull your travel trailer wherever you want as long as you have a vehicle with enough torque and a pintle hook.
Travel trailers are a much more affordable option than fifth-wheel trailers because the car you need to pull them is much cheaper.
Pop Up Trailers
One of the least expensive choices is a pop-up trailer. A new pop-up trailer starts at around $10,000, but the most luxurious ones can cost as much as $50,000. But the most modern pop-up trailers cost about $15,000 each.
But if you want to buy a used pop-up trailer, most of them will cost you between $7,500 and $12,500. Of course, this depends on how old the trailer is and what features it has. It’s not unusual for a used pop-up trailer to cost close to $40,000, though.
To pull them behind a car, you’ll need enough power and torque, as well as a pintle hook. As long as you can hook up a pintle hook, most vehicles can pull travel trailers. Most people can now buy pop-up trailers for a lot less money.
There are some things you should know before you buy a motorhome or a trailer. Once you know what you want, there are some simple tips and tricks you can use to get the best deal.
Think it Over
First, you should never buy a motorhome or trailer just because you feel like it. A lot of trailers and motorhomes never get to go on more than one trip. You get caught up in a sense of adventure and dream about what you could do, but then you never do any of those things after you buy the item.
If you’ve never taken a motorhome or travel trailer on a trip before, you might want to rent one first. This will help you decide if it’s something you’d like to do more often or not. If the experience is too stressful or you just don’t like it, you’ve saved a lot of money.
But if you just got back from a trip and are already making plans for the next one, you know it was a good investment. Also, renting a motorhome for the first time will give you a better idea of how much it will cost to use one for your trips.
It’s not just about the price, and a little bit of experience will go a long way toward helping you know what to expect.
New or Used?
Whether you should buy a new or used motorhome depends on two main things. How picky are you about what you want, and how much are you willing to spend?
If you want a certain layout and have an unlimited budget, you should definitely go out and buy a new one. But if you aren’t too picky about what you want or if money is a big issue, buying a used motorhome or trailer could be a great way to save a little money or get some features you couldn’t afford otherwise.
Keep in mind that the value of your new RV or trailer goes down as soon as you drive it off the lot. A used motorhome or trailer will lose value over time, but it won’t lose value as quickly as it did right after you bought it.
Know What You Want
Do your homework before you go to make an offer on an RV or trailer. Do you want a gas or diesel motorhome? What kind of space do you want? When you look at a trailer, what will you use to pull it?
Don’t let someone try to sell you something you don’t want. Take your time and learn as much as you can before going to the dealer. If you want to buy a used RV or trailer, the same tips apply. Even though the person trying to sell you the RV or trailer has less experience than the person at the dealership, they are still a salesperson.
Don’t let someone talk you into doing something you’ll later regret. Do your homework before you go shopping, have a plan, and wait for the best deal.
Always Get an Inspection on Used RVs and Trailers
When buying a used RV or trailer, you should always get it inspected. There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a vacation car only to find out later that you were ripped off.
Pop-up trailers and travel trailers may look like simple pieces of equipment, but they have a lot of suspension parts that you should check out before you buy one. Please have a professional look at it to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
Check the Warranty on New RVs and Trailers
Before you sign any papers for a new RV or trailer, you should ask about the manufacturer’s warranty. Keep in mind that this is not the same as the warranty from the dealership.
The manufacturer’s warranty is valid everywhere, but the dealership’s warranty is only valid at that dealership.
Also, dealership warranties often have a lot of small print that makes them almost impossible to use and ridiculously easy to get rid of.
Take a few extra minutes to read the fine print before you spend a lot of money.
Time Your Purchase
Motorhomes, which are trailers, are usually more expensive in the Spring than when you want to buy a car. Dealerships and owners both know that summer is when most people want to travel. People who want to travel in the winter are a much smaller market.
Because of this, spring is the best time to sell an RV. But if you’re a buyer, this is the time you should stay away from. You should try to buy a motorhome or trailer in the fall if you can. When the dealership wants to get rid of its old stock to make room for its new stock, it can try to sell it next year.
You can save a few thousand dollars on a purchase if you buy at the right time. You might even get lucky and get the dealership to sell you the car for a little less than they paid for it.
Look Past What You Can See
When buying a used motorhome or RV, you should not be put off by small cosmetic problems. You can fix these problems quickly after you buy the car, but they can be used to knock a big chunk off the price.
If you’re willing to look past small things that you can fix, you might be able to save a little bit of money.
Don’t Be Afraid to Travel
Just like with cars, RVs and trailers cost more in some places than in others. You want to buy one since you already like to travel, right? Why not make your first trip to get your motorhome or trailer?
If it can save you a few thousand dollars and let you travel to a new place, it sounds like a win-win situation, right? Even better, you’ll get to try out your new RV or trailer on the way back home!
If you’re going to travel to buy an RV or trailer, make sure you have a few options before you leave. This is especially true if you want to buy a used one that you haven’t seen in person yet.
You don’t want to get out there and realise you need to buy a motorhome or trailer that isn’t what you thought it would be!
Even though Kelley Blue Book doesn’t have a way to find out what a motorhome or trailer is worth in today’s market, that doesn’t mean you have to figure out on your own if you’re getting a good deal or not.
You can find RVs with similar prices on NADAGuides.com and RVtrader.com. This will help you decide if you’re getting a good deal or not. Take the time to learn as much as you can about the RV or trailer you want to buy. That way, you won’t be left wondering if you just got a great deal or were ripped off.
The Final Price
If you want to camp with a trailer or RV, you should know that it’s an expensive hobby. But if you don’t have a lot of money, you can save money by going with travel trailers.
Take your time and do your homework, no matter what you do. It’s a lot of money to spend on a whim, and the last thing you want is to have an expensive piece of equipment in your driveway that you never use.
Camping can be a lot of fun, and motorhomes and trailers can be a great way to see the world while living in style. What’s holding you back? Get started on your journey!