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Best RV’s Under 30 Feet

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Many seniors have found great pleasure, freedom, luxury, and fun in purchasing an RV. But the idea of driving a large, clunky bus can sound intimidating for some. For this reason—and many others—we suggest looking into the option of smaller RVs.

Best RV's under 30 feet

Why Purchase a 30 Foot RV

Besides being more affordable, there are quite a few benefits to choosing a smaller RV. For one, an RV under 30 feet is much easier to maneuver on the road— whether your travels bring you down winding mountain roads, crowded city lanes, or over miles and miles of flat open desert. Shorter RVs will drive similarly in all environments. Additionally, almost all campsites across the nation can accommodate RVs under 30 feet, while larger RVs occasionally prove troublesome in terms of space, both on roads and in campgrounds. In recent years, camping has grown in popularity, and an RV allows you access to nature while maintaining a high level of comfort and protection.

Despite their smaller size, smaller RVs have just as much to offer in terms of amenities as larger RVs. A smaller RV sounds inherently more cramped, but all of these motorhome companies make it a mission to design their interiors so that they feel liveable and much larger on the inside than they look from the outside.

Smaller RVs are especially useful economically and functionally for older couples looking to travel long-term, but almost all of them sleep more than two— a few even up to six! This makes it very easy to take additional family members on trips as well. Meanwhile, you are not wasting all of the money, resources, and emissions that come with a larger RV.

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Senior List Favorite | The Thor Axis (25.5 ft)

How We Chose the Best 30 Foot RV’s

When it came to narrowing down our choices for the best RVs under 30 feet, we
To decide on the best RVs under 30 ft for you to consider, we reviewed popularity, gas mileage, practicality, unique features and amenities, and, of course, price. Budgeting your travel can often be tricky, so this guide will help you figure out the nuts and bolts. The best features for the best prices is what you are really looking for in an RV, and all of these fit the bill.

The Best 30 Foot RV’s

Without further ado, here is our list of the best RV’s under 30 feet.

#1 Winnebago View Class C Motorhome

Overview

The Winnebago View is a sleek, modern RV. You will feel like you walked into a newly renovated apartment rather than a clunky RV. It sleeps up to four with both a cab-over bunk and murphy bed when needed. There is a reason why, over other RV makers, most people have heard of Winnebago, and that reason is their quality. This RV seems to be the height of modern comfort under 30 ft.

Price: Starting at $172,128

Length: About 26 Feet

Gas Mileage: 16 to 18 mpg

Unique Features: Winnebago is really trying to show off its ability to provide updated features. They offer an additional entertainment package with available theater seating. They also focus on making charging a variety of electronic devices easy with plenty of outlets and electronic ports, including ones above the bunk where you sleep.

What We Liked:

  • Insulated Sleeper Deck
  • Modern Hardwood Floor Look
  • Ability to Purchase Holding Tanks and a Longer-Lasting Battery
  • Different Floorplans Available

What We Didn’t:

  • No Separate Sleeping Area for Guests
  • Somewhat Complicated “Infotainment System”

Ideal For: This RV is great for couples who want to travel in modern luxury and style. It could also be perfect for someone single who is used to living in the city or modern home that wants to experience the great outdoors comfortably.

#2 Coachmen Freelander Class C

Overview

The Coachmen Freelander is another RV that allows you to travel in style with modern amenities. The outside of Coachmen RVs have a more classic look, which can be appealing if you are finally going on the country adventure you’ve always dreamed of. Stepping inside, you will think you have rented a suite in a luxury hotel.

Price: Starting at $189,204

Length: About 27 Feet

Gas Mileage: 17 to 19 mpg

Unique Features: The Coachmen Freelander has a classic feel not seen in many Class C RVs. It focuses less on fancy, technological advancements and more on practicality and old-school comforts. A Coachmen has everything you need for your RV adventures without the bells and whistles, which has a definitive appeal for some.

What We Liked:

  • Separate Sleeping Area
  • The Option of Chevy or Ford
  • Spacious Layouts
  • Appealing Vanilla and Hazelnut Themes

What We Didn’t:

  • Bathroom Very Close to Bedroom
  • Only One Charging Station
  • Lack of Customization Options

Ideal For: This RV could be very ideal for couples traveling with a grandchild or single guest. Since most models offer a separate sleeping area, the bunk remains available. And depending on if your guest is an early or late riser, there are plenty of ways to separate yourselves and allow them (or you) a full night’s rest.

#3 Coach House Platinum III

Overview

Coach House has its own unique way of building all their motorhomes— a one-piece, hand-laid, fiberglass body. Because of this, Coach House guarantees that you will experience far fewer problems with leaks and bodywork. If you are hoping to do some rough, long term travel with your RV, this could be the model for you.

Price: Starting at $199,612

Length: About 25 Feet

Gas Mileage: 15-20 mpg

Unique Features: Coach House RVs are made of one single, hand-laid piece of fiberglass for strength, durability, and quiet performance. Because most RVs are many pieces joined together, the places where these pieces meet are hotspots for damage. By driving a vehicle that is essentially all one piece, you can safely take your RV down roads— city or the middle of a national park— where you otherwise might be wary.

What We Liked:

  • Covered by a Comprehensive Warranty
  • Outdoor Shower with Hot Water
  • Solid Construction

What We Didn’t:

  • Less than Average Gas Mileage
  • Twin Beds Required
  • No Bunk Above the Cabin

Ideal For: This is definitely an RV made for a couple or the solo traveler. The unique style of the RV’s manufacturing does not leave as many nooks and crannies for extra amenities and storage. However, it can comfortably sleep two people.

#4 Thor Motor Coach Four Winds Sprinter

Overview

The Four Winds Sprinter is a great marriage between old and new. With newer touchscreen features and LED lighting, the Sprinter is sure to get you wherever you are going quickly and reliably.

Price: Starting at $121,350

Length: About 26 Feet

Gas Mileage: 13-18 mpg

Unique Features: The Sprinter has some fun features: a power patio awning with LED lights, a touchscreen dash radio, a keyless entry system, and a skylight in the anti-microbial shower.

What We Liked:

  • Spacious Seating and Dinette Areas
  • Keyless Entry
  • Rearview Camera
  • Great for Cooking

What We Didn’t:

  • Mercedes Driver Required
  • Flashy Exterior
  • Somewhat Low Gas Mileage

Ideal For: Like other RV’s we’ve talked about, the separated bedroom with an additional bunk above the cabin makes this ideal for couples as well as couples traveling with guests

#5 Forest River Sunseeker

Overview

If you’re looking to drive an RV across the country but are worried about the footprint you’re leaving behind, the Sunseeker is a great choice. All Sunseekers are “Certified Green” by TRA certification. And the RV itself is just as attractive and practical as any other.

Price: Starting at $115,608

Length: About 28 Feet

Gas Mileage: 14-18 mpg

Unique Features: All Sunseeker RVs are green, which means you’ll be doing the least harm to the environment without disrupting the fun of your travels. They also offer backup cameras, a touchscreen android radio with Bluetooth, and a motion sensor light in the bathroom of all of their models.

What We Liked:

  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Nicely Distanced Bedroom and Bathroom
  • Warranty for RV and Chassis
  • LED Kitchen Lights

What We Didn’t:

  • Few Charging Stations
  • TV Located in Driving Cab
  • Less Appealing Interior Design


Ideal For: This RV is basic and affordable for any single traveler, couple, or couple/traveler with a guest, especially for those who are environmentally conscious.

Recap

In looking at these RV models under 30 feet, we can see that just because the RV is smaller, this doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort, style, or amenities! A smaller RV is not only a smaller purchase, but it’s also much easier to maneuver your way across the country, the state, or just your favorite campground haunts. Whether traveling with your partner of 40 years, your best friend of 50, grandchildren, siblings, or cousins, there is an RV, a floorplan, and most importantly, a journey ready for you to embark on in comfort and safety.

15 Comments

  1. Has anyone had an issue with the sofa bed in a winnabago view? I love everything but the sofa bed is not comfortable. We are thinking of replacing the sofa bed but not sure if there is one out there that comfortable.
  2. My husband and I have been thinking of buying an rv and decided to rent one and travel around Utah. We flew from Virginia and arranged a private rental. It is a Thor Synergy. It has been a blast and I was unsure that we could remain compatible in such close quarters. But definitely rent first. As previous writers mention, what seems a good idea becomes less practical in practice. For example, I agree that the bed in back with no room on sides is very difficult to make. So rent and go somewhere with good weather,
  3. The Wynn’s gave up RVing, bought a Catamaran sailboat and now in the South Pacific, how did they get all that money??
  4. Or just buy an old RV, convert it to a hybrid, completely re-do the interior, buy all new appliances, overhaul the engine, get a completely new transmission, completely new brake system, new surround system, sewage system, propane gas system/oven/heater, put a new air-conditioning rig, clean everything from head to toe by professional cleaners, and so much more….and only pay $35-45K depending….
  5. Good e Winnebago worst company with endless problems . Arrogant Eneginer ans 0 level customer service who want to buy from them ?? Huge mistake
  6. I watched your video all the way through – then I went to the Winnebago web site and tried to find the Class A model reviewed – didn’t exist on the web site and nothing even close to the 70,000 price you had for the Class A. The prices on the other 2 reviewed were thousands more than the price indicated on your review. Where did you get your prices from and where can I find that ? Have you ever looked at or reviewed a Gulfstream BT Cruiser model 5230 ?
    1. Just Warn recommendation don’t deal with airstream or Winnebago . They paying a lot for the ad . They have so many problems particularly with the Mercedes chassis . I had both of them terrible machines and disaster quality
  7. Hi Jason and Nikki, I hope you guys are traveling and having fun! I am recently retired. My soon to be spouse is not very excited about traveling across the country in an RV. I am. I plan to move from Denver to Atlanta around the middle of 2018. I hope, really hope, to convince her to allow us to get a Class B or small Class C RV some time at the end of 2018. Perhaps you may recommend the best time to purchase. I am researching as much info as I can on what may be a good fit for us. Hopefully you can make suggestions on how best to gather information to make an informed decision. I plan to have a garage built to accommodate the RV and a work shop. Any suggestions for comments you may give is greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!
    1. Rent first. Take her somewhere she really wants to go. Show her the + side of rving without the cost of a purchase that you may regret. By renting an rv, I was able to make a comprehensive list of things I liked and wanted versus things that do not work, but look good. Corner bed for example. Looks good, saves room, practical. Until you try to put/keep linens on it. Then it is a pain to almost impossible! I also learned that single sink in kitchen is a hand full when it comes time to wash dishes. I have never seen a single sink large enough to make dish washing ‘fun’. Even a small double sink works a lot better than a single! Lastly, I think pass thru storage is a must. We all know that stuff shifts when you are on the road. And the most time wasting, frustrating and senseless thing to try and do is get to the ‘thingy’ you need that is at the back of a non-pass thru area. Hope my 2 cents helps you. Hope to see you on the road soon!
      1. Hi Liz. Loved reading your review on a smaller unit. We had a 2007 32 foot Jayco Greyhawk that we had bought brand new. Loved everything aboout it. Life changed, we sold it?. I’ve missed it ever since. We are looking now at 25 foot or a tad under. Hubbys health stinks so we don’t want a lot of work or to have to tow. I loved your honesty about the corner bed. I’ve had reservations about those. I think for us, and his oxygen concentrator we need a small RVwith the queen slide. I also like the curved dinette. If there is no living area slide, the table can come out, and it’s more like couch. Really like the Winnebago Minnie Winnie M . Double sinks, and outlets are my other two biggies!!! Happy Camoing. Thanks for the corner bed warning!

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