Top New Class C Motorhomes

Class C Round Up

New 2018 models offer improved livability and the latest in on-board technology

While December means family get-togethers, gift exchanges and holiday playlists to most, we here at MotorHome get excited for yet another reason: a new model year is upon us. True, many models have already been introduced over the last couple of months, but the festive season means even more complete information (and hands-on opportunity) is available from the manufacturers, enabling us to further showcase the latest trends, models and upgrades.

The Class C segment has enjoyed a strong, consistent performance throughout 2017, with the most recent report as of press time pegging a 23 percent growth in shipments over the previous year. Class C’s are a solid choice for RVers who want all the amenities of a Class A, but prefer the familiar ride and handling characteristics of a cutaway (truck or van) chassis. And as they continue to include (or even surpass) the features of Class A models, we have selected a handful of the top entries for the 2018 model year.

Coach House Inc.

Coach House 272XL FR exterior
Coach House 272XL FR

Coach House motorhomes are sold direct from the factory in Nokomis, Florida. The 2018 272XL FR features two slideouts, one in front containing dual power recliners, and the other in the rear, housing the queen bed. The brand-new dual front recliners (hence the FR designation) feature individual swivel tray tables that provide for dining or other activities and then swing out of the way when it’s time to recline and watch TV. The 272XL FR is available with an optional extended galley that provides the choice of more food-prep and cabinet space, or an additional swivel-recliner, which affords a great viewing angle of the standard 32-inch HD TV. The galley includes a three-way refrigerator, a convection microwave, stainless-steel sink, solid-surface counters and abundant cabinetry. The roomy bathroom features a shower, porcelain toilet and lavatory sink.

Coach House 272XL FR interior
Coach House 272XL FR interior living area

Like all Platinum motorhomes, the 272XL FR is built with a one-piece fiberglass shell reinforced with carbon fiber, resulting in a motorhome that is noticeably quieter and more durable than others in its class, according to the company. Platinum motorhomes come equipped with a long list of standard features, including a generator, auxiliary batteries, hitch receiver, stainless-steel wheel simulators, nav system, LED lighting and many more.

Coach House 272XL FR RV spec chart



Coach House Inc.


Coachmen RV Orion T24 RB exterior
Coachmen RV Orion T24 RB

Coachmen RV

The newly redesigned Orion T24 RB provides flexibility and versatility thanks to its eco-friendly and fuel-efficient Ford Transit chassis powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 gas engine. As its designation implies (the T is for Traveler), the Orion is easy to maneuver on the road, and its tight turning radius makes parking at the campground or the market a snap. The Orion comes equipped with standard features such as a roomy rear bath that runs the width of the motorhome, an electric actuated queen bed up front, Euro-style dinette with belted swivel chairs and flip-up dinette, and a three-way refrigerator in the galley. Additional features include a pantry in the galley, a 32-inch LCD TV with DVD player, large undermount galley sink and backup monitor on the rearview mirror.

Coachmen Orion 24TRB interior
Coachmen Orion 24TRB interior.

Outside, color-infused laminated side walls and a molded fiberglass front and rear cap give the Orion 24 RB a contemporary look with long-lasting exterior construction. Additional exterior features include an armless power awning, exterior entertainment center, LED lights and a standard Onan generator.

Coachmen Orion T24 RB RV spec chart



Coachmen RV

Jayco Inc.

Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP interior
Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP interior.
Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP cabover and cockpit
Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP cabover and cockpit.

For improved ride and handling, Jayco has equipped the 2018 Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP with the company’s JRide Plus package, which includes Hellwig Helper Springs, rubber isolation mounts, a computer-balanced driveshaft, front and rear stabilizers and Bilstein shock absorbers. Highlights include a 30-by-82-inch panoramic front window, walk-around queen bed and 16-foot awning. Also of note are an 84-inch-high padded ceiling, vinyl flooring, a Dream Dinette, solid-surface countertops and a water-filtration system. The cab’s Garmin Infotainment system (RV GPS/AM/FM Bluetooth plus removable 6-inch touchscreen display) is part of the Customer Value Package, which also nets owners a 24-inch LED TV in the bedroom, plus an exterior entertainment center, frameless windows and automatic hydraulic leveling jacks, to name a few. Overnight guests are treated to a standard tri-fold sofa in the living area, while an optional drop-down cab overhead bunk is also available.

Jayco Greyhawk Prestige 29MVP RV spec chart


Jayco Inc.




Leisure Travel Vans

White and brown Leisure Travel Vans Wonder Front Twin Bed
Leisure Travel Vans Wonder Front Twin Bed (FTB).
Leisure Travel Vans Wonder Front Twin Bed bathroom
Leisure Travel Vans Wonder Front Twin Bed bathroom.

The Wonder Front Twin Bed (FTB) is Leisure Travel Van’s new Class C featuring a front twin-bed design that allows owners to customize their sleeping configuration. The W24MB features two 32-by-76-inch twin beds that can also slide together to form a single bed that’s wider than a residential queen. The beds double as the seating area and offer a great view of the swing-out 28-inch LED TV with Bluetooth sound bar and Blu-ray player. The galley is located amidships and has been outfitted with a two-door 6.7-cubic-foot fridge and convection microwave, allowing for plenty of storage space on the large solid-surface countertop. The large rear bathroom includes a 30-by-32-inch enclosed shower, making it easy for two people to prep for a night on the town. Interior storage is impressive, with ample European-style cabinets galore featuring accent doors designed to be scratch-resistant, anti-fingerprint and even antibacterial. The Wonder rides on the Ford Transit cutaway chassis and is powered by a 3.2-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel. The vehicle features contoured side walls, a fiberglass flex roof, and integrated front and rear fiberglass caps.

Leisure Travel Vans FTB RV spec chart


Leisure Travel Vans,
Triple E Recreational Vehicles



Phoenix USA RV

Phoenix Cruiser 2552
Phoenix Cruiser 2552.
Phoenix Cruiser 2552 interior
Phoenix Cruiser 2552 interior.

Based in Elkhart, Indiana, Phoenix USA RV has been manufacturing factory-direct, easy-to-drive motorhomes for nearly two decades. The company currently offers nine floorplans, all on a chassis that is only 93 inches wide for increased maneuverability. Phoenix motorhomes begin with a basic layout that can be customized based on the buyer’s needs. The Phoenix Cruiser 2552 shown here is a twin-bed layout with a bathroom that spans the full rear wall. The single slide opens up the living area, and contains the refrigerator, seating area and overhead storage. The rear bathroom is equipped with a corner shower, sink and lav, plus a wardrobe, while both twin beds have their own shirt closet and overhead storage areas. The living room can be configured with a booth dinette or a sofa with a pantry and slide-out bin storage. Buyers can also opt for a Euro chair in addition to the sofa or booth.

Phoenix offers a popular convenience package that contains the most sought-after living conveniences, including a 4-kW Onan generator, 13,500-Btu A/C with heat strip, Class III hitch receiver, leather captain’s chairs, a convection microwave, a 32-inch LED smart TV, DSI gas and electric water heater, carbon-fiber dash and drink tray, electric entry step, and heated and remote outside mirrors, to name a few. Phoenix says the longer wheelbase of its motorhomes translates to a shorter overhang in the rear, adding to on-road stability. All Phoenix Cruisers come standard with LED interior lighting and an 1,800-watt inverter.

Phoenix Cruiser 2552 RV spec chart


Phoenix USA RV




Pleasure-Way Industries

Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS exterior
Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS.
Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS rear dining area
Pleasure-Way Plateau XLTS rear dining area.

Perhaps known primarily for its Class B’s (see test on page 40) Pleasure-Way has transferred that success into the easy-handling 2018 Plateau XLTS Class C. The Plateau XLTS boasts luxurious finishes, a spacious and well-appointed bathroom, a flexible and comfortable dining/sleeping arrangement, and generous inside and outside storage, all in a relatively compact package. The floorplan’s main attraction is the rear power sofa bed with two lap belts that is easily converted into a 74-by-74-inch memory-foam sleeper. Three large windows in the rear lounge area offer panoramic views of the surroundings, while two front workstations and a full-size bathroom make the Plateau a good choice for interior versatility. The list of upscale standard equipment includes 200Ah Lithium-ion auxiliary batteries, a Truma AquaGo Comfort Plus on-demand water heater, and dual 7-inch touch-screen control panels provide automatic temperature control and auto generator start, plus the lighting control/dimming, tank level indicators and awning control. All countertops are solid-surface and all furniture is ultraleather, while solid-maple cabintery comes standard on all Pleasure-Way motorhomes.

Pleasure Way Plateau XLTS RV spec chart


Pleasure-Way Industries




Renegade RV

Renegade Valencia exterior
Renegade Valencia.
Renegade’s Valencia is built on the S2RV chassis from Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., which Renegade claims is the first Super C chassis to be designed from the ground up specifically as a motorhome chassis. The Valencia boasts impressive horsepower and torque compared to Freightliner’s M2 chassis, but don’t let its brutish construction fool you: The Valencia is said to have superior ride and handling characteristics resulting from its custom-tuned front and rear suspension system. In addition, the chassis has a single 100-gallon fuel tank mounted in the rear between the frame rails, offering greater fuel capacity, better cruising range and easier fueling via a single fuel fill on the driver’s side of the coach.
Renegade Valencia interior
Renegade Valencia interior.

Inside, the Valencia has been outfitted with solid cherry hardwood cabinetry and trim. The motorhome is available in two floorplans, including the 38RW shown here, which sleeps up to nine and features an overhead bunk, dinette and sofa in the living area, and standard king bed and large wardrobe in the master. Nearly all amenities are standard, from the full-body paint, to the stainless-steel appliances (including a 19-cubic-foot residential refrigerator), to solid-surface countertops to the dual 15,000-Btu roof air conditioners with heat pumps. Other highlights include an upgraded cab sound system, color side- and rear-vision cameras, upgraded LED lighting, a 40-inch LED TV with a soundbar home theater system and Blu-ray player in the living room, plus a 32-inch LED TV in the bedroom and standard outside entertainment center.

Renegade Valencia RV spec chart


Renegade RV




Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29J toy hauler
Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29J toy hauler.
Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29J toy hauler
Thor Motor Coach Outlaw 29J.

If you’re looking to bring along motorcycles, ATVs or even a snowmobile, the Thor Outlaw 29J is a Class C toy hauler with a drop-down queen-size bunk in the garage area and luxurious appointments throughout. The 8-by-8-foot garage also houses a storage area and a 32-inch LED TV, plus it acts as the gateway to the rugged patio deck that allows owners to further enjoy their outdoor adventure environment. The full galley offers all the comforts of a conventional Class C, including a 6-cubic-foot refrigerator, microwave convection oven, large single-basin sink and pantry. A pop-up countertop outlet and charging station in the galley is evocative of more expensive motorhomes, as are the porcelain toilet in the lav, the on-demand water heater and whole-coach water filtration system. The 29J includes a total of four TVs (including one in the exterior entertainment center), meaning the big game is never too far from front and center, while a stereo system in the garage keeps the tunes playing. Nice touches up front include swivel leatherette captain’s chairs, a touchscreen dash stereo and a windshield privacy curtain. Also standard is a ladder for the overhead bunk, while a cabover child safety net is an available option.

Thor Outlaw 29J RV spec chart


Thor Motor Coach




Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

RV interior of oven, wooden cabinetry  with door open to outdoorsYes, you read that right. Tiffin, long known for its quality Class A motorhomes, recently entered the Class C market with the introduction of the Wayfarer. Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Wayfarer 24 BW is highlighted by the large rear bedroom, which sports a queen bed with memory foam mattress, two deep nightstands and two wardrobes, with plenty of space to walk around. There’s also an optional entertainment center or bunk-bed configuration. The split bathroom puts the 32-by-34-inch shower curbside, while lav, sink and overhead storage are streetside. The fully equipped galley offers a sink, two-burner stovetop and microwave, plus a 5-cubic-foot gas/electric refrigerator. Thoughtful appointments like on-demand hot water, solid-wood curved cabinetry, LED lighting and Spyder multiplex wiring, speak to Tiffin’s tradition of upscale amenities inside, while the exterior features two seamless slideouts to help prevent leaks, a fiberglass roof, Durashield Titan rock-chip protection and full-body paint to round out the look of luxury while increasing longevity. An exterior TV takes care of campsite entertainment, while a standard 3.2-kW diesel generator keeps the power flowing. The Wayfarer is equipped with SumoSprings ride assist to help smooth out the bumps. The standard Driver Assistance Package provides lane-keeping assist, collision prevention and high-beam assist. And, at less than 26 feet in length, the Wayfarer is easy to drive and handle on the road or in camp.

Tiffin Wayfarer 24 BW RV spec chart


Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.




Winnebago Industries Inc.

Winnebago View 24D
Winnebago View 24D.
Winnebago View 24D interior
Winnebago View 24D interior.

The new Winnebago View 24D expands the living space with the touch of a button opening a large slideout and powered Murphy-plus bed, resulting in a versatile floorplan with extra sleeping space for a couple of overnight guests. A full galley makes meal prep easy, while swivel cab seats provide additional seating options in the lounge and dining area. The slide also houses the dinette and the Murphy bed, which folds up during the day and, combined with the removable table, becomes a comfortable seating area to view the TV, which is located directly across on the galley wall. Speaking of the galley, it offers a large amount of counterspace, a dual-basin sink, cooktop, microwave and refrigerator, plus a pantry to hold your foodstuffs. The rear full-wall bathroom is sectioned off via a sliding door, and offers a 23-by-34-inch shower, sink, lav and wardrobe. A powered patio awning enables owners to take the festivities outside in the fresh air. But perhaps the main attraction is the View’s diminutive stature, allowing RVers to travel in comfort most anywhere without worrying about size restrictions.

Winnebago View 24D RV spec chart


Winnebago Industries Inc.






  1. I think it would be helpful to dig a bit deeper on these reviews, for example, just taking the first three mfgs to start with:
    1) For every RV listed, a reasonable range for cargo carrying capacity should be provided, or at least the CCC for one specific RV model looked at with mention as to how the options affected the CCC.
    2) Coach house uses hydraulic slides which should be more important than listing common standard or optional items like a generator.
    3) Coach house claims to have no water leakage issues, which should be checked into, particularly on 10+ year older coaches.
    4) Coach house doesn’t include Lithium batteries because they claim Lithium batteries aren’t ready for prime time – that mfgs are not being forthright about the problems their customers are having with them.
    5) How long-lasting is the Coachman RV interior construction and what quality control issues are they having?
    6) Jayco claims to have improved their ride and handling. So, load up the model take it for a serious demo ride, and evaluate how it performs, not relative to the last model, but relative to a Coach house that claims to have one of the best suspensions and rides on a Ford 450 chassis based on their in-house ride and handling improvements.

  2. I totally agree with Roger S. Give us a review with some meat in it. We all know the basics which you have covered. Thanks

  3. I made a big mistake buying a 2018 Thor class c every time we use it something else go wrong we have a appointment next weekend to take it bake to the plant in elckhart for them to fix the 45 plus. Problems it’s not even safe to drive the safety locks that hold the big slide out broke off and fell in storage compartment the other one laying on top of generator the only thing holding slide in is 4 electric motors has any one else had any problems with Thor products I have a list of problems and just paid 109,000 for it I don’t see it lasting 10 years and I keep it inside

  4. We are looking to buy a 25ft class C. Thor is one of the models we are considering. Dynamax isata 3, and Jayco Melbourne being the third. All on the Mercedes chassis. Don’t think we want the Thor after reading of your problem! What do you know about the other two models? Would love to hear feedback…..

    • Definitely, the Dynamax Isata. Many problems have been reported the past few years with both Thor and Jayco class c rv’s. Winnebago is another solid choice at that same price range.

  5. yes, me to I have big problems with my Thor Class C 24 since two years and for my third year I have a big surprise: water in the two front corner of the cab. I suppose that the problem was there the first day on the road because at each time that I start after some time in my driveway I see some water running outside on the hood. Now I understand that it was not rain water accumulated on the surface of the roof but water penetrating in the roof and it take a long time to see the disaster in the interior. The Thor company and my dealer said that it is not on garantee and that is my ownn negligence to have not see and check those joints. The dealer offer me to pay for the materials but ask me 3000 $ to make the time for the repair. My wife and me are devastated . We are sure that this problem was a hidden defect. This industry must be more regulated, they sold lemons like in the old time for the cars. You have the chance to go to the manufacture, but me I am far in Canada and my dealer said me that I have 0 % to have a repair on garantee with the Thor company.

  6. Myself, I find deciding on a floor plan and negotating price is the easy part. We’re looking for a 30-33′ Class C bunkhouse model. But to me, it’s the things you “don’t” see that worries me.
    Are all RVs basicly made the same? What should be the deciding factors?
    We’ve considered the Minnie Winnie, Sunseeker, Fourwinds and Redhawk- no paticular order.
    Just curious…

  7. We’re looking for a super C that we can drive without a special license like the Nexus Ghost or Wraith. I like the idea of a international platform because it can be serviced mechanically nationwide. Please do a review of Nexus. Plus I love how they look!!!

  8. I don’t think this review has enough detail. I found another review of ‘top 10’ Class c’s much more helpful that discussed all the slides and gave links to their sites so you could look at options if you so chose. I think I will buy a used one anyway if these products are so unregulated. Thanks for the comments.

  9. Have owned many used class c’s, decided it was time for a new one. Looked high and low, most sit on the same Ford chassis so we will start there. To make a long story short, bought a new Sunseeker 3010DS for lots of reasons. Am happy with it so far, time will tell.

  10. Any chance someone could tell me what buy. I like Jayco prestige 29 but like tiffens interior finishes
    Is there any reviews for 2019-2020 models

  11. I would like to rent a class C 24/25 so l would know if my wife and can handle one be for we buy one we are in the ny pa area

  12. This seems like a simple question but the market makes the choice difficult. One thing is that a number of these are made by the same company Berkshire Hathaway. So not always, but if there is a quality issue with one of its brands it is probably the same throughout. Airstream may be the exception. If I was to choose a chassis as much as I love the tech in Mercedes, I think ford is the most reliable. Super c’s I would not know as they have such a small demographic on the RV scale. It would be nice if one of the brands stood out and was head and heels above the other but for whatever reason, the North American RV marketplace seems to wallow in mediocrity.


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