Content of the material
- RV Ownership Costs
- Best RV Trips for Golfers
- Winnebago Ekko 22a – Starts at $168,415
- What are some of the most expensive Class A motorhomes?
- Related Content:
- Interior Features of the Emerald H3-45
- Tips for Shopping for a Class A RV
- Used Class A Motorhome Cost Examples
- Ultimate Guide to RV Brands and Manufacturers
- How Rental RV Pricing Works
- Additional RV Ownership Costs
- Operating Expenses
RV Ownership Costs
- Registration and taxes: Just like when you purchase a new vehicle, you must pay for registration and taxes when you buy an RV. These prices vary from state to state, but you can estimates online on the DMV website with their RV Calculator.
- Fuel: The fuel costs are likely to be more than when you fill up your car. RVs are much bigger and have a lot of weight to carry. Many motorhomes run on diesel, which can raise the cost of fuel as well.
- RV insurance: RV insurance is almost like a combination of home and car insurance. Because it is a vehicle, it needs certain aspects of car insurance for accidents, but it is also a home while your camping so you would also need aspects of home insurance. Optional coverage for your RV insurance can include pet injuries, vacation liability, roadside assistance and more. The cost depends on the type of RV and if you want to cover personal belongings in your RV.
- RV hitch: Some RVs include a factory-installed hitch, so this won’t necessarily always be a purchase you need. But many times you will need to upgrade the hitch depending on your truck’s towing needs or for a better towing experience. Fifth wheel hitches are often much more expensive than travel trailer hitches because they are larger and mounted to the bed of the truck. Prices range in the $300s to over $1,000 depending on the type. There is also a cost to install.
- Camping: A majority of campgrounds require a nightly fee to stay on-site, much like a hotel. They can range anywhere from $10-$120 a night depending on location and amenities.
- Maintenance: There is general maintenance and upkeep that is needed each year for your RV. Depending on where you live, you may need to winterize and de-winterize your RV each fall and spring. It is hard to determine a price as it can change year-to-year or even month-to-month, but having a repair fund is always a good idea.
- Storage: If you’re not able to store your RV on your own property, you will have to pay for storage costs when your RV is not in use.
After considering all these costs, you can now better understand what you can afford before jumping into the RV lifestyle.
To help make your shopping experience easier, we gathered a list of popular RVs at different price points to help you find your dream RV that fits your budget.
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Winnebago Ekko 22a – Starts at $168,415
The Winnebago Ekko is luxury Class C motorhome. It has a color touchscreen systems monitor panel, satellite system ready, amplified digital HDTV antenna and more. The front cab area offers lots of convenient features like the Apple CarPlay Android Auto, Bluetooth and a rear camera display.
Shop the Winnebago Ekko.
What are some of the most expensive Class A motorhomes?
One of the most popular and luxurious choices for a high-end Class A motorhome falls under the Newmar brand. Newmar is a premium brand known for “raising the bar” for upscale comfort. Some of the cheapest Newmar models range from $200,000 to $500,000. The company’s most luxurious option is the 2021 King Aire.
The latest King Aire model begins at $1,296,080 and is available in three different floor plans. It is built on Spartan’s K3-605 chassis and comes with advanced safety equipment, including an adaptive cruise system. On the inside, the King Aire is distinguished by Italian-made leather and European-inspired cabinetry. Theater seating is available on this model, and so are practical appliances such as a convection microwave and a stainless steel fridge.
Another premium brand to consider here is Monaco Coach. The company’s legendary Monaco Signature diesel model is an actual home on wheels. It comes with Whirlpool appliances, a full shower, and an in-motion satellite system. Monaco’s current archive goes up the 2019 model year. You can find a used Monaco Signature for around half a million dollars.
Our coach was towed 8 miles to the Cummins repair shop in Amarillo at no cost to us as it was covered by our roadside assistance policy. We spent 3 nights in a hotel during the repair – our roadside assistance covered most of our accommodation and meal expenses. We also saved 10% on parts and labor by joining Cummins Power Club.
Interior Features of the Emerald H3-45
This RV has literally everything you could dream of already built in. It starts in the drivers seat – which is where a lot of the magic happens.
From the drivers seat, you can reach a control panel for the Allison transmission, a built-in engine braking system, a digital TPMS, and there are even buttons on the steering wheel to raise and lower the shades. In addition to those features, you have a rear camera that you can control with a toggle, a built-in truckers GPS for safe traveling, and so much more. The Emerald Prevost blows everything else out of the water.
This luxury coach comes with a tablet that controls everything in the RV: from the shades to the slides and the leveling system and more. But if you prefer a different approach, there is an entire cabinet devoted to controlling the systems in this RV – and it also has a touch screen.
Interior features are as luxurious as you’d expect, and maybe even more so!
With lights built in to the countertops to sleek curves, you truly feel like you’re sitting in a mansion.
This coach has a large kitchen with a designer sink and custom faucets, a full residential style fridge, Corian countertops, tile backsplashes, and tons of storage.
The bedroom features blackout shades, a safe, a king bed, and even more storage for anything you might need.
This coach has a bath and a half in the rear and middle of the RV. Also included is a washer and dryer, several closets, and more cabinets than you might even know what to do with.
The craftsmanship and build in this bus is beyond top-notch. Just take a look at it here.
Tips for Shopping for a Class A RV
Now you’re ready to get out there and start shopping around for your perfect Class A motorhome. These tips will make sure you don’t have any surprise charges and can be the smartest shopper possible:
- Depending on the dealership, you could get some handy extras that are factored into the overall cost of your motorhome. These may include free storage or winterizing. Read all the fine print before you decide one retailer’s deal is better than another’s. That extra $200 you’re being charged for could save you money on accessories and/or parts.
- Keep your cards close to the vest as you shop until you’re ready to make your final deal. You can love an RV the first second you see it, and upon inspection, it could check off all your boxes. Still, you shouldn’t buy it right away. Shop around. Read reviews online. Then come back to the original store and finish your purchase if you can’t find a better deal elsewhere.
- It is possible to try negotiating for a somewhat lower price on a new Class A RV. To do so, though, you must have looked around at various retailers and compared prices first. If these other retailers are offering the same new RV for slightly lower prices, you may be able to go to the more expensive retailer and talk them down a little. If they are willing to offer you the deal, then you have to be prepared to take it. You must also be prepared to pay full price, as sometimes haggling doesn’t work.
- If, at the end of the day, the price of a new Class A RV is too expensive, you can always go for a used one. There’s nothing wrong with getting a used motorhome as long as you make sure the vehicle is in the best possible condition. That means checking it out in-person and not just taking the seller’s word for it that it’s drivable.
- Once you finally do settle on a vehicle you want, make sure you choose financing terms that are agreeable to you. You may need to finance a used RV, so keep that in mind. You can set a short-term repayment plan that lasts about 10 years or a lengthier payment plan that’s 20 years. There are sometimes even shorter (or longer) financing options than those depending on who you choose to finance the vehicle with.
Used Class A Motorhome Cost Examples
What if you want to go used? You might be able to find even better deals on your Class A RV than those listed above. Of course, that depends primarily on the age of the vehicle. For instance, you won’t really get a 2016 or a 2017 RV much cheaper than five figures because these vehicles are still considered fairly new. If you’re willing to consider a 2013 or earlier though, you might be able to strike an affordable deal.
Here are some prices for RVs that were made in the last three or four years. Look at the price fluctuations of these and compare them to the prices for new Class As:
- 2015 Jayco Precept 35UN: $114,995
- 2017 Thor Motor Coach Windsport 31S: $133,314
- 2017 Winnebago Vista LX 30T: $137,250
- 2017 Forest River 38’ Georgetown XL A190: $112,995
- 2017 Thor Motor Coach Ace 29.4: $120,900
- 2016 Fleetwood Bounder 36’ A165: $97,495
- 2014 Forest River Georgetown 38’ A166NB: $89,995
- 2011 Newmar Canyon Star 39’ A130CL: $79,995
- 2013 Coachmen Encounter 38’ A106CL: $76,495
- 2016 Winnebago Vista LX 30’ A133CL: $78,995
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How Rental RV Pricing Works
RVshare has more competitive pricing than traditional rental services. That’s because owners don’t have to pay fees to list with us and can set their own prices. However, owners also set limitations for their rigs. So while there are no “hidden” fees like with some rental sites, there are some disclosed ones you need to take into consideration. For example:
The price to rent an RV depends on the RV type, size, and age. An older Class B is going to cost a lot less than a diesel pusher Class A.
Owners will often list a daily base rate, a minimum rental (in days), a weekly rate, and a monthly rate. The nightly rate may fluctuate based on season or location.
There will be a tax on the amount, depending on your state.
Most owners set limits on generator use and mileage. If you go over these amounts, you’ll be charged per hour of generator use or per mile.
Usually, there’s a security deposit, which you’ll get back when you return the RV clean and unscathed.
There might be optional fees, like fees for outdoor furniture or a fully stocked kitchen.
As you can see, there are a lot of pieces to the pricing structure, and how much you’ll ultimately pay at the end of your trip. It’s in your best interest to thoroughly read the listing before you book a rental. Let’s take a look at an example:
Let's say you found a Class A motorhome near Boston, Massachusetts listed at $225 per night with a four-night minimum.
The weekly rate is $1575, giving you one free day when you rent for six. The monthly rate is $4800.
This owner charges a refundable damage deposit of $1000, and insurance is $27.
There’s a 7% rental tax in the state.
The owner gives you a limit of 150 miles per day, with four hours of generator use per day. Go over either of those, and you’ll pay $0.45/mile or $4.00/hour.
There are some optional fees, such as satellite TV for $10, or a kitchen supply package for $50.
So, let’s imagine you’re renting the RV for two weeks. That’s $3,150 right off the bat. Factor in everything else…
= $4,397.50 total.
There’s your total without any extras and overages. That doesn’t account for gas, campground fees, food, and other expenses you’ll incur on the road. Prices for RV rentals have so many factors, so it's good to make an itemized list to know what to expect.
Additional RV Ownership Costs
With ownership comes responsibility, and a portion of your money may go not only to monthly loan payments but other expenses as well. When shopping for your own RV, you need to consider some additional expenses.
You will have sales tax to pay upon purchase, although many financing institutions will allow you to roll those taxes into the loan if you choose. These are a direct result of the RV price you pay and where you live.
Newer RVs can be extremely expensive. It makes sense to have good overall coverage on your insurance policy in case of repair or replacement.
Your new recreational vehicle will not get great gas mileage. In fact, you can probably count on motorhomes getting 7 to 14 mpg and towables might decrease your truck mileage by a good mount. So budget for fuel, propane to use in your heater, campground fees, oil changes, and set aside a chunk of money for repairs, because a moving “house” will need consistent maintenance and repairs.
RV needs tons of accessories. You may decide that your RV needs leveling blocks, window awnings, new LED lights, or maybe you’ll upgrade that kitchen faucet. Keep these things in mind when planning your budget and if looking at used vehicles.
If you plan to use your RV in the summer or for a few weekend trips a year, and you don’t have room to store it at your home (or your HOA doesn’t allow it on-site), you will need to put your rig in storage.
Uncovered storage varies from state to state, but generally speaking, it might run you $50 to $75 per month, and covered storage or storage with electricity could run in the $100 to $300 per month range. Think about how often you will be utilizing this new purchase and where it will spend its “days off,” then you can start shopping, knowing that you have a plan.
The cost of a Class A motorhome can certainly vary from one manufacturer to the next, as well as by the trim level, floor plan, and special features.
On the high end of the cost spectrum, a luxury model from a manufacturer like American Coach might cost as much as $350,000 to $500,000.
Yet you could just as easily find an entry-level Class A motorhome from a household name like Winnebago for as low as $95,000.
Just make sure to also put in the research on other costs of ownership factors like insurance requirements, financing rates, and maintenance packages.
If you can get a Class A motorhome with an extended warranty, and seasonal maintenance included through a nearby RV dealership, it can be a great way to shave down the cost of ownership.
Just make sure to comparison check the price against the competitors to make sure the dealership isn’t just rolling in the cost of those services into the initial purchase price.