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The Best RVs of 2021

I felt like a kid in a candy store running up and down aisles lined with every shape and size of RV you can imagine. Big ones, small ones, red ones, blue ones. There were RVs that looked exactly like how I pictured them to be, and others that looked like they were created for astronauts.

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Last Updated: January 7, 2021

If you only started following us recently, we lived in an Airstream for three months. I still vividly remember the first time I got behind the wheel. It was equally exciting and intimidating, but after a few moments on the road, the excitement overcame all my other emotions. There were definitely new aspects to living on the road that we had to learn, but it was a lot easier than we thought it would be and we absolutely loved how free it felt to go and live anywhere.

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What We Look for in an RV

Since leaving our Airstream, we still talk about getting back into an RV. We recently bought a car (we’ll be sharing more about that in a future post), and one of our must-haves was the ability to tow at least 5,000 lbs. Our current plan is to eventually get an RV that we can live on the road with 2-3 months at a time out of the year. 

Even though we’re pretty familiar with the RV world, there were still so many types of RVs we had never seen. There really is something for every budget and lifestyle. Want to go all out with a patio, garage, spacious bathroom, reclining chairs, and washer/dryer? You’ll find plenty of luxury options. Prefer something eco-friendly and sustainable? They have an all-electric RV. Looking for something that’s easy to get around in since you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors? Plus, there’s everything in between.

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We prefer a mix of luxury and convenience, and of course something photogenic. The huge RVs are luxurious. The amount of comfort and amenities that they have always wow us. We spent a lot of time during the show hanging out inside these RVs. We still want the luxury of an RV, but in something more compact so we can move easily. The trailer set up is also interesting, since it lets us leave our home base and still take our car out for micro adventures in the area.

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The Best RVs of 2021

In the past, there would be an industry conference where they would announce the top RVs of the year in different categories. But since conferences haven’t been happening and judges can’t check out RVs side by side, they’ve put out a list of the overall best 10 RVs of 2021 with some additional lists worth checking out! Check out full details from RVbusiness.
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Alliance RV Paradigm 390MP

This is a new RV company and the second version of their premium fifth wheel. They really took consumer’s input to update their design, like an industry first ductless air condition system. For those who work from the road, there’s also a private desk area under the loft. And of course, they have some of the best-in-class storage solutions.

Type: Fifth-Wheel
Length: 41′ 11″
GVRW: 16,800 lbs
MSRP: Low $90,000’s

Dutchmen RV Yukon 400RL

This is Dutchmen RV’s much needed high-line fifth-wheel. The RV is broken down into five different zones: exterior, living, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. They tackled each zone by maximizing storage and focusing on the use of space. And if you’re a bathroom person, you need to see how much larger they made this one.

Type: Fifth-Wheel
Length: 42′ 5″
GVRW: 13,900 lbs
MSRP: Starts at $89,000

Fleetwood RV Discovery LXE 36HQ

This Fleetwood RV is unique because it actually has a true island kitchen in a one-of-a-kind floorplan. Anyone who loves their time in the kitchen needs to check this coach out.

Type: A-Class Coach
Length: 36′ 9″
GVRW: 36,400 lbs
MSRP: TBD

Forest River IBEX

This trailer is perfect for the outdoor lovers who are looking for a base camp. There are a handful of IBEX models so you can find one that fits your need. Starting at 23 feet, they have increased ground clearance with less weight and an exclusive Rhino Rack system to help you carry all your gear.

Type: Travel Trailer
Length: 35′
GVRW: 7,510 lbs
MSRP: Low $30,000’s

Palomino River Ranch 390RL

This fifth-wheel has taken some of the best of each world and combined them. It has the single-floor convenience fo a travel trailer, the towing advantages of a fifth-wheel, and tons of basement storage known in Class As.

Type: Fifth-Wheel
Length: ~42′
GVRW: ~14,000 lbs
MSRP: Upper $80,000’s

Grand Design RV Solitude 346FLS

This unique fifth-wheel has a front living room and feels bigger that you expect inside, especially for something under 40 feet. With five slideouts, it really expands a ton once you’re at your campsite.

Type: Fifth-Wheel
Length: 37′ 11″
GVRW: 16,800 lbs
MSRP: Low TBD

Jayco Jay Feather Micro

This travel trailer is perfect for people looking to go off-grid and tow with a smaller vehicle. There are five different floorplans starting at 13 feet and going up to 23 feet long. And just because it’s small, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty of features, like its Dometic powered cooler and high clearance. 

Type: Travel Trailer
Length: 13′ 9″
GVRW: 2,795 lbs
MSRP: Starts at $15,000

Keystone RV Montana 3231CK

This is another great option for people looking for a sub 40 foot fifth-wheel. They focused on building a beautiful kitchen, but also increasing counter space, building better functional storage, and adding more windows for natural light. In addition to that, they flipped the shower layout to increase the bath area’s space.

Type: Fifth-Wheel
Length: 37′ 5″
GVRW: 12,955 lbs
MSRP: About $83,000

Newmar Canyon Star

This front engine diesel chassis is equipped to tow up to 6,000 pounds. It has nine different floorplans so you can find one that best suits your needs. It is built to compete with gas-powered Class A RVs but is more fuel-efficient, more durable, and has a higher tow capacity.

Type: A-Class
Length: 35′ 11″ to 39′ 11″
GVRW: 30,000 lbs
MSRP: Starting at $233,870

Winnebago Hike

They built this travel trailer with the off-roader in mind, from the aesthetics to the adventure-ready features. The exterior has an exoskeleton built in to help you haul your gear, from bikes to kayaks, and will fit aftermarket attachments.

Type: Travel Trailer
Length: 20′ 7.5″ to 25′
GVRW: 4,200-6,000 lbs
MSRP: Starting at $27,513

2021 Top Debuts

Here are some of the top debuts in 2021 organized by type.

A-Class Motorhomes:
  • Coachman Sportscoach 354QS
  • Holiday Rambler Nautica 33TL
  • Tiffin Motor Homes Zephyr 45 PZ
C-Class Motorhomes:
  • Coachman Sportscoach 354QS
  • Entegra Accolade XL 37K
  • Gulf Stream Conquest 63111
  • Leisure Travel Vans Wonder Rear Lounge
B-Class Campervan:
  • Entegra Ethos 20T
  • Thor Motor Coach Tellaro 20AT
  • Roadtrek Zion Slumber
  • Winnebago 4×4 Revel 44E
Travel Trailers:
  • Airstream Basecamp 20
  • Bowlus Road Chief
  • Grand Design Transcend Xplor 240ML
  • Heartland North Trail 24 DBS
  • KZ Escape Hatch E17
  • Lance 1770 Ultra-Light
  • Nucamp Barefoot
Fifth-Wheel:
  • East to West Tandara
  • Forest River Cedar Creek 345IK
  • Forest River Impression 270RK
  • Crossroads RV Cameo 3701RL
  • Prime Time Crusader 305RLP

RVX RV Conference

We had a chance to attend RVX: The RV Experience with Go RVing’s Kickoff to Camping Season in 2019. As a trade-only event, we got an exclusive look into the RV industry and all the exciting innovations that are happening.

One of the most exciting moments at the conference was The Reveal, where they highlighted the industry’s best new products. They had nine different categories and a panel of consumer media and social media experts selected their faves. It really shows you how wide of a selection there is within the RV world.

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We can’t wait to get an RV for ourselves. After leaving RVX, we’ve been looking up different RVs to see what would be best for us. In the meantime, we may need to do an RV trip soon. If you’re now as excited as we are to get into an RV, you can find the nearest dealership or rental company to you!

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Have you tried RVing or staying in an RV? What would you look for in an RV?

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Esther + Jacob

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. What fun! We recently bought a Geo Pro and love the sustainability features, so I was glad to see that it made the judges’ choice in that category. Nothing beats the look and feel of an Airstream, though!

  2. Love the photos! So fun to see inside some of the new rigs and lots of excitement for sure on the upcoming new TVs.

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