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9 Best & 3 Worst RV Brands Out There

If you’re considering buying an RV, you know that they are expensive. And that makes sense; after all, you’re buying a home on wheels. It’s a big commitment, and you owe it to yourself—and your pocketbook—to put in the requisite research. You want to make sure that you get the right RV for you, and from a brand you can trust.

Fortunately, we’re here to help. We’d love to introduce you to the 9 of the best brands, as well as three of the worst, so you can be sure to avoid purchasing an RV from a brand you can’t trust.

These brands are varied; some of them are some of the oldest RV sellers, whereas others are only a decade old or younger. Regardless of their age, however, each of the RV brands examined below has a great track record of designing and selling fantastic RVs. Innovation, quality, and craftsmanship are incredibly important. Keep in mind, of course, that this is our personal list, and you may choose to go with a brand not on this list. Ultimately, trust your gut and your research, as well as user reviews and other actual RV owners. Before buying any RV do a thorough walk-through, ask questions, and see if you can take it for a test drive. Many RVs can be rented, so you can try a model similar to the one you’re interested in purchasing and take notes.

Lastly, we’re listing the brands below alphabetically; each of the 9 is well-established, well-respected, and makes great RVs. Lastly, we’ll conclude with 3 brands we recommend not giving your business.

Alright, on to the 9 best:

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1. Airstream

Airstream is one of the oldest RV manufacturers, and as such, have long prided themself on continually pushing the boundaries and perpetually improving their designs. The original lightweight travel trailers, Airstream campers have long been ingenuitive in their use of space; everything in an Airstream is built with functionality in mind. And this has been true since Airstream’s first models hit the road in the thirties; those earliest models, should you ever get the chance to examine one, are still incredibly functional. It is that functionality that guarantees any Airstream you might purchase will never go out of style, because style isn’t the point of an Airstream. Instead, function is—and few brands are as reliably functional as Airstream.

So if you’re looking for timeless function, modern lines, and no wasted space, Airstream is the brand for you. Beside their travel trailer line, their touring coaches—the Atlas and Interstate lines—combine Mercedes-Benz quality and glamor with Airstream function. Like their travel trailers, Airstream interiors are elegant, well-furnished, loaded with amenities. And you can count on great views; Airstreams specialize in wide window frames, allowing for plenty of scenic views.

2. Dutchmen Brands

Dutchmen in and of themselves are a great RV brand, but they also make RVs under other brand labels. Among those best brands are the following:

  • Dutchmen themselves. One of the best manufacturers in the industry, they produce travel trailers, expandables, fifth wheels, and toy haulers. This brand offers travel trailers with extensive storage space, extreme comfort with a touch of coziness. The design and decor their trailers provide ensures they feels like a home. They are well built in mostly aluminum, and lightweight while producing good quality and reliability. A great number of these travel trailers provide bunkhouse floorplans, ideal for families of numerous occupants. Simultaneously, they are also offered in small sizes and in ideal floor plans for couples seeking comfort in camping. The weight of these travel trailers are average and as such, are most often best towed by a large vehicle.
  • Aerolite is a brand operated by Dutchmen, and offers astonishing travel trailers with up to 10 different floor plans. As the name implies, Aerolite is known for its lightweight builds, as well as for its easy towing and compact designs. Most of the floorplans provide great spacious room and entertainment, as well as extra storage space. The interior design and decor are offered in up to 3 various options to choose from, and essentially appear elegant in style, comfortable, and well furnished. This brand is ideal for any size families and couples seeking lightweight solutions with great living space and an almost luxurious touch without being extreme.
  • Atlas. With the features you’ll find in the Atlas fifth wheel and travel trailers, like the massive kitchen island and ample pantry storage, Master Chef kitchen, and residential-size 60×80 queen beds, you’ll have everything you need to explore the world that awaits.
  • Coleman. This line consists of 5 different models: Coleman Lantern LT, Coleman Lantern, Coleman Light LX, Coleman Light, and Coleman Light Elevated, each providing a range of floorplans to choose from. This brand offers trailers built in extensively aluminum framed walls, residential grade vinyl flooring, and hardwood maple cabinet doors. The style and decor of these trailers provide a warm and cozy feel with an elegant touch. They provide plenty of storage, particularly providing such space as under sleeping beds and in overhead cabinets. A few of these floorplans are designed uniquely and provide up to 2 expandable sofas, further used for extra sleeping space at night and immense living space throughout the day. The average shipping weight of this brand’s trailers starts from 3,000 lbs and works up to 7,000 lbs.
  • Denali.From the moment you step inside either a Denali fifth wheel or travel trailer, you notice functional quality, from storage space to high arched interior ceilings, LED lighting and solid surface countertops to the residential sized queen or king size beds. This is one of Dutchmen’s most popular lines.
  • Kodiak. Think of Kodiak as the love child of Coleman and Denali and you have a pretty good idea what to expect. This, too, is an incredibly popular brand, and offers a range of options to meet you where you are, whether that’s the expandable Kodiak Cub line or the Kodiak Ultimate.

3. Forest River Brands

Forest River owns quite a few brands, many of which have great reputations. Among the most favored are the following:

  • Coachmen is one of their RV lines, bought in 2008. Coachmen has been making RVs for more than 50 years, and that dedication shows in their motorhomes, fifth wheels, and travel trailers. With more than 30 options, odds are good they’ll have at least one (if not several!) RVs that might pique your interest.
  • Dynamax.  A longtime trusted brand, legendary product integrity and customer loyalty have combined to result in a new generation of RVs, offering casual, easy living interiors with fresh décor options designed to maximize comfort and value.
  • East to West. While a newer Forest River line, the quality is certainly there: the new Della Terra, for instance, was just awarded both RV Business’ 2019 Top RV Debut and RV Pro’s 2019 Best in Show.
  • Flagstaff. This brand of travel trailers is manufactured by Forest River, built specifically for the benefit of an easy tow with your daily vehicle such as an SUV. The models produced of this brand include: Flagstaff Classic Super Lite, Flagstaff hard side pop-up Camper, Micro Lite, Shamrock, Sports Enthusiast Package, Flagstaff Super Lite, and Flagstaff Tent Campers. Flagstaff E-pro trailers includes various floorplans such as E12RK, E12SRK, E14FK, E15TB, E16BH, E17PR, E19BH, E19FBS, E19FD, and E19QB. The construction of these models includes 6-sided aluminum cage construction, laminated roof and walls, tinted bonded frameless windows, and more. The interior design is very standard and provides efficient comfort for living space. These trailers are ideal for both, families and couples seeking a simple taste and style. The unloaded weight ranges from 1,100 lbs up to 3,200 lbs.
  • Palomino is a long-time RV manufacturer best known for their truckbed campers, but they also produce good quality travel trailers. Both their truckbed campers and trailers are affordable and utilize a lightweight construction with full amenities, as do their fifth wheels, destination trailers, and toy trailers. In general, you can expect an interior design that is immensely well furnished and includes maple hand-glazed cabinetry, which adds a comfortable feel to these lines.
  • Rockwood is similarly known for excellent quality and comfort. Rockwood trailers are offered in various styles and floor plan models, such as Ultra Lite, Rockwood Roo, Mini Lite, and Geo Pro. The difference between these models is the size they come in. Ultra Lite and Mini Lite appear large in length, Geo pro appears small and compact, and Roo provides slide outs. The similarities of these trailers include their relatively lightweight designs, which offer easy towing. The unloaded vehicle weight on these models starts from 1,100lbs up to 6,500lbs. The construction Rockwood provides is mostly aluminum, with great quality cabinetry in solid wood, and extra simple features that make a difference, causing this brand to stand out in the industry. This brand is ideal for those seeking comfort with high-quality design and furnish, but without a preference for high-end luxury.
  • Sonoma is yet another fantastic  brand owned and operated by Forest River, with a wide range of floor plans to fit whatever your needs are. All of their models are mostly aluminum built with laminated aluminum framed floors and walls, an outside shower, overhead cabinets with glass inserts and a laundry chute per floorplan. A characteristic of this brand is its options of bunkhouse floorplans for larger families and kids. They offer extensive comfort space for living, and are ideal for any size family, for those seeking good quality design, and more.

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Now 50 years old, Jayco is one of the original names in trusted RVs, offering the same quality assurances now as decades ago. Even now, they still offer a 2-year warranty, twice the length of the industry standard, because they know their products are great and stand behind them in a way most companies simply cannot. Their incredible lineup includes everything from pop-ups to fifth wheels, motorhomes and toy trailers. No matter what you are looking for, odds are good Jayco can offer something that if not exactly what you need and want, sure is close if not better.

Four central tenets help Jayco maintain their status as the best of the best: Quality, in construction, engineering, and industry-leading warranty; family focus, with designs and floor plans that are just as family-centric as they were 50 years ago; awards, including the fact they’ve been America’s best-selling travel trailer 13 consecutive years now; and sustainability, including EcoAdvantage touches on every product and the little things that help you save money and gas mileage.

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Newmar was created by RV people for RV people. As a company, they were founded under a singular, distinct vision: to make the best RVs possible. That’s because their founders, Marvin Newcomer and Marvin Miller, knew how much well-made, functional, innovative recreational vehicles mean to the people who own them. They were RV enthusiasts themselves and had experienced firsthand the passion and enthusiasm which a great RV can create.

And that passion shows in their RVs. An Amish and Mennonite company, Newmar takes the same quiet pride in their motorhomes you might expect upon learning their Mennonite and Amish heritage. As they say on their site, “we take pride in every rivet, weld, and mechanical function.”

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6. Northwood Manufacturing

Founded in 1993, Northwood is one of the best examples of Pacific Northwest ingenuity, as well as one of the first RV manufacturers to break through the stranglehold the Midwest once had on the industry. Located just outside La Grande, Oregon, beside the scenic Blue Mountains, Northwood RVs reflect the mountains they’re built alongside. Northwood builds sturdy, dependable, truly four-season equipment. Not only do the fully insulated holding tank areas circulate warm area around the suspended tanks to provide protection from freezing in frigid conditions, but the knife valves are also enclosed to protect them from freezing. A combination of rigid foam, batten, and reflective foil insulation helps keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Similarly, Northwood products are designed with energy efficiency in mind, making great use of LED lighting, and offering solar options.

And the interiors are similarly well built. Not only are the cabinets solid wood and beautiful, but they’re anchored to the RV walls, making both the RV and the cabinets stronger. Odds are good the cabinets in whatever Northwood RV you choose may well be better than the cabinets in your home!

7. Oliver Travel Trailers

While lacking the experience of some of these other brands, what Oliver can offer is absolute top-notch construction. For instance, ever Oliver travel trailer is built with four distinct fiberglass shells: two inner shells and two outer shells. This is in addition to the original aluminum frame! As a result, these travel trailers are perfect for four-season living in a way most other brands simply cannot match.

The double hull functions much as double pane windows would, and when combined with the Dometic Penguin 2 furnace that comes standard, the Oliver stays toasty even on the coldest nights. Additional composite materials built into the shells combined with the use of reflective and insulating materials and an air gap between the 2 shells not only helps keep the interior at comfortable levels it also helps to prevent condensation from forming on the inside.

Similarly, the unique double hull construction helps add additional towing stability, and marine-grade components help ensure everything lasts. As Oliver notes, “Even our frame and entry steps are built of aluminum for a ‘No Steel, No Rust, No Maintenance’ factor.” Incredible storage capacity is built seamlessly into the design, and Olivers are designed so that you can live in them off-grid if you so desire as well, with large freshwater and wastewater tanks, a battery bank, two 20-pound propane tanks (which can be upgraded to 30-lb tanks) and even optional solar packages and remote freshwater refill capacity.

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8. Pleasure-Way

Pleasure-Way builds custom Class B motorhomes on completed Ford, Chevrolet, and Mercedes chassis’. They have a very high standard for quality control, every single coach made is audited, and every craftsman’s work must meet their rigorous standards and testing. And that sort of quality control comes through in their customers’ experiences; never have I heard a single person badmouth Pleasure-Way, so well-respected are their vehicles.

And with good reason! Not only is everything built to order (there are no construction lines with Pleasure-Way, only craftsmen doing great work), but it is all custom work. On average, it takes six weeks and over four hundred man hours to finish just one Pleasure-Way motorhome! Pleasure-Way’s unique construction process strays very far away from most recreational vehicles manufacturers that mass produce thousands of coaches in a fraction of the time, and that differences results in a higher quality construction.

The construction of Pleasure-Way motorhomes involves measuring, constructing and hand-fitting custom made parts onto each individual chassis. Even though all chassis of a particular make and model, such as Mercedes-Benz or Ram, appear to be identical to each other, there can be slight tolerance differences in the body by up to a quarter of an inch, and Pleasure-Way accounts for those differences with their custom work, by hand fitting and trimming each individual part, from running boards to wall partitions, to perfectly fit each particular coach. Once the specific piece has been custom fit, it will be serialized with that particular coachís chassis vehicle identification number and it will be installed later in the production process to that exact unit.

Oh, and did we mention they’re Canadian? You just get a different level of service with Pleasure-Way. Unfortunately, however, they at this time only make Class B motorhomes.

9. Winnebago

One of the oldest RV brands in the country (first founded in 1958!), Winnebago has more than earned the trust of RVers the world over. Not only are their coaches, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and more all well-built, but Winnebago also offers some of the best after-sale service in the industry, including extended warranties and 24-hour roadside assistance. Additionally, they do a much better job than most RV brands in supporting their customers in finding the right fit for their budget and lifestyle. For instance, they actually run a separate site designed entirely to help RVers determine what they need from an RV in four simple questions : 1)Will it meet my needs? 2) Is it built to last? 3) What happens down the road? And 4) What kind of company stands behind it?

Winnebago can help you answer all four of those questions for yourself, and their wide range of options means you can find what you need, regardless of your budget and travel plans.

For instance, they offer 4 different travel trailers, such as the Minnie Plus and Minnie, ideal for families of 4 occupants, and the Micro Minnie and Minnie Drop, ideal for single or couple adventurers. The floorplans and interior designs of all four models range from simple to average and are ideal for those acquiring a minimal taste in design. These travel trailers are equipped with all necessities for comfortable living. The average weight rating of the Winnebago models start from 2,000 lbs and work up to 6,500 lbs in dry weight. And that’s just their travel trailers!

The 3 Worst RV brands ( In Our Humble Opinion)

As for the worst? The worst RV brands tend not to stay in business very long, fortunately, as people notice when the quality isn’t up to par.

There are a few brands we recommend avoiding, however:

  • Gulfstream. Gulfstream used to have a good reputation; however, in recent years, a number of customers have complained of leaks. That’s not something you want to deal with on your camping trip. After all, isn’t part of the point of an RV getting out of the rain?
  • Fleetwood. Fleetwood again is a manufacturer that once held a great reputation. Now, though, customers are starting to note that their interiors don’t hold up, requiring expensive repairs as the wear and tear is greater than should be but generally occurs after the warranty has run out.
  • Hurricane. Fortunately, Hurricane RVs haven’t been around all that long, and at the rate they’re going, they won’t last long, either. Some customers report it appears as if their RVs were built with repurposed parts, and that’s not something any reasonable person is going to put up with for long.

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The Flagstaff E-Pro travel trailers by Forest River allow you to tow with your everyday vehicle be it a more fuel efficient and smaller SUV without giving up style or amenities that you desire in your RV!

Each is built with 6 sided aluminum cage construction, interior and exterior composite sidewall construction, and a vacuum laminated roof and walls making them lightweight. They also include a tire pressure monitoring system for safety, a power tongue jack for easy setup, and heated holding tanks on most models allowing you to travel any season.

Get ready for camping adventures with your everyday SUV; choose a Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro travel trailer today!

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Flagstaff E-Pro Features:

Standard Features (2024)

  • Magnetic Baggage Door Catches
  • Outside Griddle with LP Hookup
  • 2- 20# LP Tanks
  • Ground Solar Prep
  • Polished Alloy Wheels
  • Tinted Bonded Frameless Windows
  • Laminated Clay with Alloy Band Fiberglass Sidewalls
  • 200W Roof Solar Panel with 1800W Inverter
  • Outside Spray Port
  • AIR 360+ OMNIDIRECTIONAL ANTENNA / WITH WIFI PREP (N/A 12S)
  • Truss Stabilizer Jack
  • Fold Out Entry Steps (N/A 12S)
  • Roof Ladder (N/A 12S)
  • Front Windshield (N/A 12S, 15TB)
  • Outside Speaker (N/A 12S)
  • Power Awning
  • Heated Holding Tanks (N/A 12S)
  • 2" Hitch Receiver (N/A 12S)
  • Roller Shades
  • 20,000 BTU Furnace
  • 13,500 Roof A/C (12S 11K Under Bunk)
  • 12V Smart Entertainment TV w/stereo (N/A 12S)

Construction

  • Aluminum Cage Dinette Bases & Beds
  • 6 Sided Aluminum Cage Construction
  • Vacuum Laminated Roof and Walls
  • Interior & Exterior Composite Sidewall Construction
  • 5/8" tongue and groove plywood flooring (12S 1/2' OSB)
  • Torsion Axle, Rubber-Ryde Suspension
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Pre Wired for Backup Camera
  • Spare Tire W/ Carrier
  • 15” Mud Rover Radial Tires and Lift Kit
  • Power Tongue Jack
  • 2 5/16" Ball (12S is 2")
  • 12V Refrigerator
  • Gas Oven (N/A 19FDS, 15FBS, 15TB, 15RD, 12S)
  • Recessed Cooktop W/ Flush Mount Cover (15TB, 15FBS, 15RD, 19FDS)
  • Convection Microwave (12S, 15TB, 15FBS, 15RD, 19FDS)
  • Shower Miser Water Saver
  • 360 Siphon Cap on Black Tank
  • Quick recovery Gas/Electric Water Heater (12S has On Demand Water Heater)
  • Maxxair® Ventilation Fan and Vent Cover (*In living room on 15TB, 15RD) N/A 12S
  • Black Tank Flush (N/A 15TB, 15RD, 12S)
  • Foot Flush Toilets (N/A 12S)
  • 2nd 200W Roof Solar Panel
  • Tongue Mount Bike Rack
  • Slide Topper
  • Dexter Torsion Axles w/Aluminum Wheels
  • Microwave Oven                                                                          
  • Sport Tire And Wheel Package                                                                  
  • Key Alike Door & Compartment Locks
  • Frameless Windows
  • Gas Griddle
  • 12 V Refrigerator
  • Hidden Hinge Cabinet Doors                                   
  • Outside Speaker (N/A 12S)                  
  • AIR 360+ OMNIDIRECTIONAL ANTENNA / WITH WIFI PREP
  • Bluetooth System Control Panel (N/A 12S)                          
  • Shower Miser Water Saver (N/A 12S)     

The Power Package (19FDS, 20BHS, 19BH, 20FBS, 19FD)

  • 400AH Single Mastervolt MLI Lithium-Ion Battery w/ Safety Disconnect
  • 3KW (3000 Watts)/160A Inverter/Charger Mastervolt Combimaster
  • 3- 200W Solar Panels (600 Watts) to Maintain/Charge Battery Bank
  • 11,000 BTU Coleman Mach Soft Start A/C
  • 2 Smart Remotes- Offering Monitoring and Control for the System
  • Side Solar Plug in Standard for Portable Solar Option

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All standard features and specifications are subject to change.

All warranty info is typically reserved for new units and is subject to specific terms and conditions. See us for more details.

Due to the current environment, our features and options are subject to change due to material availability.

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In 1996, Forest River founder Peter Liegl had a vision. He foresaw an RV company dedicated to helping people experience the joy of the outdoors by building better recreational vehicles. After purchasing certain assets of Cobra Industries, the Company started manufacturing pop-up tent campers, travel trailers, fifth wheels and park models. Continually growing, Forest River now operates multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the United States producing Class A, B and C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, pop-up tent campers, truck campers, park model trailers, destination trailers, cargo trailers, commercial vehicles, buses, pontoons, and mobile restroom trailers.

Our large production capacity enables us to fill our customers' orders promptly without cutting corners or rushing through production procedures. This ensures that each Forest River product is conscientiously built and undergoes thorough, detailed inspection before it's shipped to the customer. This guarantees that every family who desires quality recreation will find a Forest River product that serves their needs, interests, budget, and lifestyle.

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  • Is Flagstaff the same as Rockwood ?
  • Why does Forest River build two nearly identical brands?
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  • Are other Forest River camping trailers the same as Flagstaff and Rockwood?

Is Flagstaff the same as Rockwood?

Except for certain material colors, yes. Flagstaff and Rockwood are sister brands made by Forest River . Both brands are built in the same factory with the same parts, specifications, and floor plans. The only difference between brands is the color scheme; Forest River uses different colors in the tent, body graphics, interior fabrics, and (sometimes) the linoleum floor and countertops to differentiate the two lines * . For every Flagstaff model there will be a corresponding Rockwood model ** (the model number will be slightly different, though-- details below ).

Here's the factory-provided brochure photos for the two brands:

2018 Flagstaff 627D vs. 2018 Rockwood 2716G

(2015, 2016, & 2018 models shown)

Occasionally we'll receive a Flagstaff camper with an errant Rockwood sticker or model number on it. Here's one example:

Rockwood sticker on a Flagstaff camper

Why does Forest River build two nearly identical camper brands?

For a few reasons:

1. To offer more variety (if only in terms of color scheme).

Flagstaff's color scheme may appeal to one person but not appeal to a second person. That second person may like Rockwood's color scheme better. In this case two choices are better than one.

2. To double-up the number of dealers in a given area.

RV dealers typically have a geographical area they serve and most manufacturers respect this "territory" so that their dealers don't have another dealer with the identical product right across the street. Although Flagstaff and Rockwood are the same camper, technically they are different brands. This allows Forest River to have two dealers with similar (but not--strictly speaking-- identical ) products in the same area. GM uses a similar approach with its Chevy and GMC trucks.

Rockwood pop-ups started in 1975. The parent company, Cobra/Van American, started Flagstaff as a "value line" in 1988. Rockwood had a few special models and trim packages that weren't available to Flagstaff dealers. So even though both brands were in the pop-up market and made by the same company, they didn't compete directly with each other in terms of offering identical products. So at the time it made sense to have separate dealers with their own, separate line of campers.

In 1996 Forest River bought Rockwood and Flagstaff and the two brands were standardized to the system we have today (where both brands have the same models and trim levels). Since the campers were now the same, one of the brands could potentially be discontinued and all campers be produced under the one surviving brand. However, the dealer network for each brand was already firmly established by this time. Instead of discontinuing one of the brands and possibly cutting half of their dealers, Forest River continued both brands even though any differentiation (besides color scheme and graphics) was gone.

Here's an example of the different graphics between Flagstaff and Rockwood:

2019 Flagstaff versus Rockwood graphics

Flagstaff and Rockwood corresponding series & model names

Models with a dark background are discontinued. They remain on this list to help with used purchase questions. ("I found a 2014 Flagstaff 207 on Craigslist--what is the Rockwood equivalent?" Here you go:)

Are other Forest River pop-ups the same as Flagstaff and Rockwood?

In 2002 Forest River acquired the Palomino brand. Forest River then acquired the Coachmen brand (including Clipper and Viking) in 2008. Although owned by Forest River, Palomino and Coachmen operate as separate divisions with their own manufacturing facilities apart from Forest River's original brands, Flagstaff and Rockwood.

These various brands share some items (like parts that benefit from commonality and volume purchasing) while other aspects (like floor plans, models, color schemes, and some specifications) remain distinct.

[Update 12-2018 --Please note Palomino no longer has tent campers listed on their website . We're keeping the Palomino references below for posterity.]

Variety - In 2016 Flagstaff and Rockwood offered 35 floor plans. With the upgraded 206LT , the custom-made 176 , and the shower variations of the MAC series' 228, 228BH, 228D, and 228BHSE, we were able to offer 41 Flagstaff models. By contrast, Clipper had 14 models ( Viking had the exact same floor plans, so 14 models) and Palomino had 12 models to choose from.

Exclusive models - Flagstaff and Rockwood have certain models that the other three brands don't have. (And Palomino, Clipper, and Viking have certain models that Flagstaff and Rockwood doesn't have). For example, the High Wall Series is only found with Flagstaff and Rockwood. Flagstaff, Rockwood, Clipper, and Viking all have a-frame campers, but Flagstaff and Rockwood have more a-frame models to choose from. Palomino had more off-road models to choose from but Flagstaff and Rockwood are the only brands with 8 1/2' toy-hauler decks. And on and on it goes...

While all five brands have some overlap with nearly identical models, each brand (or brand pairing: Flagstaff/Rockwood, Clipper/Viking) also has unique floor plans or features that no other brand has.

Another example of exclusivity involves the Palomino 14ULC. The 14ULC was a pop-up with a traditional pop-up box, roof, and tent sides but it's missing the bed ends. This would save on set-up time and weight but the trade off is less sleeping space. Palomino had an interior picture of the 14ULC showing a rear tent panel (in lieu of a bed):

2015 Palomino 14ULC

Aesthetics and major component comparison

Palomino had a slightly more spartan exterior than the other brands. The tan and black exterior with black wheels clearly differentiated Palomino from the other four brands. The powered roof vent (in the front of the camper on the left and on the rear of the camper on the right) was the same one used by the other four brands. The frame on the two campers below looks like the same Lippert frame used in Flagstaff's T-series and Rockwood's A-series. The one-piece door was also the same as almost all other Forest River pop-ups. The roof and body design was slightly different from the other brands.

2015 Palomino pop-up down

Inside, Palomino used the same Dometic fridge and Suburban furnace as the other brands. The Suburban stove was the same, too. The sink/galley arrangement was different from the other brands.

2015 Palomino interior

Clipper and Viking share the black-trim styling that Flagstaff and Rockwood use on their Classic/Premier series. The roof and bulbous body shape are different from Flagstaff/Rockwood curves. The bunk-end bed bow is rounder, too. The stepper door is similar to the one formerly used by Fleetwood camping trailers.

2015 Clipper and Viking tent campers open

The Clipper and Viking pictures directly above also show one of the more drastic differences between brands: the bed support system. Clipper and Viking use a cable-suspension system (instead of the traditional poles that attach under the bed and go to the frame) to hold the bed up.

Inside, Clipper and Viking use a Dometic fridge, Suburban furnace and stove-top, and Thetford cassette/toilet ◊ , just like Flagstaff and Rockwood. The metal stove cover is the same as Flagstaff's MAC and Rockwood's Freedom series (Flagstaff and Rockwood's Classic/Premier, High Wall, and T-series/A-series have glass tops as of 2014). The sink, faucet, and swing-down galley differ slightly in design but are similar in functionality. The one-piece door is the same as Flagstaff/Rockwood (except the LTD series).

2015 Clipper and Viking interior

Coachmen's Clipper and Viking brands share their floor plans but change their color schemes (just like Forest River does with Flagstaff and Rockwood). On the A-frames below, the roof (including windows and powered roof vent) looks the same as Flagstaff's, as is the rear window, baggage doors, and frame. The upper part of the entrance door has a larger window than Flagstaff/Rockwood but it doesn't look like it can open (while the Flagstaff/Rockwood door window can). Also, Coachmen uses a different style of front storage trunk than does Flagstaff/Rockwood.

2015 Clipper and Viking a-frame side-by-side

Clipper and Viking share brochure design, too:

Clipper and Viking brochure similarity

(All images above courtesy of Forest River, Inc.; 2015 & 2016 models shown )

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◊ On the model portrayed in this interior photo , that is. Not all Coachmen campers have a toilet/cassette installed inside.

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Flagstaff Shamrock Expandable Hybrid Travel Trailers

AN IRRESISTIBLE VALUE THAT WILL EXCITE YOU! Your perfect trailer awaits, tailored precisely to your needs. If you seek the allure of extended interior room, complete with lavish drop-down bunks featuring heated mattresses, the Flagstaff Shamrock stands ready to exceed your expectations with its superior quality and abundant amenities. Flagstaff effortlessly molds the comforts of home living with the enchantment of the great outdoors.

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GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) – is the maximum permissible weight, including cargo, fluids, optional equipment and accessories that can be safely supported by a combination of all axles.

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)* - is the typical weight of the unit as manufactured at the factory. It includes all weight at the unit’s axle(s) and tongue or pin and LP Gas. The UVW does not include cargo, fresh potable water, additional optional equipment or dealer installed accessories. *Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)** - is the amount of weight available for fresh potable water, cargo, additional optional equipment and accessories. CCC is equal to GVWR minus UVW. Available CCC should accommodate fresh potable water (8.3 lbs per gallon). Before filling the fresh water tank, empty the black and gray tanks to provide for more cargo capacity. **Estimated Average based on standard build optional equipment.

Each Forest River RV is weighed at the manufacturing facility prior to shipping. A label identifying the unloaded vehicle weight of the actual unit and the cargo carrying capacity is applied to every Forest River RV prior to leaving our facilities.

The load capacity of your unit is designated by weight, not by volume, so you cannot necessarily use all available space when loading your unit.

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2024 Flagstaff Shamrock Features & Options

* Due to the current environment, our features and options are subject to change due to material availability.

Exterior Features

  • Easy To Reach Lockable Bed Latch System
  • Solid Entry, Strut Assist Fold Out Entry Steps (N/A ROO183, ROO19. 233S)
  • Exterior Battery Disconnect Switch
  • Power Awning w/ Adjustable Rain Dump & LED Lighting
  • Tinted Frameless Windows
  • Magnetic Compartment Door Catches
  • Cable & Satellite Hookup
  • Outside Griddle w/ LP Hook Up
  • Friction Hinge Entrance Door with Window Shade & ScreenShot Screen Door
  • Large, Foldable Grab Handles (All Entrance Doors)
  • Outside Antifreeze Station
  • Black Tank Flush
  • 360 Siphon Vent Cap On All Black Tanks
  • Power Tongue Jack
  • Outside Speakers
  • Keyed Alike Locks
  • Electronically Controlled Heated Holding Tanks
  • 2" Accessory Hitch
  • Laminated White with Alloy Band Fiberglass Sidewalls
  • Outside Spray Port
  • AIR 360+ OMNIDIRECTIONAL ANTENNA / WITH WIFI PREP
  • 200W Roof Solar Panel with 1800W Inverter
  • Side Solar Prep

Interior Features

  • Screwed & Glued, Solid Wood Cabinet Doors & Drawers With Hidden Hinges, Metal Drawer Glides & Residential Hardware
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Interior 12V USB Outlet
  • Monitor Panel Switch Station with OneControl App
  • 55 AMP Converter with Charger
  • Ceiling LED 12V Interior Lighting
  • Fireplace (235S Only)
  • Quick Recovery Water Heater w/ Interior Gas/Electric Switches
  • Bunk Fan/Light Combo w/ Each Bed
  • Two Maxxair Ventilation Fans & Covers
  • Heated Mattress
  • 35K BTU Ducted Furnace
  • 15,000 BTU Ducted Air Conditioner
  • Night Roller Shades
  • Marine Grade Carpet in slides
  • Sedona Wood Cabinetry
  • Deluxe Tri-Fold Sleeper Sofa (235S)

Construction Features

  • Aluminum Cage Dinette & Bed Base
  • 6 Sided Aluminum Framed (Side Walls, End Wall, Front, Floor & Roof)
  • 5/8" Plywood Tongue & Groove Subfloor
  • Insulation Factors R-7 Side Wall, R-12 Floor & R-14 Ceiling
  • Radiant Foil Insulated Underbelly & Slide Out Floors
  • Enclosed Underbelly
  • Radius Roof w/ Interior Vaulted Ceilings
  • Vinyl/Rubber Composite Roofing Membrane
  • Vacuum Laminated One Piece Roof & Walls
  • Square Bunk Ends w/ Permanently Attached Tents
  • Aircraft Grade Cable Supports For Bed Ends
  • Interior & Exterior Composite Sidewall Construction

Towing Features

  • Rear Observation Camera Prep w/ Molded Mounting Plate
  • Easy Lube Axles & Nev-R Adjust Brakes
  • Torsion Axle, Rubber-Ryde Suspension
  • Nitrogen Filled, Goodyear Endurance Tires w/ Polished Alloy Wheels
  • TST Tire Pressure Monitor System w/ Monitor
  • Spare Tire w/ Carrier & Cover
  • 2 5/16" Ball

Kitchen Features

  • Three Burner High Output Gas Range with Flush Mount Glass Top Cover
  • 21" Gas Oven
  • Under Mount Double Bowl Kitchen Sink w/ Residential Style Faucet
  • Microwave Oven
  • Seamless Kitchen Countertops
  • 12V Refrigerator
  • Water Filter Supplied

Bathroom Features

  • Showermiser Water Saving System
  • Bathroom Skylight
  • Water Heater By-Pass Kit
  • Foot Flush Toilets
  • Maxxair Ventilation Fan & Cover
  • Slide Toppers
  • Gas/Electric Refrigerator
  • 2nd roof mount solar panel
  • Theater seat IPO Sofa (only 235S)

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