When we were shopping for our first motorhome, I remember saying to Kait “let’s go look at some Class C RVs.” She immediately responded with a firm “no” and that was the end of that discussion.
When we look back on that moment, Kait and I both agree that if we had seriously considered small Class C RVs, things could have turned out very differently.
We can play the “what if” game all day, but the reality is, we have switched motorhomes twice since 2015. Now we’re shopping again and this time, we are taking a closer look at small Class C RVs under 25 feet.
Main benefits of small Class C RVs over Class B RVs:
- additional interior space with regards to height, width and length
- larger bathroom (wet or full bath)
- more storage inside and storage bays outside
- larger tanks (fresh water, gray tank, etc…)
Best Small Class C Motorhomes Under 25 Feet (A-Z)
This list contains all the small Class C RV manufacturers in alphabetical order. I hope you’ll find it useful in your RV shopping journey.
Note: some RV manufacturers label a small Class C RV as a Class B Plus RV. These small Class C RVs do not have the standard cab over body of a traditional Class C RV. However, they are still built on a cutaway chassis unlike a true Class B motorhome, which is built on a standard van chassis.
Airstream, a division of Thor Industries
Based in Jackson Center, Ohio. Inspired by the Airstream Interstate series, the Atlas is also built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis with what they highlight as a “residential-style bathroom” in the rear.
Big Foot RV
Based in Armstrong, British Colombia, Canada. Big Foot RV used to manufacturer Class C RVs. The Bigfoot 3000 motorhome series was built on the Ford Turbo Diesel with two models under 25 feet: 30MH24DB and 30MH24S. Search for used Bigfoot motorhomes on RV listing websites.
Today, the company manufacturers all season truck campers and travel trailers (watch Big Foot Travel Trailer Tour).
Born Free Motorcoach
Born Free Motorcoach built several small Class C RVs under 25 feet before the company closed its doors in 2017. Models to look for on the used market: Built for Two, President, or Reign. Born Free also manufactured wheelchair-accessible RVs.
Below is a walk-through we filmed of one of their used Class C RVs to give you an idea of the build quality and layout.
Based in Elkhart, Indiana. Chinook RV is know for their Class B RVs and will be entering the small Class C RV market with the Summit this year.
Based in Nokomis, Florida. The Coach House Platinum series is a one piece fiberglass body on three cutaway chassis options: Ford E-450 Super Duty, Mercedes Sprinter 3500, Ford Transit 3500 Turbo Diesel.
Coachmen RV, a Division of Forest River Inc.
Based in Middlebury, Indiana. You can find new and used small Class C motorhomes by Coachmen. Popular used models include: Freelander and Leprechaun. Newer models include the Cross Trek and Orion on the Ford Transit chassis and the Prism on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis.
Dynamax, a division of Forest River Inc.
Based in Elkhart, Indiana. The Dynamax Isata 3 on the Merceds Sprinter chassis offers several slide layout options to maximize space inside this small diesel motorhome.
Fleetwood RV, a division of REV Group
Based in Decatur, Indiana. Fleetwood has been manufacturing RVs since the 50s. If you’re in the market for a used small Class C RV, look at the Fleetwood Jamboree or Tioga. The Pulse built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis is the latest model from Fleetwood.
Forest River RV
Based in Elkhart, Indiana. Forest River makes the Forester series and Sunseeker series on the Chevy, Ford and Mercedes chassis. You can find the Lexington model on the used market.
Gulf Stream Coach
Based in Nappanee, Indiana. Gulf Stream Coach has been manufacturer RVs since 1983. The BT Cruiser is built on the Ford chassis and comes in a few layouts under 25 feet.
Jayco, a division of Thor Industries
Based in Middlebury, Indiana. The Melbourne series on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis are the smallest Class C RVs made by Jayco. We stopped by their factory in Indiana to learn more about the company and filmed a tour of the Melbourne.
Based in Montclair, California. Lazy Daze has been manufacturing quality Class C RVs since 1956. The manufacturer sells direct to customer with a loyal customer base. There is a one year wait for a new Lazy Daze Class C motorhome.
We toured the factory and were impressed with the build of their motorhomes. You’ll likely find this classic Laze Daze on display next to the brand new models.
Leisure Travel Vans
Based in Winkler, Canada. Leisure Travel Vans specializes in Class C motorhomes on the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter chassis. We had the opportunity to test out the LTV Wonder on the Ford Transit Turbo Diesel chassis. Watch the video tour below.
Leisure Travel Van used to make the Libero, a small Class C on the Chevrolet Express cutaway chassis.
Based in Saskaoon, SK, Canada. Pleasure-Way makes the Plateau series on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. You can find older small class C models such as the Excel and Lexor.
Based in Elkhart, Indiana. Phoenix Cruiser started out as a Class B RV manufacturer and expanded to small Class C RVs. You can find several used and new models under 25 feet.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas. The Ultra Brougham by Regency is built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis that comes in several layouts including a murphy bed on a slide.
Renegade RV, a division of REV Group
Based in Bristol, Indiana. Renegade RV is well known for their Super C motorhomes, but they also manufacture small Class C motorhomes. The Vienna and Villagio are both on the Mercedes Sprinter.
Based in Elkhart, Indiana. Thor Industries is a large RV manufacturer with several small RVs to choose from. Models include: Chateau, Compass, Four Winds, Gemini and Quantum.
Based in Red Bay, Alabama. Tiffin Motorhomes is a luxury Class A motorhome manufacturer entering the small Class C RV market. The Wayfarer built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis is over 25 feet with a slide.
Winnebago Industries, Inc.
Based in Forest City, Iowa. Winnebago is a well established RV manufacturer that has been making RVs since 1958. The more popular small Class C RV is the View/Navion on the Mercedes Chassis. Other new and used models include: Chalet, Fuse, Minnie, Minnie Winnie, Outlook, Porto, Rialta, Via, Vita
Watch our Winnebago View tour below.
If you know of other small Class C RV manufacturers that should be on the list, leave us a comment and we will update the list.
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Small Class C Alternative
An alternative to a small Class C RV is a truck camper setup. The main difference is the truck chassis is separate from the camper. Check out these lightweight truck campers mounted on a flatbed.
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