More isn’t always better, and although living or traveling in an RV presents challenges for space and storage, a smaller motorhome might be better.
Motorhomes under 30 feet are far more maneuverable, and can fit into just about any campsite at campgrounds around the U.S.
Class C motorhomes have the bunk above the cab and are often shorter than other types of RVs, providing plenty of sleeping and living space with a smaller footprint.
Shorter RVs are often more affordable, so you can hit the road sooner even if you have a limited budget.
They also feature all of the things you need for comfortable life on the road, and often have versatile functions and creative design to pack everything into a tinier space.
With so many brands and models of Class C motorhomes available, however, it can be overwhelming to find the best one for your needs and your budget.
So, what is the best Class C motorhome under 30 feet? I did some research to create a list of the top 10 Class C RVs for traveling and living on the go.
- 1. Winnebago View Class C motorhome
- 2. Coachmen Freelander Class C RV
- 3. Tiffin Wayfarer Class C Diesel Motorhome
- 4. Coach House Platinum III
- 5. Dynamax Isata 3 Series Class C Motorhome
- 6. Quantum Sprinter Class C RV by Thor Motor Coach
- 7. Jayco Melbourne
- 8. Forest River Sunseeker
- 9. Entegra Qwest
- 10. Thor Motor Coach Siesta
How We Selected The Best Class C Motorhomes Under 30 Feet
Being less than 30 feet, these motorhomes can fit into just about any RV park or campground.
They are more manageable to drive, and still offer plenty of interior space for sleeping and living.
I chose these motorhomes because they have some attractive features and are designed to use space in creative ways.
Class C RVs are different from Class A and Class B motorhomes in terms of size and design.
While Class A motorhomes are usually more luxurious, they can be harder to handle on the road or fit into some RV parks due to their size of around 40 feet long or more.
Class B RVs are significantly smaller, but can be cramped if accommodating more than two travelers.
The tinier footprint also sometimes doesn’t allow enough space for a bathroom or other features.
Since Class C motorhomes are somewhere in between, with more space and features packed into a medium-length footprint, they can be the ideal model of RV for families or couples.
Class C motorhomes are typically built on a maneuverable van or truck chassis, with an attached cab that has an interior-access overhang for a sleeping bunk or additional storage.
For these reasons, I wanted to look closer at the best Class C motorhomes that are 30 feet in length or shorter.
Beyond the length, I also considered things like:
- Placement and amount of sleeping spaces
- Floorplans and slide-out options
- Design features and upgrade options
- Materials (quality and durability)
- Handling and maneuverability when driving
Finally, I considered reviews from other RVers who have purchased and use their Class C motorhome for traveling or full-time living.
10 Best Class C Motorhomes Under 30 Feet
The top Class C RVs under 30 feet have all of the features you need for short-term travel as well as long-term living.
There’s so much packed into a tiny space! All of these motorhomes have bathrooms and the systems you will need for comfort on the road, including air conditioning, heating, and more.
Take a look at 10 of our favorite Small Class C Motorhomes Under 25 Feet.
1. Winnebago View Class C motorhome
- Sleeps 4
- Gross vehicle weight: 15,250 pounds
- 15,000 BTU air conditioner w/heat pump
- 20,000 BTU low-profile ducted furnace
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 30-37 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 41 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 41 gallons
- Price: Starting at $161,421
One of the best known RV brands is Winnebago, and there are several reasons why these motorhomes are so popular.
Unlike some of the other Class C motorhomes on this list, the Winnebago outlook is designed more for convenience and functionality versus luxury.
However, traveling and living in this RV is certainly comfortable. It’s equipped with all of the features you need, including a full galley kitchen, USB chargers, an HDTV and more.
With three different floorplans to choose from, all 25 feet and 6 inches in length, there are lots of options to make your Winnebago Outlook motorhome your own.
You can customize the layout of the queen bed (there’s a murphy bed option) and the convertible dinette as well as placement of the bathroom and seating areas.
2. Coachmen Freelander Class C RV
- Sleeps up to 8
- Gross vehicle weight: 12,500 - 14,500 pounds
- Even-Cool Ducting System with heat pump for 15,000 BTU Air Conditioning
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 48-50 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 28-34 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 29-31 gallons
- Price: Starting at $99,433
Quality components and high-class features are the standard for the Coachmen Freelander Class C motorhome, which offers models on either a Chevy or Ford chassis.
The RV is constructed with rot-resistant aluminum framing that’s both lightweight and weatherproof.
While price is a primary reason why many RVers choose the Coachmen Freelander for their overlanding expeditions, the variety of floorplans and family-friendly features are certainly noteworthy.
Coachmen class C Rvs offers over a dozen floorplans for Freelander models at under 30-feet, with most being around 27 feet long, but some floorplans, such as the 21RS or the 22XG being just over 24 feet long.
All models have congoleum vinyl flooring and other high-quality fixtures and materials throughout.
The Coachmen Freelander has a distinctive floorplan with a private toilet room in the rear bath, which is great for families traveling in the RV.
The freshwater tank also holds more than other motorhomes on this list, with a capacity of 50 gallons.
Most of the Coachmen Freelander floorplans can accommodate their “family friendly package”, which includes a child safety net, upgraded mattresses, and fans for the sleeping areas.
Sleeping space is a priority for their motorhomes, and models have residential-sized beds, a large sleeping bunk over the cab, and oversized convertible dinettes.
The Coachmen Freelander stands out from the other Class C motorhomes on this list because it can sleep up to eight.
The motorhome galley has a residential-sized double door Norcold refrigerator, a Magic Chef three-burner cooktop and range hood, oven, microwave, pantry and double-bowl sink.
There’s easy access to add an outside kitchen area complete with propane hookups under the included awning.
Coachmen also equips the Freelander with some great extra features for driving and living in the RV, such as an HDMI and USB charging station in the entry magazine rack, pre-wired satellite prep, and 60 - 100 cubic feet of exterior storage space.
In the cab, there’s a touch screen radio and backup camera.
3. Tiffin Wayfarer Class C Diesel Motorhome
- Sleeps 4
- Gross vehicle weight: 11,030 pounds
- 15 K Mid Air Conditioner with Heat Pump
- Complete Solar System with 170 Watt Solar Panel
- 30 K BTU Propane Ducted Furnace
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 32 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 33 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 28 gallons
- Price: Starting at $142,155
Tiffin specializes in Class A motorhomes, but they now offer a luxury Class C RV that is the epitome of traveling in comfort.
The motorhome is built on a Mercedes® Chassis, which features a reshaped grill, fenders, and lights. It’s easy to drive and fuel-efficient with a 3.0 6-cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine.
There are four floorplans available for the Tiffin Wayfarer Class C motorhome, and all are approximately 25 feet and 7 inches long.
The area above the driving cab can be used as a loft or an entertainment center, and there’s a floorplan that accommodates a convertible king-sized bed in the rear dinette.
You can even choose to have an exterior TV, and there are many other customization options to build your dream RV home.
The living areas have thoughtful design and modern amenities, such as custom hardwood cabinets and extra deep drawers, premium furnishings, high-grade linoleum flooring, USB ports and LED reading lights in the bedroom area.
The kitchen has a full setup, with a stainless steel sink, fridge, convection microwave, and two-burner cooktop.
4. Coach House Platinum III
- Sleeps 3
- Gross vehicle weight: 11,000 pounds
- 15,000 BTU ducted roof air conditioning w/heat pump
- 30,000 BTU furnace
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 31 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 28 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 19 gallons
- Price: Starting at $174,266
The Coach House Platinum III is a new model from Coach House, offering premium design and luxury for life on the open road.
Unlike most RV manufacturers, Coach House builds their motorhomes with a patented one-piece molded fiberglass shell.
The shell is mounted on the Ford Transit chassis and the vehicle is powered by a 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder Power Stroke turbodiesel engine.
You can choose from two floorplans, with either a convertible dinette or sofa bed option behind the cab. Both floorplans are 25 and a half feet long.
The bathroom is at the rear of the vehicle, with two twin beds and a full galley kitchen.
The Coach House Platinum III comes with some extras that set it apart from other Class C motorhomes, including a back-up video camera with color monitor, in-dash GPS system, and Wi-Fi 4G LTE w/booster.
5. Dynamax Isata 3 Series Class C Motorhome
- Sleeps up to 6
- Gross vehicle weight: 11,030 pounds
- Ducted, Low-Profile 15,000 BTU Air Conditioner with Heat Pump
- 20,000 BTU Furnace with Electronic Ignition
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 35 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 32 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 32 gallons
- Price: Starting at $156,000
The Dynamax Insata 3 Class C motorhome has everything you need, and it’s loaded with features for function and comfort.
It’s very luxurious at a price that’s more accessible than some of the luxury RVs on this list.
The motorhome is mounted on a Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter chassis with an aluminum truss structured roof crowned with a one-piece fiberglass skin.
Dynamax only offers two floorplans for the Insata 3 (both 24 feet, 7 inches long), but there are two additional floorplans available through dealers and one is 25 feet, 5 inches long.
There is premium vinyl flooring throughout the RV, with a soft touch padded vinyl ceiling and flush-mounted LED ceiling lights.
The dinette area features sprung-style seats that lift to access under-seat storage.
The modern aluminum windows all have coordinating treatments and blackout roller shades for privacy.
The Insata 3’s living area features hardwood Shaker-style cabinetry and full-extension, soft-closing drawers with HiddeHinges for sleek design.
In the galley kitchen, there’s a 7-cubit double door refrigerator, gas cooking range, convection microwave, and stainless steel sink.
Under-cabinet LED lighting helps make cooking easier, and the food preparation area expands with a countertop extension.
6. Quantum Sprinter Class C RV by Thor Motor Coach
- Sleeps up to 6
- Gross vehicle weight: 11,030 - 14,500 pounds
- 13,500 BTU Roof Front Air Conditioner
- Onan® RV QG 4000 Gas Generator
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 30-40 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 25-38 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 24.5 - 34.5 gallons
- Price: Starting at $125,700
Sleek, modern design and beautiful living spaces are the appeal with Thor Motor Coach, and their Quantum model is an exceptional motorhome for travel and living on the road.
It is built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with a 3.0-liter 188-hp V-6 diesel engine.
There are nearly a dozen different floorplans to choose from, although only four of them are for motorhomes under 30 feet.
That’s still a good selection to consider, especially since the Thor Motor Coach RVs feature a one-of-a-kind front living room layout.
The driver and passenger cab seats swivel into the living area, and with the theater seating and dinette slide space, there’s plenty of space for six to converse comfortably.
Just off the dinette, there’s a small but very functional galley with a refrigerator, convection microwave, and pantry. There are wall cubbies throughout the motorhome for storage.
The bathroom is fully equipped with a toilet, shower and sink, and the bedroom has a full-sized bed and wardrobe.
The Thor Motor Coach Quantum also has some helpful features for working on the road, such as a Winegard® ConnecT™ 2.0 4G LTE Router & WiFi Extender, wall cubby with net and a USB charging port, and a USB charging port at the dinette area.
7. Jayco Melbourne Class C RVs
- Sleeps up to 6
- Gross vehicle weight: 11,030 pounds
- 13,500 BTU Air Conditioner
- 30,000-BTU auto-ignition ducted furnace
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 39-43 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 31 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 31 gallons
- Price: Starting at $76,995
For functional layouts and all of the necessary features at a more affordable price, the Jayco Melbourne is an excellent choice for a motorhome.
It’s built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van base chassis, with a V-6 Turbo 188 HP diesel engine, electronic fuel injection and 325-pound torque.
A one-piece seamless fiberglass front cap covers the cab area for streamlined design and aerodynamics.
Two different floorplans are available at just over 25 feet long, with two pop-outs or just one.
The bathroom can be located either at the rear passenger side of the RV with the bed and dinette pop-out on the driver’s side, or in between the living area and the bedroom.
There’s a full pass-through storage compartment and plenty of storage throughout.
The Jayco Melbourne has some top-of-the-line amenities included, such as keyless cab entry, 84” interior height with a soft touch vinyl ceiling, full linoleum flooring and raised panel hardwood cabinetry.
There are safety belts in all seating areas, pleated blackout shades, and stylish window valances.
The residential-inspired bathroom has a lightweight laminate countertop, glass door shower with a skylight, and plenty of storage.
In the cab, the RV features swivel driver and passenger seats, heated remote control sideview mirrors, rear backup camera and monitor, and a privacy curtain.
The galley kitchenette is convenient and compact, with a flip up countertop extension, an 8 cu. ft. gas/electric refrigerator, 2-burner drop-in cooktop with flush cover, convection microwave, pull-out sprayer for the sink, and a versatile wooden sink cover/ cutting board.
The Jayco Melbourne comes with an electric patio awning with LED light strip and even an outdoor shower.
8. Forest River Sunseeker Class C Motorhomes
- Sleeps up to 6
- Gross vehicle weight: 10,360 - 11,030 pounds
- 13,500 BTU ceiling ducted roof air conditioning
- 30,000-BTU furnace
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 35-44 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 30-39 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 28-39 gallons
- Price: Starting at $77,995
If you are looking for options, the Forest River Sunseeker has a lot to choose from.
There are nearly 20 floorplans for motorhomes under 30 feet, and choices for either a Ford, Chevy or Mercedes-Benz chassis.
All five Sunseeker MBS models are less than 30 feet long and range from 24 feet, 8 inches long and 25 feet, 5 inches long.
Both Sunseeker TS models are also less than 30 feet long, at either 25 and a half feet or just over 26 feet long. Several of the models also offer slide-outs for more interior space when parked.
One of the attractions of the Sunseeker is the unique split-level design, which provides maximum headroom inside.
There is pass-through storage offered on every floorplan, and all models are “Certified Green” by TRA Certification.
The interior features offered on the Forest River Sunseeker are definitely attractive.
In the galley kitchen, all appliances are upgraded stainless steel, with a recessed 3-burner cooktop that has a flush glass cover, convection microwave, 10.7 Cu. ft. 12V refrigerator, flip-up countertop extension, and full extension ball bearing drawer guides for all drawers.
There is plenty of sleeping space throughout as well. The queen size bed has an upgraded memory foam mattress, the dinette and sofa convert to a bed with two large storage drawers, and you can also opt for a cabover bunk.
The bathroom has a lightweight composite toilet and shower door, and the shower features a skylight and a high pressure oxygen infused shower head with a flexible extension for convenience.
Add-on options are also available, including a solar powered 12V charging system and you can easily add more panels.
9. Entegra Qwest sprinter-style Class C diesel motorhome
- Sleeps up to 4
- Gross vehicle weight: 14,500 pounds
- 15,000-BTU low-profile air conditioner
- Auto-ignition 20,000-BTU ducted furnace
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 42.5-47 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 40-41 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 31-32 gallons
- Price: Starting at $84,985
The Entegra Qwest is another Class C Motorhome with models available under 30 feet. It is built on a fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz 3500 chassis with the V-6 Turbo 188 HP diesel engine with electronic fuel injection and 325-lb. Torque.
There are five different floorplans for RVs under 30 feet, and all are 25 feet, 2 inches in length.
Your choice of floorplan will depend on the size of bed you want (including options for a queen-sized bed or two twin sized beds) and placement of the bathroom.
There’s even an option for a larger bathroom and convertible sofa that transforms into a queen bed.
Entegra Coach’s Qwest model also has some unique differentiators from some of the other Class C motorhomes on this list.
There’s a 10” Mercedes infotainment display with lane assist, collision avoidance and GPS. The RV is equipped with upgraded LED headlights, full-body paint and an automotive-bonded windshield.
Inside, the motorhome is built out with modern European curved cabinetry, woven vinyl flooring, a soft-touch vinyl ceiling, high-intensity LED ceiling lights, and day/night roller shades. The driver and passenger seats are crafted with ultra leather.
In the kitchen, all storage is crafted with Tecnoform high-gloss cabinetry, and galley fixtures include a 2-burner drop-in cooktop with flush cover, Stainless convection microwave, 6 cu. ft. gas/electric/12 volt refrigerator, and a stainless steel sink with a solid wood sink cover/ cutting board.
Depending on your motorhome model, your eating area will include an Entegra-exclusive easy operation legless dinette table or U-shaped dinette with stow away pedestal legs.
There’s an outdoor shower and aluminum skirt-hung baggage doors for extra exterior cargo.
10. Thor Motor Coach Siesta Sprinter Class C RV
- Sleeps up to 4
- Gross vehicle weight: 11,030 pounds
- 15,000 BTU Low-Profile Air Conditioner with Heat Pump
- Onan® RV QD 3200 Diesel Generator
- Fresh Water Tank Capacity 30-42 gallons
- Gray Water Tank Capacity 24-38 gallons
- Black Water Tank Capacity 22-38 gallons
- Price: Starting at $70,000
With its compact yet versatile design, the Thor Motor Coach Siesta model is another fantastic Class C motorhome under 30 feet.
The Thor Siesta is built on a Mercedes-Benz 3500 chassis, with a diesel Turbo engine.
The Siesta model comes in four different floorplans, most being 25 feet and 10 inches long, but the 24SS model is 24 feet, 11 inches in length.
There are options for a full, queen or twin sized bed with a king bed conversion. You can also opt to have a sofa with a queen-size murphy bed conversion. The bedroom even has a 12-volt outlet for a CPAP machine.
The cab has all of the features you need for comfort on the move, with swivel leatherette captain’s chairs and even a side view camera system.
In the living space, the Siesta Class C motorhome has residential vinyl flooring, a soft-touch vinyl ceiling with 80” of interior height, LED lighting, and a manual Euro-Skylight to let in the natural light.
There are four different options for your dinette configuration, depending on the floorplan you choose.
You can have a leatherette Dream Dinette® booth with footrests, a leatherette dinette with two storage drawers, a leatherette sofa and murphy bed conversion, or a leatherette tri-fold sofa with a removable pedestal table.
Throughout the RV’s interior, there is high-gloss glazed cabinetry with solid wood raised panel doors for storage, and roller shades on each of the windows for privacy.
In the kitchen, the Siesta is fully equipped for comfort and function.
There is a double door refrigerator with stainless steel inserts, a two-burner gas cooktop with a protective glass cover and task lighting, a convection microwave, and solid surface countertops with a flip-up extension.
The sink features a large, stainless steel single bowl with a cover.
The bathroom is also thoughtfully designed for comfort in a small space, with a foot flush porcelain toilet, solid surface countertop, and a 12-volt fan.
Your Siesta motorhome comes with either a glass door or a curved rod and curtain for the shower.
Advantages of Motorhomes Under 30 Feet
There are several reasons why a shorter motorhome is more convenient. Although there’s less interior space than with a Class A or larger Class C RV, functional and versatile floorplans and features offer comfortable living space even when traveling as a family.
Some of the biggest advantages of having a Class C motorhome under 30 feet include:
- It’s easier to drive and maneuver into camping spaces
- It fits in smaller campsites
- It’s a more affordable up-front investment
- It has improved gas mileage since it’s smaller and more lightweight
- It has more capabilities for remote camping, off-roading and snow driving
Have You Found Your Perfect Class C Motorhome?
All of the Class C motorhomes mentioned in this list are under 30 feet, but still offer all of the necessary features for function and versatile design.
Some manufacturers even provide add-on features to make your small-sized RV more luxurious and spacious.
You can maximize your space with slide-outs and creative storage solutions, and still sleep everyone comfortably.
There are a nearly endless amount of options for RVs under 30 feet, so it all depends on the features that are most important to you.
Do you need a dinette and a sofa, or will one or the other suffice? Do you need a sleeping bunk above the cab, or do you prefer to invest in a state-of-the-art entertainment system for that space?
Most of the options on this list come with an awning for your outdoor living space, but you may want to upgrade to have an exterior TV or outdoor cooking space as well.
When you’re ready to start the process of purchasing your dream Class C motorhome, you might want to look at older, used versions of the model you have in mind.
While you won’t get to customize the colors and add-on features, you’ll still be able to find a high-quality RV and you won’t have to spend as much. Check out sites like RVtrader.com or Camping World for some great used models.