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8 Best Small Class A RV Motorhomes

Love the Class A look and feel, but not the big bus size? Well, finding a small Class A RV is easier than you may think. There are several under 30 feet long that are perfect for individuals, couples, or families. They check all the boxes of a larger Class A in a smaller, more manageable package. 

We’ve highlighted eight of the best options on the market. Keep reading to find out why seeing the country through one of their big front windows is the makings of a great road trip. 

The Thor Axis is one of the smallest Class A Motorhomes on the market.

Small Class A RVs: How Small Do They Get? 

You may think you need a Class C to get a motorhome under 30 feet, but you can find a gas-powered Class A from 25’ 6” to 32’ 2” long.

The smallest Class A motorhomes on the market are the Thor Axis 24.1 and Vegas 24.1. These models are essentially the same RV with different names and paint jobs. Both models measure in at 25’ 8” bumper-to-bumper.

A small Class A RV typically has more clearance too. The Thor Axis 24.1, for example, has an exterior height of 11’ to the top of the air conditioner. Some larger Class A models can be up to 14’ tall.

8 Best Small Class A RVs

Here are our favorite small Class A RVs that just look fun to drive.

1. Thor Axis 24.1 / Vegas 24.1

  • Length: 25’ 8”
  • Height: 11’
  • GVWR: 12,500 lbs.
  • Cargo carry capacity of 6,000 pounds
  • Hitch Rating: 8,000 lbs
  • Sleeps: 5 people
  • Ford® E-Series Chassis with a 7.3L V8 engine using a TorqShift® 6-Speed Automatic with Overdrive Transmission
  • MSRP: $169,350

The Thor Axis 24.1 is the shortest Class A on our list. It may appear small on paper, but it has plenty of elbow room and storage space. There are two twin beds in the rear, a bunk over the cab, and a sofa bed on the living slide-out. 

Its full bath is on the smaller side, but the double doors open it up when you need extra room. Additionally, one feature we like is the Home Collection™ interior option for those who want a more modern farmhouse decor.

It has a hitch weight rating of 8,000 pounds, although its GCWR only allows for up to 18,500 which is only 6,000lbs more than its GVWR, so you’ll have to keep an eye on your weights.

2023 Thor Axis 24.1 Floorplan

2. Fleetwood Flair 28A 

  • Length: 29’ 3”
  • Height: 12′ 4″
  • GVWR: 16,000 lbs
  • Sleeps: 6 people
  • Ford 7.3L V8, 350 Horsepower / 468 lb. ft. Torque

The Fleetwood Flair 28A has two slide-outs and lots of seating and sleeping space. If you travel with up to six people, this small Class A RV is a great option. 

The master bedroom in the rear has a king-size bed and full bath. There’s a sofa sleeper in the living area, a dinette drop-down bed, and a queen-size drop-down bed over the cab. The kitchen also has ample space and a residential fridge. Plus, it has 70 cubic feet of exterior basement storage.

Fleetwood Flair Class A RV
Take up to six people on your next adventure in a Fleetwood Flair.
Source: Fleetwood RV

3. Thor ACE 29D

  • Length: 30’ 9”
  • Height: 12′ 2″
  • GVWR: 18,000 lbs
  • Hitch Rating: 8,000 lbs
  • Sleeps: 6 people
  • Ford® E-Series Chassis with a 7.3L V8 engine
  • MSRP: $189,750

Thor’s ACE 29D has an additional drop-down bunk over the cab and a 68” dinette seating area. The kitchen equipped with a 12V DC double-door refrigerator, 3-burner gas cooktop and oven, and microwave. The ACE 29D also has an exterior kitchen for those who prefer to cook in the great outdoors.  

Thor ACE 29D
The Thor ACE 29D is perfect for RV camping across the country.

4. Winnebago Intent 28Y (Dealer Stock and Used Only)

  • Length: 28’ 11”
  • Height: 12′
  • GVWR: 18,000 lbs
  • Cargo carrying capacity: 5,000 pounds
  • Hitch Rating: 5,000 lbs
  • Ford F53 Chassis with a 7.3L PFI V8 engine
  • MSRP: $122,000

The Winnebago Intent 28Y has three slide-outs – one in the rear bedroom, one for the dinette, and one for the kitchen on the opposing side. For sleeping, it has a queen bed, a dinette drop-down bed, and a loft bed over the cab. Moreover, the kitchen features an L-shaped counter and a residential fridge. The hallway from the kitchen to the bedroom has a sliding door, allowing even more room to move. 

Winnebago also offers a light interior decor that makes a small space look and feel bigger than it is. Don’t worry about sleeping on an incline either because Winnebago also equips the Intent with automatic hydraulic leveling jacks.

winnebago intent small class a
The Winnebago Intent comes with three slide-outs for a spacious interior.

5. Jayco Alante 27A

  • Length: 29’ 11”
  • Height: 12′ 5″
  • GVWR: 18,000 lbs
  • Sleeps: 6 people
  • Ford F53 Chassis with a Triton 7.3L EFI V8 Premium
  • MSRP: $172,418

The Jayco Alante 27A has two slide-outs, a 66×76 RV king bed, and a full bath. The living area includes a dinette with a TV lift and a jack-knife sofa.

6. Winnebago Sunstar 29V / Vista 29V

  • Length: 30′
  • Height: 12′ 1″
  • GVWR: 18,000 lbs
  • Cargo carrying capacity: 7,000 pounds
  • Hitch Rating: 5,000 lbs
  • Sleeps: 8 people
  • Ford® F53 Chassis with Driver Confidence Package
  • 7.3L PFI V8 engine, TorqShift™ 6-speed automatic transmission
  • MSRP: $203,131

The Winnebago Sunstar 29V and Vista 29V are the same small class A RV. They have one mega full-wall slide out on the driver’s side. Full bath and a 72×75 king bed make up the rear, while 3 more convertible beds make up the front living space.

In this small motorhome, you’ll have your choice of places to sleep with a drop-down dinette, an optional loft bed above the cab, or an optional sleeper-sofa. If you decide you don’t want the sleeper-sofa, you can choose theater seating instead. 

winnebago sunstar
Cruise from coast to coast in a Winnebago Sunstar.

7. Jayco Precept 29V (Dealer Stock or Used Only)

  • Length: 32’ 2”
  • Height: 12′ 7″
  • GVWR: 18,000 lbs
  • Cargo carrying capacity: 75,500 pounds
  • Hitch Rating: 5,000 lbs
  • Sleeps: 6 people
  • Ford® F53 Chassis with a 6.8L Triton EFI V10 engine
  • MSRP: $203,131

Jayco’s Precept 29V is similar to the Winnebago Sunstar 29V in that it has a mega slide, creating a much larger living area, but the Jayco is about two feet longer.

Jayco Precept 29V
The mega slide on the Jayco Precept gives this small Class A RV extra interior space.

It sleeps up to six people and has a king bed in the rear bedroom. The dinette has a drop-down bed, and it comes with a sofa bed. A drop-down bunk over the cab is also an option. The full bath has the most counter space we’ve seen in an RV this size. Plus, the Precept 29V has an exterior kitchen and entertainment center.

8. Coachmen Euro

  • Length: 27′ 9″
  • Height: 11′ 1″
  • GVWR: 16,000 lbs
  • Cargo carrying capacity: 2,000 pounds
  • Hitch Rating: 8,000 lbs
  • Ford F53 7.3L V8 Chassis® F53 Chassis with a 6.8L Triton EFI V10 engine
  • MSRP: $218,000

The Coachmen Euro made its RV show debut at the 2024 Florida RV Supershow. It has a sleek look and advanced features. That combined with the unique compact design makes this a Class A RV like no other. The Coachmen Euro has ceiling height and massive windows for a spacious interior, plus a king-sized bed and a convertible sofa, 300 watts of solar with a controller to power the impressive range of appliances, and plenty of storage space.

Pro Tip: We saw the Coachmen Euro at the Florida RV Supershow and shared some insider info on this impressive rig.

Coachmen Euro RV Series at Florida Super Show
We were majorly impressed by the Coachmen Euro RV Series we looked at while at the Florida Super Show.

Benefits of Small Class A RVs

The benefits of small Class A RVs are numerous. For one, they can be comfortable and efficient at the same time. You also get the look and features of a larger rig while gaining the ability to go more places. 

Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway or fitting into some National Park sites may not be possible with an RV longer than 30 feet. A small Class A motorhome gives you more places to park, better gas mileage, and a more comfortable ride overall.

Is a Small Class A RV in Your Future?

We hope this list helps you find a small Class A RV that fits your needs. Each listed RV has features that we didn’t cover, so further research the most eye-catching models.

Here’s the bottom line: It’s possible to get the luxury of a Class A RV in a small, efficient, and comfortable package. Which will you choose?

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Doug Donnelly

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I am frustrated: ALL of the small Class A's on your list claim to have a "Queen Size Bed," but the beds are all 74" or 75" long. A true queen bed is 60 X 80. For those of us who are taller (I am 6' 3") a "short queen" aka "RV Queen" is simply not long enough. How about a listing of RVs having a true queen bed vs. those with a "RV Queen?"

Mortons on the Move

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

You are very right and we ever wrote an article about mattresses already, https://www.mortonsonthemove.com/rv-mattress-sizes/ I will work on adding / correcting this info.

chris

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

It all depends on the quality you are willing to pay for. The number 1. Is Prevost they are head and shoulders above anything out there number 2&3 are Newell and Foretravel which is 2 and 3 depends on what you own. Also you didn't mention Allegro Just saying

KT C

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Why don't small class As have rear diesel engines?

Mortons on the Move

Monday 22nd of March 2021

That's a good question. I am not positive of this but I think it has a lot to do with weight distribution. With such a heavy engine behind the rear wheels you need enough weight up font to keep the steer axle solid. There have been a few small diesel pusher builds around the 28-30 foot mark like the safari treks and I think Tiffen built one. Everyone I have talked to that owned them said they had to travel with full water (Tank up front) or they drove terrible. Lastly it probably has some to do with price. When paying for a powerful diesel, air suspension etc, the cost to make a smaller rig does not line up for most buyers.

Robert Paris

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Why did you'all opt for a fifth wheel instead of the Class A' s ?

Mortons on the Move

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Long story but primarily because we have always towed trailers so it was most comfortable for use. We also prefer the home-like feel of the fifth. If you are trying to decide between RV's there is a lot to think about and we cover things you need to think about in our course on RV buying. https://www.rvmasterclass.com/course/rv-buyers-bootcamp/

Diane

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Newmar bay star has more than one short one that are far better quality than all these, actually have good cargo capacity and all have large tanks too

Mortons on the Move

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Thanks for sharing, Diane. The Newmars look like a good option as well. :)