Tiny But Mighty: 5 Smallest Class A Motorhome Units

Have you ever wondered what the smallest Class A RV looks like? You know, those big motorhomes you see cruising down the highway. Well, we’re here to tell you about the smaller versions of them, mini small Class A motorhomes.

The smallest Class A motorhome units still have all the comforts of home. You’ll be surprised what these pocket-sized units pack into a small footprint. We’ll review 5 models that will make you seriously consider having one. 

5 World’s Smallest Class A Motorhomes

1. Thor Axis 24.1

Specs:

  • Length: 25′ 8″
  • Chassis: Ford E-350 extended wheelbase
  • Engine: 7.3L V8 gas engine
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 42 gal
  • Sleeps: Up to 5
  • MSRP: $169,350 USD

Why we love it:

We’ve spent time road testing some of the smallest Class A motorhome units on the market, and the Thor Axis 24.1 continues to impress us. At just under 26 feet long, it’s one of the shortest Class A RV models out there but still manages to feel spacious inside.

Plenty of natural light floods into the Axis through large windows, and the open-concept floor plan makes the most of every inch. It has a rear kitchen/bedroom layout that works great for two. The cab-over bunk saves space while providing extra sleeping for kids. Storage is abundant with cabinets overhead, below-counter, and in the bedroom.

The Axis is built on the sturdy Ford E-350 chassis. Powering down the highway with the 7.3L V8, we had no issues keeping up with traffic or climbing hills with our bikes in tow. Fuel economy was decent around 12 mpg, depending on how packed you are. Also, its compact dimensions make it easy to drive and park.

Comfort features like the air conditioner, water heater, and refrigerator performed well. We appreciated the inclusion of solar, Wi-Fi router, and multiplex controls. A minor quibble was the small bathroom, though the shower got the job done.

During our camping, the Axis proved cozy and livable. On rainy days, that cab-over bunk came in handy for playing games. However, storage for winter gear and additional amenities may be tight for full-timing.

The Axis 24.1 shows that you don’t need a massive motorhome to enjoy the RV lifestyle. If you want one of the smallest Class A RV rigs without sacrificing quality, we think this is one of the best choices for couples and small families.

2. Thor Vegas 24.1

Specs:

  • Length: 25’8″
  • Chassis: Ford E-Series
  • Engine: 7.3L V8 gas engine
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 42 gal
  • Sleeps: Up to 5
  • MSRP:  $169,350

Why we love it:

We recently had the pleasure of spending a week living in one of the smallest Class A motorhome units, the Thor Vegas 24.1. At just under 26 feet long, this little RV punches well above its weight. While compact in size, the Vegas 24.1 doesn’t skimp on features or livability.

Right away we were impressed by how efficiently Thor utilized every inch of space. The dual slide-outs maximized the interior, giving an open and airy feel much bigger than its modest exterior. Storage was abundant, with deep closets in the bedroom and well-designed cabinets throughout. We had no problem finding room for our belongings.

The residential vinyl floor felt warm underfoot and muted road noise nicely. With an 82-inch ceiling, the standing room was generous. We loved the modern furniture and lighting. The cockpit-style dash gives great visibility for driving. Ford’s powerful 7.3L V8 provided smooth power up hills without complaint.

Living day-to-day, we found the small conveniences like the coffee maker, convection microwave, and USB chargers really added up. The double-door fridge kept food fresher than our last rig. As “empty nesters”, the L-shaped dinette was perfect for games or work. With the slide extended, four could relax comfortably.

After long days outdoors, the bedroom proved dreamy. Behind closed doors, we felt secluded from the cabin. The large wardrobes meant no more digging for clothes. Late sleepers will appreciate the plush pillow-topped mattress. Getting ready each morning, the bath with an enclosed shower was heavenly.

The storage under the bed isn’t as cavernous as larger A-models, and standing showers are limited. Still, for couples seeking an affordable RV to see the country in comfort, this remains one of the best small Class A RV options available. Its quality, features and livability make it a brilliant choice.

3. Winnebago Intent 26M

Specs:

  • Length: 26′ 10″
  • Chassis: Ford F-Series
  • Engine: Triton / V10 gas engine
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 48 gal
  • Sleeps: Up to 5

Why we love it:

The Intent 26M is not the smallest Class A motorhome on the market, but it’s only around a foot longer than Thor Axis 24.1. The unit packs a surprising amount of amenities into its compact frame that’s just under 27 feet. 

The Ford F-Series chassis and powerful Triton V10 engine mean this small home on wheels has no problem getting you where you need to go. The 80-gallon fuel tank is huge for an RV this size too, so you can really take those long road trips without stopping for gas every other hour. Plus, with over 5,000 pounds of towing capacity, you can bring your toys along for fun.

Inside is surprisingly roomy for a small family or couples with occasional guests. The slide-out really opens things up, giving you plenty of space to relax, cook, and spread out in the living area. 

We were impressed by how much counter and cabinet space you get in the galley for such a compact floor plan. And the rear master bedroom offers a comfy queen bed plus loads of closet storage.

Of course, no RV is perfect. The shower is on the smaller side as you’d expect, and taller folks may find the ceiling a bit low in areas. But overall comfort and convenience really shine through considering its pint-sized stature.

The Winnebago Intent was discontinued, but that just means you can get a used rig for a real steal. And with quality construction by Winnebago, it’ll last you for years of camping adventures. 

4. Jayco Alante 26X

Specs:

  • Length: 28′ 5″
  • Chassis: Ford F53 chassis
  • Engine: 7.3L V-8 engine
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 53 gal
  • Sleeps: Up to 6
  • MSRP: $163,418 USD

Why we love it:

The Jayco Alante 26X is one smooth-riding little motorhome. As one of the smallest Class A motorhome units on the market, you might think it would feel cramped inside, but it’ll prove you wrong. 

Powered by a sturdy 7.3L V8 engine, this coach feels rock solid as you roll down the highway. Thanks to Jayco’s exclusive “JRide” suspension, bumps will not bother the occupants inside. 

And that Ford F53 chassis means a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, so you can bring along the cars, boats, or toys without breaking a sweat.

Two slide-outs open up a living space that had us doing double takes. That extra-deep galley puts all your cookware and dishes right at your fingertips. And with an 8-cubic foot fridge, leftovers won’t go to waste. 

Across the way, the cozy lounge area converts to a guest bed in a minute. An optional theater seat even turns movie night into a luxury experience.

If you thought small meant inadequate facilities, think again. That 5-foot-7 shower looks like it belongs in a palace, and the walk-around queen bed leaves plenty of room to relax. Storage seems endless too, from the massive basement to all the nooks and crannies Jayco cleverly designed in.

At just under $165k, the Alante gives you big motorhome amenities without the big price tag. It’s perfect for couples or families who still want to explore without breaking the bank. 

5. Safari Trek 2480 Pathmaker

Specs:

  • Length: 24′
  • Chassis: Chevy 3500 
  • Engine: 6.5L Turbo diesel engine
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 80 gal
  • Sleeps: Up to 4

Why we love it:

As one of the last diesel-powered smallest Class A motorhome models, the Safari Trek 2480 Pathmaker is a real gem. You won’t see any small Class A motorhome diesel engine these days due to weight distribution problems. 

The Pathmaker has been discontinued a long time ago. But if you can get one from the secondhand market, you’ll realize that a 6.5L turbo diesel engine under the hood feels much punchier than a gasser. 

Powering down the highway towing our car, we really appreciate that torque from this smallest diesel Class A RV. It just glides down the road without any sign of strain. And imagine our surprise fitting this rig into spots other Class A’s couldn’t dream of. The 24 footer length means you’ll open up a whole new world of campground parkings.

Living space inside feels surprisingly roomy too. That queen bed overhead and fold-out couch give plenty of sleeping options for couples or small families. 

Between the well-stocked kitchen, roomy bathroom, and conversation-pit lounge, you won’t find yourself tripping over each other. Storage is well-designed too with drawers, cabinets, and under-bed space.

We have to admit, diesel maintenance can get pricier as these older rigs age. But finding someone to work on the Chevy drivetrain parts means less headaches there too. And at the end of the day, nothing rides or handles like a diesel pusher. Those who’ve owned other small Class A’s have to agree that gas engines just can’t match the dexterity of diesel’s low-end torque.

Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson is a seasoned RV traveler and professional mountain biker with a great sense of humor. After earning a Master's degree in Automotive Engineering from Columbia University, Scott spent years working as an RV technician at Camping World and Outdoorsy. Today, he enjoys exploring the US in his fifth wheel and truck with his wife. With over 15 years of RV living and road tripping experience, Scott now shares his knowledge and expertise as a travel blogger, helping others make the most of their RV adventures.

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