The decision to purchase an RV is no small task, and there’s so much to learn in the process. Whether you’re a RV novice or a RV connoisseur, there’s always something new to discover about motor homes.
There are many different ways to categorize RVs, but we’ll be dividing them into six in this article. It’s sort of a bird’s eye view of RV classes.
The main difference in all RVs is that you’re either towing something, or you aren’t. It sounds simple, but that’s the first step in understanding the differences in RVs. If you aren’t towing anything, that means you have access to the full RV and the engine and interior are on the same chassis. If you are towing, you’re pulling a trailer that has the living space behind you. It’s the size and features of each rig that differentiate them all, and that’s what we talk about here.
The biggest RVs on the road, Class As are huge homes on wheels. They can be simple or come with luxury kitchens, garages, pools and even helicopters. You get lots of space with Class As, and you can normally tow your vehicle behind it. But, they tend to be incredibly expensive, have low fuel efficiency, and have limitations on where they can travel due to their size and hookup needs. Here are our Class As we have available right now!
Class Bs are much smaller than the giant Class As and are sometimes called camper or sleeper vans. They are the smallest class of RVs, which means they’re more nimble than other classes. Their biggest drawback is that you don’t get the space you would with Class As and even Class Cs, but there are still quite a few on the road because they get great gas mileage for their size, are easy to drive, can fit in most parking spots and come with a four-wheel drive option. They don’t normally come with a lot of space. But these vans are strong and mighty. They can come with room to sleep up to six, bathrooms and dining areas.
An option between the two above, Class Cs are a midsize option for those that want the space of a Class A but the size and price of a Class B. Sleeping areas are often above the cab and in the back, and their slide outs are similar to those in a Class A. Class Cs often have a separate bathroom area, but many Class Bs do not. Class Cs also aren’t normally big enough to tow a vehicle, so keep this in mind while shopping. So, if you want a motor home that easy to drive, a big bigger than a Class B but still comes with many of the features, a Class C might be for you!
RV Towable Trailers
Now that we’ve discussed the different types of motor homes, let’s talk about your towable options.
The first thing to know about trailers is that you’ll need a separate and rather powerful vehicle to tow them with. For smaller trailers, a half-ton truck will probably work, but you’ll need closer to a ton truck if you choose a larger trailer. This is something to keep in mind if you don’t plan on having to purchase a new vehicle along with your rig.
Here are your options for towable RVs
Fifth Wheels – These are among the largest trailers, which means they’re some of the heaviest and even require a special hitch. Fifth wheels are also some of the most luxurious trailers.
Toy Haulers – Toy haulers, you guessed it, come with space for your larger “toy” like an ATV.
Travel Trailers – A wide variety of travel trailers are made in different sizes, shapes, measurements and floor plans.
Pop ups – Possibly one of the niftiest options, pop ups fold down to almost taking up no space at all, but still come with small kitchens and even bathrooms and showers. They must be unfolded before use, so if you don’t mind a bit of manual labor for set up and tear down, look into pop ups.
Remember to not rush into buying an RV. It is such an exciting time, but doing your research will serve you well. Don’t be afraid to try out a few RVs by renting or taking for a test drive before you buy. This way, you’ll have a truer sense of what traveling will feel like.
If you’re looking for a vessel to travel alone or with just one other person, a small camper van or travel trailer will do the trick. But, if you’re needing to transport a family of five across the country comfortably, a Class A is probably a better fit for you. It’s all about you and your personal needs. The different kinds of RVs to look at can be overwhelming, but the fact that there are so many to choose from is a good thing! It means there’s a rig out there that’s perfectly suits you. We hope this guide helps, and as always, contact us for any questions you have. Happy RV shopping!
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