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Life on the road is an exciting adventure, whether you are taking a short road trip or full-timing it. There are tons of decisions to make about your adventures, but one of the most important choices is what type of RV you’re going to buy.
The type of RV that you buy is going to depend on a lot of factors, including where you’re headed, who you’re traveling with, and the kinds of accommodations that you want to have. Take a look at this list of the different types of RVs out there so that you can best decide which one you want to buy.
Types of RVs – Motorhomes
Class A Motorhomes
These motorhomes come in either gas or diesel fuel-powered. Diesel-powered Class A motorhomes are also known as diesel pushers. These RVs are luxurious and large, making them a great home away from home, or even a great full-time home. With a Diesel engine, they typically run longer, but the downside is that they tend to be more expensive. They are a little quieter when going down the road since the engine is in the back, making for a more comfortable ride.
The Class A Gas RV is large and luxurious as well, offering another great option for a home on wheels. They are typically filled with essential living appliances such as refrigerators and washers and dryers, and many even have slide-outs, providing extra living space when parked. The engines are normally in the front between the driver and passenger so it can be a little loud and warm when driving.
If you like the idea of a motorhome but have a motorcycle or some other toys you would like to bring then a Toy Hauler motorhome is the right choice. There are only a few models available since it reduces your living space even more than a traditional motorhome.
People who purchase a Class A motorhome type of RV also normally have a smaller vehicle to get around the local area. They are normally towed behind the motorhome on all 4 wheels (flat towed), with 2 wheels up on a dolly, or in an enclosed car trailer. Sometimes a passenger will drive the small car so they do not need to tow it behind the motorhome.
Class B Motorhome
These are camper vans, smaller than other types of RVs, and as easy to drive as a regular automobile. Typically measuring between 20-25 feet in length, camper vans have creative interiors that provide unique ways to store and hide living essentials such as swiveling chairs, fold-up sinks, and seats that convert into beds. With the limited space, the bathrooms are either not included or are wet baths. The smaller size allows for greater mobility and freedom on the road. You can normally fit in most parking lot spaces.
Class C Motorhome
Smaller than a Class A but larger than a Class B, the Class C Motorhome includes a distinguishing “cab-over” that provides a bed or storage. These RVs usually have normal features such as bathrooms, kitchens, and slide outs. These are a great middle of the road option. They have more liveable space to spread out in than a class B but you don’t have the major stress of a larger class A. They drive more like a truck than a bus so the learning curve is smaller.
Types of RVs – Fifth Wheels
Fifth Wheel Camper
A fifth-wheel trailer(sometimes spelled 5th wheel) is a towable RV with a raised section in the front that enables the RV to be towed with a hitch connection in the bed of a heavy-duty truck. The raised section is typically used as a bedroom with a full-sized bed or some floorplans have a kitchen or living room. They have a number of slide outs and are chock full of the usual home amenities with large living areas, making this type of RV a great choice for large families and full-time RVers.
Toy Hauler Fifth Wheel
Also known as sport-utility RVs, Toy Haulers were built with the intention of hauling outdoor motor toys such as motorcycles, four-wheelers, kayaks, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, golf carts, and really any outdoor toy. The large cargo area in the rear ensures that whatever is being hauled is secure and accessible, with doors that also act as a loading ramp. These RVs also include living space and home amenities, making them great for outdoor enthusiasts to travel in. Like the normal fifth wheel, they also connect to a hitch in the truck bed.
Types of RVs – Trailers
This is one of the most common types of RVs. Travel trailers are towable RVs that are connected to the tow vehicle by a hitch that extends from the front of the trailer. There is an abundance of floor plans available so that travelers can choose the living space that best suits their needs. They can come with many slide outs for more space and are very easy to detach.
Expandable Travel Trailer
The expandable travel trailer is essentially a combination of a traditional travel trailer and a pop-up camper. They come in a number of sizes and with various amenities, but the pop-ups that are included provide more room than a regular travel trailer.
These types of RVs have a hard base and canvas sides that pop up for a place to sleep. They are easy to be towed by any vehicle, they’re affordable, and they can fit a small family. Pop Up campers are a great choice for families who want to camp but are looking for a little bit of added comfort.
Teardrop trailers are tiny trailers that are pulled, provide a place to sleep and some storage, but don’t have room for anything else. For those who just want a place to sleep but are content with using the campground bathroom and cooking outdoors, a teardrop trailer is a great choice.
The truck camper is a smaller, removable RV that fits in the bed of an existing heavy-duty truck. They allow you to use your existing truck and camp almost anywhere. They can have landing feet so you are able to drop the camper off and go exploring without it. The can have a slide or two and make for a spacious area for one or two people who like to move quickly. Although small, they have everything you need to be self-contained including kitchens and bathrooms.