RV Tip: The different types of RVs

You’re ready to go out on the road and start your adventure. But what type of RV is the right choice for you and your family? There are so many types of RVs out there, what are the differences?

This article provides you an overview of the different types of RVs available and gives you a list of pros and cons for each type.

Class A

The Class A Motorhome is the largest type of motorhome on the road. They are the most expensive and are preferred by most full-time RVers. Class A is a home on wheels. The class A provides large living, sleeping and food preparation areas and built for long trips. The class A provides large storage tanks and a generator, which allows for longer trips away from utilities. The class A is available in either a diesel or gas engine configuration. Class A motorhomes are available in lengths from 30 to 45 feet.

Pros

  • The unit is self-contained and provides opportunities to stay away from utilities for longer periods of time
  • Features a larger living space
  • Easier to setup than most other types of RV
  • Offers an endless possibility for luxury items and upgrades

Cons

  • More expensive than other types of RVs
  • Maintenance cost can be much more expensive
  • You will need to take a tow vehicle on most trips
  • Operations costs such as gas and insurance is more expensive than other types of RVs
  • You may have limited option on RV park space availability for very larger units.
  • Can be a challenge to drive due to the size of the vehicle

 

Class C

The Class C Motorhomes are smaller than a Class A and priced lower. The class C is built for long trips and offers large living spaces, food preparation areas and sleeping quarters. These motorhomes offer storage tanks and generators, which allow you to be away from utilities for extended periods of time. The class C is built on an existing truck or van chassis. The class C is smaller than a class A and is available in sizes from 20 -35 feet long. They offer many options to make your travel experience more enjoyable. The class C is available in either diesel or gas configuration.

Pros

  • Cheaper than a class A
  • The unit is self-contained and provides opportunities to stay away from utilities for longer periods of time
  • Large living space
  • Adequate storage spaces
  • Additional sleeping capacity, most units tables, and couches convert to extra sleeping space
  • Easier to setup at campsite than a travel trailer

Cons

  • Can be a challenge to drive due to the size of the vehicle
  • Lower cost to operate and maintain than a Class A, but the price is still high
  • You will need a tow vehicle when taking most trips

 

Class B

Class B is a much smaller class of RV than the Class A and Class C. These Class B are build small and are often referred to as a “camper van.” The Class B is small and depending on the unit; you might not even consider it an RV. Class B offers the basics for traveling on the road like a sleeping area, sink, refrigerator, small cook area, air conditioning /heating and maybe a toilet and/or shower. The Class C is available in diesel or gas models.

Pros

  • Small and maneuverable, these RVs are more like driving a van or truck
  • Offer better gas mileage than the class A and class C
  • Operational and maintenance cost lower than class A or class C
  • Are more versatile and can go to many areas not accessible to larger RVs
  • No need for a tow vehicle
  • Simple to setup at campsite
  • Convenient for day or overnight trips

Cons

  • Small living area, not good for more than 1 or 2 people
  • Initial purchase cost is high
  • Does not offer options like larger units due to space restrictions
  • Small storage capacity

 

5th Wheel Trailer

The 5th Wheel Trailer is the largest option available in the trailer RV type. The 5th wheel is truly a home away from home. The 5th wheel offers large living, cooking, dining and sleeping spaces. The 5th wheel is available from 26-40 feet long. The 5th wheel is a towable vehicle using a gooseneck trailer hitch. The 5th wheel offers an endless verity of options and upgrades to make it feel more like a home.

Pros

  • Large living spaces
  • Features a lot of choices, feels more like a home. Example ceiling fans and tubs are available options
  • The gooseneck hitch is better and easier to use than a standard travel trailer bumper hitch.
  • Large storage areas available
  • Endless upgrades
  • Most units have auto leveling; this makes it easier to setup

Cons

  • You will need a heavy duty truck to tow a Fith Wheel
  • Less passenger space for long travels
  • Cost more than a standard travel trailer
  • More of a desition type travel trailer

 

Travel Trailers

The standard travel trailer is smaller than a 5th wheel and comes in lengths of 17-38 foot. The travel trailer is less expensive than a fifth wheel trailer and offers less home like amenities. The travel trailer offers less storage and smaller living areas. Most travel trailers offer the standard amenities like living area, cooking area, toilets, shower, refrigerator, sleeping area. Depending on the size of the travel trailer, they can be pulled by a truck, van or SUV.

Pros

  • Available in many sizes and styles
  • Can be towed with existing vehicle depending on the weight of the travel trailer
  • Less expensive than motorhomes or 5th wheel trailers
  • Towing vehicle is available for exploring your surroundings when traveling

Cons

  • Difficult to maneuver in tight areas
  • More difficult to setup and level at campsites than other RVs
  • Generally, do not support onboard generators
  • Small storage options

 

Popup / Folding Trailer

The Pop-up Trailer is a small travel trailer option. The pop-up trailer offers a small living space and compact essential options like cook area, sleeping area, and living area. Many do not provide a shower or toilet. The pop-up trailer is for short camping trips and weekend getaways. The pop-up trailer is a tent style RV and offers less protection from the elements than travel trailers. Most pop-up trailers are light and can are towable with a car, truck, SUV or van.

Pros

  • Light weight and compact
  • Inexpensive to operate
  • Convenient for quick weekend trips

Cons

  • Very limited storage space
  • Not built to withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Limited living space
  • Possible failure of hinge folding components
  • Harder to set up at campsite

 

Toy Hauler

The Toy Hauler is available in either a trailer or motorhome version. This type of RV offers a smaller living space, but space available to load cars, motorcycles or ATVs.

Pros

  • Ability to bring your toys with you and still have a small living space
  • Dual purpose
  • Provides a portable garage
  • Offers more space for storage

Cons

  • May expose people to dangerous chemicals and fumes from the garage area
  • Depending on the configuration, may provide fewer amenities due to space constraints
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