The Different Types of RVs Explained: A Helpful Guide

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Did you know that over 46 million Americans plan to take an RV trip in the next 12 months? If you are going to be one of these millions and you don’t have an RV yet, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed on which one to choose. We have put together this guide to show you the different types of RVs you can choose from.

Keep reading to learn all about RV styles to help you feel a bit less overwhelmed.

  1. Class A Motorhome

We will start with the largest RV that has a built-in engine so that you can drive it around where you please. Class A’s come in either a gas option or a diesel option and there are many models to choose from at RV dealers like Leisurelandrvcenter.com. They are popular for people that want to take long trips because they offer all of the amenities from home.

You will find residential style refrigerators, microwaves, and sometimes even dishwashers. Some Class A motorhomes have up to five slideouts, which give the RV even more room while you are parked.

A bonus to opting for a Class A is that there is plenty of storage underneath. Very similar to buses that have extra compartments under the chassis. Most motor homes will come in 30′-40′ in length.

  1. Class B Motorhomes

These are very popular because almost anyone feels comfortable driving a Class B because they are the size of vans. If you love adventure and want to fit anywhere without a problem, then this might be the best choice for you.

The great thing about a Class B is that you still have modern amenities like a bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom. Although everything is compact in size it is still a great choice for solo RVers or couples.

  1. Class C Motorhome

A Class C is in between a Class A and a Class B when it comes to size. These are easy to tell apart because they have a loft above the cockpit giving them a unique shape. Class C’s offer amenities like a Class A but on a smaller scale.

Modern Class C RV’s also have slideouts to give you more room when you park the RV. These are a great option for small families that want to get away but don’t want to drive something as large as a Class A.

  1. Fifth Wheel Camper

This is the largest type of towable RV. You will need a larger truck that can pull the weight of a fifth wheel. There is a special hitch that goes in the middle of the bed truck in order to pull it.

If you want to have plenty of room then a fifth wheel might be the way to go because they don’t only have a lot of room they also have tall ceilings. You might find some fifth wheels with up to six slideouts in some cases.

If your family is larger or you just love to have a complete house on wheels when you travel then a fifth wheel might make sense for you. The main thing is to make sure that your tow truck is able to handle the weight of the fifth wheel to avoid any accidents while you are driving down the road.

  1. Travel Trailers

Travel trailers are the most common towable camper purchased because they are smaller and lighter in weight. If you do not have a heavy-duty truck to pull a fifth wheel but you have a regular truck or a large SUV then you can use it to tow a lightweight travel trailer.

The weight can vary between less than 4,000 pounds to over 10,000 pounds. You will want to do your research on the weight your current vehicle can handle if you do not want to buy a new car.

There are many travel trailer options available and many have slideouts as well to give you more room after you reach your final destination.

  1. Pop-Up Campers

This type of RV is a great option if you are on a tighter budget. The great thing is that they are so light you can pull them with so many different vehicles. If you don’t want to tent camp but love camping then a pop-up camper will give you many of the amenities that come with “glamping.”

Many come with a tiny kitchen, a wet bathroom, and tables that turn into beds.

  1. Teardrop Trailers

This is another towable RV option. They are easy to spot because of their unique teardrop shape. For those looking for a quick getaway but with the basic amenities, a teardrop is great. You can opt for one that has a bed, kitchen, and wet bath or one with only a bedroom.

Usually, teardrops weigh less than 4,000 pounds and can easily be pulled around with an SUV.

  1. Toy Hauler

If you have toys that you want to take on vacation like golf carts, motorcycles, ATV’s, etc then a toy hauler might be right up your alley. These RVs have a garage in the back section where you can haul anything you want.

Most toy hauler RVs are fifth wheels but there are some that are available in a motorized Class A or in a travel trailer model.

Time to Choose Between the Different Types of RVs

Now that you have our guide showing you all of the types of RVs you can choose from, you can make an informed decision. Hopefully, you feel more confident while you are RV shopping and can decide which model will best fit your needs.

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