Summer is a great time for family vacations and many families are considering an RV. Shoppers need a basic understanding of the different types of RVs on the market. The terminology can be confusing at first and can cause new shoppers to have some anxiety. If this is you, do not worry. This article gives a basic description of different types of RVs.
Families that enjoy camping often move from a tent to an Recreational Vehicle (commonly called RVs). As you read this article about the different types of RVs, think about the needs of your family. Consider where and when your family is most likely to use it. Another consideration is how the recreational vehicle will be transported. Different types of Rvs come in many different brands. This article is going to cover the types of RVs on the market and will not cover the different manufacturers or financing.
Keeping the answers to these questions in mind will help you picture how the different types of RVs may suit your family. Also think about how often it is needed and how yours will be stored in the off season.
The broad types of RVs include motorized and trailers. We will discussed motorized versions first.
Known as the diesel pusher, motorcoach or bus. These are the very large RVs that you see driven on the highways. These are self-contained which means that you are literally driving your home on the highway. They can offer bedrooms, ice makers, washing machines, kitchens and all the comforts of home. An on-board generator provides electricity and a minimum of two tanks provide water and waste storage. The large size of a Class A can make them difficult to maneuver. For this reason, you will often see a car in tow.
Called a conversion van, a van camper, campervan. Class B campers are built on a van chassis. They are the smallest of all types of RVs and have a raised roof which provides space to stand. Most Class B styles have folding beds, kitchen space, a dorm sized refrigerator, self-contained toilets a tank for fresh water and another for waste. Some have on-board generators and almost all can be hooked up to campground electricity.
Next to a car pulling a trailer, this is one of the types of Rvs that gets better gas mileage than a Class A. Because these are made on a van chassis they can be used a secondary form of transportation at home.
These are essentially a scaled down version of the Class A. They are built on a truck chassis and are larger than a Class B. As such, they offer more amenities than a Class B. A sleep space is above the cab of the vehicle. Amenities offered usually include a back bedroom, kitchen, dining area, tanks, storage area, refrigerator and other comforts of home. Generators are common, hookups are standard.
The next of the types of RV is the travel trailer. These are pulled behind the vehicle and come in the following styles:
This is the largest of the different types of Rvs. They can be as large as a Class A and must be towed with a hitch that is permanently mounted to a truck. These provide tanks and all of the comforts of home that are listed for the Class A above. Fifth wheels can be difficult to maneuver and are often parked at campgrounds on a semi-permanent basis. They may have a generator or hook up to electricity at a campground.
Often called folding campers or pop-up campers, these are the types of RVs that are the least expensive to own and operate. They generally provide sleeping space for 4-6 people, a small kitchen, refrigerator or icebox and heat plus a small dining table and benches. They can be hooked up to electricity.
Sports Utility Trailers
These are for people who want to go off road and stay there. It's part SUV and part Class B. These are usually four-wheel-drive vehicles and most often have generators if not solar panels. Tanks, electrical hookups (for the few times that the sports utility trailer isn't off-road), fold down beds and other amenities of a Class B are typical.
These are mounted on the back of a pick-up truck. This is one of the most maneuverable types of RVs. Since the truck camper goes where the truck goes, maneuverability is not an issue. They often provide sleeping space but few other amenities. Electricity is by hookups or by a separate generator.
This basic knowledge of different types of RVs should be helpful when selecting the one that is right for you. With so many styles to choose from, many shoppers will rent before purchasing. This can usually be done by contacting an RV dealer near you.