So you’ve finally decided RV’ing is for you. Whether you’re planning to buy brand new or second hand, the first thing you need to do is know the different types of motorhomes available today. Of course, this is a crucial step towards choosing an RV that will actually satisfy your needs.
The good news is there’s a whole variety of motorhome shapes and sizes, but they can be more easily understood when grouped into seven basic classifications:
Class A motorhomes, also known as conventional motorhomes, are the biggest and most luxurious. They are your classic “home away from home” on wheels, completely equipped for any kind of trip. Class A RV’s are made on a motor vehicle chassis that is made specifically for this purpose.
A Class C motorhome, sometimes called a mini-motorhome, is a scaled down variety of a Class A motorhome, which means it is also cheaper. This RV is made on an automotive-manufactured van frame and has an attached cab section.
Also called Class B motorhomes, converted vans are literally vans that have been converted into RV’s, which means they now have sleeping, eating as well as bathroom facilities. These vehicles are obviously smaller size, but they can be perfect for those small weekend escapades.
True to its name, a pop-up trailer, which also referred to as a fold down travel trailer or a tent trailer, is a lightweight motorhome that comes with collapsible sides for easy towing and storage.
When you encounter a small RV that is affixed to or loaded onto the bed or chassis of a pickup truck, that is called a truck camper.
Travel trailers are RVs created to be towed by a vehicle with the help of a frame or bumper hitch. The travel trailer has all the comforts of home and is also great for those weekend getaways.
RVs that are affixed to a pickup and towed with the special hitch in the truck bed are known as fifth wheel travel trailers. These are two-level units that can make the best livable area of all towable motorhomes. Offering all the comforts of home, they are also great for short family vacations.
All RVs under these general classifications can have different rig features, depending on the vehicle’s age and manufacturer. As you might tell, differences in prices can be quite dramatic, from a minimum of $5,000 to a high of about $200,000 or even higher (fully customized rigs can go well above half a million dollars).
If you’ve never owned an RV before, it will be wise to visit a dealer near you and be oriented with your options. This is a tiny time investment that can bring great returns as a motorhome owner.