When it comes to RV’s, you’ve got a spectrum of options–from the most minimalist pop-up, essentially a glorified tent on wheels, to decked-out Class A motorhomes with built-in garages and king-sized beds. So how do you choose the right one for your unique flavor of adventures? We’ve done a quick breakdown of the different types of RV’s on the market so it’s a little easier for you to narrow down your best RV options.
Travel trailers are the most popular category of recreational vehicle–and for a good reason. These are just a few of the most often-cited reasons people chose a travel trailer over other types of RV’s:
- Ability to park it out of the way when not in use
- Travel trailers can be towed by any vehicle with an adequate tow package (unlike fifth wheels, which require a pickup with a unique hitch installed specifically for the task)
- Huge variety of custom trailer options
- Less expensive than motorhomes
Travel trailers run the gamut from small, lightweight pop-ups that can be pulled by an SUV to trendy renovated Airstreams that you can practically live in. They allow you the freedom to unhook and explore your destination with your own vehicle once you arrive while leaving your RV set up just as you left it to welcome you back after a day of exploring a new area.
Class A: Motorhomes fall into three classes: A, B, and C. Class A motorhomes are the largest and tend to be the most luxurious. If you’re looking for an RV with all the bells and whistles that allows you to tow another vehicle and access the interior of your home on wheels from the driver’s seat, a Class A might be for you. Keep in mind that Class A motorhomes are larger and require more space and generous hook-ups; you probably won’t be able to go off-roading in one of these rigs.
Class C: Class C motorhomes are the popular mid-sized options that are so attractive to many travelers, especially those with a child (or two, or three) along for the ride. Class C motorhomes usually feature a sleeping area above the cab and a separate bathroom. Many also have slide-outs to expand the available interior space. The drawback: Class C motorhomes often aren’t powerful enough to tow another vehicle, so if you want a ride besides your motorhome when you’re on the road, you should probably consider either a larger motorhome or a travel trailer instead.
Class B: These motorhomes are the smallest. Often called campervans, these motorhomes are built on the chassis of vans like the Mercedes Sprinter or the Ram Promaster. Campervans pack a lot of versatility into a compact package. Some offer 4-wheel drive; others have dedicated bathroom and dining areas, and many can sleep as many as six campers at once. If you’re looking for an efficient, minimal escape to the great outdoors without a large trailer or motorhome holding you back, the van life might be your best bet.
Keep in mind when shopping around that, like a boat or any regular vehicle, you’ll need to make sure your RV is fully insured before you hit the road to go on your next adventure. Feel free to contact us for quotes on RV’s your considering. We’d love to answer your questions and help make sure you’re protected when you take your next camping trip, no matter what that trip looks like for you and your family.