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RVs come in many different shapes, styles, classes, and sizes. For example, should you buy a travel trailer or motorhome? What's the difference, and which type of RV is best suited for your needs? In addition, it's important to consider if it's best to buy new or used. Here is more information on the types of popular recreation vehicles.
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There's a lot to consider when buying an RV, but after reading this page, you'll be more informed and have a lot more knowledge about RVs and how to make the best selection for your wants and needs.
The two most common types of RVs are motorhomes and travel trailers. Other types of RVs include:
Here's an overview of each type of the RVs listed above
A truck camper is an RV mounted to the bed of a pickup truck. Truck campers are versatile and can be removed after your camping or road trip and stored in your yard or other location. Truck campers range from basic models with sleeping areas and cabinets to deluxe models with refrigerators, air conditioners, cooktops, microwaves, and showers.
campers are lightweight and inexpensive trailers that almost any vehicle can
tow. Popup campers have tent walls that collapse for easy towing and storage,
but they don't offer many of the same luxuries as an RV travel trailer
Toy haulers are great RVs for short outings and road trips where you need to transport dirt bikes, ATVs, rafts, mountain bikes, and other types of outdoor recreational gear and equipment. Toy haulers are like a small garage with a living space combined into one unit.
Motorhomes are some of the most popular RVs on the market today. Motorhomes are available in over four classes, but Class-A, Class-B, and Class-C are the most common. Here's an overview of each type.
Class-A motorhomes offer luxury and class but also have poor fuel economy. Class-A motorhomes are among the largest of all RVs, so if you're looking for a spacious RV with separate bedrooms, full kitchens, and a substantial towing capacity, a Class-A motorhome is the perfect solution.
Class-B motorhomes are smaller than their Class-A cousins but offer great amenities like better fuel economy and a lower price tag than Class-A models. According to the experts at Camping World, "Class B motorhomes are the perfect touring coach. They offer great flexibility and luxury for vacation and are even popular for full-time living because of their solid construction and dependability."
Class-C motorhomes are a combination of Class-A and Class-B motorhomes. Clas-C motorhomes feature an over-the-cabin sleeping area and enough living space for eight people, depending on the size and model.
Travel trailers have been a popular recreational vehicle for over 60 years. These RVs are so popular because they are available in many different sizes and models with various floor plans to accommodate almost everyone.
Travel trailers are available in small models, perfect for a weekend getaway for two to bunkhouse models that can sleep a large family with room to spare. Travel trailers let you bring all the conveniences of home on the road and to remote locations.
A fifth-wheel travel trailer is an excellent choice if you're looking for a large-size trailer that offers luxury and class. Remember that fifth-wheel trailers require a heavy-duty truck and a special hitch mounted inside the truck's bed for safe towing.
The downside to a fifth-wheel trailer is that after you unhitch the trailer, you have little or no room in the truck's bed unless you remove the hitch, which can be a cumbersome and messy ordeal. However, you can still use your truck with the hitch attached for errands and other trips without the trailer.
Choosing the right RV for your needs requires some research and speaking to the right dealerships to help you choose the best type of RV. Knowing what you want, understanding your needs, and how often you'll be using your RV will go a long way in making the right choice.