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Rving 101 – Types of RVs

Are you new to the world of RVing and not sure of the difference between one type to the next? If so, you’ve come to the right place as we’ll discuss the different RV types and benefits to each.

Motorized RVs

Class A Diesel Motorhomes: These are constructed on a specially designed motor vehicle chassis. The large diesel engine is located in the rear of the coach and provides more torque compared to its gas powered counterpart. The location of the engine also helps provide a quiet and smooth ride. In a lot of ways, the diesel engine essentially pushes the motorhome down the road. Diesel motorhomes are the epitome of luxury RVs, which makes them great for long trips. They’re the perfect RV for the full time RVer. The diesel engine usually lasts longer and is more durable than the gas ones on other Class As, but that also makes them more expensive.

Class A Gas Motorhomes: Like their diesel engine counterparts, Class A gas motorhomes offer many of the comforts of home. This makes them popular for full time or long term RVers. You’ll often find residential style appliances, master bathrooms, high quality electronics, and designer furniture in this RV. Most also have multiple slide outs for added space. They also have plenty of storage compartments needed for extended travel. Both types of Class A motorhomes resemble a bus roughly 30 to 40 feet in length with a vertical front windshield and large windows.

Class B Motorhomes: This RV is typically built on a van chassis. They can have a gas or diesel engine. They’re nimble and drive like a standard automobile so they can easily go from camping to big city adventures. Some even have off road equipment options for exploring remote areas. They typically measure between 20 to 25 feet in length. Don’t be fooled by the compact size though. Manufacturers cleverly designed the interiors to fit all the essentials. You’ll find amenities like swiveling toilets and fold away sinks in the wet bath. Many of the sleeping spaces convert from seats to beds. This RV is most popular among solo travelers and couples.

Class C Motorhomes: They’re usually built on a truck chassis. Gas and diesel options are available. They have a distinctive cab over profile that provides an extra bed or storage space. Many offer similar amenities to their Class A counterparts like kitchens, bathrooms, and slide outs, but on a smaller scale. Their shorter chassis also means they can go places where larger RVs won’t fit. Numerous floor plans are available making this RV perfect for anyone who loves exploring and camping especially families and couples who travel with friends.

Towable RVs

Fifth Wheel Campers: The largest type of towable RV, they’re pulled by large pickup trucks with a special fifth wheel hitch in the bed of the truck. Due to this hitch, they have a raised forward section where you’ll typically find a bedroom or living room. They’re among the most spacious RVs available due to extended length and slide outs. Floor plans have up to six slide outs. This makes them a great option for large families or those who want to camp with big groups. Many RVers will park this RV at a campground and detach the towing vehicle for daily travel. As with any towable RV, it’s critical the towing vehicle is rated to handle its weight and contents.

Pop Up Campers: These RVs have a hard base with canvas sides extending to provide sleeping space. They’re perfect for families who want to camp more and avoid sleeping in a tent. They’ve been the constant fixture in family camping over the years because of their affordability. Since they’re lightweight, they can oftentimes be towed by the family vehicle too. These towable RVs make camping more comfortable and are available with a wide variety of options.

Teardrop Campers: It’s easy to recognize this RV thanks to its distinct teardrop shape. They’re ideal for weekend travelers wanting basic amenities when traveling. The simplest model is a bedroom on wheels. Larger floor plans can contain a bed, kitchen, dining area, and wet bath. Like Class B motorhomes, these utilize swivel toilets, folding sinks, and convertible beds to make the small floor plan highly functional. They also typically weigh less than 4,000 pounds.

Toy Haulers: They’re built to accommodate a lot of gear and outdoor toys. Designed with a large cargo area, they have special heavy duty doors that double as loading ramps. Unlike the previous models we’ve described, they’re a subcategory of RVs. They’re available in towable and motorized RV types, but most are fifth wheels. The combination of comfortable living space and a garage make them the perfect base camp for RVers who play hard wherever they travel.

Travel Trailers: This popular type of RV is towed by a bumper or frame hitch that extends from the front of the trailer. They’re ideal for any type of camper providing a lot of floor plans and styles and weighing anywhere from less than 4,000 to over 10,000 pounds. You can also find some with multiple slide outs for increased living areas. They’re also easier to detach and set up than fifth wheels. They provide the freedom of having a vehicle to enjoy their destination and a complete home unit wherever you’re traveling making this a favorite for many.