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The Classifications of RVs

The Classifications of RVs

The recreational vehicle has evolved over the 20th-century and into the 21st. Way back in 1904, the first RV was created and built onto an automobile as the trend for getting back to nature was enjoyed. In 1915, Roland Conklin set off on a family vacation traveling from New York to San Francisco. The Conklin family owned the Gas-Electric bus Company and had a hand-built RV to take them on their cross-country journey. The evolution of the recreational vehicle has continued and encompasses four clear categories.

What are the Classifications?

There are three basic categories of recreational vehicles, ranging from class A to C. The largest RVs are class as A, with class B the smallest on the market. The classification of recreational vehicles has expanded to include class C, this sector of the market is for mid-range RVs.

Class A RVs

Let’s start with the basics of class A recreational vehicles, which are between 26 and 45 feet in length. Class A vehicles weigh between 13,000 and 30,000 pounds, making them the largest on the market. Because of the size and weight of class A RVs, they are based on the chassis of a commercial truck or bus to keep them safe on the road. The class A RV is known for its high cost and its low-fuel efficiency. The benefits of a class A RV include increased towing capacity for vehicles. Class A RVs provide a lot of space and the chance to design an RV including luxury living options.

Class B RVs

Class B RVs are the smallest on the road and measure up to 23 feet. Class B recreational vehicles were given their classification before the arrival of the mid-sized class C. Class B RVs are known for their small space and basic amenities. The average class B RV contains heating and cooking equipment. Sleeping in a class B RV can be comfortable with small folding beds allowing space for up to six people to sleep. The development of class B RVs by luxury brands, such as Mercedes, has added to the accessories included in newer models. The latest class B RVs now include small toilets and washing facilities. The benefits of class B RVs include their excellent fuel economy and easy maneuverability.

Class B+ RVs

The B+ model of RVs has become increasingly popular in the last few years, with Volkswagen recreational vehicles heading this category. The B+ class is based on a similar rig to the classic class B model. A class B+ RV has an extra storage or entertainment area above the cab and can include slideout areas at the top and sides. The class B RV is larger than the traditional models and can be confused with those in category C.

Class C RVs

Usually standing between 20 and 40 feet in length, the class C rig is a popular option. Class C is cheaper than its larger cousins in class A but offers more living space than class B. Weighing in at between 10,000 and 13,000 pounds, class C RVs are popular because they contain separate sleeping areas in the front and rear of the living space. The popularity of class C RVs has been driven by the inclusion of luxury items commonly found in class A. Class C RVs tend to offer better fuel efficiency than their larger counterparts, with larger kitchen and shower facilities included. For those who are looking for more living space, class C RVs are available that include slideout areas.

Other Classes

There are several categories of RV that are towable. The first of these is the pop-up RV that folds up to make it easy to tow with an average family car. The basic amenities offered with most towable RVs include a sink, toilet, and sleeping areas.

Another option is the travel trailer, which is larger than the pop-up RV and requires an SUV or pickup truck for towing. These contain more luxury items than the pop-up RV, with larger toilets, outdoor kitchens, and showers included.

Fifth-wheel trailers have fallen out of popularity over the last few decades because they require a pickup truck to tow them. The fifth wheel refers to the towing attachment that is positioned in the bed of a pickup truck and looks like a wheel added to the trailer.


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