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Types of Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

Types of Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

Hitting the road in an RV offers a travel experience like none other. Traversing the open road in freedom allows for exploring hidden spots, national parks, camping, and living in the great outdoors. Depending on how many will be occupying the RV to the amenities you need, RV travel can be fun but also overwhelming if you don’t have the right one to suit your needs. With so many choices out on the market, we thought we would create a short guide for you to roll through and learn more about the RV that would be best for your next adventure.


Motorhomes, technically called motorized RVs, have engines. Before we turn the key on this type of RV, let’s first understand that RVs are split into two groups: motorized and towable. As their name implies, one can be driven the other is to be towed behind your vehicle.

Often motorhomes are the ideal choice because the sleeping and living areas are combined with the driving quarters. Many find this setup to be comfortable, especially for first-time drivers. There are four types of motorized recreational vehicles and they are:

  • Class A
  • Class B
  • Class C

Although they are all a part of the same group, each of the above varies dramatically.
Class A motorhomes are the most common of the group and are quite large. These motorhomes are exactly that, a home on wheels. These spacious RVs are between 20 to 40 feet long, can weigh over 20,000 pounds, and cost into the 6 figure range. Amenities of a Class A motorhome include the following:

  • Separate master bedroom
  • Full bath facilities
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Full kitchens with refrigerator, sink and ovens

The Class B motorhome is a bit smaller and is sometimes called a campervan. These RVs drive much like a van, and rightly so, they are built on a van chassis. The noticeable difference between the Class A and B motorhomes is the size. Class B is more snug and compact.

These types of motorhomes are perfect for shorter trips and day adventures. They generally come with a queen bed, a combined shower and toilet, a small kitchen, and a bit of storage space. Campervans can be bought brand new, or older vans can be purchased and revamped.

As for the Class C motorhomes, they combine the best of both Class A and B. More affordable than a Class A and bigger than a Class B, these motorhomes are often referred to as mini motorhomes or caravans. They are between 20 to 33 feet long, easy to maneuver, offer good-sized living and sleeping quarters, and are less expensive than Class A motorhomes and even some Class Bs.

Fifth-Wheel Trailers

Getting into the towable group of motorhomes, let’s explore the fifth-wheel. These are the largest of the towable motorhomes and can be the most expensive; however, you get a lot for your dollar. Fifth-wheels run about 20 to 40 feet in length and are attached to a truck bed via an extension called a gooseneck. Without the need for driver’s quarters, the motorhome is spacious and can offer the same amenities as a Class A motorhome. Although they require a heavy-duty towing vehicle, they offer spacious living and storage areas for weekend warriors.

Travel Trailer

Attached via a ball hitch, travel trailers can reach up to 35 feet and offer an array of space and amenities depending on the size you are looking for. From teardrop models that can sleep one or two to larger models that sleep eight, travel trailers are easily towed and affordable to hitch up and hit the road.

Popup Campers

A popup camper is a compact RV and is suited for occasional camping and short weekend adventures. These hard-bodied campers literally pop up, and depending on the size; they can sleep up to 6 people. The fun part about popup campers is that everything is convertible and space-saving. Beds can be laid once tables are folded down, or toilets can function as bath stools while showering. Those that usually enjoy camping in tents and want just a little upgrade will find a popup camper perfect for their needs. Popup campers can be towed by most full-sized vehicles and are easy to hook up and maneuver while driving.

Truck Campers

Placed right over the bed of your truck, a truck camper typically sleeps two and will offer basic sleeping and cooking areas. These campers are great for a weekend getaway or spontaneous traveling and roughing it. Because they can fit on most trucks, including ones with 4-wheel drive, these campers can reach out of the way spots others can’t. It is important to note that only certain campers fit certain trucks, so do a bit of research before making a purchase.

We hope the short guide above has been helpful in explaining the different types of RVs that are available. There’s a lot more information out there, so be sure to read, research and learn the most you can before you make a final purchase. To really get a feel for an RV, look into renting one for the weekend. Once you take something out on the road and see how something drives, you will be better equipped to make a decision.

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