When it comes to buying an RV, you want to make sure that you buy the right kind of vehicle that will meet your needs. Everyone’s style is different, which is why it’s important to weigh all options before going all in on one. Let’s take a look at the different types of RVs that are available on the market and the pros and cons of each.
RVs are grouped into two categories: drivable and towable. Drivable RVs are categorized into three groups: Class A, B, and C. Towable RVs are known as either travel trailers or fifth wheel trailers. You might already be thinking about the type of RV you want, but it’s always best to examine the specs of each and see how they compare.
RVs that resemble homes, have kitchens, beds, and extendable walls are considered Class A RVs. These RVs are the largest in size and may have more than four wheels. They’re most commonly referred to as “homes on wheels” due to their size.
- Very roomy with a lot of space
- Can tow a vehicle
- Has the most amount of storage
- Great for traveling with a family
- Comes with bigger amenities (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc.)
- Fuel cost is expensive
- Maintenance will cost the most compared to other RV types
- Combined engine and home
- Most likely cannot store at home
- Harder to maneuver down small and winding roads
These types of RVs are van-like, with lengths ranging from 18 feet to 24 feet. They are smaller than Class As and considered the babies of the motorhome world. Many people who are new to the RV realm prefer to start out with a Class B van.
- More fuel efficient than a Class A RV
- More options for camping
- Easier to maneuver along tight winding roads
- Can be used for city driving
- Can fit in a regular parking spot
- Less interior space and no full kitchen or bathroom
- Price per square foot is the highest compared to all other RV types
- Cannot accommodate as many people compared to a Class A
- Not as much tank space and liquids will need to be emptied more frequently
- Limited bed space
Class C RVs are actually bigger in size than Class B; however, they are smaller than Class A. They have a sleeping space above the driver’s cab, which makes them unique to all other drivable RVs. Class Cs can range from 30 to 40 feet in length.
- Easier to drive, compared to a Class A
- Has a smaller windshield than a Class A, which helps with temperature control
- Comes with a full kitchen and bathroom
- Bigger holding tank than Class B
- Driver’s cockpit is reportedly safer than a Class A
- Some models might be too large for in-town driving
- Will need a large storage space when the vehicle is not in use
- Full-time RVers might feel too cramped in this size RV
- Gas is likely more expensive than filling up a Class B tank
- Some models may be prone to water leaks in the cabin due to design curves and engineered seams
Travel trailers are known as tow vehicles that are able to be hitched to another vehicle and transported cross country. They can range from 10 to 35 feet in length and come in a lot of various options to choose from. Travel trailers are known as the most popular RV class in the U.S.
- Most affordable RV option
- Lightweight travel trailers can be towed by smaller vehicles
- Most fuel efficient and cost effective option
- Does not require engine maintenance
- Some models can come with multiple bedrooms
- Have very little storage space compared to a fifth wheel trailer
- Requires more skill to backup and drive
- Least stable on the road compared to other options
- Lightweight models are not equipped for full-time RVers
- Difficult to tow in high winds
Fifth Wheel RVs are known as the largest towable RVs and require a half-ton truck or larger to pull their weight. These trailers range from 30 to 40 feet in length and can come with extendable walls, similar to Class As.
- The most stable option as far as towable RVs go
- Have the most storage space of towable RVs
- More interior space than a Class A because there is no driver’s cockpit
- Better option for those looking to experience long-term RV living
- No engine maintenance
- Requires a heavier-duty truck to pull
- Less MPG guarantee due to their weight
- More expensive to maintain because they require more parts
- Cannot travel down certain roads due to length and height
- Harder to maneuver into tight campsites
Purchasing an RV is a big decision. You want to make sure you weigh all options before making a commitment. If you want to prolong the life of your RV, make plans to invest in safe and reliable covered storage while you are not utilizing your RV so you can get the most out of your vehicle.
Taking your RV or boat out of storage in preparation for your next adventure can be exciting; however, it’s important to remember to take the right steps to ensure your RV or boat will run smoothly for many miles to come.
When you’re not on the open road, be sure to store your RV in a secure, conveniently located spot at an Ameripark Covered Storage facility in Arizona.
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This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for recommendations or services provided by a licensed professional.