How to: Choose the Right RV for you

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

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Recreational Vehicles (RV) come in a multitude of types and sizes, this can be overwhelming and lead to a rushed decision. The last thing you would want to happen is buyer's remorse. An example could be missing that extra storage compartment, or maybe you have come to find out you would rather a whole different type of RV! These feelings are never fun and can be avoided if you take the right steps. Knowledge is power, especially when shopping for a big-ticket item like an RV. Follow me as I explain the differences, pros, and cons of the many types of Recreational vehicles.

  1. Class A Motorhome


These mighty beasts are for the dedicated, the ones who love RV'ing and don't mind investing in it. Ranging in size from about 25 to 45 feet long, these units can provide some of the most comfortable camping possible! Options such as heated tile flooring, hidden spare beds, multiple televisions, and features such as multiple large slide-outs, washer/dryers, dishwashers, and so much more. Of course, with all of these benefits surely there have to be some drawbacks. A few things to note may be maneuverability in tight spots, maintenance costs, and operating costs. These all depend on specifics such as the unit you are looking at, as differences between brands and models can vary largely. If you feel it is worth it for you to go out and purchase one of these giants, you will be riding in style.

2. Class C Motorhome

If you are looking for an RV that has a good amount of features, space, and usability, but not too large then look no further. Class C motorhomes are generally built with cab or cut-away style bodies, designed to look like a van front end with a camper attached to the rear. Ranging in size from 21 to 40 feet, these are a more popular option for a few reasons. Size plays a large role, as many people would rather not drive a 40-foot long bus, whereas a class C can offer a "van" like driving experience while still providing many of the comforts and amenities of Class A motorhomes. Maintenance and operating costs will also be lower than that of Class A's because these units use smaller engines, these state-of-the-art features and smaller footprint. A Class C motorhome is a great choice for the one who enjoys not having to tow a trailer while keeping practicality in mind.

3. Fifth Wheel and Toy Haulers

Fifth wheels allow for extra space, smoother towing, and if you love outdoor toys like quads or side by side then fifth wheel toy haulers may be just right for you. To haul these units your truck will require a fifth wheel hitch, and always double-check the tow rating of your truck. (No, not any truck can tow any trailer just by putting a hitch on it). For a regular fifth-wheel, generally, they are similar to an ordinary travel trailer except for a few noticeable points. Fifth wheels typically have a master bedroom that is situated at the very front of the unit with large closets, queen beds, and storage rooms, and all of which can be separated with a privacy door. Toy Haulers are very similar in design, but the rear of the unit is converted into a drop-down door with a separate room for your toys! These units are the largest of the travel trailers and feature many upscale options to make your home away from home comfortable. If you own or are planning to own a truck

4. Travel Trailer

The most popular option on the list is travel trailers! These have remained somewhat unchanged design-wise for many years, offering a more affordable and compact option in the RV world. These tried a