Whether you’re searching for the perfect RV rental for your next trip or a forever home-on-wheels, you’ll want to make sure you get the RV type that makes sense for you. There are several different RV models out there, and learning the differences between them can be overwhelming.
Lucky for you, we are going to use this article to explain what each type of RV is and who it might best suit.
Class A RV
Class A RVs are the motorhomes that most resemble buses. They are generally what people think of when they think “luxury RV”, and they do tend to live up to that title with perhaps the best workmanship and fanciest features of all the RV models.
Class A’s are ideal for those who…
- Like to hit the road without any hitching.
- Want lots of features and ease of setup.
- Like the safety of a bus-like build.
That said, these are the priciest RVs out there, so those on a smaller budget may find something else that better suits their needs.
Class B RV
Oddly enough, a class B RV is not the next step down from a class A. Instead, these are the smallest of the motorhomes and are built much like a van. In fact, campervans are often lumped into this category. These van-like RVs often last for decades if they are well taken care of.
The class B type of recreational vehicle is ideal for solo travelers and couples, though a few models on the market can sleep 3 or 4. They are easy to drive and easy to park, and can go places most RVs simply cannot.
Class B’s can be found in all price ranges and can be very budget-friendly if you’re willing to buy used.
Class C RV
The last of the three types of motorhomes, the class C RV is generally a medium-sized rig. These are built most like a moving truck with a cab-over bed or entertainment center that causes the living space to jut out over the truck chassis.
Class C’s tend to be slightly less expensive than class A RVs, but are just as convenient when it comes to hitting the road (as well as setting up). That said, these motorhomes are not always as strong as their class A counterparts, meaning it’s easy to become overloaded, especially if you’ll be towing a vehicle.
Still, class C motorhomes are great for families that want hassle-free camping at a price they can afford.
With the motorhomes out of the way, it’s now time to move on to the various types of travel trailers. There are a few main types to know about:
Pop-up campers—and the closely related A-Liners—are perfect for weekenders who want a super lightweight trailer. These types of campers lay flat during transit and then “pop up” to create a nice little living space.
They are smaller than most travel trailers and don’t always include a bathroom. Additionally, they can be harder to cool and heat. Still, they are inexpensive and great starter RVs.
Bumper Pull Trailers
Bumper pulls come in all shapes and sizes. Some are hybrids, meaning they have beds that pop out to create extra living space with very little added weight. Others are toy haulers with large, open garage spaces for those who wish to carry motorcycles or other such “toys”. However, most bumper pulls are completely hard sided and use all space well, filling every available inch with furniture and storage.
Small bumper pull trailers are great for solo campers and couples. Meanwhile, many of the larger trailers include bunkhouses, making them ideal for families. No matter who you are, as long as you have a strong truck to tow with, you can likely find a bumper pull to meet your needs.
Fifth Wheel Trailers
Much like bumper pull trailers, fifth wheels come in many types and sizes. There are toy hauler fifth wheels for those who like to bring their toys along, small fifth wheels for the “tiny house” type, and enormous fifth wheels for those who require lots of living space.
Generally speaking, fifth wheels are slightly higher quality than most bumper pull trailers on the market, and they have high ceilings, making them feel more like a home. Additionally, a fifth wheel trailer will likely pull better than a bumper pull, thanks to the fact that the trailer is hitched in the truck bed rather than at the bumper.
All that said, fifth wheels do have downsides, the biggest one being the fact that these trailers are heavier than bumper pulls, meaning a ¾-ton or 1-ton truck is almost always necessary in order to move one from point A to point B. Therefore, those who plan to invest in a fifth wheel should also be prepared to invest in a large truck.
Hopefully this article helps you make sense of the many types of RVS on the market. Once you narrow down what you want and need, RV shopping becomes a whole lot easier and can even be fun. Go ahead and start evaluating your needs so you can start shopping right away!